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Mizuno Wave Rider 20 released!

Untitled Shoe: Mizuno Wave Rider 20 (Amazon) Release Date: 10/7/16 Cost: $119.95 Colors (mens):

  • Orange/Black
  • Navy/Silver
  • Grey/Black
  • Safety Yellow/Blue
  • White/Blue
  • Blue/Silver
Specs (from Mizuno Website): 
  • An all-new, redesigned cloudwave plate provides an overall softer, smoother ride
  • Articulated U4icX heel wedge creates more cushion
  • Top midsole foam incorporates a new U4ic foam compound that makes this version of the Wave Rider 33% more responsive and durable than previous models
  • Engineered mesh increases breathability, movement & hold
  • Softer heel collar helps avoid irritation without losing heel fit
  • Ramp: 12mm
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces

The Mizuno Wave Rider series was the first actual running shoes I ever owned. When I transitioned over from a collegiate baseball player to a runner (with a sedentary year in between), I came only armed (footed?) with an old pair of cross trainers. I eventually transitioned into true running shoes, and decided to go with a brand which was very familiar to me on the ball diamond – Mizuno.

I don’t think I could have been luckier to have landed in the Wave Riders back then. I have tried (and loved) many other brands, types, and styles of shoes – but the Wave Rider line is one that I hold near and dear to my heart – and one that really seems to gel well with my feet.

The color profiles (at least for men) range from subdued and classy (my black-on-grey version) to vibrant (“clownfish” orange). Sliding into these for the first time was like riding a bike – it just felt so familiar and comfortable. Even though it feels the same, there appears to be some relatively significant redesign to add some cushion.

The 20th go-around of the this cornerstone shoe seems really great, and I can’t wait to give it a go with some miles this fall and winter.

Features include:

  • New cloudwave® technology, the next evolution of Wave® technology that introduces new convex geometry to provide a softer, smoother ride with more cushion on initial heel impact and better guidance in the transition from heel to forefoot.

  • A breakthrough in DynamotionFit, the new “Triple Zone” engineered mesh construction provides a seamless and lightweight fit, creating a smooth, almost disappearing feel.

  • An all new U4ic midsole material provides a softer, more responsive feeling with better durability and a longer life.

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About Matt Rasmussen (1009 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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