Ride Responsibility-Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Review

I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21s. I actually was fortunate enough to test the Rider 20s last year, so was interested to see what updates Mizuno has made.

COLORS
The new 21s come in 4 different colors for men; black, delta blue-silver, classic blue-black and quiet shade-silver. I received the blue-black color, which I prefer of the others. Running shoes should always be bright, and cause people to take notice when they see you running. I have never been a fan of black running shoes, they seem so boring. If I had to choose another color, I guess it would have been the silver color.

Features
Dynamotion Fit: creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly
Mizuno Wave: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies
X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear
Intercool: cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during a run

Design
With the Wave Rider 21, you receive a totally redesigned wave technology for a softer cushion and enhanced responsive feel. The new dynamotion fit features a triple zone engineered mesh for breathability, movement, and hold.

Wear
Enough of all the technically specifications, etc, what you really want to know is how do they feel/perform. All the technology in the world is out the window, if a shoe doesn’t feel good and perform well. I will tell you, right out of the box these Mizuno Wave Rider 21s were ready to roll. When I first slipped them on, the level of comfort was immediate. My feet felt snug in the shoe, even before I tied them up. The shoe was well manufactured and solid, with the right flexibility in the appropriate places.

TEST RUN #1
Surface: Road
The first day I received them, I took them out on a quick 3 mile run in order to test the feel. Although the run was short, I could feel the breathability and cushion on each of my foot strikes. I ran on a road since that is where the majority of my races take place, and the 21s handled the asphalt like a champ. I never had an issue with road work on the Rider 20s, so I wasn’t expected anything less for the 21s. The shoes are sneaky light. My pace on the 3 miles was sub 9, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was running. Sneaky fast shoes are the best.

TEST RUN #2
Surface: Trail
For my second test run, I took the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s on a 8 mile trail run to see how they could handle a different type of terrain. These Wave Rider 21s didn’t even bat an eye, as they successfully navigated through the dirt, rocks, etc of the trails. I feel in love with the foot strike of these shoes, it almost felt like they had springs in them. I finished the 8 miles and my feet still felt fresh, I didn’t experience any foot soreness whatsoever.

RECCOMENDATION
This is a no-brainer, if you are already a Mizuno fan, get this! The Wave Rider typically puts out a good product, the 20s were good but the 21s are Great. If you are not currently a fan of Mizuno, I would suggest you giving these a try. They are the same price point($120) as the majority of running shoes out there. Enjoy the ride.

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I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21s. I actually was fortunate enough to test the Rider 20s last year, so was interested to see what updates Mizuno has made.

COLORS

The new 21s come in 4 different colors for men; black, delta blue-silver, classic blue-black and quiet shade-silver. I received the blue-black color, which I prefer of the others. Running shoes should always be bright, and cause people to take notice when they see you running. I have never been a fan of black running shoes, they seem so boring. If I had to choose another color, I guess it would have been the silver color.

Features

Dynamotion Fit: creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly

Mizuno Wave: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies

X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear

Intercool: cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during a run

Design

With the Wave Rider 21, you receive a totally redesigned wave technology for a softer cushion and enhanced responsive feel. The new dynamotion fit features a triple zone engineered mesh for breathability, movement, and hold.

Wear

Enough of all the technically specifications, etc, what you really want to know is how do they feel/perform. All the technology in the world is out the window, if a shoe doesn’t feel good and perform well. I will tell you, right out of the box these Mizuno Wave Rider 21s were ready to roll. When I first slipped them on, the level of comfort was immediate. My feet felt snug in the shoe, even before I tied them up. The shoe was well manufactured and solid, with the right flexibility in the appropriate places.

TEST RUN #1

Surface: Road

The first day I received them, I took them out on a quick 3 mile run in order to test the feel. Although the run was short, I could feel the breathability and cushion on each of my foot strikes. I ran on a road since that is where the majority of my races take place, and the 21s handled the asphalt like a champ. I never had an issue with road work on the Rider 20s, so I wasn’t expected anything less for the 21s. The shoes are sneaky light. My pace on the 3 miles was sub 9, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was running. Sneaky fast shoes are the best.

TEST RUN #2

Surface: Trail

For my second test run, I took the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s on a 8 mile trail run to see how they could handle a different type of terrain. These Wave Rider 21s didn’t even bat an eye, as they successfully navigated through the dirt, rocks, etc of the trails. I feel in love with the foot strike of these shoes, it almost felt like they had springs in them. I finished the 8 miles and my feet still felt fresh, I didn’t experience any foot soreness whatsoever.

RECCOMENDATION

This is a no-brainer, if you are already a Mizuno fan, get this! The Wave Rider typically puts out a good product, the 20s were good but the 21s are Great. If you are not currently a fan of Mizuno, I would suggest you giving these a try. They are the same price point($120) as the majority of running shoes out there. Enjoy the ride.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

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I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21s. I actually was fortunate enough to test the Rider 20s last year, so was interested to see what updates Mizuno has made.

