The ekiden is a traditional Japanese road racing relay format in which teams of runners take turns carrying a symbolic sash, or tasuki, across distances of up to 200k or more. First run in 1917 between the cities of Kyoto and Tokyo to commemorate the anniversary of the relocation of the nation’s capital, the ekiden remains popular today with a wide range of runners. The Mizuno Wave Ekiden embodies the spirit of this celebrated race.
But enough backstory – you want the dirt on this shoe. The Wave Ekiden comes to the US market for the first time after becoming a favorite among many runners overseas. This racing shoe slots in between the Universe and Ronin models, featuring a 6 mm heel to toe differential and a weight of just 4.6 oz.
What to Watch For
- Lightweight Mesh Upper: The mesh upper with its thicker material and additional overlays should add durability over the Universe while still remaining soft and breathable.
- Wave Technology: The Wave plate in the Ekiden is made of a lightweight resin to provide cushioning without a significant weight penalty.
- Exceptional Traction: Sticky rubber throughout the forefoot and heel provides the grip necessary for fast road racing.