Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

This is a sponsored post with FitFluential for Mizuno, but all opinions are always my own. 

mizuno wave rider 18

Let me start by saying I always get slightly nervous when a new model of a shoe comes out, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is hands down my favorite yet!  

There isn’t one thing that I would change about these trainers.  Even the color choices are great.  The new Wave Rider 18 provides the ideal balance of fit and performance.  Wave Rider 18 is a great lightweight neutral shoe.   The women’s shoe weighs in at only 7.8 oz. The Dynamotion® FitTM upper and a modified outsole pattern gives the shoe added durability and an improved underfoot feel.  Mizuno’s patented Wave Technology® delivers maximum responsiveness and a harmonious feel, providing “just enough” support for your run.

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 has a few changes from the 17.  Some of them are a refined toe-spring, upgraded premium sock liner, and a new outsole design with added durability.  

Here is a quote from Mizuno that I thought was pretty cool and a awesome way to think of a running shoe, “Mizuno adopted the inspirational influence of the Japanese concept of “Hado,” the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations. Hado is executed in the Wave Rider’s sleek, dynamic design relaying the power and kinetic energy of running, harnessing the transformative possibilities of every run.”

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I have been running in these shoes for a few weeks now and I only fall more in love with them.  I have worn them for both short and long runs.  I even took them to Washington DC with me and wore them for a shakeout run with Bart Yasso from Runner’s World.  

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I found the sizing true to size.  I normally wear a size 8 and the size 8 Wave Rider 18 fit perfect.  The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 hits the “sweet spot” for a variety of neutral runners with just enough support for a wide range of runners and I highly recommend this shoe. 

Visit the Mizuno website to learn more about the Wave Rider 18.