Who should buy the Mizuno Wave Rider 20

The Wave Rider 20 from Mizuno is the perfect choice for road runners who want a comfortable and precise running experience. Grab a pair of these lightweight shoes if:

  • You are a neutral pronator who frequents high-mileage training
  • You have a moderate to high arch and prefer a cushioned running shoe for marathons

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Updates to the Wave Rider 20

  • A stretchable upper that ensures a secure and contoured fit by conforming to foot shape
  • Fewer overlays to improve breathability while still maintaining support
  • A combination of flex grooves and flex controllers to promote natural foot movements
  • Two rubber compounds in the outsole for a combination of traction and responsiveness

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Two kinds of rubber for twice the benefits

X10 is a high-quality rubber compound used in the outsole unit of the Wave Rider 20. It’s made from durable carbon rubber. Placed in the heel section, it delivers traction and protection from impact and surface abrasion. Aside from the Mizuno Rider 22 shoe, this outsole element is also used in other popular Mizuno running shoes.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 X10 outsole

Blown rubber is a more responsive compound. It delivers some more cushioning and flexibility to the runner. It’s aptly placed in the forefoot section, the area where the foot bends the most as it tackles the toe-off phase.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 blown rubber forefoot

Flex Controllers in the outsole provide reactive flexibility without adding more weight.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 flex controllers

A durable yet lightweight midsole

The U4ic is a foam technology that delivers responsive cushioning and shock absorption. It’s made from durable materials, so it won’t break down easily.

The U4icX is a softer and a more lightweight iteration of the U4ic. Placed in the heel area, it aptly cushions the landings and gives a soft feeling to the underside of the foot.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 U4ic midsole

Springy steps for a smooth ride

The Mizuno Wave Plate is made from an elastic material. It runs from the rear of the platform to the midfoot section. It delivers a springy ride and it adds some more cushioning.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 Wave Plate

The Smooth Ride technology makes use of a network of grooves, which work together with the midsole components in order to make each step smoother and more comfortable. It essentially allows the platform to take a rocking chair-like motion when transitioning from the heel to the toe.

The Ortholite Sock Liner provides some more cushioning to the immediate underfoot. It has antimicrobial and anti-moisture capabilities, which cause the interior of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 to be cleaner and healthier.

The Wave Rider 20's secure upper coverage

The Triple Zone Mesh is an upper technology that delivers breathable support and secure coverage. Air is enabled to easily enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. The fabric wraps around the foot with ease and sureness, but it doesn’t irritate the skin.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 upper

The Dynamotion Fit utilizes a stretchable material in order to adapt to the motion of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. It doesn’t work against the runner because it stretches itself to accommodate the slight changes in the shape of the foot while it is moving.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 272g / Women 235g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Mizuno Wave Rider 25
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 30mm

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