Happy 20th Anniversary MIZUNO WAVE RIDER!

Mizuno has done it again – prove that it is always true to its “Never Settle” manifesto, that is! For 20 years, it has been said that the company has worked tirelessly to develop the Wave Rider model – incorporating both big and small improvements in material, design and technology, to make it one of the best running shoes in the market and to become the runner’s choice that it is today.

I am just so glad to have been able to experience this continuous history and legacy by being a proud owner of different versions of a Mizuno Wave Rider pair!

thank you so much Mizuno for my very own pair, I love it!

thank you so much Mizuno for my very own pair, I love it!

Now for its 20th anniversary, let us look back to the evolution of the Wave Rider and check to see its latest version, the model that packs a punch. I have been gifted by Mizuno with a pair and I am honestly delighted to be able to try it on for some mileage!

Read on and know more about Mizuno’s Wave Rider!

THE EVOLUTION OF THE WAVE RIDER

mizuno-wave-rider
Mizuno, true to its ‘never settle’ manifesto, has worked tirelessly for the past 20 years to develop the Wave Rider 20 into the runner’s choice that it is today. In celebration of the culmination of improvements, some big and some small, in material, design and technology, Mizuno’s restless pursuit of perfection is obvious. There remains some semblance from the original design but ultimately the Wave Rider has improved year on year and continues to impress even the purest of runners.

THE ROAD TO PERFECTION

Part of the research and developmental process for the Wave Rider was critically listening to feedback. The most significant example is a consumer study known as Kansei Engineering, which is a Japanese product philosophy that simulates the buying
experience for runners. The ultimate result of this was finding out exactly what athletes were looking for when purchasing their next running shoe. The ability to embrace innovation and also adapt to feedback is what has made Mizuno’s Wave Rider 20 the
success that it is today.

MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 20

screen-shot-2017-02-15-at-9-49-02-am

LIGHTWEIGHT PROGRESSION
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. When originally conceived, the Wave Rider was but a shadow of today’s contemporary industry leading shoe. Weighing in at 365g, it paved the way for its descendants to adhere to the Wave Rider’s principle development strategy of “just what you need and nothing more.” The very first Wave Rider struggled to gain a following, but it was exactly this that lead Mizuno to make the changes that have sculpted the latest incredibly successful model. Through intensive developments and improvements year on year, the Wave Rider 20 weighs just 290g, and is a far cry from the original.

PARALLEL WAVE TECHNOLOGYscreen-shot-2017-02-15-at-9-49-14-am
A prime example of Mizuno’s quest for cutting edge is its innovative design. The Wave Rider 6 enhanced its series when the plastic Wave design was replaced by a softer composite resulting in a smoother heel strike. Not satisfied with just improving the design of the shoe, part of the Wave Rider 12 was made from Castor Oil which significantly reduced Mizuno’s carbon footprint helping benefit the planet. Today, the Wave Rider 20’s Parallel Wave offers the perfect amount of cushion and energy dispersion,
allowing the foot to move in its natural motion. Perfect for neutral-foot types who don’t need as much support, the wave plate disperses the impact forces evenly throughout the midsole and keeps the foot centered on the shoe’s platform.

NEW FEATURES
The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 features the new Cloud Wave, U4ic and U4icX, and an engineered mesh to better its predecessors.

Cloud Wave
The new cloud wave plate shape incorporates the same Mizuno Wave Plate technology with a different concave and convex shape, offering a more cloud like run that provides a softer landing and the smoothest possible transition through toe-off,

U4ic and U4icX
The Wave Rider 20 utilizes the 2 types of U4ic cushion, more responsive and lighter material with the U4ic mid-sole for a smooth ride and a softer U4icX at the heel area to absorb impact.

Triple Zone engineered mesh
The Wave Rider 20 maintains Mizuno’s classic fit while also featuring a breakthrough in Triple Zone engineered mesh that provides breathability, movement and hold throughout the run.

