Verdict from 13 user reviews

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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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Wave Impetus 3 compares

This shoe: 74
All shoes average: 81
54 93
This shoe: $100
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 10.2oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
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.