Mizuno Wave Enigma 5

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The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is the best in the series so far. Those who used the previous version, Mizuno Wave Enigma 4 verdict the model as one of the best running shoes that they have been using, and were looking forward to the updated version, which did not disappoint and was placed as #3 best Mizuno shoe. This neutral, highly cushioned running shoe is made for everyday use has been fitted with even higher level of cushioning than the previous model, however, the feel of the terrain has not been overwhelmed and the runner can still feel the terrain and the ground, that is an important factor to those who enjoy feeling in control with the environment.

Comfort has been one of the top priorities whilst creating this shoe, therefore the runner can rest assured that it will be the best option for daily running and training. The fit is feet hugging, padding and cushioning made so that the feet feel very comfortable during long jogs and it can endure many, many miles before wearing off. This shoe was not designed to brake your speed records and will not be the best option for speed competition, however, you will find out that this is a great option for training for all types of runners.

Pros
  • Extremely breathable upper mesh offers high levels of aeration for the foot.
  • The Ortholite sock liner averts accumulation of moisture
  • Mizuno U4ic technology for optimum shock offsetting and a responsive ride.
  • The shoe has consistent traction while running on hard packed surface
  • Obtainable in numerous color options.
Cons
  • marginally expensive than its predecessors and competitors offering the same features.
  • The sole unit wears off quickly.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 has been equipped with the X10 carbon rubber outsole technology that provides not only higher level traction for the heel strike with the surface, but also extends the durability of the shoe sole unit and allows for longer wear in high impact areas, thus making it last longer. The forefoot outsole has been designed with a deep flex grooves in the new Wave plate giving the shoe more flex and offering the optimal pliability and propulsion at toe - off along with greater stability.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

This model has been introduced with an upgraded midsole technology from U4ic to U4icX midsole unit. Complimented with Mizuno’s inimitably molded plastic Wave attachment between two coatings of foam, the innovative midsole is more responsive and laxer and obliges up a smoother ride than preceding versions that were more solid and seemed to have a bit of an uncooperative and hard transition.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper has been redesigned with a new and well-padded open mesh material that takes extra care of the wearers ankles and will fit the feet like a sock staying united with the feet, it feels a little bit constraining, but smooth and comfortable what so ever, it is as breathable as always and offers a high level of ventilation, allowing the feet to stay fresh and dry. This shoe has been secured with a semi flat lacing system that will secure the foot, providing a glow like fit and help the runner avoid getting blisters during the run.

This is a shoe specifically designed for high mileage runners and for those, who prefer extra cushioning and stability. In comparison with the previous model, the Mizuno Wave Enigma 4, the upper of Enigma 5 is very similar, however, the cushion of the sole has been increased in volume, which adds not only comfort but also the heel to toe drop. There has been implemented a supportive overlay in the midfoot and an open toe box.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Due to increased cushioning and pumped up sole section this shoe might feel a bit heavy for those, who prefer more neutral and / or minimalist shoes. The weight for this model stands at 10.9oz, which is quite a lot if the wearer is used to light shoes. However, this has never been intended as a lightweight shoe, it was designed to help the wearer cover as many miles as possible without straining the feet and legs too much, to absorb the shock caused by the impact of the feet striking the surface. If you are looking for a shoe to train daily for marathons and plan to do a lot of miles at once, this would be one of the best solutions for you.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The open-air mesh provides an outstanding ventilation for the feet. While running in these the feet will not sweat and will stay cool and dry, helping the wearer to avoid getting blisters. Many runners have praised the excellent job this porous mesh material is doing during the run, which is - keeping the feet dry during intense and high mileage trainings, this is an important factor for those who train for marathons.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Many runners who have tested this shoe has conclude that this is a highly comfortable shoe, the fit feels snugly but not tight. It will not allow the feet to move around in the shoe, however it will not constrain the feet either. That being said - some runners found that this shoe can make the feet numb after the first couple of miles. Extra cushioning by U4ic foam cushioning technology will provide a cloud like feeling and considerably high energy return, even more so than the previous version, which was already considered as very well cushioned.

There have been some discussions weather the size fits to true or not, for some runners the size felt too small, for others it was true to fit, however this must be tested individually to make the best decision upon the purchase of the shoe, so it would be recommended to try the shoe on in a shoe shop, even if you have decided to order it on the internet.
Style
Style

Style

This time the Mizuno has really put some thought to the design and looks of their shoe. There are several colour variations to those between, all of them has been well thought through and very stylish. The design and colours are not crying for attention and will not make you look like an overgrown kid running in shoes that will light up in the heal area as soon as you hit the ground.

Black shoes with red accents or blue with yellow for men, white with blue or purple for women, the colours fit together in a very well-orchestrated symphony of style and class. Just the way I would prefer my shoe to be. Some runners have even admitted that the style of this shoe was the first factor that influenced them even to try them on, and once you have tried them on you will not want to take them off again.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Upgraded with an upper synthetic mesh this shoe has been considered as one of the best in the series. The midsole has been made from the, as Mizuno calls it themselves, evolutionary lightweight U4isX technology that improves durability to high wear areas along with high cushioning and rebound.

