Mizuno Inspire 8 – First Look
Long considered the performance runner’s support shoe of choice, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 will continue to deliver a smooth and responsive ride. And although the updates to the Inspire 8 are minor and focused primarily on fit, the weight is reportedly a half ounce lighter than the Wave Inspire 7.
The Fan Wave of the Inspire uses basic physics to distribute ground reaction forces in manner which slows the rate of pronation. What this means is the Inspire works with the foot in a non-obtrusive manner, yet delivers support for moderate over-pronation.
With the 8th edition of the Inspire, we get changes to the heel fit to resemble the 6th model and the addition of flex controllers to the forefoot outsole for a proclaimed more efficient toe-off. There is also a limited edition Osaka color, which celebrates Mizuno’s Partnership with the 2011 Osaka Marathon. Fortunately for us, this means we get some fun colors to go along with the status quo usually found in this shoe’s history.
The Osaka edition will be available mid October 2011, while the remaining two colors per gender will be released in December 2011. And, following the common trend for Spring 2012 model updates, the Inspire 8 will see a price increase to $115 MSRP.