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Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 White/Black/Fiesta

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Shoe Type: Cushioned/Neutral

Retail Price: $115.00

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review

The Mizuno Wave Rider series just keep shedding more and more weight, but one thing it can’t seem to shed is criticism. The Wave Rider 17 is one of the most controversial running shoes on the market.

Extreme discomfort is the main point of concern with the Wave Rider 17, which is a neutral shoe designed for runners with high arches. Many, many runners complain of blisters, cuts and even blood – mostly caused by a stiff, awkward forefoot area.

Huge weight loss

The recent reduction of cushioning and overlays is why the Wave Rider has become so much lighter in so little time. The series has gone from 11.2 ounces for men and 9.5 for women a few versions ago to 9.2 for men and 7.4 for women in the Wave Rider 17.

You have to hand it to the Mizuno designers for figuring out ways to strip away so much heft. You also have to wonder if they’ve gone too far.

Gender-specific details and more

Gone are the standard overlays and stitching of traditional shoes. Enter thin, “barely there” printed overlays atop a generous supply of stretchy mesh.

Some key features remain, though – features that keep some runners plenty happy with the Wave Rider 17. The Wave technology reduces impact, spreading the force away from the foot.

The Smoothride system includes everything from a bouncy midsole to flex grooves from back to front. That said, some users are saying the flex grooves in the Wave Rider 17 don’t create quite the same rocking-chair motion that was popular in previous versions.

Also, Mizuno provides gender-specific details such as a wider base for men and extra flex grooves for women.

Big risk for $115

For $115, it’s tough to take a gamble on a shoe that has become known for pain and cheap-looking design. Even the traction has taken some hits – and with one look, it’s easy to see why.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 has many fans, but its large group of detractors should make any potential buyer think twice. Or even three times.

Research more by reading a review of the Mizuno Wave Rider 16, the previous version of this shoe.

Jeremy Zerr

Founder of Running Shoes Expert, lead running shoe reviewer and software entrepreneur focused on making software tools for affiliate marketers.

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