30 Something Mother Runner received a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 20 shoes and compensation for the purpose of this review. All writing, opinions and photography are 100% my own.
I LOVE getting new running shoes to test out, and when the box with Mizuno Wave Rider 20s arrived on my doorstep, it was no exception! I tore open the cardboard box to find a beautifully decorated silver box celebrating the 20th iteration of this flagship Mizuno running shoe.
Mizuno Wave Rider 20 Specs
I have run in Mizunos on and off for years, and I love them! My model of choice is most often the Wave Rider, so I have definitely run in many iterations of this shoe. In terms of basics, the shoe weighs in at 8.3 oz and is a neutral shoe. The heel-to-drop is 12mm. So what’s new with the Wave Rider 20?
While the shoe maintains the classic Mizuno fit, there are a few new developments with the Wave Rider 20. One thing I am excited about is the Triple Zone engineered mesh because it provides excellent breathability. Another new feature is a redesigned cloudwave plate, which I think definitely provides a smoother ride.
In terms of the mid-sole, the Wave Rider 20 has a new U4ic foam compound which results in the model being 33% more responsive and durable – WIN!
This Shoe Would Be Ideal For…
As I mentioned above, this is a neutral shoe so best for those that don’t have pronation issues. That being said, I think it is a good idea to mix up the running shoes you use regularly. By keeping your feet guessing, you help to strengthen supportive muscles in your foot and lower leg and may even prevent some over use injuries.At 8.3 oz, it would be a great shoe to use for training and racing.
My Overall Impression
I have really been enjoying this shoe, and it has definitely secured a spot in my shoe stable. 🙂 I have yet to take it out on long runs (because I’m not training for anything right now), but I have no doubt it would be fine for half marathon training!
Have you tried out the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 yet?