Mizuno Wave Rider 16 – Product Review

Mizuno Wave Rider 16 – Product Review

Wave Rider 16

Smoother, lighter and faster

As Mizuno’s most iconic running shoe to date, the Wave Rider returns lighter, faster and smoother than ever before. This is a shoe that has always been engineered for high mileage runners who like a cushioned ride and the Wave Rider 16 is no different. 



As part of Mizuno’s ‘Moments’ campaign, the technical advances of the Wave Rider 16 work in harmony to accelerate the running experience of the wearer into a truly memorable one. Such technical advances include the exciting evolution of Mizuno’s unique Dynamotion Fit technology. 

Dynamotion Fit is effectively a series of strategically placed panels throughout the shoe that are positioned to enhance a snug-fit feel. Mizuno’s design engineers challenged the thought to improve the transitional ride without compromising on fit and weight. The result is an anatomically positioned soft suede construction of support straps bonded to the internal structure of the forefoot and lateral side of the shoe helping the acceleration at toe off.

Providing a silky smooth, transitional ride from the heel impact to the toe off, the Wave Rider 16 also features new innovations in the SmoothRide concept, through technological advancements in the SR Touch technology. As a shock-absorbing cushioning compound found in the midsole’s rearfoot, the new SmoothRide Foam is even lighter and more responsive than the VS-1 used in its predecessor.  

Whilst providing ample cushioning and stability, the Wave Rider 16 weighs in at just 280g compared to the Wave Rider 15’s 310g. New advancements in upper construction with bonded and lighter material selections to support straps and mesh constructions help improve this overall lightweight feel.


Product Review – Rebecca – R4W Member

Cushioning – They felt very snug and  very lightweight but there is plenty of cushioning which makes them feel like a second skin on. Score 4/5

Comfort – So comfortable did not know I was running in them. Score 5/5

Grip/Responsiveness – Excellent grip for running and I also used them for Circuit training at the gym and did not slip of skid. Score 5/5

Suitability – With the shoe being light and very well cushioned it is really suited to my long running sessions. Score 4/5

Overall – These trainers look fabulous and very stylish with lovely bright colours and very comfortable, I would definitely recommend this trainer. Score 4.5/5

For more information please go to Mizuno

Wave Rider 16 RRP – £100

Male/Female Weight – 280g/245g


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