159 users: 4.7 / 5
1 experts: 90 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.1oz / Women 10.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 12mm / Women 12mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 9.6 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners liked the overall design and style of the Ultima 7.
  • Most runners felt that the Wave Ultima 7 is very comfortable and well-cushioned.
  • It has a breathable and cool air mesh upper for maximum comfort.
  • The shoe features a full-length ventilation to remove the humidity and heat.
  • It has a removable premium insock for added cushioning and comfort.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Ultima 7 is a bit expensive.
  • This is too narrow for some runners.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Ultima 7 is a reliable neutral running shoe that is designed for performance training. This shoe offers maximum protection, enough cushioning and enhanced traction. Runners applauded the overall construction of the shoe as well as its comfort and durability.

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  • Mizuno includes both proven and ultra-new technologies in order to improve the Ultima 7’s performance and durability. From the welded and seamless upper, the stitched overlays are back to really increase the upper’s durability. It includes the stitched logo for added midfoot lockdown feel.
  • Those who have worn the last version of the Wave Ultima will notice that the mesh is made of bigger mesh, which Mizuno claims to be more durable. Together with the stitched overlays, the upper part of the shoe can really hold up well against serious abuse.
  • The ultra-new U4iC-X is introduced in this line for the first time in the 7th version of the Mizuno Ultima. While it is about as lightweight as the U4iC foam, it has better rebound features and more resilient. It is an improvement that should make runs more dynamic while midsole durability is enhanced in the process.

The fit of the 7th Wave Ultima is regular like the past model, but is now more precise. It is a hair narrower than before and could benefit narrow-footed runners as well. Runners with wider or inflexible feet may want to get a size up for their most comfortable run. Available widths are medium and wide. Sizes are on the money with options ranging from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.

Mizuno relies on its proprietary carbon rubber in the X10 to protect the outsole against the usual wear and tear in high-impact areas. There are deep flex grooves for added flexibility and adequate-sized rubber configuration in the central part of the outsole for enhanced grip on the road or groomed trail. The same outsole performance can also be experienced in the Mizuno Wave Ultima 9.

Really responsive cushioning and shock-attenuation are the main objectives of the technologies placed in the midsole of the Ultima 7. Manning a large portion of the responsive cushioning duties is the AP+ midsole. It is very light and durable as well. Located in the forefoot is the new U4iC-X foam. Mizuno particularly placed this foam in this section for more powerful takeoffs. This is a foam that is even lighter and more responsive than the AP+ with almost the same durability. The Wave, which is made of thermoplastic material, disperses shock and returns the energy for more energetic runs.

The AirMesh Upper, as always, delivers superb breathability while the stitched overlays provide long-lasting support and structure. Runners will love the comfort of the soft interior fabric, the well-padded tongue and collar. A traditional lace-up closure seals the deal in the upper.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as Mizuno Wave Ultima 10.

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This shoe: 11.1oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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