32 users: 4.2 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.1oz / Women 9.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 12mm / Women 12mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 7.8 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • The stable and cushioned ride delivers comfort through miles and miles of training.
  • The Ultma 6 has a very reasonable price.
  • Durability is superb, noted some runners.
  • Most runners loved the soft feel of the upper and interior.
  • Several reviewers noted that the midsole is markedly responsive for a trainer with good cushioning.
  • It looks much better than the earlier version, according to a handful of observers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few did not like the break-in period needed.
  • Wet areas are not suited for the 6th edition of the Ultima, observed several.
  • It could have used a little weight reduction, according to a small number of comments.

Bottom line

Mizuno’s trademark stable ride is quite evident in the Wave Ultima 6 because of the Wave plate. In this version, the remodelled upper offers more comfort and better next to skin feel. Runners who love a cushioned ride with noticeable responsiveness that can pile on the miles should give this shoe some serious consideration.

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  • Mizuno sticks the changes in the upper of the Wave Ultima 6. Right out of the box, fans of the line will notice that the number of plastic overlays has been eliminated. The shoe now uses very minimal overlays that are printed and heat-sealed. This helps reduce the weight a little bit and gives the upper a more relaxed feel for enhanced comfort during training sessions.
  • Another very visible change is the new Airmesh that is covered by a very fine scree. The scree adds a bit of structure while the entire upper is ultra-breathable.

The 6th instalment of the Ultima brings a lot of the fit of the prior model, but a tad more forgiving. It still holds the heel and the midfoot with decent snugness while the forefoot is as roomy as ever. Most runners with average to medium feet should have no trouble finding their sweet spots in this shoe. Medium and wide are the available widths while sizing runs true in the men’s and women’s models.

The outsole is basically a mirror image of a lot of Mizuno shoes. It has the horseshoe-shaped heel that is segmented for shock absorption. Mizuno, again, covers this area with very durable carbon rubber. Going farther up, the midfoot to the forefoot are blanketed with softer blown rubber for traction. This outsole element is placed in the Mizuno Ultima 9.

Unlike most Mizuno shoes that are quite firm nowadays, the Ultima still has that feel of softness despite the Wave Plate. Runners will observe the softness because of the compression molded AP+ and the SR Touch in the heel. The AP+ runs the entire length and greatly helps with the smooth transition. Located beneath the main midsole cushioning is the Wave Plate in the heel for shock attenuation and stability. The breathability of the mesh continues to the midsole because of several ventilation ports that Mizuno calls the Intercool.

A very plain AirMesh covers the Ultima 6 with a fine scree mesh on top of it. The scree helps a little with the structure while the printed and welded overlays do a decent enough job of locking the midfoot. A firm heel counter inside the heel section helps hold the foot in place. Inside is a very soft lining that makes the shoe very comfortable. Fit, feel, and antimicrobial properties are superbly provided by a plush Ortholite sockliner.

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
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