Mizuno Wave Creation 17

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Mizuno Wave Creation 17 Review Facts

Mizuno is a famous company within the running community which continues to provide the very best tools that they can to their customers, taking incredible strides forward with great shoes like their Wave Creation. This series gives runners the perfect blend of support, reliability, and stability needed for running long distance races. This is considered as one of the best running shoes for road and everyday use by many runners, placing it as #1 within the Mizuno best shoe range, and within the 10% category of most traditional running shoes around the world.

This is one of the best options to choose from for extended, long runs on the road and everyday running, and jogging. From the previous models, it is mostly recognized for the improvement of cushioning, durability and support. This is a neutral, high mileage running shoe that will not wear you out during the long runs and will keep you motivated to go even further than before. This shoe is designed for runners who prefer maximum cushioning and enjoy long runs and exercises and a neutral ride.

Pros
  • U4ic forefoot cushioning;
  • Removable insole;
  • High energy return;
  • Extremely durable with modern shoe technologies;
  • Enough arch support for neutral runners;
  • Attractive design and various color options;
  • Ideal for long distance running;
Cons
  • doesnt grip well in rain
  • More expensive than others
  • a bit more heavy than other similar shoes
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

SmoothRide technology in the outsole support has been used to improve the energy transition from heel to toe by minimizing the impact and helping to smooth out the transition during your gait cycle. It is also doing a lot to increase the responsiveness and is guiding the foot as you run, which makes it an excellent shoe on rough terrain. Plus, The Carbon Rubber Outsole provides exceptional durability and traction.

The X10 carbon rubber material in the outsole has been implemented in such a way, that the high wear and tear areas would be covered and therefore protected from the abrasion and making the shoe more resistant, because of this technology most runners would suggest this shoe as the number one in terms of durability. This material also provides a much better traction, allowing the runner to gain higher speed and feel more secure on different types of terrain.

The wave technology has been kept with this model, and an extended wave plate has been introduced, which can be held responsible for an even better cushioning than all the previous models enabling the runner to perform better than ever before.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is made from the U4ic material - as a replacement for the AP+ material used in previous versions of this shoe, the new material provides even higher comfort and-and performance, at the same time being very light weight. It also proves to be a better shock absorption than its replacement - standard AP+ midsole material. An inter-cool ventilation system was also added to improve the air flow and comfort for the runner.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper doesn’t have the appearance of unnecessary adornments or overlays like others. It has a secure yet flexible upper construction that will hug the feet and move in tandem with it, proving to be one of the most dynamic shoes on the market. It is extremely breathable and light, with AIRmesh material covering the entire upper that improves the air flow through the shoe keeping the feet well ventilated and preventing the overheating even during a very long and extensive workout.

Dynamotion Fit used in the heel, forefoot, and collar of the shoe offers optimal fit no matter what you are doing - simply walking, jogging or doing a sprint. This technology can also be found in the lacing system of the shoe, and it enables the shoe to quickly adapt to the runner's motion and flow of the foot, and as a result, when the feet bends or shifts, the upper of the shoe will do the same. The insole of these shoes contains a fabric lining and removable OrthoLite sock liner which are extremely soft and help wick away the moisture from the skin keeping the feet as dry and comfortable as possible.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The creation line uses lightweight materials for its outer sole, upper mesh and its insole, resulting in a suitable weight for long distance running shoe. It still offers smooth transition and responsiveness. For a very well cushioned shoe the wight has been kept surprisingly low - only 10,3 Ounces.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The breathability of the AIRmesh material allows the foot to cool down even while you are running. However, this material tends to absorb water, so they aren’t very good for running in the rain. This is also one of the cons of this running shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

In whole, the materials used in the build of this model, from the insole, the upper to the outer part of the shoe all bring to the wearer the highest level of comfort; the outsole will hug the feet, and elastic laces will fix it securely while providing the sense of freedom. The sole provides great padding and holds the foot in place securely while U4ic material in the mid-sole also enhances the comfort, even more so than previous versions.

The InfinityWave bounce back heel provides an incredible feel to the feet, giving the runner a lot of energy and making the heel spring off of the ground, this will fasten the runner's pace without him even noticing. After reading the reviews of many customers, It is largely suggested to purchase a half size larger than what you would normally wear normally wear as they are quite narrow in the forefoot. They have a normal foot size with width availability of D and B for both men and women.
Style
Style

