Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The AIRmesh makes up the entire upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Catalyst and it keeps the feet cool & dry.
  • Many reviewers appreciated stretch capability of the upper, as well as the sturdy heel construction.
  • Runners applauded the many different color options for this running shoe.
  • There are a variety of widths for this shoe, including wide and narrow.
  • Its durability is relied upon by many.
  • The cushioning is consistent and the light stability features make it a very appealing shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who felt that the Mizuno Wave Catalyst needed a more prominent stability feature to cradle the underside of the foot.
  • Others noted that it didn’t do a lot in terms of improvement, so the response was mediocre.
  • It has a moderately high price tag.

Bottom line

The Wave Catalyst from Mizuno is one of the go-to running shoes for those who want mild underfoot support, dependable durability and just the right amount of cushioning. It looks cool and it’s meant to enhance the performance of the wearer.

Facts

Update: Mizuno Wave Catalyst 2
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.4oz | Women: 8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm
Forefoot height: Men: 16mm | Women: 16mm
Brand: Mizuno
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Pink, Purple
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Rob Andro | Level 4 expert

    Nice shoe, Mizuno. Well done!

  • 84 / 100 | Get Out There Gear | | Level 1 expert

    If you're looking for a shoe with the elusive blend of support and speed, this could very well be the shoe for you.

  • 84 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    I appreciated most the good balance between responsiveness and a cushioned ride.

  • 83 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    If you’re a runner who needs a little bit of stability to aid your gait, this one offers just a smidge without any hinderances.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    It has a very firm ride – but not an uncomfortable one.

  • 85 / 100 | Triathlete | | Level 4 expert

    It has a fairly low-to-the-ground design, but it’s still a well-balanced trainer with just enough cushioning and protection for long road runs.

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  • The Mizuno Wave Catalyst features a much lighter and durable cushioning through the U4ic midsole material. It provides enough amount of cushioning and support without affecting its performance.
  • Also, compared to other similar shoe from Mizuno, the Wave Catalyst was designed for high-mileage running. It was equipped with the necessary support and technologies needed for a more responsive running experience.

The shoe has a standard running shoe length. It has a snug heel and midfoot with ample of room in the toe box for natural splay. This kind of fit will be great for those with medium measurements. The widths are the standard D and B for the men’s and women’s, respectively.


The outsole unit of the Wave Catalyst uses the brand’s X10 outsole compound. It delivers impressive traction and has durable attributes especially on high wear areas. 

This works hand-in-hand with the blown rubber that optimizes pressure distribution, cushioning and durability for a more responsive ride. 

The same outsole performance is featured in the Catalyst 2 as it uses the same outsole technology for sturdiness and grip. 


For maximum shock attenuation, the Wave Catalyst uses the U4ic midsole which is very lightweight. It gives added durability and delivers superior running experience.

The articulated Pebax Fan Wave reduces pronation for runners to experience a more stable and smoother heel strike transition. This works well with brand’s SmoothRide Technology that allows a fluid motion at every stride. It delivers a smoother and rocking-like motion throughout the gait cycle. It also increases flexibility when needed.


The upper of the Mizuno Wave Catalyst uses Airmesh that is highly breathable for superior feel and comfort. The stitched overlays in the lateral and medial sides hold the foot securely without affecting being too uncomfortable. The DynaMotion Fit in the upper is also a big help to provide an impressive fit. It allows the foot to move naturally for an improved running experience.

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