Mizuno Wave Rider 15 – First Look
In attempt to improve the fit of the Mizuno Rider series, Mizuno made several upper adjustments with the introduction of the Wave Rider 14. As a result of the fit changes, many Rider loyalists became alienated with the Rider 14 and some have gone to a different shoe. While the Waver Ride 14 still sells in large numbers Mizuno needed to make some fit tweaks to maintain and regain its loyal followers.
With the Wave Rider 15, Mizuno has reverted back to most of their previous fit components. Gone is the lateral lace tab and the ankle/achiiles collar has been lowered to match the height of the Waver Rider 13. Additionally, the eye-row stays are back to being parallel. This new “old” fit should get previous Rider wearers to come back to the 15th version.
Two other changes for the Rider 15 are the addition of flex controllers to the forefoot outsole and the Wave Plate has been moved slightly higher within the midsole. Flex controllers work with flex grooves to improve efficiency at the latest stage of toe-off and were introduced via the Wave Creation 12. The slightly higher position of the Wave Plate within the AP+ misdsole should make the shoe landing a tad more forgiving, but since this is a Mizuno shoe, the ride is expected remain on the firmer side and feature a smooth heel to toe transition.
It may not be readily known yet, but most running shoe prices across all brands are increasing with the 2012 models. The Waver Rider 15 will have an MSRP of $115. Reported sample weights have the Men’s size 9.0 at 10.6oz and the Women’s size 7.0 at 8.7oz. In addition to three colors being available for each gender in December, a limited edition color commemorating the 15th anniversary of the wave Rider 15 will be available in November.