Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Waterproof
Weight
M: 300g | W: 300g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 3.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Kien 3 GTX is very comfortable, according to several comments.

  • A handful opined that it has a reasonable price for a trail shoe with GTX.

  • The traction is quite good on a variety of trail surfaces, as observed by some.

  • It runs light, remarked more than a few.

  • A small number of reviewers appreciated the pep in their runs.

  • The breathability is not compromised by the GTX, based on a couple of comments.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Wave Kien 3 GTX is a bit unstable due to the 12mm heel drop, as experienced by a handful of trail enthusiasts.

  • It could use a little more flexibility, according to a few.

  • It needs a break-in period to get the most out of the shoe, based on some reviews.

  • A small number of runners did not like the “slapping” sound from this shoe.

  • The entire sole is just too stiff, like a cardboard, as mentioned in a few comments.

Bottom line

The Kien 3 GTX is the first version of this series that offers a waterproofing membrane. Building on the performance of its regular counterpart, the shoe is relatively lightweight and fast despite the moderate cushioning, thick outsole, and substantial overlays. The comfort is superb while protection against the elements is impressive in this shoe.



World wide, Wave Kien 3 GTX is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

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Updates to Wave Kien 3 GTX

For the first time in the Kien line, Mizuno introduces a Goretex membrane in the 3rd instalment of this series. As most runners know, the waterproofing feature enables the shoe to be an all-weather trail partner for those who love to run in the outdoors.

The outsole is another new element in this shoe, featuring the latest outsole configuration from Mizuno-the XtaRide. It showcases a network of prominent lugs in different shapes blanketing almost the entire forefoot and midfoot. The new technology is sure to enhance the grip on a variety of outdoor terrains.

The upper uses a staple technology in Mizuno’s arsenal. It uses a system that allows the entire upper to move with the foot and maximize the runner’s running motion.

Wave Kien 3 GTX size and fit

The fit of the Kien 3 GTX is designed for middle to long-distance runs at a moderate pace. It allows the foot to be comfortable, hence the extra room in the forefoot and decent hold in the heel and midfoot. The heel and midfoot have enough locked down feature that running on uneven terrain remains comfortable. It runs true to size.

Outsole

Mizuno’s most durable rubber in the X-10 is placed in the heel and other high-impact areas for durability. The rest of the outsole is covered with blown rubber for better traction. For added grip on challenging trails, Mizuno uses the XtaRide design where substantial lugs of varying shapes are scattered all over the outsole.

Midsole

One of the reasons why the Wave Kien 3 GTX is quite light is the EL8 midsole. Despite being relatively thick, there is enough responsiveness coming from its cushioning. The durability of the midsole is very decent with this foam. As with most Mizuno shoes, the elastic TPU-made Wave Technology is located in the heel. It helps with the shock dispersal and cushioning properties of the shoe.

Upper

The upper includes a very breathable AirMesh with large holes throughout for superior breathability despite the GTX. Beneath this mesh is the waterproofing membrane that shields the shoe from water. Giving the shoe an excellent hold in the midfoot is the arrangement of stitched and welded overlays. The collar and tongue have moderately generous padding for enhanced comfort. Mizuno designs the entire upper to move with the foot in support and comfort and calls it the DynamotionFit.


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