Available February 2016 – MSRP $110.00
Mizuno looks to right their wrong of dropping the Wave Elixir in 2014. With the forthcoming Wave Catalyst, Mizuno again has an uptempo trainer with added support for mild to moderate over-pronation.
The Catalyst differs from the old Elixir in that it has a 10mm heel-toe offset, 2mm less than the Elixir. This 10mm offset is also 2mm lower than the Wave Inspire 12. As such, the Catalyst is a great compliment to the Inspire. The Inspire is great for daily training and the Catalyst is better for faster days. Both shoes provide a connected-to-the-ground experience, but the Catalyst has more get-up-and-go.
My only complaint with the Catalyst is the shoe should be at least a half-ounce lighter. By reducing the offset by 2mm, Mizuno should have been able to produce a shoe lighter than previous versions of the Elixir. Instead, Mizuno includes a layer of foam to the strobel construction. This means there is a slightly more padded feel directly underfoot. While this may be good for the Rider and Inspire, which now use this same construction method, I would rather have the Catalyst be a lighter shoe that feels firmer when you try it on.
Even though I do think the Catalyst could be lighter, it’s not a heavy shoe. It is actually on par with the ASICS DS Trainer and adidas adizero Tempo. I just think Mizuno had an opportunity to be the low-weight leader in the lightweight support category. However, along with the upcoming New Balance Vazee Prism, the Wave Catalyst is a welcome addition to what was a shrinking shoe category.
Preliminary Tech Specs
10mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 9.4 oz (men’s size 9), 8.0 oz (women’s size 7) *Provided by manufacturer