Though many trail runners have shifted focus away from “traditional” trail models in favor of lighter, more flexible options, there remains a place for more rugged trail shoes with plenty of cushioning. Mizuno’s Wave Ascend is one such shoe. With few changes coming to its 8th version, the Wave Ascend remains a solid option for trail runners wanting a beefier and more protective shoe.
What to Watch For
- New Upper Design: Mizuno expands the Active-X traction theme of the outsole to the upper, with X shaped overlays to provide lateral control and support.
- Improved Fit: An asymmetrical lacing design better contours the shape of the foot for increased comfort.
- Carryover Sole Unit: The AP+ midsole from the Mizuno Wave Ascend 7 offers a responsive and resilient ride, while X shaped outsole lugs are suitable on the road and a variety of trail types.
Diva Blue/Beetroot/Anthracite Mizuno Wave Ascend 8