This shoe is a top end wannabe cushion shoe, but with the addition of a Smoothride Support Wave Plate providing medial support that is solid and does its job well without adding excess weight. Its not for extreme over pronators, as it is build on a relatively narrow base compared to shoes such as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.
The Mizuno Horizon 2 is the support brother or sister of the Wave Sky 2, so you get all of the plush cushioning offered by the flagship cushion shoe, but the innovative Wave plate is emphasized and built up in the medial side to give a very durable medial post without the additional weight. The Horizon 2 did not feel like a traditional support shoe, so it is a great option for us runners who want a faster, everyday shoe but need the medial support.
I really liked the Smoothride Support Wave Plate shape in this midsole, which is made from pebax (a separate company to Mizuno) and has some elastic property, so it gives way easily when you land on the lateral edge of your heel, and it returns to its original shape returning some of the energy back into your stride. Combine the Wave plate with two different high quality EVA compounds and you get that unique Mizuno feeling. The cushioning is plentiful for even the longest runs, and the plate fans out to create a cored out, solid medial post providing progressive support (the more you pronate, the more plate you engage) without adding weight.
A new Dynamotion Fit midfoot integrated lacing system holds your foot in place well, and the overlay free engineered mesh forefoot is incredibly comfortable without any restrictions allowing my toes to move around freely. The tongue is constructed with an internal bootie and the heel is lined with a smooth nylon mesh that wraps over the collar so the internals are silky smooth. One crazy part of the shoe though, is the footbed – it is so heavy its crazy (over 55g) so you might want to consider changing it out for something lighter!
Carbon Rubber (Mizuno call it X10) heel is durable, and designed in combination with the midsole, as its highly decoupled (big grooves in the crash pad) so that the lateral edge of the shoe collapses on heel strike, enhancing the cushioning, and the Smoothride rubber in the forefoot, is quiet and grippy even on wet surfaces.
Mizuno deliver great support shoes for runner who don’t want to compromise on responsiveness or cushioning and this is the best in the Mizuno line for me. I loved the fact that I got all the bells and whistles of the best cushion shoe with almost invisible control from integrated support platform. Until you turn the shoe and look at the inside, it is hard to tell that the Wave Horizon 2 is a support shoe. Surely that is a good thing?
Mizuno Wave Technology:
The shape of the Wave plate divides the forces when the foot falls down for a softer, more subdued feeling at every step.
Thanks to a unique composition of materials, a U4iC midsole offers the runner an amazing sense of comfort and performance.
An upper that moves with the foot. This way you can get the maximum out of every step.
Ensures smooth, rock-like handling at every step. From heel to toe.
Offers durability and grip. X-10 is the most durable carbon rubber from Mizuno that is used in places where most wear is expected. It also provides more grip at the heel.
Engineered Air Mesh:
Breathable and cool. Air Mesh provides high-quality breathability in every running shoe to keep the foot cool and extend the life of the shoe.
Wave plate built from sustainable composition of vegetable oil and low-carbon production, while maintaining high performance characteristics.
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|Release date||March 2018|