GEAR CHECK: Mizuno Wave Rider 20

Now in its 30th year, the Wave Rider has mellowed out and softened in its old age.


Ryan Scott |

Now in its 30th year, the Wave Rider has mellowed out and softened in its old age. The result, Mizuno says, is a similar shoe to the Nike Pegasus; it has lots of foam, yet it’s surprisingly lightweight and zippy. – By Ryan Scott

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MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 20
PRICE: R2 200
WEIGHT: 292 grams

Run fast

Previous iterations of the Rider focused heavily on performance, meaning the landing was always firm and the toe-off was responsive, to help you run fast. To reach even more runners, Mizuno has introduced a new, softer foam. The plush ride is so comfortable that testers enjoyed wearing the shoes with casual wear. Alex, from Gugulethu, said: “I pair the shoes with jeans, and yet their performance on the road exceeds my expectations.”

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Snap back

Mizuno have flipped the Wave plate upside down. Now it’s convex-shaped, so that when you land, your heel presses it down in the centre as you apply weight, and it snaps back when you shift forwards.

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Limited edition

In line with Mizuno’s Japanese origins, and in tribute to the Osaka Marathon, the Wave Rider 20 is available in two creative limited-edition designs. The Osaka and the Fuji both feature a floral aesthetic. Noticeable and unique, this is the kind of running shoe you can really make a statement in!

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Traditional profile

The high 34.3mm stack and the 22.1mm forefoot result in a heel-toe drop of 12.2mm. Mizuno have bucked the trend by sticking to a more traditional profile, as many other brands are now moving towards 8mm. But even though the shoe has a lot of foam, the weight has come down considerably: originally 365 grams, it’s now much lighter, at 292 grams.

Available at any sports retailer.

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