Mizuno Wave Hitogami Review
- Low 9mm heel to toe drop
- Flexible and has a smooth transition
On a rare occasion, there are just not any disadvantages that can be seen on this shoe. Therefore, this Mizuno Wave Hitogami review finds that this shoe is just perfect with a score of 10 out of 10.
Wave Hitogami is one of the latest racing shoes from Mizuno. They have come to life from other Mizuno models: the now retired Ronin and Musha. Although this development might have a lot of supporters of these models in defeat, they must really give this shoe a try. Perhaps after reading this Mizuno Wave Hitogami review, many of them will understand that Wave Hitogami not just replaced Musha and Ronin, but it might actually be a better shoe after all.
Wave Hitogami is inspired by Japanese Kabuki theater, in which actors donned masks or painted their faces to transform into human gods. Although putting the shoes on and transforming the individual into a running god is too far-fetched, the shoes can definitely help develop an average runner into a faster one.
Looking at these running shoes, they are sleek, impressive, and subtle. When you look at them, they do not have design features or loud colors that instantly stand out. The sole unit bears a resemblance from that of the Ronin and Musha.
Upon wearing it, the shoe is flexible and lightweight. It has a nice fit that is comfortable in the midfoot section that leads into a roomy forefoot.
This Mizuno Wave Hitogami review discovers that one of the biggest selling points of this shoe is the use of U4ic (euphoric) midsole compound, replacing AP+, a lightweight midsole compound used in Musha and Ronin. Apparently, this compound has all the properties of AP+, but it is lighter, which makes it suitable for faster speeds as well.
The shoe has a slightly softer feel with a dash of sponginess to it. It is quite responsive specifically through toe off. It also offers great impact protection, especially in the forefoot.
Upon research, this Mizuno Wave Hitogami review also found out that the doubt surrounding the Wave Hitogami is how Mizuno can integrate enough support features in order for it to be comparable to the Musha model. Although Wave Hitogami has Mizuno’s wave technology that actively engages guidance to control pronation, the shoe also has another feature to aid its improvement. It has a low heel to toe drop of 9mm and a nice wide toebox.
This low taper and flat sole create an amazingly stable platform, which also offers support to the feet as they pronate throughout the gait cycle.
Another feature really worth mentioning on this Mizuno Wave Hitogami review is that when a pair is placed alongside each other with the laces facing the other, they form a Japanese mask. The upper has a seamless design idea that starts with a breathable mesh material.
Because of its welded overlays, the shoe is given good midfoot support and structure. The shoe is protected with round braded laces over a minimally padded and thin tongue, keeping the shoe locked down.