The new Mizuno Wave Rider 18 will be a favorite in the Neutral/Stability category this year. The shoe delivers a smooth comfortable ride, a secure fit, and stylish looks. With added outsole protection and solid construction, this shoe is ready for the long run.

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Shoe Type: Neutral/Stability
Best for: Training
Surface: Roads
Price: $120

The Mizuno Wave Rider is built on the concept of a smooth ride and a natural heel to toe transition. The heel cup is secure, the midfoot wrap and premium sock liner provide lasting comfort, and the toe box is big enough to allow some natural spread on impact and toe off.

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Men’s Mizuno Wave Rider 18

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 weighs in at just 9.2 ounces and the heel to toe drop is 12mm. The durable outsole provides good traction for messy winter roads, and should make these trainers last well beyond the normal 300 to 400-mile replacement cycle. The upper is nicely crafted with a stylish pattern and great colors.

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Women’s Mizuno Wave Runner 18

Many loyal Mizuno fans did not like version 17 of the Wave Rider, so Mizuno took special care to craft version 18 to more closely resemble the fit and feel of the popular Wave Rider 16. In particular, runners will notice improved forefoot spring and a more comfortable fit.

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Road Test

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is a comfortable shoe with a secure fit and a nice easy ride. I was thankful for the solid outsole grip as I navigated the winter roads, and I like the reassuring stability of the shoe.

For runners that are into more minimal shoe designs, this one’s not for you. The heel stack height is 24mm. On the other hand, if you want added protection and a shoe that is made to support your natural heel to toe transition, the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 might be just what you’re looking for.


Pricing as of January 28, 2015:

$119.95 at Road Runner Sports (FREE Shipping Use Code: CX15B023)

$98.95 to $120.00 at Amazon.com

$120.00 at Mizuno USA

These shoes were provided for review. This post contains affiliate links.

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