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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: 10.2oz
    Women: 8.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Definitely recommended for runners who are still discovering their preferred style of running.
  • The Mizuno Wave technology, which is considered the most effective midsole technology in the industry, provides great comfort and durability during running.
  • Provides security to your feet.
  • Due to its light weight, it enables runners to give maximum performance.
  • A lot of runners love the Impetus 3 because of the many color choices.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners complain because of the cheap materials used for the Impetus 3’s construction.
  • Some runners also notice that the shoe’s materials are tacky.
  • It lacks some technical features that might be helpful while running on the road.

Bottom line

A road running shoe that is chosen by many road runners especially those with neutral because of its cushioning and durability. For daily training, the Mizuno Wave Impetus 3 lets you enjoy both indoors and outdoors and avoids injuries through its protection.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Impetus 3

  • Mizuno concentrates on the changes in the upper for the Impetus 3.0. In this new version, there is practically only one significant overlay. To reduce a bit of the weight without compromising support and structure, Mizuno moved the logo just a little further in the midfoot to work in tandem with the first overlay. The result is a locked in feel of the midfoot without the usual overlays.
  • There is more mesh in the entire upper as well. Mizuno extends a significant part of the mesh to the heel as opposed to the major overlay point of the past. In connection with this, Mizuno also lowered the heel support to really cradle the heel and give more room in the mesh. This update brings added breathability and contains the same type of support in the heel.

Mizuno Wave Impetus 3 size and fit

The fit and sizing of the 3rd installment of the Wave Impetus are significantly similar to the past model. They are of standard measurement and should benefit a large number of runners. From the heel, there is a locked in feel that tapers to the midfoot. The forefoot has adequate space and volume for the toes to splay. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

The X10 is one of the best outsole technologies of Mizuno. It is made from a hard carbon rubber that guarantees excellent durability and moderate traction that could fare well on wet and dry surfaces. Placed in high impact areas, the rubber is engineered to resist wear and tear longer, despite excessive use. A waffle pattern on the outsole helps with the traction and stability.


Midsole

Mizuno uses standard EVA in the midsole for adequate cushioning, resiliency, and responsiveness. It sits directly on top of the outsole to work with the lugs for better cushioning. The Wave Technology is a mechanical insert, made of thermoplastic material that effectively attenuates shock. Runners will also experience a stable and smoother transition as the insert keeps the foot in place during the gait cycle.


Upper

The upper features a very breathable mesh with just one overlay. Mizuno maximizes the logo on both sides of the shoe to work as another midfoot support. Traditional lacing enables runners to get the correct fit. A sufficiently padded tongue and collar provide added comfort.