MY IMPRESSION

Unboxing my pair (compliments from Mizuno) and having a first try, here are my impressions: 

  • similar to most of the Mizuno pairs I have, the Wave Rider 20 has a light feel
  • it is comfortable maybe owing to the fact that it uses the 2 types of U4ic cushion
  • it is breathable
  • it still has that spacious toe box that I like in Mizuno shoes
  • I love the design, especially how even the “20” on the heel will reflect at night 
  • it is stable (thanks to the Mizuno Wave Plate technology)

To find out more about the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, visit any of the Mizuno stores in thePhilippines, or visit the Mizuno Philippines Website.(mizuno.ph) Be updated on the Mizuno activities in the Philippines by following the Mizuno Running Facebook page and the MizunoPh Instagram account.

Advertisements

Mizuno’s Newest Wave Sayonara 4 NOW OUT!

Mizuno’s newest version of their Wave Sayonara shoe line, the WAVE SAYONARA 4, is now available in the market and here is the official word from Mizuno about this shoe model, read on!

PRESS RELEASE:

MIZUNO WAVE SAYONARA 4

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Mizuno’s dedication to provide innovative products is the soul of the company’s motto to Never Settle. The latest in Mizuno performance shoes now has its best upgrade. Mizuno has blurred the lines between race day and everyday training in this performance, neutral shoe. With a sleek fit and low-profile midsole, this lightweight,responsive shoe is perfect to go fast.

The Wave Sayonara 4 is best for the competitive runner who wants a lightweight shoe that can bring their performance to the next level of running experience. The dynamic feel and updated cushioning will make you want to run fast and run endlessly.

The U4ic midsole and blown rubber in the forefoot makes a lightweight structure that is combined with Mizuno Dynamotion Fit technology that provides a unique running experience.

The new version features a 10mm drop from heel to toe is expected to be lighter than it looks, while X10 rubber on the outsole also provides for longer lasting traction. The upper design features a functional aesthetic when it comes to the secure fit of the shoe with the 3D printed lines on the lateral an medial side of the shoes, combined with the stitched in logo, and a toe guard to avoid water from accumulating in the forefoot area.

If you are looking for a pair of racing shoes that will get you through training and race day, then the Wave Sayonara 4 is the perfect partner to lace-up with and take you through further distances. Marathon’s will become your new best friend.

The Wave Sayonara 4 is Eduardo Vertek Buenavista’s choice of footwear in preparation for the Milo Marathon Finals on December 4, 2016. Defining the shoe as a racing and training shoe, Vertek is positive about his performance in the upcoming marathon and looks forward to the consistent cushioning and durability of his own Mizuno shoes. View Vertek’s video in this address to know more about Mizuno and Vertek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nnowZDPmlI

Just released: The Mizuno Wave Creation 18

Now on its 100th year as a company, it seems like Mizuno is bent on making its presence felt in the running community through a series of valuable contributions. After releasing the latest versions of the Wave Rider (19) and Wave Inspire (12), they have recently released a new version in their Wave Creation line, the Wave Creation 18.

img_7467

These new releases only validates the fact that Mizuno’s notable contribution to the running community has always been the development of high-quality products that function well with exactly what serious runner needs. 

From the recently-held short test run with Team Mizuno wherein we were given our own pair of the Wave Creation 18, here are my initial take aways:

  • Unboxing the shoes, I shall give credit to Mizuno for consistently coming up with exciting color combinations. Mine was in bold colors of diva pink, black and yellow. I am not much into pink and would have preferred the other color way of capri, diva pink and blue but the pair I got elicited glances everytime I wear it and will definitely be a favorite for women runners who are on a lookout for eye candy colors on a shoe.
  • At first fit, I felt outright comfortable with the pair. It has a mesh upper that is breathable. It was occasionally drizzling when we had a test run and my feet did not get wet. Hopefully this will still ring true for running in the rain.
  • The shoe, maybe because it is designed for large runners, is not as narrow as the other Mizuno shoe line. From the toe box, the midsection and up to the heel counter, the shoe is a bit wide for me who has narrow feet. But not to worry as all I had to do is make sure that I pull the shoe laces tight enough for a comfortable and snug feel. For those who have narrow feet like me, I suggest that you try one in your actual feet size as this might provide the perfect fit for you.
  • The cushioning is firm and can be felt especially on the heel area.

img_7469

Overall we had a nice short test run, enough for us to get an initial feel of the shoe. It is a shoe that will work for me on short runs and I look forward to being able to try it on long runs and on different surfaces like on wet roads, on the track and on light trails as the Wave Creation 18 is said to be designed to be enjoyed while running anywhere. 

img_7474

The Mizuno Wave Creation 18 is now available in Mizuno Stores in the Philippines.

