Spring 2013 Running Shoe Review

Mizuno Wave Rider 16, $115

10.1 oz. (men); 8.4 oz. (women)

12mm heel-toe offset

FIT: The biggest change in the Wave Rider 16 have come in the upper, which was stripped of overlays and been refined with a tighter outer mesh and a looser inner mesh. The result is a lighter shoe with the same snug fit in the heel and midfoot and a slightly roomier toe box.

FEEL: The shoe feels lighter and more breathable than previous editions and has an improved step-in feel. The higher-volume, less-complicated forefoot feels great, but what makes this shoe feel special is the synergy of the snugged down heel and midfoot and the improved flex pattern.

RIDE: The shoe retains a more traditional 12mm heel-toe offset, its firm-riding sensation and structured undercarriage, but the Wave spring in the midsole and an enhanced flex pattern make the Wave Rider 16 anything but a slow slogger. The heel cushioning has been improved with a lower-density foam wedge that gives a softer heel strike and offers smoother engagement of the rigid Wave Spring.

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