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

6 reasons to buy

  • A handful of runners loved the comfortable fit of the Daichi.
  • Most of the reviewers were really impressed by the traction of this shoe.
  • Some of the comments mentioned the exceptional form-fitting wrap of the upper.
  • It is a versatile runner built for almost all kinds of distance or speed, according to a few.
  • More than a few valued the perceptible ground feel.
  • The laces stay tied throughout their runs, as observed by a small number of users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • For some, the $120 price tag is already at par with some of the most popular and tested trail shoes around.
  • It is really stiff, based on the observations of a handful.

Bottom line

Mizuno aims to replace the Kazan with the Wave Daichi as a versatile trail partner that can take on the most rugged outdoor surfaces in a lightweight package. The collaboration with Michelin gives the Mizuno Daichi impressive traction on almost any challenging and technical trail. It has excellent comfort, very responsive, and offers noticeable ground feel despite the lugged outsole.


  • 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.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.