DiscontinuedUpdate: Mizuno Wave Hayate 5
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.
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WeightMen: 8.8ozWomen: 7.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 9mmWomen: 9mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 22mmWomen: 22mm
Forefoot heightMen: 13mmWomen: 13mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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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.
Pronounced lugs and optimal placement provide stellar traction – regardless of the terrain.
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.
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.
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.
The upper is totally different from before, with a stretchier feel, though the support strapping holds the foot nice and secure.
- 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.
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. This outsole material is also used in the Hayate 4.
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. This midsole material is also present in the Mizuno Wave Rider 22.
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.