Mizuno Wave Prodigy has all the cushioning you need

The U4ic is a full-length cushioning foam that’s designed to provide responsive cushioning. It is advertised to be 30% lighter than another of Mizuno’s midsole compounds, the AP+.

Mizuno Wave Prodigy midsole

An U4icX piece is placed in the heel section of the Wave Prodigy. This additional cushioning unit offers high-rebound cushioning and impact attenuation, traits that benefit the landing phase of the gait cycle.

Mizuno Wave Prodigy forefoot cushion

A Parallel Wave plastic unit runs from the heel to the midfoot area. Its purpose is to disperse the impact energy that’s generated by the foot-strike, thus easing the act of striking the foot on the ground.

Highly breathable and supportive

AirMesh is a soft material that is highly breathable. It has a netlike disposition, with small yet visible pores on its surface. Air can quickly be introduced in the foot-chamber via these minute ports, giving a breezy experience for the foot.

Mizuno Wave Prodigy toebox

The DynamotionFit is made of stretchy fabrics and elastic eyelets. This technology’s purpose is to make the upper unit more adherent to the natural shape and bending capacity of the wearer’s foot.

Mizuno Wave Prodigy upper

Overlays are strategically stitched to the upper. These layers of synthetic material are meant to hold the foot and keep it in place. They also bolster the structural integrity of the façade.

Mizuno Wave Prodigy overlays

Hard-wearing outsole

The outsole unit of the Mizuno running shoe makes use of the X10, which is made of carbon rubber. This material is touted to be durable and hard-wearing. Its job is to protect the rest of the platform from wear and tear. It also provides traction as it adheres to the surfaces.

Mizuno Wave Prodigy heel outsole

Flex grooves in the forefoot allow the platform to flex in tandem with the joints of the toes. Such a mechanism helps the toe-off phase to be energized.

Mizuno Wave Prodigy flex grooves

The Mizuno Intercool is a series of ventilation channels that are meant to disperse heat from the platform. It’s a helpful way to maintain an in-shoe environment that’s not stuffy or uncomfortable.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 305g / Women 260g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Mizuno Wave Prodigy 2
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 30mm

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