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A great all round off-road shoe that is not only comfortable but gives you confidence. The cushioning is stable and protective, the rock plate and grip shields from the elements and is capable on varied terrain.

  • Positive
  • New upper is comfortable
  • Cushioning is stable
  • Plate plus grip equals security
  • Negative
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

This popular trail shoe from Mizuno sees updates to the upper and midsole this season.

Midsole

The cushioning uses the brands U4icX foam in a familiar Wave configuration. As always this adds to the stability of the shoe and makes for a smooth and reassuringly stable ride, even on uneven terrain.

Upper

The upper has a new, closely woven mesh that feels neat and protective around the foot. It has printed overlays around the toe for added durability and protection as well as a gusseted tongue to help keep debris out of the shoe.

Sole

A rock-plate is embedded between the sole and the cushioning and means sharp rocks and stones can’t penetrate the shoe, giving you confidence to venture anywhere. 

Tyre makers Michelin provide the rubber for the sole, so it’s hard wearing as well as reliably dependable, giving you a confident footing on any surface.

Conclusion

Sure there are updates, but the shoe remains as good as ever. Comfortable upper, stable cushioning and that rock plate / outsole combo that gives you confidence underfoot. It remains one of the best.

Technical info

  • AIRmesh - Allows each running shoe from Mizuno to maintain a high standard of breathability and comfort of the upper. 
  • Synthetic Overlays - Add durability and support to the construction. 
  • DynamotionFit - Improved fit and freedom of movement. 
  • Reinforced Heel and Toe Cap - Protects the feet from loose debris. 
  • Mizuno Wave Technology - Redirects impact forces away from the foot, whilst also offering superb cushioning and stability. 
  • AP+ Midsole - Guarantees cushioning and comfort. 
  • Michelin Outsole - Provides enhanced grip and traction. 
  • XtaRide - Mizuno's trail concept to enhance traction and performance.

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