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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.

  • Use

    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
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 7.6oz
    Women: 6.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 9mm
    Women: 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 height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 26mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Several testers have used the Hitogami 3 for all kinds of distances, including ultra-long runs.
  • The X10 carbon rubber continues to impress regarding durability, according to most runners.
  • The Hitogami 3 is very light.
  • Flexibility is a natural asset of a shoe with numerous minimalist features.
  • 4 color combinations.
  • The exceptional design makes it a really great footwear outside its normal environment.
  • Affordable price.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The relatively high heel offset may turn off a few racers who are looking for lower drop shoes.

Bottom line

Without a doubt, one of Mizuno’s most popular and coveted racing shoes continues to live up to its brand’s standards. The Wave Hitogami 3 from Mizuno is able to help runners beat their personal best times, regardless of the distance of the race. Runners with good support coming from their arches who love just enough cushioning in a very responsive and comfortable ride should look no further than the Hitogami 3.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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81 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Runner's World

    Combined with the thin, flexible sole, the shoe disappears when rolling through quick-tempo strides.

  • 82 / 100 | Gear Institute

    The Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3 combines race design with durability to offer race-ready performance with everyday training runs.

  • 80 / 100 | Runner's World

    Labeled a racer, the Hitogami has enough stability from the rearfoot Wave plate to serve as a training shoe for light and efficient runners.

  • 70 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    At $100, the Hitogami is priced at a very competitive point considering the other shoes against which it competes.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3

  • Mizuno parlayed the success of the Hitogami series to the 3rd iteration of this line by making marginal changes. In this model, the upper gets most of the changes in the form of a more open mesh for better breathability. Very significant in the use of this mesh is its inclusion in the tongue. The tongue is more breathable than ever.
  • The expansive overlay in the forefoot is not as comprehensive as before to give a little more room in the toe box. Since the stitches are not as numerous because of the smaller overlay, the risks of irritation or hot spots are also lessened.
  • Comfort takes a bite in the updates as well. There is a bit more padding in the collar and the tongue. Although not by much, any increase in comfort level is always a welcome addition for such a multi-purpose shoe.

Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3 size and fit

The fit and sizing are taken straight out of the book of the previous model. Mizuno makes it a standard fit and sizing. As with most shoes built for up-tempo trainings, it has a locked in feel in the heel and midfoot before it widens in the forefoot. Runners with medium measurements will find the fit adequately comfortable. Available widths are medium and wide while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

Mizuno blankets the entire outsole with X10 carbon rubber. More than just an anti-wear rubber compound, it also has very sticky features for enhanced traction. Numerous dots are scattered throughout the rubber in the outsole. Mizuno calls this configuration the G3 Sole. It helps with the traction and a little bit of flexibility.

Midsole

The Wave Hitogami 3.0’s engine room is filled with some of Mizuno’s best technologies. Manning the lightweight and responsive cushioning is the U4ic midsole foam. This is 30% lighter than most of the company’s premium foams without losing its intrinsic capabilities. The Wave Spring, which is practically the technology that anchors all of Mizuno’s shoes, is a thermoplastic midfoot insert that dissipates shock and converts the impact to usable energy. A network of midsole grooves designed to work based on the runner’s gender is carved in the midsole to help with the flexibility and smoother heel to forefoot movement.

Upper

An AirMesh covers almost the entire shoe for superior breathability. Holding the upper in place and providing midfoot support are the Mizuno logos on both sides of the shoe. Traditional lacing gives personalized fit while the moderately padded collar and tongue improve comfort and fit.