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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $50
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.1oz
    Women: 8.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Breathable mesh makes up the upper unit of the 9th version of the Wave Crusader.
  • The Mizuno logo acts as an extension of the foot-securing mechanics of the upper.
  • Runners generally appreciated the comfortable Molded Ethylene vinyl acetate mid-sole unit that’s used in this shoe.
  • The Mizuno Wave tech is a component in the mid-sole that provides some stability for the foot of the wearer.
  • The X10 durable carbon rubber in high impact locations underneath the shoe is the one responsible for traction and protection from abrasion.
  • The Crusader 9 is lighter in weight than the previous version.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were those who complained that the upper unit wasn’t durable as to last a few weeks before getting damaged.
  • Some runners noticed that it was one size larger than what they were used to.
  • The underfoot platform was a bit hard for a few testers.

Bottom line

Many runners appreciated what the Wave Crusader 9 from Mizuno had to offer. Its upper is breathable, it’s mid-sole offers stability, and the outsole is durable. It’s a good option for daily exercises and trainings.

Rankings

Updates to Mizuno Wave Crusader 9

  • The upper unit of the 9th version of the Mizuno Wave Crusader features a mesh material that is highly breathable and supportive. It wraps the foot snugly, but securely while keeping it dry and cool as each running activity is taking place.
  • Stitched-on overlays are placed on top of the mesh material. They maintain the structure of the upper unit and they keep it intact. They also help the material to hug the foot snugly yet securely.
  • The mid-sole unit makes use of cushioning systems that responsibly support the foot and keep it comfortable at all times. These platform technologies give a bit of bounce to each step, as well as protection from shock and impact.
  • The outsole layer features a thick compound that delivers durable protection against wear and tearing. It doesn’t peel off easily nor does it succumb to abrasion, so it keeps the sole unit protected from damage. It also delivers responsible traction over the roads.

Mizuno Wave Crusader 9 size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Crusader 9 is true to its size. It’s available in standard sizes that are consistent with the preferences of runners. The heel and mid-foot sections have a medium width, though the forefoot area is wider in order to allow the toes to spread naturally.


Outsole

The X10 outsole compound is a very durable layer of protection for the sole unit. Made from carbon rubber, it delivers persistent shielding against wear and abrasion. It’s also capable of providing traction that’s reliable and consistent. Now, each road traversal is more precise because of the responsive and responsible outsole unit.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit makes use of a molded EVA foam that runs through the entire length of the shoe. It’s a durable cushioning system that carries the foot well and gives it protection from impact when landing the foot on the ground. It also has an adequate thickness that caters to the needs of neutral runners.

The Wave technology is a component that runs from the heel to the mid-foot area. It is capable of protecting the foot from impact shock during heel strikes, so each foot landing is much smoother and more protected than ever.


Upper

The mesh material of this running shoe has an open construction that delivers breathable and comfortable coverage. The holes in this fabric allow air to constantly enter the shoe and keep the foot dry and cool.

The overlay system of this model is stitched onto the upper unit. They assist in keeping the fit more constant. Directly connected to the lacing system, these overlays manipulate the upper fabric to follow each adjustment made to the shoelaces, thus making the fit more customizable.

The collar and tongue are lightly padded, so they’re able to assist in securing the foot and locking it in place. It’s an effective means of preventing accidental shoe removals.

The insole that’s added on top of the mid-sole unit has some cushioning. It supports the underside of the foot and renders the overall ride smoother and more comfortable.