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FIRST GLANCE: Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Mizuno’s most popular running shoe—the Wave Rider—has continued to turn heads ever since it made its initial debut back in 1998. Now set to enter its seventeenth installment, the Wave Rider has been completely upgraded to for even more firepower—at least we hope.

Now, before you get all choked up, on paper, all the tweaks to the Wave Rider 17 seem to be legit. Aside from the toecap and heel counter, the shoe’s upper features a seamless design for reduced weight and increased comfort. As it recently did in the Sayonara, Mizuno will also introduce a new U4iC midsole unit that is 30% lighter than standard foam, but offers greater shock absorption and responsiveness.

Mizuno has also done away with the carbon rubber outsole used in prior models in lieu of a blown rubber that also helps reduce the shoe’s weight. All this weight reduction means the Wave Rider 17 will be much lighter than its predecessor at 8.8 ounces (an ounce less than the 16).

Release date of the shoe is set for December 2013. It will be priced at $115.


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  • Nico

    Really looking forward to this shoe as a compliment for my marathon Asics Gel Nimbus 15s. Mizuno make a great shoe and with the lower weight and new midsole these will WR17s will be a perfect tempo, 10k and 1/2 marathon shoe for me. The 16s fit a half size long for me so make sure to try before you buy.


    Having owned almost every model of the Wave Rider over the past ten years, I preordered a pair of these and just received them. Sadly, I HATE THEM! True, they are much lighter than ever, but feel very cheap. Mizunos have never been a long lasting shoe, but these feel like they will fall a part in no time at all. The toe cap is more rounded and the shoe seems to offer no support at all. The arch is in a different location, much further back in the shoe, and the bottom of the shoe is so soft that I feel the pavement, I ordered the narrow (which only comes in white with purple accent and ugly yellow laces) and the new rounded toe cap makes the narrow shoes look silly . After ten years of being an avid Wave Rider fan, I must look for another shoe.

    • Hawkman

      Worse than the 14?