We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Running on tough terrain remains to be comfortable when using the Mujin 3 GTX, according to several comments.
  • For some, the protection against sharp objects and the elements is excellent.
  • The GTX effectively keeps the foot dry without compromising breathability, based on the experience of a handful of users.
  • The traction is amazing, as noted by more than a few.
  • Durability is quite good, remarked a moderate number of runners.
  • The cushioning absorbs shock very well, stated a few.
  • Several reviewers praised the high-quality of the 3rd edition of the Mujin GTX.
  • More than a handful appreciated the simple, yet attractive looks of this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Wave Mujin 3 GTX is too expensive for many.
  • It is a bit heavy for a handful.
  • The shoe needs a significant break-in period for a good number of runners.

Bottom line

Mizuno’s Mujin 3 GTX is a strongly-built trail monster that is designed to see the runner through the most challenging terrains. Running on tough conditions is made comfortable by the very plush interior, the amazing grip, and inherent stability of this beast. The shoe is ideally used for middle distance runs at average speeds to get the most out of its impressive features.


Base model: Mizuno Wave Mujin 3
Update: Mizuno Wave Mujin 5 GTX
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.5oz | Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Gore-Tex
Heel height: Men: 31mm | Women: 31mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Brand: Mizuno
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $170
Colorways: Black, Green, Orange
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  • Not contented with having a water-repellant upper in the regular version of the Mujin, Mizuno introduces a Goretex brother for the first time in the Mujin 3. As with GTX shoes, short of wading ankle deep into a water, runners should enjoy a dry run in the most adverse conditions in this shoe.
  • Another first in this line is Mizuno’s partnership with giant tire manufacturer, Michelin, when it comes to the outsole. The outsole features a new rubber compound that increases the grip and durability of the shoe.
  • An AirMesh upper in combination with synthetic overlays offer a breathable and highly-supportive ride. The mesh upper keeps the ventilation optimal despite the waterproofing membrane while the overlays secure the foot on uneven and rugged trails.

The GTX version of the Mujin 3 is classic for a trainer designed for comfortable runs on challenging trail. It has good hold on the heel and midfoot that is not overly restrictive and offers extra width in the forefoot for the toes to splay. Runners with medium to slightly wider, inflexible, or flat feet are tailor-made for this shoe. The sizing is accurate in the shoe as well.

The outsole of this reliable waterproof running shoe is inspired by mountain bike tires from Michelin. It is designed to enhance durability and grip as the runners take on the rugged outdoors. Part of what makes the outsole very durable is Mizuno’s X10 rubber, which is located in the heel, the entire perimeter of the shoe, and parts of the forefoot. This material is also used in the Mizuno Mujin 5.

The middle section of the shoe uses blown rubber for more traction. There are numerous multi-directional lugs in the middle of the forefoot and parts of the heel. Mizuno calls this new configuration of lugs as the XtaticRide.

While the outsole is packed with new technologies, the midsole is typical of a Mizuno shoe. It uses the bouncy AP+ midsole for responsive cushioning and midsole durability. The Wave Plate, which is made of elastic TPU, is used in the heel for shock attenuation and added cushioning. Between the midsole and outsole is Rock Plate that enhances protection against sharp rocks and objects on the trails.

The technology that separates the shoe from the regular version is the waterproofing membrane. With this feature, the Mujin 3 GTX completely keeps off water. Keeping the shoe adequately breathable is the AirMesh that covers a large part of the upper. A system of stitched and welded overlays secures the foot from unnecessary movement and stabilizes the upper. As all the elements in the upper work together with the foot, Mizuno terms this the DynamotionFit technology. For added cushioning and better fit, an Ortholite Sockliner is used. It is also included as it has anti-microbial and moisture-wicking features.


Jens Jakob Andersen

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