Mizuno Wave Ekiden 9
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Mizuno Wave Ekiden 9 run shoes review

Real lightweights – in the best possible sense – and a firm but comfy ride

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Mizuno Wave Ekiden 9 run shoes review

A wave of Mizuno love crashed over us with last year’s excellent Hitogamis. Fast-forward to 2015 and the affair continues with the Ekidens.

>>> Best lightweight running shoes 2014

Firstly, this is a true lightweight racer. Our size UK10.5 weighed 162g – exactly half the weight of Adidas’s Ultra Boost rivals.

That paucity derives from minimalist construction – Mizuno’s Wave technology’s on cushioning duties – which leads to one of the firmer rides, though comfier than you’d imagine for such a featherweight. 

What it means is that this is one fast shoe. Over our test loop, the Ekidens consistently recorded some of the fastest times. Adorned with our Garmin, this was reflected in the swiftest cadence.

An empty space in the heel of the outsole has the potential to lodge stones, but that’s a minor quibble in a terrific shoe.

Verdict: Our Mizuno crush continues with these fast and featherweight offerings, 85%

 
 

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