**The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno**
I’ve never run in a Mizuno shoe before. I have read all about them, and even have been suggested them by my local Fleet Feet but I’ve never taken the plunge. When I had the opportunity to try out the New Wave Rider 17 neutral running shoe early, I jumped at the chance. These shoes will be available this Thursday December 5th. AND OH man these babies do NOT disappoint!
When trying out a new sneaker I like to give them the same ole’ treatment my regular kicks survive through. For my first trial run which I am affectionately calling our “blind first date” I hit the treadmill. The treadmill is a great place for me to try out a new shoe. I can make adjustments and don’t need to be in a busy roadway while doing it. Safety first 😉 I didn’t have any adjustments to make in these shoes. I liked the fit and the cushion. They provided cushion on the treadmill without the feeling of bouncing some sneakers give. 3 sweaty miles later I was impressed by the feel of the Wave Rider 17 shoe.
Since this was my first experience with the Wave Rider, I can’t compare it to older versions. I have a friend who owned a pair and after checking hers out. The weight difference between the 14 and 17 are dramatic. These shoes are much lighter. I like a lighter shoe as I always feel faster when I run in them! Running is a mental game..feeling lighter makes me feel faster.
My biggest take aways and likes about these shoes included the lightness and cushioned support.
For my second run I took them out to brave the elements. I live in Upstate NY if I am going to own a pair of running shoes they better be able to handle snow and ice. This time I decided a longer run was in order. Since it was freezing out, I decided 6 miles would give me enough time to check them against the weather!
They held up brilliantly through the run and even helped me stay upright after I hit a little patch of black ice! Mizunos for the WIN! The shape of the sole of the shoe was perfect for my snowy wonderland run. They didn’t collect the snow and stayed cozy for the entire run.
I liked that for a neutral shoe they were very light and flexible while still offering a nice cushion. To test that I took my pair of Wave Rider’s to a P90X class as well. Even though they aren’t designed for that type of workout I wanted to see how they would stand up to the pounding of Plyo. One again, they were a great option and I approve them for P90X wear. They were comfortable even during the functional movements.
Overall I was really impressed by the Wave Rider 17’s. I’m a big fan of neon right now and liked that these laces added a touch of bright color to the shoe. Plus how cool are the oversized aglet?
New sneakers always make me feel like a superhero but the Mizunos new Wave Rider had me feeling like a SUPER– superhero! I’m looking forward to putting lots of miles on these shoes to train for some my halfs coming up in the spring.
Question of the Day: As people begin planning their race calendars for 2014, what races are on your list for the upcoming year? Do you have Mizunos?