Facts

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

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.

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
$130
Weight
Men: 10.4oz
Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 12mm
Women: 12mm

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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Runners have appreciated the lightweight nature of the Wave Daichi 2.
  • The shoe offered great ground feel, observed most testers.
  • Consumers have lauded the shoe for its durable & high-quality materials.
  • A couple of running enthusiasts have commended the springiness of the mid-sole unit’s wave plate.
  • The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 has also been found to do well on roads, based on the feedback of some reviewers.
  • A number of consumers welcomed the breathable and quick-drying upper unit.
  • Many found Daichi 2 to be a comfortable shoe.
  • A runner claimed to be impressed by the decent cushioning of this running shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of runners have complained about its apparently poor traction capability.
  • A few testers observed that the shoe felt stiff in the midsole area, contributing to noticeable inflexibility.
  • Some found the shoe to be bulky & rigid, specifically in the heel section.
  • A number of reviewers noticed that the small lugs tended to slip easily on wet surfaces and attract mud.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 has gained appreciation for its comfortable, lightweight ride & its ability to do well on both trails and roads. However, a number of runners felt that the Daichi 2 fell short in term of some of its features. They have noted the inefficient traction & its inability to handle rough terrains. But the general feedback was that this neutral shoe is still able to work well on simple off-road terrains.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 11 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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77 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 by RunRepeat • Kayla Rose • Level 3 expert

    A favorite feature of mine regarding this shoe was the Michelin rubber outsoles. I feel like the Michelin rubber provides this trail shoe with a durable ride that can withstand rocky terrain.

  • 85 / 100 by GetOutThereGear • Chris Wignall • Level 1 expert

    The bottomline for me is the Wave Daichi is a trail shoe with better support and traction than most. And with its stiffness, it gives it good feel for the terrain.

  • 88 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 is a solid trail shoe albeit a bit built up and stiff and it is comfortable and durable. I think that it could be a great addition to your “tool box” if you find yourself needing a versatile shoe. At $130 it certainly reflects the overall uptick in running shoe pricing we’ve been watching but I think that for many – especially Mizuno running loyalists – the price is likely worth it.

  • 86 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The shoe is a sound all-arounder, with a multidirectional outsole that grips a wide range of surfaces and has plenty of cushioning for most terrain.

  • 50 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Henry Howard • Level 3 expert

    The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 professes to be a trail shoe built for all kinds of terrain. But its small lugs do not handle even moderate trail challenges.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Daichi 2

  • A trademark of this series is its Michelin soles. This technology delivers unprecedented grip & traction across all terrains & weather conditions. It’s reminiscent of mountain bike tires from Michelin.
  • This iteration of the Wave Daichi features a combination of Mizuno's top-of-the-line proprietary technologies—the Wave plate, AP+ and XtaRide. The combination of these ensures a ride that is comfortable, responsive, and well-rounded.
  • The upper showcases its signature Dynamotion Fit, a fabric that adapts to the movement of the foot while ensuring protection and ample support.
  • This version is also equipped with a Removable Insock. This provides added cushioning & comfort.

Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 size and fit

The shoe runs half-a-size larger than usual. Retailers advise on getting one that's half-a-size smaller to get a better fit. This trail shoe is available in a medium width for both men and women. Its shape is semi-curved to accommodate the natural curve of the human foot.

Outsole

Wave Daichi 2's impact zones are well equipped with X10. This is a tough carbon rubber that holds up well to wear and tear, ensuring durability. It also doles out traction, which is helpful when it comes to gaining control of movement over the surfaces.

Mizuno's new trail concept XtaRide is also featured in this model. This boasts 3mm gripping lugs that allow the runner to easily adapt & adjust to the surroundings. Along with the Xtatic groove in the midsole, they work together to provide the runner with great flexibility without sacrificing traction.

Midsole

The 2nd version of the Wave Daichi features one of Mizuno’ staples—the Wave Technology. This concave wave helps in providing responsive cushioning while still allowing ample underfoot steadiness during the running session.

The AP+ is Mizuno's midsole compound that ensures outstanding comfort during every ride. It is a durable and lightweight material that offers exceptional rebound characteristics, enhancing energy return.

The Xtaride groove in the midfoot further attenuates impact shock upon landing.

Upper

The upper features Air Mesh and it’s meant to accommodate a lightweight and well-ventilated coverage. This material allows air to flow into the foot-chamber, ensuring a cool and dry interior.

The Dynamotion fit utilizes a stretchable material that moves with the foot as it transitions through the gait cycle. This provides a ride that’s free of irritation, has exceptional upper support & an outstanding dynamic feel.