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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
$140
Weight
Men: 9.4oz
Women: 7.9oz
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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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The users praised the snug yet agreeable fit of the Mizuno Wave Hayate 3.
  • Some runners found the mid-sole of this shoe very comfortable on the trails.
  • Most wearers mentioned that the shoe ‘looked great’ since it had an ‘amazing’ style.
  • A reviewer thought that the Wave Hayate 3 provided good traction on trails that were tricky.
  • A runner was very happy with the flexible performance of the shoe’s outsole when it came to various types of surfaces.
  • Many consumers liked the color combinations of the shoe.

6 reasons not to buy

  • For most users, the regular sizing did not work and they had to go half-a-size up.
  • For a few runners, even larger sizes did not prevent chafing in the forefoot region.
  • Most users found the shoe’s toe-box a bit too narrow.
  • A runner commented that the shoe was not able to provide good traction on the wet surfaces.
  • The sole unit easily wore off, according to a tester. He stated that after tackling a long trail running session, he already felt the hardness of the outsole gripping lugs.
  • A consumer explained that he expected better performance from a shoe in this price range.

Bottom line

The third iteration of the Mizuno Wave Hayate generated mixed opinions from the users. Generally, the runners liked this neutral trail running shoe for its comfortability and good looks. However, they stated that the shoe can certainly use some work on its sizing for its future models.


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Updates to Mizuno Wave Hayate 3

  • The updated U4ic technology in the third iteration of the Mizuno Wave is lighter in weight and even cushier than its previous versions. The purpose of this material is to dissipate impact shock and to remain resilient against impact forces.
  • The ESS Rock Plate protects the foot from stones and small rocks, which users experience on trails. It is also durable, so it keeps the shoe performing well for a longer time period.  
  • The XtraRide feature is a set of grooves incorporated in the mid-foot area of the platform. It enables the shoe to adapt itself to the changing foot movements of the users, and it makes possible a smoother heel-to-toe transition and a more efficient ride by allowing the heel and the forefoot to perform independently.

Mizuno Wave Hayate 3 size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Hayate 3 is an aggressive trail running shoe for neutral runners with not-so-wide feet. It comes in the regular running length for both men and women and has the standard width of D for men and B for women, respectively. The shoe fits differently on every individual. Therefore, it is advisable to try it first.

Outsole

The Mizuno Wave Hayate 3 features the Michelin outsole for maximum comfort and durability. The rubber is also very ‘grippy’ and it enables the shoe to perform well on various types of trail surfaces.

The ESS Rock Plate on the outsole provides protection against large stones and aberrations in the forefoot region and heightens the durability of the shoe.

Midsole

The midsole uses an elastic, thermal plastic material from the midfoot to heel region. This Wave unit provides the much desired ‘springiness’ in the midsole and maintains an environment of high quality cushioning in the shoe. 

The U4ic is a lightweight and responsive layer in the midsole. It distributes the effect of impact forces over the whole surface area, thereby reducing the risk of discomfort from shocks and creating a very effective buffer system for the user. The material is durable, soft and resilient against the harsh forces. 

The Mizuno Wave Hayate 3 uses the ‘Smooth Ride’ technology, which is basically a strategic placement of grooves in the platform. The design is different for both men and women. These grooves help in smoothening the heel-to-toe transition.

The Concave Wave eases the transition from heel-strike to toe-off to by leading the foot’s movements, dispersing the impact forces and giving a high-energy return.

The XtaRide technology allows the shoe to adapt to the runner’s changing foot movements for a smoother and more flexible ride. It consists of grooves that separate the forefoot and heel sections of the platform from one another, thus allowing them to move independently.

Upper

The shoe uses the Air mesh material on its upper for maximum breathability and higher flexibility. The breathable environment makes it possible for the user’s foot to remain dry and cool throughout the running session.

The Mizuno Wave Hayate 3 uses stitched overlays on the middle part and the lateral sides of the shoe to secure the foot in position and prevent in-shoe wobbling.

The Dynamotion Fit provides an optimal fit for the user. The special stretch material in the forefoot area provides the needed flexibility while moving.

The collar construction secures the foot in position and also prevents buckling of the heel under load. The padded tongue feels very soft against the skin and further helps in keeping the user’s foot in place.

The lace-up closure provides the feel of customized fit and prevents sliding of the foot inside the shoe especially when running uphill or downhill.