Arch support
M: 249g | W: 204g
Heel to toe drop
M: 9mm | W: 9mm
Heel height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Forefoot height
M: 13mm | W: 13mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The AIRmesh upper unit provides a breathable upper covering for the foot.

  • Stitched overlays and a seamless construction ensure a more adequate fit that’s secure and non-irritating to the skin.

  • Heel buckling is prevented by The Dynamotion Fit, an upper design mechanic that allows the material to achieve a natural stretch that follows the movement of the runner.

  • The mid-sole unit features a robust set of cushioning systems, albeit in a low-profile manner.

  • The Wave technology in the mid foot area of the 2nd version of the Hayate offers stability for those who need it.

  • Traction over wet and dry surfaces is the responsibility of the trail-optimized outsole unit.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the testers thought that it had a very firm ride, which made it unsavory when it comes to natural foot movement.

  • Others noted that it was a bit tight in the forefoot area.

  • A few runners noticed that the upper unit didn’t last after a few months of use.

Bottom line

A popular choice with great reviews, mainly due to its superb fit, comfort and cushioning, the Hayate 2 is suitable for the runner who needs stability control in the arch. Generally, it is a great premium running shoe for high mileage training. Many runners have acclimated to the quality service given by the Wave Hayate 2 from Mizuno. It’s a solid running shoe that lets athletes tackle the unpredictable trails with ease and comfort.

World wide, Wave Hayate 2 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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73 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 70
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The Hayate 2 is light, low, and flexible, but it feels like a more substantial trail shoe with a padded, protective upper and a firm, stable ride.
  • 70
    Sean FeltyLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    I eventually got used to the feeling of my foot sliding around on the slippery material inside the upper and was able to trust that the shoe was secure and my foot was not going to roll.
  • 70
    Sean FeltyLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    They are light and agile but they don’t have the type of comfort, cushioning, and stability to last for an all day trail event or Ultra.
  • 85
    Lisa JhungLevel 3 expert
    by Competitor Running
    The snug fit, especially in the heel and Achilles, might be too snug for some.
  • 84
    Austin BondsLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    Pronounced lugs and optimal placement provide stellar traction – regardless of the terrain.
  • 59
    Matt BairdLevel 3 expert
    by 220 Triathlon
    Grip is imperative on a trail shoe, so for Mizuno to slip-up so badly here is hard to fathom.
  • 59
    Matt BairdLevel 3 expert
    by 220 Triathlon
    When the heavens opened, however, a fatal flaw was revealed; traversing slippery cobbles, stones and rocks is more terrifying than our art editor on deadline week, and we were soon tip-toeing over anything granite-like after some early slips. 
  • 88
    Chris OrdLevel 2 expert
    by Trail Run Magazine
    Overall the Hayate 2s are an awesome racing flat equivalent for trail running – light, fast, grippy with great feedback and comfort, but their benefits fall away over the longer the run, and on firmer, steeper the terrain.
  • 83
    Cregg WeinmannLevel 2 expert
    by Austin Fit Magazine
    The upper is totally different from before, with a stretchier feel, though the support strapping holds the foot nice and secure. 
  • 70
    Blaine PennyLevel 2 expert
    by Impact Magazine
    Excellent traction.
  • 85
    ChaargLevel 1 expert
    by CHAARG
    Not only are they flexible, but these shoes are extremely lightweight. no, we aren’t talkin’ just *lightweight* for a trail shoe — we mean so light you’ll
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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    An all-terrain aggressive lug outsole and X-Groove midfoot design offers secure traction that can easily adapt over a variety of terrains.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Continued use of a Concave Wave cushion shields the foot from rocks to help prevent stone bruising.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    On the bottom, you'll find the X10 carbon rubber outsole that supplies supreme traction and durability along high-impact zones.
  • Zach Gray Mizuno Brand
    The Wave Hayate 2 is the go-to shoe for the runner looking for aggressive trail blazing and off-road performance.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These great-looking shoes have a breathable mesh textile and synthetic upper with a trail-specific design. It's gonna be really lightweight.

Updates to Wave Hayate 2

The 2nd version of the Mizuno Wave Hayate features a noticeable upgrade when it comes to its façade and how it’s constructed. A more appealing design is observed in this version. It’s available in colors that are appealing, and the shades & hues used here complement each other, therefore making it more pleasing to the eyes.

The mesh material used in this version has a more open construction. In fact, a separate and more breathable material was used in the forefoot to deliver a very well-ventilated running experience for those who wear it.

The mid-sole makes use of a set of highly efficient components that were meant to deliver sure cushioning and reliable support to the runner. They all make a platform that is quite efficient when bringing responsiveness and comfort at all times.

The outsole features a very durable compound that protects the sole unit from abrasion and damage. It’s capable of delivering resistance to wear, as well as multi-surface traction that includes surfaces that are wet or slippery.

Wave Hayate 2 size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Hayate 2 has a standard running shoe length. It is available in a variety of sizes that adhere to the preferences of runners. The heel and mid-foot areas have a medium-to-narrow width, which helps to secure the foot snugly. The forefoot area has a medium width. It can accommodate those with medium-sized feet.


The X10 is a high quality compound that’s placed in the heel and forefoot sections of the Mizuno Wave Hayate 2. Made from carbon rubber, it is able to give reliable traction over the trails.

The Wet Traction design is made up of an outsole that’s optimized for wet surfaces. Nodes that face two directions make sure that the runner won’t experience any slips when traversing the wet and slippery paths.

The Active X Outsole design makes use of x-shaped gripping lugs, which provide traction over many types of surfaces. Uphill and downhill traversals become much easier because of these helpful outsole notches that hold onto the surface well.


The U4ic is a mid-sole material that’s made to give durable cushioning, as well as shock absorption and resilience to the ride. It’s made from high quality materials, so it resists wear and breakage even when the shoe is used for a long time.

The Mizuno Wave is a thermal plastic wave that goes from the rear of the shoe to the mid-foot section. It’s an elastic material that delivers springiness to each heel strike, making sure that each step is cushioned responsibly.

Smoother transitions from the heel to the forefoot are handled by the Smooth Ride platform design, which is comprised of grooves that reduces the foot’s acceleration and deceleration.

A Concave Wave provides a stable foundation for the heel. It cradles the rear of the foot and keeps it in place to encourage better transitions.


The entire upper is comprised of the AIRmesh material, which is a soft and flexible material that delivers breathable coverage at all times. It keeps air flowing in the shoe, thus maintaining a dry and cool environment for the foot.

The forefoot section of the Mizuno Wave Hayate 2 uses the Open Mesh. This material has a more open construction, so it constantly introduces air into the interior environment from the forefoot area of the shoe.

The overlay system of this running shoe is stitched onto the upper. It keeps the material firm and intact while also holding the foot in place. The overlays connect directly to the lacing system, thus making the fit more customizable.

The upper unit has a seamless construction, so it prevents irritation and the folding of the inner sleeve when it’s used. It also makes the inner sleeve assume a sock-like fit that brings comfort to the foot even when the shoe is worn without socks.


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