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- The Mizuno Wave Ibuki is one of the great novelties of the Japanese brand for their trail running shoes line. The Wave Ibuki comes in an entirely new X10 outsole design with X-Lugs for increased grip on different trail surfaces.

- The shoe’s upper now features AirMesh which is a no-sew knitted mesh construction that makes the Wave Ibuki lightweight and comfortable when used for running in urban cityscapes and mountain trails.

The Mizuno Wave Ibuki comes in medium width for men which is D and for women, it is in medium width B. Although marketed as a standard size fitting shoe, the Wave Ibuki had a few reviews of it running bigger than the usual sizing, and so to get the best fit, trying on a pair in one’s local running shoe store and reading about other user’s reviews would greatly help.

Just like the popular Mizuno Wave Inspire 15, the Wave Ibuki uses the X10 outsole which is a highly durable carbon rubber that allows for more extended wear in high impact areas and offers good support in every heel strike. This innovative compound ensures the best traction in different running conditions.

The X-Lugs then complement the X10 outsole, and it helps enhance grip on unpredictable terrains, allowing runners to move through the trails at a faster pace. The design of the studs shows an aggressive sole that is capable of traction on all types of trail surfaces.

Mizuno has used its innovative Wave Technology in the Wave Ibuki’s midsole.  The Wave Technology disperses the shock absorbed by the foot throughout the sole, providing excellent cushioning and enhanced stability.  It also provides flexibility in one direction and support in the other. The wave absorbs impact without compromising the cushioning comfort while the initial shock is then reflected back to guide the runner onto their next movement. Most importantly, the Wave Technology presents partial deformation that provides dynamic support to stabilize and guide the foot forward for better gait efficiency.

The Wave Ibuki’s midsole unit is also constructed from Mizuno’s EL8 compound which is 10% lighter than any standard EVA. The EVA is a lightweight midsole compound that provides high-level cushioning and rebound for an energy efficient running experience. This technology absorbs the shock and impact forces and converts the energy created into positive rebound energy that propels the runners onto their next step.

The Wave Ibuki uses AirMesh for its upper, and it is incredibly lightweight and comfortable. The AirMesh encases each foot in breathable comfort while allowing air to pass through the entire upper fully.

The no-sew upper construction helps eliminate any chances of skin irritation, keeping the feet protected and well-cushioned throughout any run. A mesh is also added to the collar and tongue which help enhance the shoe’s comfort and provide superb ventilation for when the temperatures start to rise.

The Wave Ibuki also features a synthetic overlay system that wraps around the mesh upper and protects it from trail hazards. This synthetic overlay offers durability and it also enhances overall fit.

The protective toe cap provides the shoe protection from the unpredictable terrain surfaces.


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