Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit of the 2nd version of the Wave Kazan uses a breathable mesh material to keep the foot well-ventilated.
  • Stitched-on overlays add more structure to the upper while also helping the fabrics when it comes to wrapping around the foot snugly.
  • High-level comfort and cushioning are afforded by the lightweight midsole compound.
  • Many runners noted that this shoe didn’t need a ‘breaking’ period as it already allows the foot to naturally acclimate to it, even on the first try.
  • Flexibility is appreciated by the runners because this shoe has been tuned to adapt well to the natural movement of the foot, as well as the ground beneath.
  • Multi-surface traction is given by the durable and trail-specific outsole unit.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users were bothered by the suction sound made by the lugs and said it was noisy.
  • A few runners thought that the platform needed some stability mechanics in order to keep the foot balanced and free from positional discomfort when running.

Bottom line

The 2nd version of the Mizuno Wave Kazan is an update to a popular trail shoe that’s meant to encourage natural movement over the trails. Now, this model delivers greater freedom of movement through its adaptive sole unit, trail-optimized external underside, and smooth upper fabrics. It’s a solid choice for those running sessions in the great outdoors.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.4oz | Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: Mizuno
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $105
Colorways: Blue, Multi, Purple
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • The Mizuno Wave Kazan 2 has been upgraded from its predecessor in many ways. Now featuring a modern design that employs stitched-on overlays for reinforcement, the façade of this version is striking and appealing. High quality materials have been put to use in this shoe and they’re sure to deliver protection and comfort to the wearer when tackling the various terrains.
  • The upper unit has been constructed with a very breathable fabric that makes the interior foot-chamber well-ventilated. It’s helpful when it comes to long-term running sessions and extended adventures as it won’t let the foot feel sweaty or hot. Adequate padding in the inner sleeve cushions the dimensions of the foot well during the trail running sessions.
  • The midsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Kazan 2 makes use of a foam material that is able cushion the foot well, while also making sure that a springy nature would propel the runner forward. The Mizuno Wave Technology redirects impact forces from the foot, keeping it free from any discomfort during the foot striking phase.
  • In terms of its outsole, this shoe employs the services of trail-specific technologies in order to lead the runner responsibly through the outdoor paths with sureness and ease. Durable rubber shields the rest of the sole unit from wear and abrasion, while gripping lugs that face two directions improve traction over dry and wet surfaces.

The Mizuno Wave Kazan 2 runs a bit larger than the usual measurements, so runners are advised to choose ½ a size smaller in order to get the right fit. The available width is medium, so those who have medium sized feet are the ones who are going to enjoy it. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot.


The X10 is an outsole technology that’s made from durable carbon rubber. It is able resist wear and damage, especially in areas that are highly susceptible to impact and friction. Traction is also afforded by this material. This durable outsole material has been used in Mizuno running shoes like the Wave Creation 20 and Wave Inspire 15.

The X Lugs are these X-shaped indentations on the outsole that are meant to provide multi-directional traction. Uphill climbs and downhill descents are better and less taxing because of these highly efficient units.

The XtaRide is a trail-optimization concept in the sole unit that allows the shoe to adapt to the environment and to the biomechanics of the wearer’s foot. The Xta groove and the X lugs on the outsole work together to deliver surface control and natural movement, while also keeping the runner stable and secure.


The AP+ is a mid-sole foam unit that’s light in weight but heavy in terms of its performance. It’s durable and it lasts long, making the platform as efficient even after many uses. It also has a bouncy nature, so each step gets the responsiveness that it needs for a better stride.

The Mizuno Wave Technology adds a bit more cushioning, particularly when it comes to the heel strike. It’s stable, so it won’t allow the rear section of the platform to feel wobbly or uneven. It also absorbs the landing impact forces during each step, keeping the runner as comfortable as possible.


The upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Kazan 2 utilizes the AIRmesh, a very comfortable material that also has an open construction. It allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe in order to keep the foot well-ventilated.

Stitched-on overlays add more structure to the upper unit. They also help the upper fabrics when it comes to wrapping around the foot, as they follow the adjustments made to the lacing system.

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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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