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Mens Mizuno Wave Rider 19 Review

Mens Mizuno Wave Rider 19
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A very capable and comfortable high-mileage, neutral running shoe. Solid and dependable.

Mens Mizuno Wave Rider 19 Review

A very capable and comfortable high-mileage, neutral running shoe. Solid and dependable.
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Our verdict

Very well-made and very comfortable. This firmer riding daily training shoe will look after you mile after mile.

  • Positive
  • The usual Mizuno high quality elements
  • Comfort
  • Solid Performer
  • Negative
  • If you like a soft ride or have wide feet, then look elsewhere

First impressions

The Wave Rider is now in its 19th edition and this is a shoe that has always been reliably good.

On first impression, the shoe looks like one that will give you confidence. It looks like it’ll do the job; the upper materials are high quality while the midsole and outsole are packed with the latest Mizuno technologies.

Midsole

The new model offers some technical upgrades using Mizuno’s latest U4ic midsole technology which is lighter and softer than the foam used in the previous model. The energy-returning wave element is incorporated within the U4ic material. For people new to running or Mizuno, the wave plate compresses upon impact and returns energy as you drive off. It is designed to reduce impact and we felt the effect of the wave is certainly noticeable; it felt very responsive.

The crash pad at the heel is soft so if you are a heel striker, you’ll enjoy the experience. The pad, called SR Touch (sounds weird) is an additional cushioning material designed to absorb shock and has quick rebound properties to aim transition. We just know that the landing was soft and felt good.

The transition through the midsole to toe off is firmer though which I find reassuring. I felt that they would do a really solid job through my weekly runs and beyond, however, if you like a soft, spongy ride, this may not be the shoe for you. The transition through the running action though is responsive, smooth and adds to your enjoyment and confidence in the shoe.

The deep flex hollows in the heel and midfoot areas will add to the cushioning and flexibility of the Wave Rider and the flex grooves in the forefoot will again aid flexibility.

Mizuno have incorporated their ‘Intercool’ system aimed at keeping the foot cool and dry aiding the issues of heat and humidity build-up in a running shoe. Damp feet equals blisters so anything to help in this area is a good thing. It’s impossible to judge if your feet feel dryer and we’d certainly argue that the mesh upper would have a more dramatic effect on breathability and dissipating heat.

It does this by incorporating a full-length ventilation system in the sole of the shoe that removes heat and humidity from the foot through a system of ventilation channels

Mizuno state that the midsole compound provides high comfort and performance, while being extremely lightweight – we wouldn’t disagree with them except that the overall weight of the shoe at 280g is not light.

Upper

Mizuno have always offered great quality upper materials and the Wave Rider 19 is no exception. The high quality mesh offers very good breathability. When you put this shoe on, it fits snugly, offering a sock-like fit. The tongue is thick enough to add to the comfort level which is something I’ve always liked, (who wants to feel your laces?) and the lining of the shoe helps secure your foot in the shoe. 

Oh, regarding the laces, they’re slightly elasticated and this helps keep them tied. Nothing worse than stopping to re-tie laces on a run.

The collar is soft so it won’t dig in around your ankle. A slight issue with the previous model.

The toe box is higher than in the previous model as well. It doesn’t slope down to the front like the Wave Rider 18 did. It is higher and the toe bumper looks squarer and more robust.

The sock liner is extremely comfortable. Take this out and there is an additional foam last board stitched on to the liner on top of the midsole for additional comfort, not that we’re sure it’ll be too noticeable.

If you have wide feet, this might not be the shoe for you, however. While the last and toe box area is good for the majority of us, we think it will be too snug for the wide foot.

Cool and Dry. Mizuno Intercool solves the problem of heat and humidity build-up in a running shoe. It does this by incorporating a full-length ventilation system in the sole of the shoe that removes heat and humidity from the foot through a system of ventilation channels.

Sole

The outsole is comprised of Mizuno’s durable X10 carbon rubber placed across key wear areas. Designed to offer traction at the heel strike, the pattern of the outsole offers grip on roads and light trail but you’d struggle on wet country runs.

Conclusion

We really liked the new edition in the Waver Rider series. This shoe is a really solid offering from Mizuno, it’ll look after you mile after mile in comfort. It will be firmer than other shoes in this area from other brands but it feels like a shoe that you’ll enjoy running distance in; it does all the basics very well. It may well not blow your socks off and in this area, there is a lot of competition from the usual suspects, but the Wave Rider 19 is a very good shoe and worthy of consideration. 

 

Technical info

AIRMESH - Allows each running shoe from Mizuno to maintain a high standard of breathability and comfort of the upper.

DynaMotion Fit - Uses highly advanced motion capture and biomechanics technology.

Mizuno Intercool - Solves the problem of heat and humidity build-up in a running shoe. It does this by incorporating a full-length ventilation system in the sole of the shoe.

Pebax RNEW - A sustainable compound made from plant based oil and low carbon production, while retaining high performance characteristics

Premium Insock - A high-grade removable insock for comfort and cushioning.

Smoothride - An engineered approach to minimise the rapid acceleration and declaration of the foot during transition, creating the smoothest ride possible.

X10 - Provides extremely durable Mizuno carbon rubber that allows for longer wear in high impact areas and provides more traction at the heel strike.

U4IC - A unique midsole compound providing high comfort and performance, while being extremely lightweight.

SR TOUCH - An advanced lightweight cushioning material that absorbs shocks and keeps the transition smooth.

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Shoe details

Gender Mens
Year 2016
Season Autumn
Current model
Release date 2016
MSRP $
Weight 9.5oz. / 272g
Heal Drop 12mm

Suitabilty

Shoe Type
Neutral
Surfaces
Road
Light Trail
Weight
Light
Regular
Heavy