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Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

Mizuno Wave Sayonara, $120

weights: 7.9 oz. (men’s); 6.3 oz. (women’s)

heights: 24mm (heel), 14mm (forefoot)

Fit: The new Sayonara offers a comfortable, glove-like fit from heel to toe. It’s reliably snug in the heel and midfoot, and close-fitting but adaptable in the forefoot.

Feel: This shoe exudes up-tempo performance and versatility. With a lightweight, low-to-the-ground design and extreme flexibility, it just feels fast, not to mention semi-firm and very agile too. Said one tester: “Nothing gets in the way of your stride.”

Ride: Fast and firm. Picking up where Mizuno’s successful Precision shoe left off, the Sayonara offers an awe-inspiring combination of speed, comfort and protection. It has just enough foam to feel like a cushioned shoe, but just enough structure to offer guidance on longer runs.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at bmetzler@competitorgroup.com.

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