Last December, Mizuno totally redesigned the fit and feel of the Rider 15, creating a firm, responsive platform and better upper fit. So are we in for another complete overhaul of the Rider in the latest update?
Nope. The mid/outsole is a complete carryover from version 15, so the big story is the new upper. Through the use of lighter materials and fewer overlays, Mizuno shaved just over an ounce from the Men’s shoe, dropping it down below the magic 10.0 oz marker to 9.9 oz (size 9). The Women’s version is also set to lose nearly an ounce, down to 8.2 oz (size 8).
What to Watch For
- Lighter Weight: According to Mizuno, the Rider 16 will sneak under the 10.0 oz limbo stick to fall in the “light weight” running shoe category. Pretty impressive for a daily trainer with a lot of impact protection underfoot.
- New Upper Design: The decreased weight is thanks to the combination of lighter mesh and reduced overlays in the upper. The new design looks plenty fast to boot.
- Carryover Platform: The Men’s- and Women’s-specific design of the mid/outsole from the Rider 15 will continue in the latest version.