Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5

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The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 is lightweight with special cushioning that will allow you to go the distance while remaining well-protected and stable underfoot. They feature advanced technology such as the U4icX and Full Length Infinity Wave to provide the best impact protection, cushioning and durability. Their X10 outsole has been recognized to provide maximum longevity and grip. The upper, made of AIRmesh is outfitted with SmoothRide tech to ensure a very comfy ride.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Seriously durable
  • Provides a smooth ride
  • Great breathability
  • Comes with a removable insole
  • Incredible cushioning
  • Very stable
  • Great fit to the foot
Cons
  • Not offered in wider widths
  • Heavyweight
  • Very high priced
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 is a neutral shoe that incorporates the X10 technology in its outsole. This technology ensures the wearer remains stable and doesn't have to replace their shoes constantly.

The shape and construction of the outsole promote a forefoot strike and the sole materials provide some amount of energy return. The Flex Grooves, placed in the rearfoot, ensure natural flexion is possible. The forefoot also contains Flex Controllers which provide extra support and flexion.

Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 features an even more improved midsole technology, the U4icX. The U4icX midsole material provides excellent padding underfoot, a long-lasting cushioned ride, without adding on weight. The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 comes with a full-length midsole that provides amazing comfort from heel to toe while incorporating the Mizuno Intercool technology, one that reduces heat and moisture inside the shoes.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 mirrors the motion of your own skin thanks to the Dynamotion Fit technology. The shoes feel like a second skin. The Stretch Mesh prevents potential blisters while also allowing flexibility. The Flex Eyelets stabilize the heel and also add to the overall flexibility of the shoe. The Ortholite sock liner is anti-microbial, keep feet dry and healthy.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 weight has an average of 357 grams (12.5 oz.) for men, and the average weight of 295 grams (10.4 oz.) for women. The shoes weigh a bit above the average for their category, but in exchange, you get excellent protection and the best overall comfort.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Keeping your feet cool and dry is an essential characteristic of great running shoes. And luckily, the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 does just that. The Prophecy 5 features AIRmesh technology provides better breathability than many other shoe models. The Dynamotion Fit technology that the shoes incorporate also feels like a superior second-skin feeling while providing enough ventilation no matter the temps outside. The Mizuno Intercool full-length midsole ventilation system helps reducing heat and humidity from the inside of the shoes.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The X10 outsole, the U4icX midsole, and the Dynamotion Fit upper, all work to provide an outstandingly comfortable shoe. The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 offers a perfect fit without pressure points and a natural flexion to the shoe's materials.

Style
Style

Style

They come in different bold colors. There is not a big selection of colors you can choose from, but the colors they offer are recognized as great. The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 looks great on the run. The shoe looks fast and makes the wearer look fashionable.

Durability
Durability

Durability

The Mizuno Wave Prophecy's upper features Dynamotion Fit technology which ensures a nice snug fit. But the X10 outsole is where the shoe shines in terms of durability. The Mizuno Wave technology from the shoes deals with all kind of impacts from the road dispersing it away from the foot while being super resistant and durable.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 is sure to protect your precious feet. The shoes are durable underfoot but the best part? The super comfortable U4icX cushioning. The Wave Tech, which is part of the midsole, also helps to pad underfoot. The Wave shape of the midsole is meant to lessen the forces of impact on the body, like a wave.


Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

You should manage to get a responsive ride out of the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 in large part due to the Wave technology in the midsole. That component of the shoe provides impact protection, but also provides energy return.
Support
Support

Support

The Full-Length Infinity Wave, X10 outsole and U4icX technologies incorporated in the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 provide adaptable support and cushioning for the wearer. The shoe is mainly intended for neutral runners, though.

Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 is mainly a road shoe. It can run smoothly over wet surfaces just as well as it can handle dry pavement.


Price
Price

Price

The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 is a higher end neutral running shoe since they offer ultimate cushion and excellent rebound. The shoe ranges in price from $139 USD to $220 USD. Although it's a bit pricey, it's a decent option for runners who know they want in terms of a running shoe.

Traction
Traction

Traction

With its tough X10 outsole, the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 offers excellent traction. The shoe also features a lateral traction aid to help soften each footfall and prevent excess pronation. In addition, the outsole Flex Controllers enhance the shoe's ability to act as a stable base.

Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Thanks to the DynaMotion Fit upper and the U4icX midsoles, the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 embrace your feet with a second-skin feeling. The traction and support that the X10 outsole brings, also give you stability, and ultimately, more control over your run. They are ideal shoes for your everyday training, but also for people that want to improve their times during races.
Stability
Stability

Stability

What parts of the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 help to keep the wearer stable? It's a neutral shoe, right? Well, the form fitting Dynamotion Fit upper plays a part in keeping the wearer secure. The U4icX midsole is a nice solid platform. And, finally, the X10 outsole also ensures you don't fall over in the shoe, even in wet weather.


Drop
Drop

Drop

The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 running shoes have a 12 mm drop. It's a bit higher than the standard running shoe these days but would work well for runners who don't want a lower than average drop.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•Can be used in a variety of conditions

•Plush cushioning thanks to the energy efficient U4ix midsole

•Mizuno Wave Technology

•Mizuno Intercool Technology

•SmoothRide Technology

•Vegan materials

•Dynamotion Fit

•Ample padding in tongue and heel areas
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The neutral Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 shoe is highly durable without losing ground in terms of comfort. They do have a bit of extra weight, but there's a reason for that. They're super well-cushioned, after all. The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 is a great shoe for runners who want a lot of cushioning with some rebound.

Reviewers were impressed with the shoe's ability to go fast and found themselves using the shoe often for speedwork. Mizuno has clearly built a shoe that performs well even if it's not the zippiest looking model.