Paradox 5 is exceptionally durable

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.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 5 outsole

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.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 5 rubber

All the support you can get

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.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 5 cushioning

Working hand-in-hand with the U4ic is its slightly enhanced variation, the U4icX. In 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 SmoothRide Technology, a unique engineering approach that works under the concept that rapid acceleration and deceleration during transition prevent a smooth ride. With SmoothRide, the acceleration-deceleration rate decrease happens as soon as the transition phase starts, thus ensuring speed and stability.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 5 motion control

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.

Adapts to your foot

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.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 5 midfoot

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.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 5 lacing

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.1oz / Women 9.3oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Motion control
Forefoot height: 20mm
Heel height: 32mm
Collection: Mizuno Wave

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