Facts

Base model: Mizuno Wave Kien 3
Update:
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 10.6oz | Women: 10.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Gore-Tex
Release date: Oct 2016
Brand: Mizuno
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $135
Colorways: Black, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • For the first time in the Kien line, Mizuno introduces a Goretex membrane in the 3rd instalment of this series. As most runners know, the waterproofing feature enables the shoe to be an all-weather trail partner for those who love to run in the outdoors.
  • The outsole is another new element in this reliable waterproof shoe, featuring the latest outsole configuration from Mizuno-the XtaRide. It showcases a network of prominent lugs in different shapes blanketing almost the entire forefoot and midfoot. The new technology is sure to enhance the grip on a variety of outdoor terrains.
  • The upper uses a staple technology in Mizuno’s arsenal. It uses a system that allows the entire upper to move with the foot and maximize the runner’s running motion.

The waterproof version of the Wave Kien 3 is designed for middle to long-distance runs at a moderate pace. It allows the foot to be comfortable, hence the extra room in the forefoot and decent hold in the heel and midfoot. The heel and midfoot have enough locked down feature that running on uneven terrain remains comfortable. It runs true to size.

Mizuno’s most durable rubber in the X-10 is placed in the heel and other high-impact areas for durability. The rest of the outsole is covered with blown rubber for better traction. For added grip on challenging trails, Mizuno uses the XtaRide design where substantial lugs of varying shapes are scattered all over the outsole.

One of the reasons why the Wave Kien 3 GTX is quite light is the EL8 midsole. Despite being relatively thick, there is enough responsiveness coming from its cushioning. The durability of the midsole is very decent with this foam. As with most Mizuno shoes, the elastic TPU-made Wave Technology is located in the heel. It helps with the shock dispersal and cushioning properties of the shoe.

The upper includes a very breathable AirMesh with large holes throughout for superior breathability despite the GTX. Beneath this mesh is the waterproofing membrane that shields the shoe from water. Giving the shoe an excellent hold in the midfoot is the arrangement of stitched and welded overlays. The collar and tongue have moderately generous padding for enhanced comfort. Mizuno designs the entire upper to move with the foot in support and comfort and calls it the DynamotionFit.

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