Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 Review Facts
The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 is a moderately cushioned neutral running shoe, made specifically for the trails thanks to its gritty design. The shoe is lightweight and durable which is the perfect combo for fast trail running. With a quick-drying upper, it seems like a great trail shoe option. Unfortunately, the Wave Daichi 2 falls short as an off-road shoe. Its inability to grip varied surfaces and its poorly performing outsole just doesn’t make it the best choice for hardened trail runners. You might be fine on well-groomed trails but the Daichi 2 definitely doesn’t perform in the way it’s supposed to. It’s not the aggressive trail shoe it says it is. So what works and what doesn’t?
On paper, the outsole of the Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 sounds like it should do just fine when tackling rough terrain. The outsole is covered with Michelin rubber, the same rubber used in the making Michelin tires. X10 carbon rubber
also covers the outsole. The outsole also features a midfoot X-Groove for better flexibility. But wait, there's more. The outsole also boasts Xtatic Ride twist lugs. They're solid small lugs that look fairly tough
. But all of these technologies just don't provide the amount of grip required for running on varied terrain. It seems like a lot of effort was put in to making the outsole fit for trail running but there's seems to be a lack of attention to detail. What the outsole does best is handle a lot of wear and tear. Many reviewers mentioned that they just couldn't see any signs of wear even after a lot of runs.
The midsole of the Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 features a moderate amount of cushioning. The midsole is composed of u4ic cushion which provides a nice amount of energy return. Xta Ride technology in the midsole provides well-cushioned support
. The technology allows the forefoot and rear foot to move separately from one another. This helps when running on ground that's not even. In addition, the shoe is constructed using Wave technology which enhances the responsiveness even further and provides an evenly padded ride that's super smooth. The Wave feature also ensures that wearers get some stability due to the even distribution of impact
The upper of the Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 uses DynamotionFit technology
to ensure the foot is wrapped snugly. Made of air mesh, the upper is lightweight yet durable. The G-TX construction of the upper enhances the shoe's quick-drying abilities so you won't have to run in waterlogged shoes. The interior of the shoe features an OrthoLite sock
liner which is quick to fight bacterial growth and ensures the wearer's foot remains dry.
For such a tough looking trail shoe the Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 is fairly lightweight. The men's version weighs about 10.4 oz and the women's about 9 oz. The lighter weight
contributes to the responsiveness of the shoe and makes the shoe a good choice for runners who want to do a bit of road running
or speed work in addition to trail runs. Some reviewers still found the construction a bit bulky, though. That might be, in large part, due to the stiffness of the shoe. The shoe also tends to pick up mud really easily and it doesn't have the ability to shed the extra debris very well.
The upper breathes pretty well. The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2's GTX upper ensures that you don't have to deal with an uncomfortable waterlogged interior should you encounter wet trail conditions. The interior OrthoLite sock liner also works to wick away any kind of moisture that finds its way into the shoe. Whether it's water from a puddle or sweat
, the liner has got you covered. Air mesh material ensures that air circulates so your foot doesn't overheat, even on a particularly hot day.
The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 is pretty comfortable. The light weight of the shoe makes it easy to wear the shoe for a variety of run scenarios. The midsole boasts a u4ic cushioning material for a moderately cushioned ride. Quite a few runners did comment that the shoe felt very stiff. Some found that a breaking in period helped to reduce the overall rigidity of the Daichi 2. But many felt that the stiffness really affected the comfort of the shoe and that even with a breaking in period the shoe continued to feel stiff. On a positive note, the shoe does fit true to size and the overall fit of the shoe did not seem to be an issue for any wearers.
The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 is a really nice looking trail shoe
. The men's version comes in some really interesting color combinations. Black & lime is one option. Grey with yellow and blue accents is another, and finally a black and grey color with teal and orange accents. The women's colors are just as nice including a beautiful fuschia colored option with dark blue and teal accents and another attractive option composed of black with pink and orange accents. The Wave Daichi 2 looks tougher than it is. It's easy to assume it can handle whatever you throw at it, but don't let its looks deceive you!
Despite its poor performance on trail surfaces
, the Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 holds up over time. Reviewers mentioned that the shoe was slow to show signs of wear. The outsole's materials definitely help in this regard. The Michelin rubber material is made to last and the X10 carbon rubber is no joke. The upper's materials aren't flimsy either and the midsole cushion won't fall flat after running long
For a dedicated trail shoe, the Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 just doesn't offer the kind of protection required for running off-road on a daily basis. You'd probably be fine in these shoes if you brought them on your hiking
vacation, but they're not a good choice for daily training on trails. For one, the shoe doesn't have a rock plate to protect from hard debris. And, most notably, the lugs underfoot are inadequate supporting you on any trails that aren't meticulously groomed.
