Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Some runners were impressed by the light construction of the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3.
  • It has the X10 technology that promotes added durability.
  • It features the Mizuno SmoothRide Engineering technology for a smooth heel to toe transition.
  • The shoe feels light and fast, as noted in some reviews.
  • A few number of users mentioned that the shoe is responsive enough for their preferences.
  • The Sayonara 3 is available in several color options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several users were not impressed by the 3rd version of the Wave Sayonara because the midsole felt too soft.
  • Many felt that the Wave Sayonara 3 is too stiff.
  • Not as comfortable as the previous model, said some reviews.

Bottom line

Runners looking for a fast running shoe will never get disappointed with the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3. It is designed to give runners a combination of fast, responsive and light ride. It is not just a go-to running shoe, but also a superior trainer with decent arch support and racing partner.

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Good to know

  • The Sayonara 3 had a gone a major update on its outsole. It was totally updated by using new technologies to improve the cushioning, traction and responsiveness of the shoe.
  • The 3rd version of the Mizuno Wave Sayonara is approximately 23 grams heavier than the older version. This is due to the new technologies used in the shoe’s outsole unit.

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3 is available in standard size, unlike the previous version which is available in 1/2 size larger than the normal running shoe size. The forefoot, midfoot and heel area are of standard measurements as well, comfortably accommodating those runners with medium foot.

The outsole uses the Mizuno’s X10 technology, a durable carbon rubber that gives added durability for longevity in high impact areas and reliable traction at the heel strike. The same outsole durability can also be experienced in the Sayonara 4.

Found in the outsole of the shoe is a blown rubber that is very flexible. It increases the shoe’s responsiveness and cushioning. This element is a great help for those forefoot strikers and runners with inflexible feet.

The Sayonara 3 uses the notable Mizuno U4ic technology. It provides high comfort and responsive ride while maintaining a lightweight construction.

Mizuno’s SmoothRide technology was also used in the shoe’s midsole for a smoother ride. The smooth and the rocking-chair-like transition are due to the AP+ midsole element, Flex Controllers and Flex Grooves in the forefoot that composed the technology.

The AIRmesh technology and the open mesh of the brand were used in the upper of the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3, making the shoe extremely breathable and comfortable. It keeps the foot cool and dry.

It also features the OrthoLite Sockliner for a much healthier foot environment. It has an anti-microbial attributes and keeps the foot moisture-free.

The upper also utilizes the Dynamotion Fit technology. It is a flexible material that provides an optimal fit. With this, runners can experience a sock-like fit and a comfortable ride.


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