COLORS
The new 21s come in 4 different colors for men; black, delta blue-silver, classic blue-black and quiet shade-silver. I received the blue-black color, which I prefer of the others. Running shoes should always be bright, and cause people to take notice when they see you running. I have never been a fan of black running shoes, they seem so boring. If I had to choose another color, I guess it would have been the silver color.

Features
Dynamotion Fit: creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly
Mizuno Wave: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies
X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear
Intercool: cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during a run

Design
With the Wave Rider 21, you receive a totally redesigned wave technology for a softer cushion and enhanced responsive feel. The new dynamotion fit features a triple zone engineered mesh for breathability, movement, and hold.

Wear
Enough of all the technically specifications, etc, what you really want to know is how do they feel/perform. All the technology in the world is out the window, if a shoe doesn’t feel good and perform well. I will tell you, right out of the box these Mizuno Wave Rider 21s were ready to roll. When I first slipped them on, the level of comfort was immediate. My feet felt snug in the shoe, even before I tied them up. The shoe was well manufactured and solid, with the right flexibility in the appropriate places.

TEST RUN #1
Surface: Road
The first day I received them, I took them out on a quick 3 mile run in order to test the feel. Although the run was short, I could feel the breathability and cushion on each of my foot strikes. I ran on a road since that is where the majority of my races take place, and the 21s handled the asphalt like a champ. I never had an issue with road work on the Rider 20s, so I wasn’t expected anything less for the 21s. The shoes are sneaky light. My pace on the 3 miles was sub 9, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was running. Sneaky fast shoes are the best.

TEST RUN #2
Surface: Trail
For my second test run, I took the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s on a 8 mile trail run to see how they could handle a different type of terrain. These Wave Rider 21s didn’t even bat an eye, as they successfully navigated through the dirt, rocks, etc of the trails. I feel in love with the foot strike of these shoes, it almost felt like they had springs in them. I finished the 8 miles and my feet still felt fresh, I didn’t experience any foot soreness whatsoever.

RECCOMENDATION
This is a no-brainer, if you are already a Mizuno fan, get this! The Wave Rider typically puts out a good product, the 20s were good but the 21s are Great. If you are not currently a fan of Mizuno, I would suggest you giving these a try. They are the same price point($120) as the majority of running shoes out there. Enjoy the ride.

2016 Running Year in Review

2016 was a year of many accomplishments and improvement for me. When the year started there was no way anyone could tell me everything that I would accomplish in 365 days. My year was centered around training for the Chicago Marathon and beating my time from my previous marathon, but before I could get to Chicago I had plenty of races in between. I finished with 16 races for the year and below i will do a small recap on a few of my favorites.

Tobacco Road Half Marathon(March 2016). This was my first race of the year and also my first time ever running Tobacco Road. It’s reputation was that many people hit their BQ there because it is flat. I decided to give the half a try and see if I could PR my half marathon time. I honestly did not like the half marathon at all. I am a people person and I get motivated by the crowds of people, and this race you didn’t get that. 10 of the 13 miles was through trails and there was nothing there but trees and other runners. I came up 4 minutes short of my PR, but still finished under 2 hours.

Rock and Roll Raleigh(Aprl 2016). My third race of the year and only Rock and Roll series I would complete in 2016. I have run Raleigh every year since it began so it has become a staple run for me. Raleigh hills are always challenging so this is not a favorite race by many locals, but lots of out of towners come run it. It was unusually cold for April, at race start it was in the 30s. Oddly enough I ran faster than i did at Tobacco Road the previous month and only missed my PR by 1 minute 30 seconds.

Flying Pirate Half Marathon(Aprl 2016) i called the month of April the Gauntlet because I had races every weekend of the month. I traveled to the outer banks for the Flying Pirate the week after Rock and Roll. It was my first time running in the outer banks and I admit it was fun. I did the challenge where you run a 5k Saturday and then the half marathon on Sunday. I not only performed well in both races but i met someone that would become a dear friend of mine. I ended up pacing my new friend to a 9 minute PR in her half marathon.

Raleigh 13.1(Midtown). Somehow i got talked into doing a half marathon in the month of June by my running partner.  I don’t think that will ever happen again. That was probably the hottest race I have ever been a part of. By race in i was completely drenched in sweat and my clothes were heavy. Temperatures got into the 90s before the race was over. No wear near my PR but i still finished in 2 hours. A lot of people were not as fortunate.

Holden Beach Half Marathon(September 2016) My last tuneup race before the Chicago Marathon, we headed to the beach. This race started off great, but on the turn around we were running directly into the sun. You could see the weight of the sun affecting the runners, along with the fact that the traffic was not stopped for the runners. So not only were we dealing with the sun but we are dodging traffic as we ran. Another very hot race that i was happy to finish in 2 hours.