There's not a lot of bounce to the Mizuno Wave Daichi 2. Sure, the u4ic
midsole cushion provides some amount of rebound but overall the Daichi 2 is a really stiff shoe. Even the Wave construction, which aims to enhance energy
return, fails to enhance the responsiveness on a larger scale. Many reviewers found the stiffness delivered a flat feeling ride, even with a breaking in period the ride still felt rigid. A lot of runners found this to be a deal breaker.
Even a neutral trail shoe
should be supportive enough underfoot to ensure runners have a solid base for landing each time their foot reaches the ground. The u4ic midsole material does offer some semblance of support but the Wave construction is what ensures the wearer doesn't flail. Forces are distributed evenly as the runner lands ensuring they remain sure footed even when the ground isn't flat. The heel counter of the Mizuno
Wave Daichi 2 is really solid and provides, even more support
for the wearer but many reviewers found it was way too bulky, almost overly padded.
The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 was designed for trail running, but unfortunately doesn't do well on trails. The lack of a rock plate puts your feet at risk if running on particularly rocky terrain. Sure, the upper dries quickly, but the outsole is not up to par. It's durable but the traction it provides is barely there. The Daichi 2's twist lugs just can't grip the ground that well. They're just 3mm deep and are unable to tackle loose rocks and terrain. You could definitely run on the roads
, though. Another negative? The fact that the shoe easily picks up mud. It almost seems like dirt and mud stick to the shoe like a magnet. Runners will end up feeling like they've tacked on pounds to their feet.
The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 is a mid-range shoe with moderate cushioning and a neutral construction. But it just doesn't offer the kind of value most runners are looking for. It's supposed to perform on trails but it fails in that regard. There are better trail shoes out there. The Daichi 2 just isn't worth its price.
The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2's small 3mm lugs fail to grip most technical trail surfaces. The outsole is particularly bad at gripping loose terrain. Since mud tends to stick to the sole of the shoe, traction is further impaired when running on particularly muddy trails. For a trail shoe, this should be a huge deal breaker. The Michelin rubber outsole with X10 carbon rubber is durable but it's not aggressive enough to ensure a stable, surefooted ride.
The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 is really rigid. Most reviewers complained about the stiffness of the shoe. Along with the poor traction, the stiffness caused a lot of headaches for wearers. The rigid construction meant discomfort and a hard-feel on impact. Definitely not a recipe for a comfortable run. The flexibility is particularly stunted in the midfoot area so a smooth, natural ride is almost out of the question. Even with the Wave construction, which is meant to do just that, the rigidness reigns supreme. A midsole X-Groove fails to bring a bit of pliability to the shoe's outsole.
The poor traction of the Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 diminishes the overall stability of the shoe for the wearer. You'll likely find yourself feeling apprehensive of each footfall in the Daichi 2. The upper does make up for some of this instability, though. The fit is true to size and the foot is wrapped securely, but underfoot there's just too much room for error. The solid heel counter contributes some security but a lot of reviewers felt that it was too built up and actually felt uncomfortable.
The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 features a high drop. The drop of the shoe is 12mm. This significant drop height could contribute to the shoe's lack of stability and greatly impacts the wearer's ability to feel out the run.
Key Features Of Mizuno Wave Daichi 2
Key Features Of Mizuno Wave Daichi 2
X10 Carbon rubber outsole material covers sole of the shoe
Michelin brand rubber utilized in sole greatly increases durability
3mm XtaticRide twist lugs are solid but not aggressive enough
X-Groove is present in outsole to help with flexibility
Wave construction provides some rebound and an evenly padded ride with some stability
Xta Ride midsole provides well-cushioned support and allows for the forefoot and rear foot to move separately
u4ic cushion featured in midsole
Air mesh upper
DynamotionFit technology used in upper construction to wrap foot snugly
G-TX construction enhances shoe's quick drying abilities
OrthoLite sock liner fights bacteria and ensures foot stays dry
The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 just isn't a great trail shoe. It lacks the ability to grip a lot of surfaces, especially loose and muddy terrain. It's durable, but way too stiff. It's true to size but unstable. The lugs just aren't good enough to handle the trails.
If you're looking for a trail shoe for really nicely groomed trails, this might be a good choice. But for someone who trains mostly off-road, do additional research. You're better off choosing another shoe. The Daichi 2 has a lot to improve upon. If a third version is in the works, hopefully it has better lugs, improved traction, enhanced stability, better ground-feel, a bit more flexibility, and a little less bulk. Until then, best to choose another dedicated trail option or buy the Daichi 2 when it's on clearance.