Update: Mizuno Wave Ultima 11
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 11.1oz | Women: 9.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 33mm | Women: 33mm
Forefoot height: Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm
Brand: Mizuno
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $140
Colorways: Blue, Purple, Red, Pink, White, Black
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A top rated Road running shoe

  • 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.