May 2021 has brought us the release of Mizuno’s signature mid-cushion neutral running trainer, the Wave Rider 25. Mizuno has celebrated the silver anniversary of the shoe with some fantastic updates we’d thought we’d review in today’s post.
Mizuno running shoes are known for Wave Technology, which utilizes the basic geometry of a wave shape in the form of a plate to provide both cushion and stability. As a result Mizuno’s shoes have enjoyed a stable platform-style feel while also being extremely responsive in toe-off. Mizuno’s Wave plate makes it possible for the shoe to feel cushion along the length of the shoe while providing stability laterally where it is needed.
With the 25, Mizuno reshaped the Wave Plate, adding additional cushion and support to the midsole. The update combined with the ENERZY energy return for a noticeable difference in responsiveness from previous models.
During our in store test runs we found a noticeable increase in stability and structure for this shoe, with little additional rigidity or lack of motion as a result.
With the Wave Rider 25, Mizuno sought to improve the shoe in all the areas it is most famous for. First and foremost, they sought to increase the responsiveness of the shoe with the addition of ENERZY. ENERZY is a new EVA foam developed to compliment Wave technology by providing additional energy return. The Wave Rider 25 is the first version of the shoe to feature this technology.
Our store staff runners found this energy return 100% improved against previous models. The Mizuno Wave Rider 25 feels lighter and more responsive than previous versions. The upper (especially in the now available knit version) felt more open, less constrictive, on top of a satisfyingly wide base,
Mizuno has also added several updates to the upper with a focus on comfort while maintaining the company’s commitment to sustainability. The tongue is now gusseted for a more secure feel, and the softest mesh upper yet continues to be made from recycled materials. Durability has also gotten an upgrade with an additional 1mm of X10 rubber added to the outsole.
Women’s: 8.1oz weight
Men’s: 9.7oz weight
Drop is 12mm for both men and women.
Neutral runners looking for a secure fit every day trainer with a high rate of energy return should visit one of our locations and try for themselves. See you soon!