We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many runners liked the waterproof feature of the Mizuno Wave Rider GTX.
  • A lot of wearers consider the shoe's platform to be well-cushioned.
  • The shoe provides adequate warmth even during the cold weather, according to a reviewer.
  • The running shoe's outsole grips excellently on snow-laden trails, said a runner.
  • The versatility of the Wave Rider GTX was appreciated by some users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers thought the running shoe to be heavy.
  • A few purchasers have noted that the shoe is plain-looking.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Rider GTX takes pride in its squishy, cushioned midsole. Additionally, its aggressive outsole allows for easy pavement-to-trail transitions without losing their touch, no matter if it rains, snows, or shines. The Wave Rider GTX is a stable, all-terrain runner that is ready to run wherever and whenever you want.


  • The Mizuno Wave Rider GTX is touted to be the counterpart of the Wave Rider 23 model. This product looks drastically different from the original as it retains the classic Rider facade that has graced the previous iteration, the Rider 22, with AirMesh and stitched-on overlays governing the upper. Also, a waterproof membrane called Gore-Tex® shields the in-shoe environment from wetness.

The Mizuno Wave Rider GTX has been constructed using the standard sizing schemes. Runners are welcome to accommodate their usual choices of size when vying for a pair. Still, it would be beneficial to test the shoe first to fully appreciate an in-shoe feel that is pleasant and form-fitting.

The Wave Rider GTX includes a flexible mesh upper, a semi-curved platform shape, and a moderate in-shoe chamber. All these contribute to a snug and secure fit that contours the anatomical structure of the foot.

The outsole unit of this Mizuno running shoe is made of X10, a carbon rubber layer that is touted to be durable. It fundamentally maintains its thickness and structure, even after many uses. It also has a grippy nature to help the shoe when it comes to adhering to the ground during the run.

A set of traction patterns graces the external pad. The individual protrusions are designed to heighten the shoe’s gripping capacity, potentially balancing the foot and keeping it from slipping.

Shallow flex grooves help the forefoot section of the platform to bend, particularly when the foot is preparing for the toe-off phase. Energized takeoffs are the aim of such inclusions.

U4ic is a lightweight foam that runs the whole length of the Mizuno Wave Rider GTX. This technology is tasked with cushioning the landings, energizing the toe-offs, and maintaining comfort throughout the activity.

U4icX is a heel wedge that runs up to the midfoot section. This element is a springier version of the U4ic, and it helps with the shock attenuating task of the striking phase of the gait cycle.

This running shoe features the Mizuno Wave, a thermoplastic layer that is sandwiched between the two foam technologies in the heel part. This add-on offers extra cushioning and rearfoot steadiness, thus improving the balance of the foot as it stands idly or as it makes each step. Wave is a staple technology in the Mizuno family, gracing shoe series like the well-known Wave Inspire.

The upper of this neutral running shoe is made of AirMesh, a material that is stretchy and breathable. It offers in-shoe security, as well as a cool and dry ride.

The Dynamotion Fit is an upper unit configuration that permits the natural shape and motion of the foot. It involves stretch-mesh near the vamp, as well as well-spaced eyelets that don’t give the impression of a tight in-shoe hug.

Gore-Tex® is a waterproof layer that protects the in-shoe environment from the harsh effects of water infiltration. A dry wrap can benefit performance, especially when tackling wet road conditions.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.