Who should buy the Mizuno Wave Rider 22

  • A great choice for anyone who likes a classic-styled daily trainer for 21Ks and marathons.
  • Ideal shoe for light pronators or neutral runners who are looking for a shoe that can handle daily training sessions.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 logo

Updates to the Mizuno Wave Rider 22

  • The upper area has a full-length engineered mesh.
  • This updated material is focused on delivering a breathable coverage.
  • Updated design of the midsole area with the modification of this section to deliver a smoother and softer ride.
  • With the perfect combination of a soft material in the heel area and new flex grooves, the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 offers a softer ground impact.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 updates

Enhanced grip on different paved surfaces

Featured in the outsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is the X10. This material can be found in the heel area of the shoe. It is made up of durable carbon rubber that aims to provide enhanced grip on different paved surfaces.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 outsole

It has also been used in some Mizuno road running shoes like the Wave Inspire. Flex Controllers are strategically-placed in the high flex areas of the outsole. The primary purpose of this technology to act as miniature wave plates.

Wave Rider 22 provides responsive cushioning

These wave plates are essential for increasing flexibility and reducing weight. Lying in the forefoot area is the Blown rubber. This component of the shoe aims to increase responsiveness and cushioning.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 cushioning

Utilized in the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is the Cloudwave. This technology is composed of a redesigned plastic wave that is thermal and elastic. It runs from the heel area to the midfoot to create a bouncier and more cushioned ride.

More natural and customized fit

The Premium Anatomical Sockliner is incorporated into the footwear. This material is vital in helping to provide a more natural and customized fit. As a result, a softer underfoot feel is experienced by the runner.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 customized fit

Minimizing the rapid deceleration and acceleration of the foot is the work of the Smooth Ride. This technology is described to be a gender-specific network of grooves that aims to create a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

Delivers a softer, pillowy underfoot feel

A more cushioned and lighter version of the U4ic is used in making the footwear. This version is called the U4icX Heel Wedge. With the utilization of this technology, it delivers a softer and more pillowy underfoot feel.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 heel wedge

This is significant for the runner during the ground impact. Optimal shock absorption is offered by the U4ic. This lightweight midsole material delivers a resilient ride and improved durability as well.

Stretchable material

The Dynamotion Fit is integrated into the upper section of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22. This stretchable material lies in the forefoot area to create an optimized fit.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 stretchable material

It also has the collar construction that is responsible for preventing the heel collar from bending and twisting under load.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is a comfortable shoe

Lying in the forefoot area is the Dual Zone engineered mesh. This component of the shoe is updated to improve response to foot movements. This is significant in providing a distraction-free fit.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 engineered mesh

Mizuno added the U4icX Strobel Lasting board into the shoe. This feature's primary focus is to deliver a more cushioned and comfortable feel underneath the foot.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 283g / Women 241g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Mizuno Wave Rider 25
Forefoot height: 20mm
Heel height: 32mm

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