*Thank you to the people of Mizuno Philippines for inviting me to the Wave Creation 18 test run and for providing me with a complimentary pair.

 

The adidas Women Fit Squad and the new PureBOOST X for Women’s colorways

Last month, right after getting back from a week-long out of town work, I gave in to an adidas Women FitSquad session invite – that was after battling with my psyche which was telling me to “no! stay home, rest and catch some sleep!”.

img_6432

It was a brilliant decision after all because the event, which was held at the Kerry Sports in Shangri-La BGC, so far was the most fun I had doing fitness activities with a lot of women! We did HIIT, Modified Calisthenics and my favorite that night – the AcroYoga. It was an evening filled with positive energy that was meant to boost our power, mobility, and speed! Cheers to adidas and the adidas girls who led the workout sessions – Kayleen Ortiz, Marj Marcelo, and Lexi Gangayco.

adidas-women-fit-squad-radiates-positive-energy-at-kerry-sports

adidas women fitsquad radiates positive energy at Kerry Sports

fitsquad1

that’s me and Redg (onereyna.wordpress.com) trying out AcroYoga! It was fun and I loved doing it!

The adidas Women FitSquad session was made more fun with exciting challenges which rewarded achievers with cool adidas products as prizes and best of all, we got to participate in the session with a new pair of the adidas PureBOOST X for Women in its new colorway a surprise treat from adidas! As the new pair is my second PureBOOST X, I can really say that FitHappiness = having two pairs of your favorite shoe, both in eye candy colors!

img_6457

adidas PureBOOST X is form meets function and it has always been a winner for me!

PureBOOST X is the unique running shoe created solely for women, by women. Based on years of testing and research with women around the world, adidas created a sleek, form fitting running shoe built to meet the relentless energy of their active lifestyle. While most running shoes are adaptations of male shoes PureBOOST X was designed with only the female athlete in mind, resulting in a high performance meets high fashion running shoe for women.

This new Ray Red colorway of the PureBOOST X colourway is now available in stores and will be featured on the feet of some of the world’s greatest athletes this season.

This new Ray Red colorway of the PureBOOST X colourway is now available in stores and will be featured on the feet of some of the world’s greatest athletes this season.

PureBOOST X’s distinctive floating arch and adjustable lacing system hug the contours of the female foot to deliver a personalised, supportive fit and completely fresh look and feel. An adaptive stretch mesh upper wraps and flatters the foot while providing ventilation to keep runs cool and comfortable. PureBOOST X also features a full length BOOST midsole, made of thousands of tiny capsules, designed to unleash energy with every stride. A Stretch Web outsole allows for flex at any point enabling the foot to maintain its natural motion during a run.

From lacing up through cooling down or making a statement with style, PureBOOST X feels exhilarating and looks amazing the moment you put it on.

From lacing up through cooling down or making a statement with style, PureBOOST X feels exhilarating and looks amazing the moment you put it on.

The August session of the adidas Women Fit Squad has passed but whenever I and my friends who were there meet-up, we still can’t get over recalling the fun and exhilarating moments of that night at Kerry Sports. It was truly one fit girl bonding session that has boosted our fit squad goals!

my awesome FitSquad loot!

my awesome FitSquad loot!

Thank you very much adidas Philippines! Looking forward to the next sesh this month!

*The adidas PureBOOST X is now availablein several new colorways including the newly released Ray Red colorway. Get a pair in stores or online at http://shop.adidas.com.ph/running/pure-boost-x.html for P5,795.

