Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mizuno Wave Sayonara {product review}

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.

If you are a fan of Mizuno running shoes and apparel, then I bet you have heard of the newest member of the running shoe line-up - the Wave Sayonara.



Meant to replace the soon to be retired Precision and Elixir, the Sayonara is a lightweight neutral trainer with great cushioning and support. 

I was first introduced to Mizuno last year as a member of the Mezamashii Run Project and was fitted with a pair of Precision 13s. I trained for and ran my first (and only, so far) marathon in them and am a huge fan of the Wave Precision. I have I admit I was disappointed that they were being discontinued, but that was before reading more about and finally getting to test out a pair of the Wave Sayonara. 

I will get more in depth about the shoe, but in short, 

I LOVE THE WAVE SAYONARA!

Aesthetics:

This is one pretty shoe. These photos don't do it justice, but they are super bright hot pink! The purple in the laces and overlays is a nice compliment. The overall look is streamlined and they certainly look fast.

Electric/Silver/Purple Magic



Fit:

The Sayonara fits more snugly than the Precision. It all around hugs my foot, more like the fit of a slipper or racing flat, but with support. I have a relatively normal width foot and have room for my toes to splay when running, but I don't slip around. The lack of sewn overlays means there is no place that would rub against my toes. The one sewn overlay is a "runbird" on the arch that provides support. 


The toe box is shallower than the Precision, which could provide fit issues for some, but doesn't cause me any discomfort. I do feel some tightness on the top of my foot where I have a bony protrusion, but adjusted the laces to provide a more comfortable fit. I really notice a difference in the heel counter. It feels significantly lower than the Precision and very much like the EVO Cursoris that I have been wearing recently. It is also more narrow in the Sayonara than the Precision and I find there are some socks with more padding on the heel that I can't wear due to where they fall on my Achilles. I am sure that with more wear they will form even more to my feet like my other Mizuno running shoes have.

Performance:

I have only taken the Sayonara out for a few short runs, but I love how they feel on the road. The new U4ic midsole (pronounced euphoric) is 30% lighter than the previous AP+ but provides great shock protection and according to Mizuno, is durable as well. The women's shoe weighs in at 7.1 ounces and the men's at 8.1.


I can feel the road like I'm wearing a racing shoe, but still have the soft landing of a more cushioned trainer. The sole is very grippy and I felt secure running down a very steep hill on wet roads. 


While I am mostly a midfoot runner, I do occasionally land on my heels (particularly running declines) and I do notice the difference in stack height and heel/toe drop (19mm/9mm) as compared to the Precisions (30mm/17mm) that are a tad clunky. 

Sayonara vs. Precision

Back to back comparison

The lower drop has not been an issue for me as I have been running in the Cursoris with a zero-drop, but those who have might feel some initial tightness in their calves and should ease into a lower drop shoe.

Overall:

The Wave Sayonara is a shoe that is light enough to race in, but provides enough cushioning and support for the long run. I am really looking forward to using them for training this summer and when I run my second marathon this fall. They are an excellent all-around shoe that is suited for many types of runners.

Also shown the women's Wave Sayonara in White/Lime Punch/Blue Atoll
and men's Wave Sayonara in Dude Blue/Anthracite/Lime Punch

You can try a pair for yourself starting this Friday, July 5 at your local running store. 
Suggested MSRP is $119.99. 
For more information on the Wave Sayonara or the entire line of Mizuno shoes and apparel visit www.mizunorunning.com

5 comments:

  1. Awesome review, girl!!!! Maybe one day I'll run in them.

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  2. Lucky you! Great review and I would love to try them.

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  3. Love the in-depth review of these! LOVE the color! I'm a wave creation girl but I'm 80% convinced to give these a try next go round :-))

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