Overview of this review
Updates to Mizuno Wave Paradox 5
- Mizuno introduces the fifth version of the Wave Paradox series, a road-running shoe that aims to give maximum support without the added bulk. Like the previous editions of the Wave Paradox, this latest one is crafted with a high level of arch support and plenty of cushioning, making it suitable for moderate overpronators.
- In this update, the Wave Paradox 5 features a newly-modified upper that feels more luxurious than ever, while striving to provide the necessary hold and stability needed by the runner. The new design employs a softer material in the forefoot to ensure comfort and breathability.
- Meanwhile, the midsole presents a slightly stiffer ride than before but retains the same stable feel as the previous version. The Wave Paradox 5 also adds a Strobel board and a thick insole to soften the underfoot sensation. Likewise, the outsole also makes use of a thick rubber material that guarantees traction and durability necessary for long distances.
Size and fit
Like all previous iterations of the Wave Paradox, the fifth version is also true-to-size. It has kept the structure and silhouette that follow the regular sizing conventions of runners. The Mizuno Wave Paradox 5 comes in medium widths for both the men’s and women’s versions, which allows a comfortable and precise fit for runners with average foot volumes. The shape of the shoe also follows the natural curvature of the foot.
The Mizuno Wave Paradox 5 continues to utilize the X10 as its outsole. This proprietary material is made from sturdy carbon rubber that adequately protects the midsole from abrasive surfaces, which is typical of roads and pavements. The X10 technology is also known for its reliable traction and durable structure, due to the componentry of carbon rubber that allows for resilience in high-wear areas.
What makes the X10 unique is its integrated, full-length ventilation system called the Intercool. This system prevents heat and humidity build-up beneath the shoe, thus letting the runner stay cool and dry even during warm weather workouts and long-distance runs.
The tried-and-tested U4ic midsole finds its way once again in the Wave Paradox 5. The U4ic material is a full-length foam that is specially-designed by Mizuno to provide cushioning, shock attenuation, and support. Its soft and supple characteristics help keep the foot relaxed during the run.
Working hand-in-hand with the U4ic is its slightly enhanced variation, the U4icX. In the Wave Paradox 5, the U4icX is found in the bottom wedge and the Strobel board areas, thereby producing superior softness and a cushioned underfoot feel that is consistent throughout the entire wear period. U4icX also aids in smooth heel-to-toe transitions.
The Wave Paradox 5 also employs the SmoothRide Technology, a unique engineering approach that works under the concept that rapid acceleration and deceleration during transition prevents a smooth ride. With SmoothRide, the acceleration-deceleration rate decrease happens as soon as the transition phase starts, thus ensuring speed and stability.
The shoe also labels itself as Pebax-powered, which means it utilizes Pebax, a thermoplastic elastomer construction made from renewable resources, thus contributing to global warming reduction. Pebax helps the joints during footstrike to ensure performance is not compromised. It also guarantees energy return, impact resistance, and flex-fatigue resistance.
The upper of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 5 is comprised of an AIRmesh, a soft and smooth material that gives a cool, comfortable, and skin-friendly sensation. The AIRmesh is a lightweight fabric that enables efficient airflow via visible pores in its surface.
The AIRmesh material works with the Dynamotion Fit, an upper technology that lends the shoe with stretchable and adaptive qualities. The Wave Paradox 5 becomes an irritation-free shoe that expertly contours to the shape of the foot, producing a natural feel that is like a second skin. As the foot moves, the shoe mobilizes accordingly.