Mizuno Wave Legend 3
Mizuno is a company that has been involved in the sports world since the early 1900s, mostly in baseball and golf. The first venture into athletic shoes came in the early 1980s, which may place them late to the game in some consumer’s opinion.
Fortunately, the shorter span of time they have been in this market doesn’t have an effect on the quality of the products they offer. They produce high-quality long distance shoes, vegan shoes, and even some of the best overall shoes. The Wave Legend 3 offers up a solid road shoe with a design built to help control motion and provide arch support to runners that have overpronation issues.
- Thicker forefoot and cushioning that previous version of the Wave Legend
- This shoe provides excellent stability and motion control for those that overpronate.
- There are a variety of color options available.
- The Wave Legend 3 is reasonably priced in comparison to other similar shoes.
- Ventilation is sub-par in comparison to higher end Mizuno shoes.
- Weight is higher than some similar performing shoes out
- Slightly larger heel-toe drop in comparison to many popular shoes
This mechanical design is meant to replicate the way waves disperse force. This offers superior shock absorption ability with a high level of durability. The hardest heel strikes will be absorbed and the Smooth Ride system will help your transition from heel to toe. Additionally, there is a midsole foam made of an AP+ material in order to provide responsiveness similar to what was in the Wave Prophecy 2.
The final layer is SR Touch cushioning and EVA foam with proprietary technology to enhance midsole durability.
The upper also features Dynamotion Fit to help the foot move in comfort and support. Traditional laces replace the Bio-Lock system that was used in earlier versions of this shoe. This shows the commitment that Mizuno has of returning to tried and true methods while still using innovative design.
Still, this shoe is light enough to keep you moving for miles on the highway. The trade-off of slightly more weight for more durability and support, though, is an understandable one. Many runners won’t notice the minor weight increase, but you will notice the high comfort level and longevity of these shoes.
These bold contrasts are markedly noticeable and obvious because the logo is large and covers roughly half of the side. These shoes are as stylish on the track, road, or just while you are out picking up groceries or walking across campus to class.
The Mizuno X10 carbon rubber outsole will not only make sure you can grip the road but make sure there will be plenty of runs for you to test that grip.
The AP+ layer adds very little weight but a large amount of response and is used in various Mizuno shoes. The Smooth Ride system helps ease transitions as you step through your stride, but it also helps you feel connected with the road as it responds to even minute changes.
These shoes offer enough support to be used for daily running and racing while not causing a large number of problems. For runners with flat feet, these shoes will create enough arch support that they should be able to complete runs without pain and injury. For those that suffer from either overpronation or flat feet, the Wave Legend 3 may be just what is needed to offer the right support and comfort.
Similar to other Mizuno road shoes, the Wave system is meant to support you and offer just the right amount of flex and give, meaning you can enjoy these shoes on the road for miles to come.
The upper and the midsole are also made out of high-quality materials and hold up to the elements, meaning that the price you pay will be well worth it in the long run.
Some of the design even uses proprietary technology that is specific to Mizuno and offers extra flexibility. The outsole features material cut in just the right area to help flex it to make more ground contact and flex around what happens to be underneath you.
There are also bigger and deeper flex grooves in the forefoot than were available in previous versions of this shoe.
With the Wave Legend 3, you will avoid this feeling or the related pain and injuries because it is designed around offering support in the way that is most beneficial to those that need it.
By creating a layered midsole able to withstand even the toughest jarring hits but still being supportive, this shoe keeps you moving forward in the most stable way possible. Given that these were designed for road use, one of the most important things in the area of stability is that they must support the arch enough even when under stress from the tough terrain.
The Wave Legend 3 does not disappoint in this area. In fact, it holds up well in comparison to the best stability shoes.
A 13mm (or 12mm) drop is not unheard of, but it will facilitate the step through on the stride from heel to toe. As the runner rolls through their step, the take off from the forefoot creates a bit of pop or spring to help propel you forward.
Key Features of the Mizuno Wave Legend 3
• The Mizuno X10 outsole provides grip in even compromised roadways as well as durability due to the carbon rubber design.
• The Mizuno Wave Legend 3 is available in a variety of color combinations to match with your favorite running gear.
• The change back to a traditional lace system instead of a Bio-lock system keeps the shoe securely attached to your foot without any problems.
The redesigned upper offers more security and a nice style with contrasting colors to catch the attention of all those stuck in their car as you run down the highway. For a shoe coming in at the lower end of the Mizuno price spectrum, the Wave Legend 3 provides high-quality materials, design, and execution to offer a great value.
All that is left is to strap on your GPS watch and hit the road.