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Update: Mizuno Wave Daichi 4
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 9.5oz | Women: 9.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: Mizuno
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Orange
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  • 85 / 100 | The Athlete's Foot Blog | Level 1 expert

    A lighter more dynamic shoe for the trail runner who likes a little more feel for the terrain.

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  • The Daichi signals Mizuno’s partnership with Michelin to come up with a do-it-all trail shoe. Because of this alliance, the outsole is the standout feature in the shoe. It features a network of lugs all over the outsole to move the runner across almost all kinds of outdoor surfaces. Additionally, the special rubber compound maintains the traction, even when the surfaces become slick. The construction of the lugs is also designed to keep mud off.
  • As always, there is the Wave technology in the midsole that handles cushioning, shock-absorption, a little stability, and transition. One of Mizuno’s top of the line midsole foams is also utilized to handle the main cushioning duties in the shoe.
  • The Daichi uses a very breathable mesh upper for cool and dry runs on the trails. It works with a series of overlays in the midfoot to secure the foot when running on uneven terrain.

Mizuno intended the fit of the Daichi to accommodate various types of runners. It is quite accommodating in the forefoot as there is some extra real estate in the area. The heel is locked down by a heel counter while the midfoot is secured by the impressive overlays. Runners of different types of foot dimensions should get their most comfortable fit in this shoe. Sizing is accurate in the shoe.

The outsole configuration of the lugs is what Mizuno calls the XtaticRide, its newest layout for trail shoes. These lugs are uniquely shaped to give traction and to shake off mud for the runner. Runners can also expect a multi-directional bite as the lugs are also located around the perimeter and even near the heel of this shoe. The Daichi uses for the first time the Michelin rubber compound for impressive traction on even slick surfaces. Giving the shoe some semblance of flexibility is a huge X-groove in the midfoot. It also helps with the runner during the gait cycle.

The proprietary AP+ midsole is more responsive than standard EVA and is significantly more durable. As it covers the entire midsole, the landing to take-off process is enhanced. Beneath this midsole foam in the heel is the patented Wave technology. In the Daichi, the Wave is designed as a Concave that helps with the cushioning, shock-absorbing, and stability of the runner.

The DynamotionFit remains to be the concept behind the upper construction. Mizuno has designed uppers that are intended to work with the foot rather than restrict it. It is also present in the new Mizuno Daichi 3.

The AirMesh upper is quite breathable while still able to keep most trail debris off. There are numerous stitched and welded overlays all over the shoe to secure the foot.

An external heel counter and the extension of the substantial overlays provide excellent locked down feel. T

he interior also offers a premium and removable Ortholite Sockliner for added cushioning and comfort. It also offers anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties.

Mizuno uses flat and textured laces in the Wave Daichi to keep the fit consistent all the way to the finish.

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