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.

Facts

Expert Reviews

89 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

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

  • 70 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 82 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 4 expert

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

  • 80 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 4 expert

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

  • 80 / 100 | Athletics Weekly | Level 3 expert

    With a 9mm heel drop the shoe feels familiar enough to move fast in immediately, while having a race-like edge to it.

  • 87 / 100 | Run Oregon | | Level 1 expert

    In this day and age of trendy running shoes, it's nice to find a pair that gets it right, focusing on what works for the runners' advantage.

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  • 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.
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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.

Mizuno blankets the entire outsole with X10 carbon rubber, just like the Hitogami 4. 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.

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. This midsole technology is also present in the Prophecy 8

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.

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.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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