Mizuno Wave Daichi Reviewed for Performance and Quality
The Mizuno is a quality trail shoe. Described as a versatile option for trail runners looking for speed or distance, this is a lightweight option that still uses standard Mizuno technology. The Mizuno Wave Daichi performs well on all types of trail surfaces. The shoe uses the Mizuno Wave on the midsole to provide both stability and cushioning. The shoe also has a durable upper that offers additional support with overlay. Not to be outdone, the outsole was created in collaboration with Michelin to provide strength, grip, and traction. With all of these features, the shoe still manages to provide premium comfort and responsiveness, so that runners of all abilities are happy with their trail running experience.
Keep reading our in-depth Mizuno Wave Daichi review to find out if it is worth the investment.
- Average price
- Average drop
- Highly durable
- Strong outsole with a lot of traction
- Typical Wave technology on the midsole
- X lugs for traction
- Supportive overlays
- Breathable upper
- Versatile option
- Not overly flexible
The Mizuno Wave Daichi uses the XtaticRide technology for the layout of the shoe that place the lugs of the shoe in a way that provides multi-directional traction. Using Xta groove and multiple X lugs, the shoe is designed to be adaptable to different trail conditions, including wet, slippery mud. Reviewers felt that the design of the outsole worked well, especially since many appreciated that they were still able to touch the ground.
The Wave Daichi performs well on all types of trail surfaces, and overall ranks high for its outsole.
The highly rated cushioning is AP+ and said to provide more responsiveness and durability than the typical EVA found in other shoes. Overall, Mizuno continues to do well with its midsole on the Wave Daichi.
The Wave Daichi has an Ortholite Sockliner that is removable and provides additional cushioning and moisture-wicking. Additionally, the upper has laces that are textured and flat to provide maximum support.
Overall, the upper is designed with support and comfort in mind, and rates above average.
Overall, Mizuno has done a great job in designing a shoe that is still breathable.
The shoe’s outsole, while full of lugs that aid traction, still allow the runner to feel the ground, keeping comfort a top priority. The shoe’s midsole is also designed with comfort in mind, as the cushioning keeps the foot comfortable during impact. Some reviewers did note that the shoe was a little stiff, but otherwise, most were pleased with the comfort of the shoe.
These features combine to create a comfortable, yet supportive and responsive shoe that keeps the runner energized mile after mile. Overall, comfort was above average for the Wave Daichi.
The upper is also highly durable using AirMesh material and overlays. Reviewers were pleased with the level of durability the Wave Daichi provides.
The midsole uses a foam that is stronger than most EVA-based shoes, adding protection during impact. Wave technology throughout the midsole is designed to provide security, stability, and protection during the transition. Overall, Wave Daichi delivers an average amount of protection.
The shoe’s DynamationFit is designed to help the foot move naturally while transferring the energy during the transition. The Xta grooves and X lugs combine to support the foot usually. Overall, the Mizuno Daichi has above average responsiveness.
The shoe’s outsole is also designed to provide support by using a sturdy rubber and lugs that support the foot during impact. Additionally, the shoe’s foam offers an element of comfort while helping to absorb the shock and create a supported transition. Overall, the shoe’s support is average.
The shoe also has Xta groove and X lugs that work well to support the foot along the trails. Reviewers were impressed with the amount of traction the Mizuno Wave Daichi provided on wet, muddy conditions.
There is also an X groove that helps the foot flex to grip the surfaces while offering shock absorption. Overall, Wave Daichi provides a high amount of traction.
While the shoe is designed to have some flexibility, reviewers felt that the shoe was a bit stiff. Overall, the shoe offers an average amount of flexibility.
The heel counter also adds an element of stability to the Mizuno Daichi. The shoe’s outsole is also designed to provide stability by using a sturdy rubber and lugs that keep the foot stable during impact. Additionally, the shoe’s foam offers an element of stability while helping to absorb the shock and create a smooth transition. Overall, the Mizuno Wave Daichi provides an average amount of stability.
Beginner trail runners who are used to a lower drop may have a transition period adjusting to the shoe transitions.
• Wave Technology
• Michelin rubber outsole
• X groove
• 12mm drop
• X lugs
The shoe also has various lugs that aid the shoe’s already strong traction. The shoe performs well on both wet and dry trail conditions and will withstand miles of wear and tear. The shoe also uses the typical Mizuno Wave technology along with strong foam for cushioning along with the midsole.
These features combine to create a comfortable, yet supportive and responsive shoe that keeps the runner energized mile after mile. The upper helps secure the foot with its overlays while keeping it cool and dry by using AirMesh material. Mizuno manages to create a highly comfortable shoe that can handle the elements while keeping the weight of the shoe low. Reviewers had little to complain about, except that the shoe lacked a bit of flexibility.
Overall, Mizuno Wave Daichi is a great selection for those looking for a trail shoe that can go the distance.