 

Apple and Nike partners to give runners the perfect training partner

“Apple Watch is the ultimate device for a healthy life and we wanted to push it further to create the best smartwatch in the world for runners and athletes,” -Jeff Williams, Apple COO

Two great brands in one awesome device. Launched last 7 Sept, the Apple Watch Nike+ is the ultimate tool for anyone who loves running, pairing exclusive Nike Sport Bands with Apple Watch Series 2, which features GPS, a two-times-brighter display, water resistance 50 meters,* a powerful dual-core processor and watchOS® 3.

It’s not yet currently available in Southeast Asia though and we can only hope both Nike and Apple bring it here soon! Read on the below press release for more information.

PRESS RELEASE:

nike-plus-apple-watch-2016-lead_native_1600

Apple & Nike launch the Perfect Running Partner, Apple Watch Nike+

Today, Apple® and Nike introduced Apple Watch® Nike+, the latest result of a long-standing partnership.

Apple Watch Nike+ is the ultimate tool for anyone who runs, pairing exclusive Nike Sport Bands with Apple Watch Series 2, which features GPS, a two-times-brighter display, water resistance 50 meters,* a powerful dual-core processor and watchOS® 3.

Apple Watch Nike+ also includes exclusive Siri® commands and iconic Nike watch faces along with deep integration with the new Nike+ Run Club app for unrivaled motivation to go for a run, coaching plans that adapt to your unique schedule and progress, and guidance from the world’s best coaches and athletes. Apple Watch Nike+ is the ultimate companion for those with a passion for running, whether they’re emerging runners or marathon veterans.

“Apple Watch is the ultimate device for a healthy life and we wanted to push it further to create the best smartwatch in the world for runners and athletes,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Apple Watch Nike+ takes performance tracking to a whole new level and we can’t wait to bring it to the world’s largest community of runners.”
“We know runners – and we know many are looking for a device that gives them an easy, fun way to start running,” said Trevor Edwards, president of the Nike Brand. “The market is full of complex, hard-to-read devices that focus on your data. This focuses on your life. It’s a powerful device with a simple solution – your perfect running partner.”

nike-plus-apple-watch-2016-data_native_1600

Features

Apple Watch Nike+, like all Apple Watch Series 2 models, features built-in GPS to track pace, distance and route, so users can run without an iPhone®. With the brightest display Apple has ever made, metrics are easy to read, no matter the sun’s glare, and if users decide to take a post-run dip in the pool, Apple Watch Nike+ is water resistant 50 meters, for swimming.

The Nike Sport band is crafted from the same strong, flexible fluoroelastomer as the original Apple Watch Sport™ Band, but now it’s perforated for even better ventilation and sweat management. The lightweight band is available in four vibrant, two-tone color combinations that are unique to the collection. Apple Watch Nike+ features two exclusive watch faces inspired by Nike’s iconic style that can be easily personalized with useful apps like Activity Rings, Heart Rate, Stopwatch and Weather, helping runners stay informed at a glance.
Nike+ Run Club

Apple Watch Nike+ takes advantage of the unique capabilities of Apple Watch Series 2 and the Nike+ Run Club app to be the perfect running partner on your wrist. The app experience is seamlessly built into Apple Watch Nike+ and easily accessed right from the watch face, so users can get going with a quick tap. The Nike+ Run Club app offers daily motivation through smart run reminders, challenges from friends and even alerts informing when the weather is right to get outside. Training data, including pace, distance and heart rate are available at a glance, and through shared run summaries, the app promotes friendly competition, even allowing users to send fist bumps to each other right from the wrist.

