Mizuno Wave Rider 20 | First Look

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Mizuno Wave Rider 20 Men’s Sample (subject to change)

Available October 2016 – MSRP $120.00

The Wave Rider was introduced in 1998, but it was the Wave Rider 2 that garnered a following for the brand. The shoe was little lighter than other neutral trainers. It had a silky smooth heel-to-toe transition and a fast feel. Over the next several years, the Wave Rider gained popularity among serious runners who preferred  the quick response of the shoe over the squishy soft ride of other daily trainers.

Then along came version 13, which added to the lore of the unlucky number. While the shoe took a step forward by decreasing weight, several changes to the fit alienated many loyal followers. Even though the fit was corrected in version 14, the Wave Rider has had difficulty regaining its former popularity. Version 20 is hoping to rekindle the fire.

Big changes are ahead with the Wave Rider 20. An all new Wave plate is being introduced. It is more pliable than previous Wave plates and the pattern and amplitude of the Wave have been changed. The U4ic foam used in the midsole has evolved to reduce energy loss and increase durability. A U4icX foam cartridge puts a softer foam below the Wave, in the heel of the shoe, for a softer landing. The strobel last of the shoe will utilize a softer foam for a more comfortable underfoot feel. All of these changes should result in the shoe having more give under foot, while still allowing for a quick response.

Preliminary Tech Specs

Stack height*: 31mm heel, 19mm forefoot, 12mm heel-toe offset

Weight*: 9.6oz (men’s size 9), 8.4oz (women’s size 8)

*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.

Current Model

Men’s Wave Rider 19 | Women’s Wave Rider 19 MSRP $120.00

Competing Shoes

Men’s adidas Supernova Glide 8 | Women’s adidas Supernova Glide 8 MSRP $130.00

Men’s Nike Air Pegasus 33 | Women’s Nike Air Pegasus 33 MSRP $110.00

Men’s Saucony Ride 9 | Women’s Saucony Ride 9 MSRP $120.00


Mizuno Wave Rider 20 Women’s Sample (subject to change)


Mizuno Wave Rider 20 Men’s Sample (subject to change)

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