Mizuno has always had a reputation for producing footwear that appeals to competitive runners. Their products have outstanding attention to detail, their materials and construction quality are some of the best in the industry and the fit and feel of the shoes scream “go faster!” For Spring 2011, Mizuno sets its sights on tweaking two of the industry’s best received racing flats, the Mizuno Wave Musha 2 and the Mizuno Wave Ronin 2 with the third generation of each.
The Mizuno Wave Musha 2 has a great following. Lightweight and responsive while delivering a touch of support, this model has proven to be one of the best sellers in the category for us. The shoe has proven so successful that Mizuno has decided to leave it largely untouched. The updated model for Spring ’11 offers the addition of two welded overlays in the forefoot to snug up the fit a bit. The only other change is the new color. The midsole, outsole carry over so the ride and performance remain the same as the current model which is a good thing. Overall, the Wave Musha 3 is a very cool looking update that should definitely perform as well as the current model.
The second flat to receive an update is the Wave Ronin 3, the neutral longer distance racing flat from Mizuno. The Wave Ronin 2 like the Musha 2 was well liked but some considered it a bit loose fitting in the forefoot. This being the case Mizuno decided not to mess with the ride much leaving the midsole and outsole pretty much untouched. Where they sought to address things was in the fit department. Mizuno added stretch mesh in the forefoot, flex eyelettes and new overlays. These changes should help improve the fit while not affecting the weight of the shoe at all, in fact it comes in at .5 oz lighter. The new Mizuno Wave Ronin 3 also receives a very nice color treatment, the shoe looks great.
Expect to see the new Wave Musha 3 and Wave Ronin 3 at Running Warehouse in early January.