Pricing & Availability

  • Apple Watch Nike+ will be available in two different aluminum case sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm and pairs with four exclusive Nike Sport Band color combinations including Black/Volt, Black/Cool Gray, Flat Silver/White and Flat Silver/Volt.
  • Apple Watch Nike+ will be available in 38 mm at $369 (US) and in 42mm at $399 (US) from Apple.com, Nike.com, Apple Stores, select Nike retail stores, select Apple Authorized Resellers and select specialty stores and department stores.
  • Apple Watch Nike+ is available to order on Apple.com since September 9, with availability in late October, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK and the US.
  • Apple Watch Nike+ will be available to order on Apple.com beginning Friday, September 23, with availability in late October, in Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Macau, Poland, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
  • Nike Sport Bands are available exclusively with Apple Watch Nike+ models and not sold separately.
  • Apple Watch Series 2 requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 10 or later. watchOS 3 and iOS 10 will be available beginning Tuesday, September 13 as a free software update. Some features are not available in all regions or all languages.
  • Every customer who buys Apple Watch Nike+ from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online,** to help set up and personalize their new Apple Watch with calendars, notifications, apps and more.
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about Apple Watch Nike+ or watchOS 3 can register for the free workshops offered at every Apple Store®.

*Apple Watch Series 2 has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 2 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth. Stainless steel and leather bands are not water resistant.

**In most countries.

Recently Released: Mizuno’s Wave Rider 19 and Inspire 12 Running Shoes

that's my pair, in pink! ;)

that’s my pair, in pink! 😉

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.

Bloggers and Team Mizuno after the test run

Bloggers and Team Mizuno after the test run

For more details, check the below information from the press kit. Thank you very much to Mizuno for providing me a free pair.

OFFICIAL RELEASE:

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

img_6599

the 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

img_6612

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.

The Nike+ Run Club App Gets an Upgrade!

Nike recently announced that the highly-awaited new Nike+ Run Club App is finally available on all iOS and Android devices. Users would need to download the new application on their respective app stores.

Nike+ Run Club App

Key Features include:

  1. Adaptive Coaching – NRC App adapts coaching plans to athletes’ schedules on the fly
  2. #Motivation – connects members around the world to a global leaderboard and collection of photos with a  hashtag
  3. Connection to running community – members can discover, book and check-in directly to sessions
  4. #Tunes – compilation of songs selected by Nike athletes and specifically designed to increase athletes’ speed
  5. No phones necessary – the built-in accelerometer of Apple Watch provides runner access to all of the in-run app metrics and experience so that the phone no need to be brought out

Read more about it on the below presser.

PRESS RELEASE:

Your Perfect Running Partner: What’s New About the Nike+ Run Club App?

In addition to best-in-class tracking for indoor and outdoor runs, the redesigned and updated app provides the premier motivation-guidance-support system, helping athletes to run farther and faster than ever before, propelled by the following new features:

NEW (ADAPTIVE) COACHING

Three distinct training programs designed by expert coaches help athletes “Get Started,” “Get More Fit” and “Get Race Ready.” Can’t make Tuesday’s Speed Run? Need to move the Long Run to Thursday? Not a problem. The updated Nike+ Run Club app adapts coaching plans to athletes’ schedules on the fly. Additionally, in-ear (i.e., audio) coaching from experts, like sprint legend Michael Johnson, helps push the runner’s pace.

#MOTIVATION

Whether on trail, track or road, hashtagging a run instantly connects Nike+ members around the world to a global leaderboard and collection of the photos shared with that hash-tag. Stickers showcase runners’ route maps, stats and elevation gain, allowing them to customize their photo—they can also further layer the photo with exclusive emoji-like stickers to create a truly unique running story.

STRONGER CONNECTION TO A RUNNING COMMUNITY

Join one of our 250 weekly Nike+ Run Club live session experiences, led by NRC Head Coaches and Nike Pacers. “Ready, Set, Go” sessions lay the fundamentals for novices while weekly Speed Runs, held at iconic track venues, help runners unlock their full pace potential. Also, users can discover, book and check-in directly to sessions via the new Nike+ Run Club app.

#TUNES

Playlists, featuring songs selected by Nike athletes and specifically designed to increase athletes’ speed, power up every run.

NO PHONE NECESSARY

The AppleWatch’s built-in accelerometer provides runner access to all of the in-run app metrics and experience so you can leave your iPhone at home.

Download the app here to become part of the Nike+ Run Club community.