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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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Price
$150
Width
Men: normal
Women: normal
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

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

7 reasons to buy

  • Several testers appreciated the colorful design of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX.
  • The upper and mid-sole components were lauded by some consumers for being comfortable.
  • The toe box was roomy enough to welcome the natural spreading of the toes, noted a reviewer.
  • The heel collar gained some fans for its ability to keep the foot in place.
  • The waterproof Gore-Tex® membrane was appreciated by many because it remained breathable even as it staved off the water.
  • Runners relayed that the grip capability of the outsole unit was dependable.
  • The overall performance of the Rider 20 GTX received positive recognition from shoe enthusiasts.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There’s an extra piece of fabric in the tongue area that rubbed uncomfortably against the skin of a tester.
  • The water refused to drain out of the shoe whenever it entered the foot-chamber, a disgruntled purchaser complained.
  • The upper unit felt bulky, a consumer observed.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX was loved by many for being a neutral running shoe that’s great for the rainy season or for generally wet conditions. They were mostly impressed with the inclusion of the waterproof Gore-Tex® membrane, which staved off water efficiently. They also lauded its efficiency as a shoe for active lifestyles. Conversely, there were complaints about some of its features, which apparently caused some grievances.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 19 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 by RunRepeat • Lester Daniels • Level 3 expert

    It can multitask and grapple with various conditions – rain, snow, mud, grass, rocks, and asphalt. To sum it up simply, I would say, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX is the “Swiss army knife” of running.

  • 90 / 100 by RunRepeat • Steve Hakim • Level 2 expert

    It is a “jack of all trades,” and this is exactly the reason why it’s been so easy for me to overlook the fact that it is a “master of none.”

  • 80 / 100 by SydneyTrailRunner • SydneyTrailRunner • Level 1 expert

    If you're running in winter and you're hitting the trails and it's gonna be wet, this is gonna really do the job, so I highly recommend it.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX

  • The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX is a road running shoe that’s meant for runners who have neutral pronation. It’s essentially the version of the Rider 20 that features the Gore-Tex® membrane, a material that shields the shoe and the foot from water infiltration.
  • The façade of this shoe actually has a straightforward look, which isn’t immediately different from the non-waterproof version. The determinant for the presence of the waterproof feature is actually a tag that says ‘Gore-Tex®’. The upper is still breathable because the added technology doesn’t limit the flow of air into the foot-chamber.
  • Proprietary technologies were used in the mid-sole unit of the Wave Rider 20 GTX. Lightweight yet responsive foam systems provide cushioning to the foot throughout the running session. A Wave Plate adds a springy feeling with each step. Flexibility is also encouraged via a network of grooves that line the external side of the platform.
  • High-quality rubber compounds are used for the outsole unit of this running shoe. They work in tandem in order to provide traction and protection to the runner. One of these compounds is even soft and responsive enough that it contributes a little bit of cushioning.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX has a regular running shoe sizing scheme, so it follows the preferences of runners. The available width is medium. It accommodates those who have medium sized feet. The natural curve of the human foot is mimicked by this shoe’s semi-curved shape.


Outsole

X10 is a durable layer that’s made from carbon rubber. Placed liberally in the rear section of the outsole, it dutifully shields the platform from abrasion and wear. It also provides traction.

Blown rubber in the forefoot section adds a bit more cushioning for the runner, on top of its capability to grip the surface. It’s flexible, so it won’t make the platform stiff or unwieldy.

Flex Controllers make the platform more flexible. They work with the SmoothRide system to provide a smooth transition through the gait cycle.


Midsole

The U4ic is a foam unit that runs the entire length of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX. It cushions the foot and keeps it comfortable throughout the activity. It’s durable, so it won’t easily lose structural integrity or efficacy.

A lighter version of the U4ic is placed in the rear section of the platform. Called the U4icX Heel Wedge, it offers a soft underfoot experience while also ensuring shock attenuation.

An elastic wave plate called the Mizuno Wave is put in the back portion of the platform. It adds a bit more cushioning to the runner, while also making sure to enable a palpable springiness with every step.

The SmoothRide is a network of grooves that allow the platform to move in tandem with the foot, therefore effecting a smoother transition through the gait cycle.

OrthoLite is a sock liner that is able to manage moisture and odor. It also has an anti-microbial feature, which helps in keeping the shoe’s interior environment healthy and clean.


Upper

Breathable mesh is used for the upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX. It responsibly covers the foot while accommodating airflow for a well-ventilated running experience.

Gore-Tex® is a waterproof membrane. It basically keeps the shoe and the foot dry when running in wet conditions. It doesn’t sacrifice the breathability of the upper fabrics.

The Dynamotion Fit utilizes a stretchy material in the forefoot to allow the upper to follow the natural motion and shape of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle, thus giving a feeling that’s similar to having a second skin. The heel collar is also reinforced, so it won’t buckle under load or over time.

The 360° Reflectivity makes the shoe more visible in low-light conditions, particularly at night.