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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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
$100
Weight
Men: 7.9oz
Women: 6.5oz
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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 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The soft and minimal upper provides very comfortable next to skin feel, based on most reviews.
  • The Hitogami 2 is reasonably-priced.
  • It is very light and flexible.
  • A good number of runners loved the adequate ground perception provided by the shoe.
  • Despite the 9mm heel offset, a handful of comments noted how they run lower than the considerable drop.
  • It works fine as a race day shoe or as a lightweight trainer.
  • The mesh and the Intercool ventilation in the sole translate to a very breathable shoe.
  • Traction is superb in the 2nd instalment of the Hitogami.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners found the ride as too hard.
  • There were several who needed break-in time in this shoe.
  • A few were disappointed by the upper quality of the Wave Hitogami 2.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Hitogami 2 is a shoe built for tempo runs, marathons, or high-mileage training. With a very stable ride for a lightweight shoe, runners can also pick up the pace because of the responsive forefoot and the smooth transition from heel to toe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 113 ratings

5 star
75%
4 star
17%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
2%

My Rating

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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83 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by RunRepeat • Koh Ancheng • Level 3 expert

    The Hitogami is a shoe that does not have a break in period and has been performing at the same level ever since I started wearing it.

  • 87 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    I think this is a lightweight shoe that will be a very successful all-around shoe for most everyone.

  • 86 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Canadian Running Magazine • Level 5 expert

    If you like a firm, speedy shoe, the Hitogami is a great workout option or marathon racing flat.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Light but controlling.

  • 83 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    If you like going fast, then you will love the Hitogami and its consistent ride. But be warned, the midsole’s neither soft or responsive, and the upper can feel a bit tight.

  • 88 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    If you’re a Mizuno fan, you’re going to like the updates on this shoe. They’ve stayed true to brand with this one.

  • 60 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Peyton Hoyal • Level 3 expert

    The ride is very nice on the road with sufficient traction to run on light trails with ease. The Hitgoami 2 definitely feels best at quicker paces, as the staccato responsiveness of the shoe will definitely allow you to roll along at a good clip.

  • 80 / 100 by Gear Patrol • Jack Seemer • Level 2 expert

    An ideal low-profile long distance shoe.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2

  • Mizuno brings several changes in the 2nd edition of the Hitogami to improve the solid performance of the original model. In this version, the Runbird logo is now stitched on and serves as the main overlay. Besides the logo, there is a midfoot overlay just beneath the mesh to enhance the support and midfoot lock down.
  • A nice touch that helps with the transition is the design of the forefoot. It is more curved for better toe spring and flexibility when taking off.
  • Lastly, the inner lining in the shoe is very soft, which is one of the reasons why it is very comfortable for fast-paced runs or high-mileage sessions.

Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2 size and fit

Mizuno recalls the fit of the earlier model in the Hitogami 2. An improvement, despite the removal of several overlays, is the midfoot security. It really holds the foot down. As the forefoot is slightly more curved, it also becomes a hairline smaller, but good enough for the toes to splay. Medium to narrow foot dimension is expected to fit in just fine. The sizing runs true in this shoe.


Outsole

A G3 outsole is the main component in the Hitogami 2’s underfoot. The rubber treads are fairly regular and almost flat with deep flex grooves for flexibility. As with most Mizuno shoes, there is a midfoot cut that shows a glimpse of the Wave Plate. A segmented crash pad helps with the shock dispersal and is covered with the X-10 compound like some parts of the forefoot.


Midsole

The midsole is where the action really happens in the 2nd coming of the Hitogami. Mizuno places the Wave Plate between two slices of the U4iC midsole foam. The upper foam is found in the heel and the forefoot like the Wave Plate while the lower portion runs the entire length of the shoe. This arrangement creates the firmness in the ride and the noticeable responsiveness in the forefoot, which greatly helps in picking up speed. Intercool ventilation ports are scattered throughout the sole for enhanced breathability.


Upper

An Airmesh upper allows air to flow freely for a really well-ventilated run. There is a soft overlay under the mesh that helps the stitched on Runbird Logo to hold the midfoot. Inside the shoe is a very soft lining for excellent skin feel. To give a little cushioning, Mizuno provides plush insole.