The new Mizuno Wave Sayonara running shoe promises comfort as well as protection, lightness as well as stability. But how much does it live up to its promise?
The world of Mizuno has been offering runners with shoes and gear that are known to promise quality, comfort and strength. Mizuno offerings have been known to emphasize speed and lightness while also maintaining stability. The comfort and protection of the cushioning ensure each stride is taken safely.
The Mizuno Wave series is no different. Through its various offerings like the Rider, Prophecy and Hitogami, the Mizuno Wave line has been coming up with great, formidable trainers that have found few parallels in comfort and quality. The Wave Sayonara series is one such line that promises several exciting features. Great for road and track running, the Mizuno Wave Sayonara series promises a lightweight, fast and powerful run to its wearer. But let’s see if it lives up to the promise.
The Mizuno Wave Sayonara series is a top-of-the-line neutral trainer, perfect even for beginners. The latest in the series, the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 ups the game with a new forefoot in the sole and a comfortable heel cup in the upper for a better heel to toe transitions. The fourth in the series, the newest Wave Sayonara running shoe promises a much firmer ride than its opponents and even its predecessors.
The sole unit, made of ‘Parallel Wave’ and ‘U4ic’ midsole for cushion and propulsion, is the same as the previous variants, with a few modifications here and there. With its lightweight, firmness and flexibility, the Mizuno Wave Sayonara promises to be everything serious runners look for in a shoe.
The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is of a standard running shoe length and is available in a variety of sizes. The standard width for both men’s and women’s shoes is medium. The shoe overall has a semi-curved shape, allowing room for the natural human foot shape to sit comfortably in it.
The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is a lightweight shoe. It weighs 8.6o oz on an average, making it a genuinely light shoe to run in.
The heel area in the upper sole is constructed with AIRmesh and the forefoot is made of Open Mesh, making the sole breathable and giving the foot enough air to ventilate. The mesh fabric keeps the foot cool and dry even after a long run. The upper also has a few synthetic overlays, which don’t add to the bulk of the shoe.
The midsole provides the major cushioning in the shoe. The U4ic material used for the cushioning is light and durable. An elastic unit stretches from the heel to the midfoot that enhances cushioning and distributes shock evenly. The midsole also boasts of an Ortholite Sock Liner for hygiene and anti-microbial support.
The outsole largely comprises of blown rubber that absorbs the impact of each stride. At the forefoot, asymmetrical grooves help with grip and flexibility.
A lightweight trainer, the Mizuno Wave Sayonara has enough cushioning for support during long runs but also has a sturdy base for speed.
Pricing and Availability
The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is available on Amazon for $. The earlier variants are available for cheaper at $, also on Amazon.
How Does It Compare
While we have spoken about the features the Mizuno Wave Sayonara offers independently, to make an informed decision we also need to look at other options in the market that provide the same or more features for the same price. Here is Mizuno Wave Sayonara in comparison to two other key competitors:
The Mizuno Wave Sayonara series has been a trusted offering from the Mizuno world. Let’s see if the fourth variant stands its ground:
The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is available for $ on Amazon, an average price to pay for a good neutral trainer.
Ease of Use
Lightweight, easy to use with great flexibility and the right amount of cushioning for long runs. The u4ic material in the midsole is soft and durable. Some users, however, complained of the shoe’s mesh upper allowing too much water during the rains, making the shoe bulky and tedious to run in.
The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 has a breathable mesh upper, a soft and durable midsole and firm and flexible outsole made of blown rubber. At 8.60 oz on an average, the shoe is truly lightweight. Some users, however, complain of the new forefront not offering enough room for the toe box.
The Nike world has been offering formidable lines in sports shoes, gear and apparel for many decades. In direct competition with the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is the Nike Air Zoom series’ Pegasus 33. Let’s see how it fares:
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 is available at all Nike stores and on Amazon for $, though the lowest price keeps fluctuating depending on promotion deals and availability.
Ease of Use
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 is a lightweight sneaker that offers a smooth ride for high mileage daily training. Though the shoe seems to have gained a little weight compared to its previous variant, the enhanced forefoot for more toe room, increased breathability and more than a dozen colour options make up for the increased weight.
The Air Zoom Pegasus 33 has a snug, comfortable fit from heel to toe. The hexagonal lugs in the sole provide increased traction and grip. The heel and midfoot is protected by a strong carbon rubber whereas the forefoot uses a blown rubber. The Flymesh upper offers enhanced breathability and a sock-like fit.
- BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning dynamically adapts to every step and stride
- Midfoot Transition Zone and Segmented Crash Pad create fast heel-to-toe transitions
- Blown rubber in the forefoot for extra-springy toe-off
The Brooks Launch 3 is a neutral running shoe available in the market in the same price range as the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4. Let’s see if the Brooks shoe has something more to offer.
The Brooks Launch 3 is available for $ on Amazon, though price keeps fluctuating depending on promotional deals.
Ease of Use
The Brooks Launch 3 is a highly-cushioned, highly breathable neutral running shoe, meant for track and road running. Some users, however, have complained of the cushion being excessive for a track surface. The shoe otherwise is responsive and is good value for money.
The outsole uses HPR Plus technology which increases traction on the road. The entire sole unit uses only high abrasion-resistant rubber, making the shoe strong and durable. The midsole uses the BioMoGo DNA technology to provide cushioning. The 3D Fit Print used in the upper provides flexibility as well as durability.
Pros and Cons
The shoe’s mesh upper makes it highly breathable and provides the foot with ventilation, even through long distances.The range is exciting for its vibrant options of colours, from subdued to flamboyant.
The lightweight of the shoe makes it quick to respond to the wearer. While it’s very fast it also maintains a firm base to provide support during longer runs.
While the mesh upper allows breathability it also lets in too much water during rains or if running on a watery surface, adding weight and making the shoe uncomfortable. The asymmetrical lugs on the outsole enhances grip but leaves room for improvement.
Finally, the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is great for neutral running, especially longer distances as it stays durable and provides ample cushioning and a firm base. It’s lightweight quality also enhances speed while midsole remains responsive throughfout. There are issues with the grip and when running in the rain, but its price, durability and speed makes it a great investment nevertheless. We give it 4/5 stars.