Style

I was glad to find something that wasn’t too flashy and didn’t stand out too much. The simple design of the upper creates more harmony between the wearer and the shoe. Especially, with the Creation 15 version, the design was inspired by Japanese art making these not only functional but appealing to the eye as well. They also offer wider options with different color combinations.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Just like other running shoes which have the carbon rubber outsole, these running shoes also have incredible strength. Specifically, the X10™ carbon rubber material delivers maximum durability in high-impact zones like the heel. In short, Mizuno always uses the latest shoe technology to produce their running shoes, in turn offering the best quality products.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Neutral Running Shoe ideal for runners who have a higher arch that does not pronate, or collapses in very slightly. This shoe offers a high level cushioning, protecting the feet from the shock when striking the terrain, it will prove to be one of your best decision if you prefer to do long runs, marathons, half marathons or running for a long period.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Thanks to this shoe wave plate technology and cushioning, the responsiveness of this model is outstanding, the energy return due to the technology can not be compared with anything else so far, leaving the runner with a feeling that the heel is being propelled off each time the feet strikes the ground. The Dynamotion Technology introduced with this shoe will provide the optimal fit for the feet and the shoe will feel like part of the feet, at the same time supporting and stimulating the movements and guiding the feet towards the terrain.
Support
Support

Support

If you have a moderate to high arch, this may be the runner for you. Additionally, If you tend to place your weight on your forefoot, then, theses seem to provide the necessary support. The cushioning in this series is great – firm, but supportive and offers the highest level of cushioning as well as shock resistance. Those who say that these are a great long-distance shoe are correct. They are also highly recommended for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis (Many reviews from wearers of this shoe, who also deal with this painful foot condition, report that the shoe has been helpful).
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe will serve the best on roads, and pavements, the wave technology will prove to work for the runner, improving the gait and returning a lot of energy to the runner allowing to perform a longer, more extensive workouts. While the cushioning on this shoe is very high, thus raising some concerns within the runner's community, the InfinityWave plate has become wider than on the previous models, making the shoe more stable on rougher terrain. However, the outer sole seems to quickly pick up stones, which could be painful if you wear these shoes on rocky and stony trails.
Price
Price

Price

The Wave Creation seems to be more expensive than many other running shoes. However, I believe with all the features and design, as well as all of the benefits which it provides to neutral runners; the product is worthy of its price. I bought these from Amazon for less than they would have cost in a local store.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The X10™ carbon rubber material also delivers great traction. Therefore this is an ideal shoe for the track, road, and even gravel terrain. This technology will not only prevent the high tear and wear effect of the shoe that is designed for high mileages but will also provide an excellent traction with any surface enabling the wearer to pay all the attention to the read ahead and the goals. The traction if then enhanced even further with the SmoothRide Engineering - a technology that aims to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition providing the smoothest possible ride for the wearer.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The flexibility of the upper is great. The mid-sole has the Wave Plate which also enhances the flexibility of this footwear, the wave plate on this model has been made wider than it is on the previous models, offering the runner a better cushioning and higher energy return. The DynamotionFit technology of the shoe has made it very dynamic and the same material has been implemented in the lacing system, therefore creating a show that will adjust to the feet motion and bend with the feet, providing a sense of stability at the same time.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Some runners were afraid that, because of its lightweight and high cushioning level, its stability might not be good enough for running. This is not the case, the Creation, as per usual, provides a solid stability as you run. And this running shoe is rated as one of the most stable shoes currently on the market.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel to toe drop of this shoe is the standard 12 mm drop for traditional running shoes; this provides a much better cushioning that that of a minimalist shoe, which usually tends to be much, much lower. If you have decided to switch from low heel to toe drop to a higher drop shoe, this might not be the best option as it will take a long time to adjust the muscles on the legs to fit this drop. However, it is the best choice if you want a higher level of cushioning for your feet and more neutral run.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Durable construction: the sole of this shoe is made out of X10™ carbon rubber material which will provide the best traction and will protect from wear and tear effects;

Very comfortable shoes designed for neutral pronation;

Smooth Ride technology improves the performance while running;

AIRMesh in the upper and the inter-cool ventilation system in the midsole secures the best ventilation for the feet;

Hybrid traditional/mechanical shoe;

Progressive, tuneable support;

Lightweight, compact, responsive;

Pebax Renew - Wave Plate constructed from Pebax Rnew™, which is made from plant based oil which is sustainable and produces less carbon, while retaining all performance characteristics;

U4ic - A unique midsole compound that rides and cushions like Mizuno's AP+ midsole, but is approximately 30% lighter without any loss of
comfort or performance.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you prefer a natural running shoe and running long distances, this will be the perfect option for you. Mizuno Wave Creation 17 has been recognized as one of the best running shoes by many runners. It is praised for its durability and comfort as well as its outstanding cushioning technology and lightness, providing a high energy return and motivating the wearer to go beyond his previous limits and push forward with ease, ambition, and integrity. This is one of the best options for running on the road and for everyday training, marathons and simply - long runs.

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