For a quick background, I've run in the Mizuno Waver Rider 15 and 16 and had some great success with them. I even ran my fastest marathon in the Wave Rider 15 so I was really interested in trying out Mizuno's new trail shoes. Here's what I received:
|Mizuno Wave Hayate|
The midfoot X-groove enhances the adaptability of the sole segment by allowing the heel and forefoot to move independently. The X-Stud also helps to provide grip on uneven terrain. I can feel it when running on the trail especially as you go up and down hills as it digs into the trail and keeps you stable.
The Hayate is only 8.8 oz(men's). These things are super light! According to Mizuno, the shoe is an all-terrain shoe that allows you to glide smoothly over any type of terrain. Given this, I was really looking to test these out in a number of different terrains. I happen to get them when I was heading to Northern Michigan for the week so I had plenty of opportunity to test these since there are tons of trails to run. I ran with the shoes on asphalt, grass from a golf course I ran, a wooden bridge and numerous types of trails. I took these on hilly, rooty, muddy, sandy, pine needle covered, technical trails. The trails I run here have super variety. I gave them a good workout and got myself one in the process. The shoes did a great job on everything I threw at them.
|Technical with Sand/pine needles|
|Golf course - I ran over 9 holes on it.|
I loved the feel of the Wave Hayate on the trail with the pine needles. The needles give a soft landing yet the feel of the shoe is such that you still have the feel of the trail. There is not a large amount of cushion on the Wave Hayate. If you have run with Mizuno's road shoes in the past, you will like the feel of these as well. Just enough cushion to keep your feet protected. The shoes fit true to size.
|Keeping your feet cool with nice size holes in the forefoot|
Personally, these would be shoes that I could see myself running and/or racing up to a half marathon distance. While I like the feel the Wave Hayate gives me on the trail, for distances longer, I need a bit more cushion. These will fit in great for training on some of my shorter runs mid week as I gear up for my 50k in October.
Overall these are a great option for those looking for a fast and very light shoe on the trail. If I could change one thing on these, it would be the color. I can't say I'm that hot on this color but then as I wear them more, the mud should take care of that.
Check out the Mizuno Wave Hayate today.
Have a great day and.....Keep Running!!!!
Disclosure: I received these trail shoes through the Fit Fluential and Mizuno Campaign in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give any particular opinion other than an honest one. This post is sponsored.