Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • It is a versatile shoe on trails and on all types of terrains, as commented by testers.
  • The strategic pattern in the outsole provides excellent traction and grip.
  • It is designed with ultra-aggressive outsole for trail running.
  • There is flexibility as well, as noticed and felt by a few testers.
  • It is great for fast trail running because of its light weight, according to runners.
  • It is a rugged shoe that offers protection, comfort, and support.
  • It is a shoe that has everything for trail running, as commented by some runners.
  • The materials are of high quality and durable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It has a poor traction on wet condition, as complained by some runners.
  • The toe box and mid-foot area are wider, which caused the foot to slip when running uphill or downhill, as commented by some runners.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Kazan is an all-around shoe for a wide range of trails. Its patterned outsole can dig into tough trails while keeping the shoe of great responsiveness. Comfort-wise and protection, it has the best design, but it missed the necessary grip and traction on wet and slippery trails.

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this June

Expert Reviews

80 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

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

    Mizuno killed off its hybrid shoe, the Wave Ascend, replacing it with the Wave Kazan and the Wave Hayate ($110; not shown), which has a lower profile for a performance feel.

  • 60 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    The Mizuno wave Kazan is a comfortable durable trail shoe that works very well on dry non technical terrain.

  • 94 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 4 expert

    Testers had a lot of positive comments about the Kazan, noting its fit, comfortable upper materials, protective feel, stability and performance on a range of surfaces.

  • 90 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 3 expert

    If you’re looking for a trail shoe that runs more like a road shoe, the Kazan is worth giving a try.

  • 85 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 3 expert

    I tend to get caught up in the stiffness of a shoe marketed with built-in “stability” or “support” – but these shoes never tried to control my gait.

  • 67 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 3 expert

    The discomfort created by the overlays was pretty much a deal breaker.

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  • The Mizuno Wave Kazan features a striking upper design inspired by topography and Japanese rock gardens and it utilized the notable Mizuno midsole technologies that improve overall running experience.
  • The shoe also features a concave wave and “X” grooves that allow the heel and forefoot to move independently even on uneven terrain.
  • For maximum flexibility and reliable grip, the Wave Kazan comes with ultra-aggressive x-studded outsole design.

The Wave Kazan has a standard running shoe length. It delivers comfortable fit from the heel to the forefoot area. The semi-curved shape accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot, thus making the fit more agreeable. This shoe is not best for wide-footed runners.


For enhanced traction, the outer sole of the Mizuno Wave Kazan features the X10, which is located both in the heel and forefoot. This feature is made of carbon rubber compound, which promotes high durability of this shoe. This outsole element is present in the Kazan 2 and other running shoes from Mizuno such as the Wave Rider 22 and Wave Prophecy 8.

It also has the Active X Outsole that includes X-shaped lugs, which provide multi-directional traction, allowing runners to run on varied terrain. It works perfectly with the bi-directional trail specific outsole that delivers reliable grip even on wet surfaces.


The midsole of the Mizuno Wave Kazan features the Mizuno Wave technology. It has a thermal and elastic plastic wave that runs from the heel to the mid-foot, creating a well-cushioned and springy ride. It also has the U4ic technology that attenuates shock and promotes a more resilient ride.

Another feature that provides a smooth transition is the Concave Wave, which helps stabilize and supports the heel during landing.


The upper of the Mizuno Wave Kazan is covered with AIRmesh that delivers exceptional breathability for a comfortable ride. The welded overlays in the medial and lateral side gives added support and stability. The shoe comes with a padded tongue that delivers added comfort and security.

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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