Mizuno Wave Rebellion: Combining speed and support 

The Wave Rebellion from Mizuno is one hell of a firm ride. Unlike what experts expected, the Enerzy Lite foam was not at all soft, contributing to the shoe's snappy ride. Add in the Wave plate, responsiveness is taken to a whole different level. 

Firmness is also a key ingredient in generating a highly stable ride. And this shoe has got loads of it! Even though it's a neutral runner, it does an excellent job at pronation control. 

At the rear, the plate becomes more flexible. What does this mean? It's particularly more friendly to heel strikers. 

Who should buy the Rebellion

The Rebellion is a neutral running shoe that's best-suited for heel strikers and neutral runners in need of extra stability. And given its qualities, it's great at: 

  • daily tempo runs
  • intervals
  • fartleks 

Pace: fast 

Surfaces: pavement, gravel, dirt, and light trails

Distance: short

Mizuno Wave Rebellion vs. Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

Because of their almost-identical plate and speed-ready features, runners can't help but compare the Rebellion and the Speed 2. And here are their key differences that make the Endorphin Speed a winner among athletes: 

  • The Rebellion is heavier than the Speed 2 (9.1 oz vs. 8 oz)  because of its full-coverage outsole. 
  • Even though they have the same forefoot volume, the Endorphin is less constricting and more breathable (even with its thicker upper). 
  • The Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 is much more forgiving and fun to run in with its peppy midsole. 

Overall, it's clear how the Mizuno Wave Rebellion stacks up against the Endorphin Speed 2. But if there's one thing the Endorphin couldn't do and the Rebellion does so flawlessly, it's providing a highly stable ride. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 259g / Women 205g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 28mm
Heel height: 36mm
Collection: Mizuno Wave

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Jens Jakob Andersen
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