Updates to the Wave Equate 3

The Wave Equate 3 boasts of an overall enhancement from the previous version, offering moderate arch support for overpronators inside a softer and even more versatile shoe than before.

  • The upper delivers a cozier sensation and an improved fit that better supports the midfoot.

Mizuno Wave Equate 3 upper

  • The sole unit introduces the Mizuno Wave concept, a unique feature that gives the shoe the cushioning and responsiveness that runners are looking for.

Mizuno Wave Equate 3 wave

Heavy-duty outsole

The X10 outsole from Mizuno is known to be the most durable formulation of carbon rubber used in running shoes. The material guarantees sufficient traction especially in the high-wear areas of the Wave Equate 3.

Mizuno Wave Equate 3 heel outsole

Aside from durability, the X10 also ensures flexibility while also promising a long lifespan.

Mizuno Wave Equate 3 outsole

An integrated ventilation system is present in the outsole, which is called the Intercool. This feature efficiently prevents heat and humidity buildup to keep the foot cool and dry.

Stable and well-cushioned

A combination of the U4ic and U4icX foams serves as the main midsole component of the Mizuno Wave Equate 3. The former is a lightweight, full-length foam that promises high-level comfort, performance, and shock absorption. Meanwhile, the latter aims for stress-free cushioning through consistent responsiveness and smooth transitions. This highly beneficial midsole combo could also be found in another Mizuno running shoe, the Wave Rider 22.

Mizuno Wave Equate 3 cushioning

Another physical midsole element of the Wave Equate 3 is the Pebax plate, which is a thermoplastic elastomer that helps the joints during footstrike for less fatigue. The Pebax plate also guarantees impact resistance and energy return.

The Wave Equate 3 also functions through the help of various design concepts, such as the Mizuno Wave technology and the SmoothRide Engineering. First, the Mizuno Wave allows the midsole to maintain a soft yet stable structure. It supplies the perfect amount of cushioning and stability for optimal performance. Coming in the form of a fan-shaped unit, the Mizuno Wave pads the heel during footstrike and easily disperses the shock.

Mizuno Wave Equate 3 midsole

SmoothRide Engineering is a lightweight compound that offers a bouncy feel to the midsole. It enables rapid acceleration and deceleration during the transition phase to promote a smooth ride.

Mizuno Wave Equate 3 moves with you

Mizuno makes use of their proprietary AIRmesh upper in the Wave Equate 3. This soft and smooth material is skin-friendly, thus decreasing the chances of irritation. The lightweight nature of AIRmesh allows for an efficient airflow process.

Mizuno Wave Equate 3 midfoot

The Dynamotion Fit lends the upper of the shoe with stretchable and adaptive qualities. With this feature, the Wave Equate 3 gives a customized fit as it contours to the shape of the foot and produces a natural, second-skin feel. The result is a shoe that moves accordingly with the runner.

Mizuno Wave Equate 3 mesh

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.8oz / Women 9.2oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Stability
Forefoot height: 19mm
Heel height: 31mm
Collection: Mizuno Wave

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