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Key characteristics

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  • Terrain: Road & Track
  • Arch support: Neutral
  • Heel to toe drop: 12 mm
  • Weight: 235-272 grams
  • Release year: 2017



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  • Outsole

The heel part of the outsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 features X10, a high quality rubber compound made from carbon. It’s supposed to protect the outsole from surface abrasion and provide good traction. Mizuno calls this technology Flex Grooves.

The forefoot section contains what Mizuno calls Flex Controllers. This translates into blown rubber in the outsole. Blown rubber is commonly used in soles because of its flexibility. The Flex Controllers allegedly provides more flexibility and power to the runner during the toe off phase of the gait cycle.

  • Midsole

The midsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider features different types of foam technology like the U4ic (durable) and U4icX (lightweight) that are supposed to provide responsive cushioning and shock absorption.

The midsole is also fitted with the Mizuno Wave Plate that’s made of plastic material with the goal of delivering a springy ride. Mizuno describes its Smooth Ride technology as a rocking chair-like motion.

Last but not least, the shoe includes the Ortholite Sock Liner that is antimicrobial and anti-moisture.

  • Upper

The upper of shoe features two technologies.

The Triple Zone Mesh is a breathable and flexible material that keeps the foot cool and dry.

The Dynamotion Fit is a stretchable material that, according to Mizuno, is supposed to mirror the foot’s natural movement during the gait cycle, providing support and freedom at the same time.


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