The outsole has been equipped with Mizuno X10 outsole technology - it is a carbon rubber material that will ensure the durability of the shoe sole for a lot of miles. The dual wave plate outsole has an assortment of plastic and rubber lugs ranging from soft to hard material that are tactically placed to ensure that the high wear parts that are vulnerable to wear and tear are sufficiently supported. The front part of the shoe has a plastic to cap that is made from industrial strength, moldable material that enhances the durability on the track.
Protection
Protection

Protection

In terms of protecting the feet of the runner from the shock that is caused by the impact of the foot striking the ground, the protection of rough terrain and protection provided by extremely high comfort that a shoe can offer there seems to be only one runner up, which is - the Mizuno wave Enigma 5. This model has been equipped with a full-length wave plate that will offer the runner maximum shock absorption and cushioning. The wave plates between the midsole and the out sole blocks have a smaller vacuum space that absorbs latent impact that may cause injuries to a runner’s foot. It will offer the wearer a unique sense of comfort and cushioning along with great shock absorption.

The wave plate in this model has been designed differently than in the earlier versions - in this shoe the wave plate has been split into a U-shape in the forefoot to support the edges, the foam under the plate has been made softer to offer extra cushioning or flex. Together with the 12 mm drop this technique offers the wearer a roll-like movement of the feet, providing more comfort and protection for the feet during the run.

The new U4icX midsole delivers an outstanding cushioned ride, as stated by the Mizuno themselves, and many runners who have already tried this shoe on the road. The open mesh upper fits the feet like a sock, and since it is a bit stretchy it, although constrains the feet, will move, expand stretch with the movement of the feet and support the feet providing not only protection on rough terrains but also will, in return, give back the wearer some energy invested in the movement.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The great responsiveness of this shoe is maintained mainly because of the full-length wave plate that has been implemented in the midsole of this shoe offering not only comfort and energy return but also high responsiveness. The Mizuno U4icX midsole technology complements this feature with a maximum shock absorption with the help of an outstanding cushioning. This technology was placed in the forefoot and heel area to achieve a pillow like underfoot feel.

The Mizuno wave technology is designed so that it distributes the force of the impact to a larger area. the wave plates have been designed in a U-shape giving even better responsiveness by supporting the edges of the shoe. A new premium sock liner provides maximum shock attenuation that will soften the roughness and provide a more efficient stride.
Support
Support

Support

This model offers a well-supported performance for the runner, it is designed for high mileage training and therefore extra thought has been given to ensure that the feet is as well supported as it can. The full-length wave plate will distribute the impact of the feet hitting the ground to a larger area, reducing the shock of the impact. There is a small vacuumed space between the two plates in the midsole that provides extra cushioning and smoother ride for the runner, too. The open mesh outsole is designed so that it fits the feet like a sock at the same time giving extra support for the feet.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Due to the extremely high level of cushioning implemented in this shoe, it will best work on rough terrains where most support and comfort for the feet is required, although it will feel just right for asphalt and other terrains, too, especially if the wearer is willing to do high mileage training.
Price
Price

Price

The shoe offers numerous advanced features at a pocket-friendly price. There is a range of prices accorded to the user according to their specific requirements like size and color.
Traction
Traction

Traction

This shoe is equipped with the X10 carbon rubber sole that provides the best grip with the terrain and is used in most of the Mizuno shoes and the wearer will feel very comfortable with any terrain he might prefer, it will work best for rough terrains, however, as it does offer extra cushioning and other type of shoes might be more suitable for straight runways, ones that are lighter, more minimalist. The outsole is also equipped with a tread like grooves on the compound rubber that increases the overall traction of the shoe.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Smooth Ride technology has been used in the creation of this shoe, this is Mizuno technology that offer a more flexible and smooth ride and is in the midsole of the shoe. This technology incorporates advancements in the compacted foam structures that are malleable and offer sufficient support while in use
Stability
Stability

Stability

Prior the release of this model some runners were concerned that the high drop of the shoe would lower the stability, and that the extra cushioning would cause the same effect. However, these worries have been discarded once the shoe came out and the runners had the chance to test them. The U4icX wave plate technology provides a high cushioned and comfortable stride without the losing the stability of the previous model, the technology of the two wave plates separated with s small space of vacuum also contributes to this, absorbing the impact of the shoe and evening out the weight distribution of the stride.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel-to-toe drop on the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is at 12 mm. This offset between the heel and the toe, which creates improved equilibrium and comfortability when walking, jogging or standing.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•Open mesh upper that provides a sock-like fit and a high level of ventilation;

•An improved U4icX midsole technology that offers even better cushioning than the previous model;

•A full-length wave plate for better shock absorption;

•Extremely good performance for those who tend to strike with the heel;

•Ortholite sock liner that prevents moisture and sweating;

•Gender specific SmoothRide technology to tailor it to the runners’ gender;
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The new Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is the perfect shoe for long distance training runs and everyday training. With the high-level cushioning and moderate heal to toe drop this shoe will work best if you intend to cover a lot of miles in a single run or if you plan on training up for a marathon as well as for your days off. The highly-cushioned shoe is reasonably light with only 10.9 ounces on it. Equipped with the new U4icX and combined with U4ic technology it will provide a smooth and comfortable ride and will serve you best on rough terrain.