Mizuno Wave Rider 20 – The Ultimate Training Shoe by Liam Delaney November 16, 2016 – Posted in: Expert Advice, Products


My last few Sunday runs have been particularly good. The main difference to my usual 20-30km Sunday run is my new Wave Rider 20’s that have just landed in Australia. I’ve been running competitively for over 20 years, tried every major running shoe in that time, and I really love this shoe.
The Wave Rider is a neutral mid weight (290g for the men and 240g for the women) training shoe my orthotics fit nicely without a problem. If you do not race and only have one shoe, this would be the best shoe for you. I race so have every shoe under this for all the competitive distances, but I always come back to the Wave Rider when I need some support for my longer runs.
The Japanese love their running and take a lot of pride in their products, this gives me confidence that the technology developments in their shoes is first class. The Wave Rider 20 sees the introduction of the cloudwave technology which they say gives you a ‘Softer-Smoother’ feel. There’s been many ‘systems’ like cloudwave coming from all the shoes companies over the years, and it can all just seem like just a bit of marketing – but I actually for the first time in my life feel different when I run in this shoe. My 40+ aged joints genuinely appreciate the ‘Softer-Smoother’ feel, which they’ve achieved with a relatively light and supportive shoe.
For those that choose their shoe based on colour (yep some people do) – I like the conservative black and white colour scheme, it is a training shoe after all, save the fancy colours for race day. But if you don’t race and want some colour the other colours will be released. Whatever the colour — this shoe ticks all the boxes for your long runs and more.

by Liam Delaney


Vigor Health and Fitness
Liam Delany has competed and coached running for over 20 years, mostly recreational through his Vigor Running group. Working with the Collingwood Athletics Club he has helped the club maintain it’s Division 1 mens and womens teams. The most notable athlete from Vigor being current National Cross Country and Marathon Champion Virginia Moloney.