A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have been invited to the blogger’s launch of two of Mizuno’s latest running shoes, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Mizuno Inspire 12.
As part of the launch, we were gifted with our own pair of shoes and was able to try it on for a short 2km run. I received a Rider 19 pair which made it possible for me to feel what difference it brings as compared to the last Mizuno Wave Rider pair that I have been using – the Rider 17.
My initial impressions were:
- the current colorways are more attractive to the eyes – the pair I have is perfect to use when running on the road at night
- the toe box and the mid-section of the shoe, although still narrow – have been made a little wider, giving more comfortable space for the feet and the toes! truly a snug fit.
- the shoe’s cushion is softer but firm and responsive. It’s the kind of soft that still maintains its form and stability.
- the shoe’s upper is made of a thin mesh material, it is so thin that I can even see through it – for me, this spells more breathability as air can get through the shoes more easily.
I have only tried running with the pair I have twice (including the 2km test run we did during the launch) but I am generally happy with the pair. It gave me a comfortable ride.
For more details, check the below information from the press kit. Thank you very much to Mizuno for providing me a free pair.
MIZUNO RIDER 19 and INSPIRE 12
Introduction to Mizuno Science
The Mizuno brand has been tirelessly working on its products for more than 100 years, starting from golf clubs and baseball sundries to becoming the international multi-sport brand that it is today.
This year, Mizuno showcases its dedication to innovation with Mizuno Science, which focuses on how Mizuno technology can help you better your best.
Elite runner, two-time Olympian and Philippine Record holder for numerous long distance running times from 3km to 42km, Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista has decided to start using Mizuno running shoes.
He recently told us in an interview that ”ang napansin ko sa hitogami, from start to finish ganon pa rin epekto niya, hindi nagbabago, di katulad ng iba kong ginamit na nawawala ang cushion, niya, ngayon lang ako nakagamit ng ganyan katibay ang cushion at matatag din pantakbo.”
What I noticed with the hitogami, from start to finish, the effect remains the same. It did not change(cushioning), not like others(shoes) that I have used, the cushioning changes. Only now have I used shoes with cushion that is this durable and stable for running. – Eduardo Vertek Buenavista (August 4 2016)
To add to the credibility of Mizuno Science, Vertek won the Manila leg of the Milo Marathon using the Wave Hitogami 2, which uses a parallel wave plate.
Mizuno Wave Tester
To show us the literal difference of Mizuno Science, the brand introduces the Mizuno Wave Tester. This platform will let you test out the difference between shoe cushioning with the Mizuno Wave Plate and shoe cushioning with regular shoe foam.
The Mizuno Wave Plate technology makes your run stable on every stride. It focuses on dispersing the impact forces away from your feet instead of just absorbing the impact, while also stabilizing the contact of your foot to the ground. This helps you prevent injury, and have a more enjoyable run.
This is also the reason why Mizuno shoes with the Wave Technology have consistent and stable cushioning, even for longer distances.
Mizuno Wave Rider 19
On its 19th version, Mizuno has developed a heel to toe transition that is light, firm and responsive, with improved softness and flexibility for the structure of the shoe, a new U4icX midsole and 2 mm thicker strobel board for added comfort.
U4icX is one of the new improvements with the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. This technology gives the mid-sole cushion a more responsiveness, creating a more responsive ride on every stride.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 also offers a snug fit in the toe box area to avoid creating heat from friction.
The Wave Rider 19 comes in Blue and Yellow for men. Pink and blue for women.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 12
The new version of the Inspire 12 has precision support with responsive ride and superb performance in the stability category. A must try sensation for any over-pronator.
Mizuno changed the heel geometry of the Wave Inspire 12, taking out the SR Touch foam and replacing it with a new compound that is indicated as U4ic X, thicker than its predecessor at approximately 36mm in the midsole. There is also an added layer of sock liner to provide added cushioning.
The Inspire 12 comes in Black, Dark Blue, and Yellow for men. Pink and teal for women.
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