Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe Review

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.


Mizuno Wave Rider 18
Wave Rider 18 – “Realize the Power Within”


The Wave Rider 18, an update from Mizuno for their flagship shoe, is designed for the neutral runner who needs support and cushioning for high mileage training. Key features include their U4ic midsole for optimal shock attenuation, resiliency, and responsiveness. It’s also 30% lighter than previous materials. The Dynamotion Fit reacts to the motion of the foot with added support. Mizuno Wave Technology provides a stable ride. According to Mizuno, the heel to toe drop is 12 mm.


According to Mizuno, they adopted the inspirational influence of the Japanese concept of “Hado,” the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations. The Wave Rider 18 displays this in its sleek design, inspiring runners to get out and do what they love best, run.


Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and 18 comparison
A visual comparison of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and 18


There have been a lot of comparisons to the Wave Rider 17, some good, some bad. As with all shoes, you have to try them on to see how they work for you. The new design improves on the previous model, in my opinion, in more ways than one. Immediately noticeable is the color gradient that is dark at the heels and lighter towards the toes, a very pretty look. The sole’s general pattern remains the same, though the colorful swirls of the 17 have been replaced with a simple black rubber. While both models retain a narrower arch, the 18 feels roomier overall, with a wider base feel (though physically they appear equal). Breathability seems better with the 18, perhaps due to the larger circular-shaped mesh used. While also a bit stiff out of the box, these were definitely a lot more flexible than the 17s, a welcome improvement. Perhaps the strangest difference are the noticeably shorter laces on the 18s, not sure why this change was made.


If you’re in the market for a neutral trainer with responsiveness, support, and cushioning to give you the option to run far, take a look at the Wave Rider 18s, they might be the shoe you’re looking for. Suggested MSRP is $120.00.


More information can be found via the Mizuno website, Facebook, and Twitter.

These shoes provided for review purposes – all opinions are my own.

[Other shoes to check out: GoLite Tara, Somnio Nada, Saucony Triumph ISO, Saucony Virrata, Saucony Triumph 10, Nike Pegasus + 25 ESC, Under Armour Spine RPM, Reebok ZQuick, and Brooks Pure Connect.

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