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The TC-02 came together with its TC-01 counterpart, ushering in the brand’s line of training footwear. Both shoes were designed with stability and balance in mind featuring Mizuno’s innovative C.O.B. midsole.
The difference between the two models lies in the upper construction. The TC-02 comes with a more traditional mesh upper design while the TC-01 uses a knit material and a tongue-less bootie silhouette.
The simpler upper design of the TC-02 also makes it a more cost-efficient model as it comes with a $40 cheaper price tag than the TC-01.
The Mizuno TC-02 employs a rather standard rubber outsole. It covers the full length of the platform, protecting it against the wear-and-tear of regular workout sessions. The outsole doesn’t have any aggressive treads as it is constructed for indoor use mostly. Thus, it is reported to decently grip any sort of gym flooring. Its shallow diamond pattern is also meant to keep the foot stable during weightlifting by providing a more sensitive ground contact.
This part houses the cornerstone technology of the trainer – the Mizuno C.O.B. The abbreviation stands for “Center of Balance” and is based on an extensive research conducted by the company in the area of foot movement. Having concluded that balance is the key to success in any type of training, Mizuno constructed a midsole that promotes body awareness and stability.
The upper part of the C.O.B. midsole is covered in sensor pod clusters which deliver instant ground feedback to the foot. That way, the wearer can make quick adjustments to stabilize the foot and body, thus maintaining balance throughout the workout.
The heel-to-toe differential is also kept to a minimum in the TC-02. The shoe stays in the track of most CrossFit trainers on the market by employing the 4-mm drop. It also contributes to the better ground feel as it places the foot nearly parallel to the floor.
To make sure the foot stays comfortably padded throughout the training session, the midsole itself is made of soft polyurethane material. It provides ample cushioning and flexibility without detracting from stability. A very thin and light foam footbed is also added for extra comfort.
The Mizuno TC-02 uses multiple components to deliver a snug and secure fit. Inside, the foot is wrapped up by the Internal Support Straps. They are strategically placed at the midfoot to minimize the undesirable side-to-side sliding of the foot. Meanwhile, the lightly cushioned collar and tongue offer a soft lockdown around the ankle.
On the outside, the trainer is covered in a two-layered mesh material. It is designed to wrap the foot snugly while still allowing for decent ventilation. The Hotmelt panels are added around the toes, the heel, and the eyestay to protect the material from early deterioration.