|Update:||Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11|
|Weight:||Men: 5.1oz | Women: 5.1oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Heel height:||Men: 15mm | Women: 15mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
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Though extremely light, weighing just 131 g, these performance shoes are designed to last and power wearers through those long distance races.
- The differences between the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10 and the previous Ekiden 9 aren’t very obvious. But the updates to most Mizuno shoes involve the use of more robust materials and components. For this new version, a more consistent and full-bodied mesh construction has been utilized. It definitely looks stronger and more durable than the previous version.
- This running shoe makes use of more stitching and layered overlays, but they ultimately help the upper unit when it comes to retaining its structure and integrity. They don’t inhibit the flexibility of the upper fabrics & components.
- Reflectivity is still part of the overall look of the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10, but it’s utilized in a much neater way for this model. The Ekiden 9 used some sort of reflective film to coat the highlighted areas, but it ultimately made the upper look oily. Now, the reflective coating is used in a more consistent and non-distracting way.
- The sole unit was designed for those who want a flatter platform for even balance between the heel and the forefoot areas. Its low-profile height brings a close-to-the-ground running experience that’s still well-cushioned and supported.
The Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10 has a regular running shoe length. It comes in a variety of sizes that adhere to the standard measurements of shoes. It also has a unisex design, so the consistent form allows men and women to wear it without any concern. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections have a medium width.
The outsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10 makes use of the G3 Sole, which is a set of dots that pattern the surface of this outer layer. These lightweight rubber dots offer grip on the asphalt, thus giving more traction when it is needed. The outsole unit features flex grooves in the forefoot section. These cuts in the sole unit allow the runner to move naturally, making each toe-off more responsive and explosive as it doesn’t restrict the motion of the foot. The same outsole materials are also found in the Mizuno Ekiden 11.
The U4ic is the proprietary midsole unit of Mizuno. It’s made from high quality materials that don’t have too much weight. This foam material is able to absorb impact shock and resilience to the ride. It’s durable, as well, so it doesn’t break down or lose structure easily. The Resin Wave in the heel area was made from hardened resin. It’s an additional layer at the rear of the shoe, which dissipates shock when landing the foot on the ground. It’s a helpful layer of protection for heel strikers.
The AIRmesh is the main upper fabric of the Ekiden 10. It is lightweight, responsive and it delivers breathable coverage for a dryer and cooler experience. It constantly encourages air to circulate inside the shoe for a more comfortable run. The overlay system is made up of additional layers that are stitched onto the upper fabric. They do not affect the weight of the shoe as it remains lightweight. Their purpose is to help the upper unit hold the foot in place for a more secure wrap. They are placed on the sides and the heel. A Standard Sock Liner has been added to slightly increase the underfoot cushioning. It’s comfortable and flexible, giving a bit more substance to the otherwise low-profile mid-sole.