Facts

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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.6oz
    Women: 8.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Oct 2016
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The overall visual aspect of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 was greatly appreciated by a number of runners.
  • Many testers felt that it was adequately lightweight.
  • Several consumers were able to use this shoe for different types of activities, like exercising and racing, and they stated that was responsive and agile enough for such purposes.
  • The breathability of the upper unit pleased those who have tried it because their feet didn’t feel too warm, even when they were wearing the shoe for long periods of time.
  • An expert reviewer lauded the flexibility of the platform because it gave an energized pop during the toe-off.
  • The underfoot experience was soft and comfortable, noted a runner.
  • The inclusion of the U4icX cushioning technology made the mid-sole more robust and efficient, a tester observed.
  • A reviewer noted that the foot-chamber and the platform had a slightly wider nature than its predecessors, which meant that it made the fit more accommodating.
  • Some heavyset testers stated that this shoe is a great option for those with heavier weight profiles.

6 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners were disappointed because the upper fabric wore out quickly on them.
  • Some users mentioned that the cushioning felt too firm for long-distance runs.
  • A reviewer complained that this shoe’s toe box was too large and that its heel was too loose.
  • According to a consumer, this model is a full size smaller than what she was used to.
  • A tester felt that the upper was a bit too plush that it made his feet sweat.
  • Some runners reported that seams in the interior wall of the shoe didn’t make the cover system as smooth as desired.

Bottom line

Many runners wrote that the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 was a worthy addition to the popular series of road running shoes. Some of them even added that it was able to surpass many of its predecessors. For them, the upper, the mid-sole and the outsole were well-designed. On the other hand, there were those who didn’t acclimate well to it, stating some concerns with its size, width and how it performed for them.

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83 / 100 based on 52 expert reviews

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Rider 20

  • The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is the next iteration in a long-running series of shoes for those who love to take to the roads. Through the years, the iterations of this model have taken leaps in terms of design and weight. This version has a significantly toned-down look that’s definitely unique from its predecessors, but it’s still visually appealing. It doesn’t have a lot of complicated features on its façade, but it has several technologies that work in order to make the running experience more comfortable and precise. It’s now also more lightweight than its predecessors.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of fabrics that ensure a secure and anatomically accommodating fit. Stretchable materials conform to the shape and movement of the foot during the running session. Air is able to enter the foot-chamber quickly because of the breathable nature of these fabrics. Unlike its predecessors, only a minimal amount of overlays was stitched onto the main fabrics, but they’re still able to provide a snug coverage.
  • The underfoot platform of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is flexible and agreeable to the natural movement capability of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. Flex grooves and flex controllers work together in order to make the running experience more natural. Runners get a rocking chair-like motion when taking each step, which is actually helpful in achieving a smoother and more responsive ride. The main foam components provide reliable and long-lasting cushioning.
  • The outsole unit utilizes two rubber compounds, both of which deliver dependable traction over the roads. They cause the underside of the shoe to hold onto the ground with ease and sureness. The heel area features a more durable material, while the forefoot section has a more responsive one that permits a bit more cushioning and flexibility.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 has a standard running shoe length. Regular measurements were used for the sizing schemes of this model. The available widths for both the men and women’s versions are medium and wide, which means that it can accommodate those with wider foot-dimensions.


Outsole

X10 is a high quality rubber compound used in the outsole unit of the Wave Rider 20. It’s made from durable carbon rubber. Placed in the heel section, it delivers traction and protection from impact and surface abrasion.

Blown rubber is a more responsive compound. It delivers some more cushioning and flexibility to the runner. It’s aptly placed in the forefoot section, the area where the foot bends the most as it tackles the toe-off phase.

Flex Controllers in the outsole provide reactive flexibility without adding more weight.


Midsole

The U4ic is a foam technology that delivers responsive cushioning and shock absorption. It’s made from durable materials, so it won’t break down easily.

The U4icX is a softer and a more lightweight iteration of the U4ic. Placed in the heel area, it aptly cushions the landings and gives a soft feeling to the underside of the foot.

The Mizuno Wave Plate is made from an elastic material. It runs from the rear of the platform to the mid-foot section. It delivers a springy ride and it adds some more cushioning.

The Smooth Ride technology makes use of a network of grooves, which work together with the mid-sole components in order to make each step smoother and more comfortable. It essentially allows the platform to take a rocking chair-like motion when transitioning from the heel to the toe.

The Ortholite Sock Liner provides some more cushioning to the immediate underfoot. It has antimicrobial and anti-moisture capabilities, which cause the interior of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 to be cleaner and healthier.


Upper

The Triple Zone Mesh is an upper technology that delivers breathable support and secure coverage. Air is enabled to easily enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. The fabric wraps around the foot with ease and sureness, but it doesn’t irritate the skin.

The Dynamotion Fit utilizes a stretchable material in order to adapt to the motion of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. It doesn’t work against the runner because it stretches itself to accommodate the slight changes in the shape of the foot while it is moving.