12 users: 3.8 / 5
Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 9.9oz / Women 8.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 9mm / Women 9mm
Arch support: Neutral

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  • The new Wave Hayate introduces a gear that lets trail runners perform in a fast and explosive pace, thanks to its aggressive features and lightweight structure. Without compromising on protection, the Wave Hayate 4 gives the runner an incredible grip for uphill paths and swift mobility for downhill treks.
  • A softer and smoother mesh with redesigned overlays forms the upper of the Wave Hayate 4. These elements create a snug fit that brings enhanced ventilation and comfort for the runner.
  • The outsole features a new, lugged Michelin rubber that offers a sticky grip, and an ESS rock plate that provides an enhanced underfoot protection. It is coupled with the brand’s XtaRide midsole that allows a swift yet graceful ride, even on the most technical trails.

The Mizuno Wave Hayate 4 comes in medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions. Like its predecessor, this shoe caters to runners who have low to moderate foot volumes, because of its semi-narrow structure and snug midfoot and heel areas.

Michelin once again lends their hand to the Wave Hayate 4 with their rubber outsole that supplies maximum comfort and durability. In this version, the outsole boasts of improved traction that works efficiently on various surfaces and weather conditions.

The ESS rock plate is a protective unit that protects the underfoot against injuries and bruises. This feature also gives the shoe an extra layer of durability. With the ESS rock plate, the adverse effects of running on multi-angled terrain are reduced.

The U4ic midsole carries Mizuno’s proprietary technology, which enables optimal shock absorption, durability, and resiliency in each stride. The soft and lightweight material used to make the U4ic effects the overall ride by distributing impact forces across the foot, therefore reducing discomfort from shock. This technology is also incorporated into the midsole of the Wave Creation 20 and Prophecy 8.

U4ic works hand in hand with the AP+, another midsole compound that claims to bring a unique experience of cushioning and comfort.

The Wave Hayate 4 also has the Mizuno Wave technology, a design concept that lets the midsole provide both cushioning and stability. It has an adaptive quality that is engineered to accommodate all types of runners. It is aided by the Concave Wave, another running shoe philosophy that works with the idea that cradling and stabilizing the heel during landing will promote a smooth transition.

An additional concept, called the XtaRide, is also present in the Wave Hayate 4. This is a trail-specific feature that is composed of unique lugs and grooves underneath the midfoot. The XtaRide permits the heel and forefoot to move independently, but in harmony.

The SmoothRide Engineering is a specific approach that minimizes the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during the transition. It comes in distinctive designs for the men’s and women’s versions.

The AIRmesh upper of the Wave Hayate 4 gives an all-around coverage that delivers sufficient ventilation to keep the foot cool and comfortable.

Aside from AIRmesh, the upper also uses DynamotionFit, a stretch material in the forefoot and collar that offers an adaptable fit and prevents the specified areas from buckling under load. DynamotionFit utilizes motion-capture and biomechanics technology to engineer the shoe to work according to the foot’s gait cycle.

On the medial and lateral sides of this running shoe from Mizuno are stitched overlays that help by holding the foot in place. The overlays also provide a support framework and maintain the shoe’s structural integrity.

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Same sizing as Mizuno Wave Hayate 6.

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This shoe: $125
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This shoe: 9.9oz
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