Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received product at no cost.
I really love being involved as a brand ambassador with Mizuno. They’ve been my go to shoe since I started taking running seriously in 2012 and I haven’t looked back since. They are generous to keep me well equipped for road & trail running in their shoes and I continue to be amazed by the quality of the products coming from this company!
I would like to introduce you to… The Wave Rider 18s!
I trained & ran my first half marathon in the Mizuno Wave Rider 16s! I’ve also been doing long runs in the 17 model over the course of last year (product review here) so when the new 18 model came out in the Fall of 2014 I couldn’t wait to try them out because they are my favourite cushioned model! The purple & green colour is pretty snazzy too over the white 17 model I was running in last year.
It’s kind of nice to be able to say I’ve run in 3 models of the shoe and actually see the difference in the new product design elements.
The visual look of the shoe was inspired by the word Hado which means to Mizuno:
The intrinsic vibrational energy that exists in all matter which can create powerful transformations. The shoe is designed to maximize and balance forward momentum, which can result in positive change both internally and in the world we run in.
I intend to be a positive change in this world and running just makes me that much better to bring the change needed in me and the world that surrounds me.
But back to the shoe… The main differences from the 17 to the 18 are:
- Refined toe-spring delivers a smooth, effortless toe-off
- Upgraded premium sock liner provides more rebound and resiliency at every foot strike
- New outsole design with added durability and shock attenuation
I’ve definitely personally noticed the toe spring is much better than the 17 version which seemed to fall short of where the 16 left off. The heel cushion is still spectacular for absorbing the shock our body takes from road running. I’m a big fan of the Wave Rider and they’ve created a hit with the 18s to redeem themselves for the lacklustre 17.
I love these shoes so much that I will change out of cross trainers when I’m at Alpha Obstacle Training for a run portion of the Saturday morning Genesis class. I usually wear Nike cross trainers for the indoor warm up & circuit portion of the workout but for the run & bodyweight challenge I’m in my Wave Riders!
Have you ever worn Wave Riders by Mizuno? Do you like them?