Chicago Marathon(October 2016) Finally, what i had trained all year for was upon me. I traveled to Chicago to take on the Chicago Marathon. I had to redeem myself and anything less than my PR I would have considered a failure. I wrote 25 family and friends names on my arm for motivation, dedicated a mile to each of them. Through the streets of Chicago we ran, passing retirement homes where the residents were waving from their windows, pass streets with elvis impersonators. All the spectators were so supportive and it paid off. I crossed the finish line in 4 hours 17 minutes, beating my previous PR by an astounding 45 minutes. I couldn’t have been more proud of myself. All the training, sacrifice and hours paid off.

Tuna 200 Relay(October 2016). I ran my first relay race. We had a team of 12 runners that ran from Garner, NC to Atlantic Beach. It was my first relay and i really enjoyed it. Running through the night and getting to see all the back roads of the state. I made plenty of new friends. We celebrated with drinks of the beach and grilled Tuna

 

Richmond Half Marathon(November 2016) My last half marathon  of the year and i went out with a bang. I ran the streets and trails of Richmond virginia, finally crushing my half marathon PR by 5 minutes. I particularly loved this race because the last mile was straight downhill.. You can’t beat that.

2016 saw me beat my PRs in all the of the big 3 distances (5k, half marathon, full marathon)

Jingle Bell 5k: New PR 22:06 (Previous 23:55)
Richmond Half Marathon: New PR 1:43:06 (Previous 1:48:35)
Chicago Marathon: New PR 4:17 (Previous 5:02)

2016 Races
Tobacco Road Half Marathon : 1:52:04
Not So Normal 12k: 48:56
Rock and Roll Raleigh 5k: 24:35
Rock and Roll Raleigh Half Marathon: 1:49:19
Flying Pirate 5k: 23:31
Flying Pirate Half Marathon: 1:51:06
Tar Heel 10-Miler: 1:26:49
Race 13.1 Raleigh: 2:08:58
Susan K Komen 5k: 23:31
Holden Beach Half Marathon: 2:00:30
Bank of America Chicago Marathon: 4:17:37
Richmond Half Marathon: 1:43:06
Ridgewood Turkey Trot: 37:49
Jingle Bell Run 5k: 22:06
Reindeer Dash for Cash 10 Miler: 1:16:23img_7647

Shoe Review-Mizuno Wave Rider 20

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I was given the unique privilege by Mizuno to product test their latest shoe, the Wave Rider 20s. I will start by saying I have never wore Mizuno’s for any of my races, so this was a new experience and pretty much guarantee my unbiased review of the product. So, let’s get to it.

Let’s start with one of the most important features of a shoe…..the look.

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side view

I was sent clownfish/black, and I must admit they are snazzy. I never thought about buying orange shoes, but I actually like these. I really like the visible design you can see behind the mesh overlay.

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bottom tread

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Now it was time to take these puppies out on the road. I decided to go out on 3 runs, of various distances, to see how they performed.

Run #1 {1 mile} First thing i notice when i slipped them on for the first time was just how incredibly comfortable they were. They snugged right up to my foot, and they were light in weight. I laced up and 1 thing i did notice was that the shoe laces weren’t quite as long as I am used to. I typically double tie my running shoes, and these laces were a little to short for me, although I was able to manage a small double knot. I headed out and first thing i noticed was they seemed slightly stiff. I did not put much weight into the stiffness since all shoes require a “breaking in” period. I finished out the 1 mile with no major complaints to report.

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Run #2 {7 miles} Now time for some real mileage. I took them out for the 2nd run, this time I pushed them to 7 miles. This was a sidewalk room, with a couple of good size hills to  add some resistance. As I hit the hills, these Wave Rider 20 responded beautifully. I particularly like the size of the toe box, not too wide but gives you just enough room for your toes to breath and not feel too cramped. The flexibility of these shoes felt really good on the heels. Another thing i noticed is the back of the shoes are slightly curved, they seemed to give me a slight rocking motion as a planted and pushed off. My foot strike point causes the back left tread of my shoes to wear out first. The slight curve in the bottom heel seem to help with that particular area not being impacted as significantly, which is a huge plus in my book.

Run #3 {12 miles} For the 3rd run, I took it to one of the most challenging spots for runners in my area. The mere mention of Umstead, causes most runners to curse.The park is love and hated equally because of the large amounts of hills and elevation changes throughout. The trails throughout the park is gravel and sand, so it will give a good opportunity to see how the Wave Rider’s perform under different types of road conditions. The trail condition and hills would be prime opportunity for an inferior shoe to cause blisters or foot pain. Mile after mile, hill after hill, these shoes did not falter. The flexibility and cushioning took everything the hills had to offer and kept going. Through 1999 feet of elevation increase, I never felt any foot pain or any clue of blisters forming.

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these shoes are KEEPERS

Overall, I believe Mizuno has hit the jackpot with the new Wave Rider 20s. I honestly couldn’t find anything I hated about the shoes. All runners would like the shoes to be more lightweight but these shoes were more than favorable in the weight area. I think Mizuno may have just found themselves a new customer and I look forward to running a race in these 20s soon.

Appearance: *****
Flexibility: *****
Comfort: *****
Weight: ****
Tread: *****

GO GET YOURSELF SOME NEW MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 20s, YOUR FEET WILL THANK YOU.