MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 23 REVIEW

Melanie Mitchell | August 14, 2019
 

MIZUNO WAVERIDER 23 - SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | AUGUST, 2019

The newest version of the Mizuno Wave Rider offers ultra-soft comfort with a super-secure fit making it a perfect option for long runs where comfort is key and a dialed in fit delivers a 'no-hotspot' run. As neutral running shoe, the Wave Rider now sports a new breathable mesh upper for an ‘unwavering’ performance. 

Guest review Brian Metzler took the Wave Rider for a few runs and reports back to the JackRabbit team.

THE BUZZ

The Mizuno Wave Rider 23 is a neutral-cushioned, everyday trainer serving up responsive cushioning and long-haul durability and comfort for high-mileage training.

The Wave Rider has a moderately soft feel under foot and utilizes Mizuno’s Cloudwave midsole technology for a reliably smooth ride from foot strike to toe-off.

Loyal Mizuno Wave Rider wearers will like this new edition a lot and find it to be one of the best versions yet, especially because Mizuno fixed the slightly snug fit many runners complained about with last year’s edition.

WHAT'S NEW: MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 23

This year’s Wave Rider has been enhanced with a slightly softer cushioning material in the heel, additional flex groves in the forefoot and a new upper that’s cleaner-looking and more supportive with less bulk.

New laces and a more svelte ankle collar help make the 2019 version of the style sleeker than previous models without skimping on performance.

The stitched-on reinforcements around the toe box and the eyelets have been removed from the previous edition and the toe cap has been blended into the upper mesh, resulting in a cleaner and slightly lighter upper.

The midsole construction of the Wave Rider 23 is the same as the previous year, and that’s a good thing. It’s features a dual-density midsole utilizing Mizuno’s U4ic and U4icX foam to provide shock absorption and energetic responsiveness and smooth transitions in every stride.

The outsole is identical to last year’s model with durable rubber in high-abrasion areas and generous horizontal groves to improve flexibilityand quicker turnover.

Mizuno Wave Rider 23 -  2019

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Our wear-testers felt that the Wave Rider 23 fits true to size with a medium heel, medium arch height and medium interior volume and a slightly narrower toe box that some similar models of neutral trainers.The step-in feel is moderately soft and comfortable, even though not overwhelmingly plush.

The ride is stable, consistent and smooth, which pleasantly surprised some of our wear-testers given the relatively high (12mm) heel-toe offset this shoe is built around. It gives off a mildly energetic vibe, but it’s not springy or bouncy at all.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

Runners with well-aligned, neutral gaits who prefer a good mix of cushioning, energy return and durability will appreciate the Mizuno Wave Rider 23 as an everyday training shoe. It’s a very reliable shoe for long runs and recovery runs, and it has enough pep to throw down faster workouts like tempo runs, fartleks and long intervals.

A few of our wear-testers thought it would be a good choice races of 10K or longer.

PROS AND CONS OF THE ON CLOUDSWIFT

Mizuno Wave Rider 23 - Pros

Pros:Mizuno Wave Rider 23

On first glance, the Mizuno Wave Rider just looks a lot better! The new, close-knit engineered mesh upper material offers an ideal blend of flexibility, security, structure and breathability.

The ankle collar received a big update in this edition, with a less-padded, more streamlined design that the previous version. Our wear-testers liked the new version and thought it didn’t negatively impact the fit or the ankle hold.

Even though minor, the laces of the Wave Rider got an upgrade, too. This year’s laces are flatter and more streamlined, which means the lacing process easier and with more security.

Mizuno Wave Rider 23 - Cons

Cons: Mizuno Wave Rider 23

There really aren’t any downsides to the Wave Rider 23, partially because the modest improvements have made it better than the previous edition.

The Wave Rider not quite as light as some other neutral cushioned trainers, but the overall package compares very well to its peers.

Mizuno Wave Rider 23 - 2019

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."