Wave Horizon 2 Review // by Chris White February 14, 2018 – Posted in: Ambassadors, Expert Advice, Products, Blogs
As a runner and Mizuno wearer I need a bit of support with my shoes as I do pronate a bit. The Wave Catalyst, Wave Inspire and Wave Horizon are all in that range, with the Wave Horizon being the most cushioned of them. I have enjoyed swapping shoes and changing things up through the range throughout this year of marathon running. When I heard that Mizuno were releasing a Horizon 2, I was intrigued to see what it had in store for me. Throughout 2017, I had run marathon distance events in the Wave Daichi, Wave Horizon, Wave Inspire and Wave Catalyst shoes – using each one for specific reasons, depending on how I felt in the lead up to the race and the needs of the race itself.
For me, the Wave Horizon was my ‘safety shoe.’ If I needed that extra cushioning because my legs felt tired, then on went the Wave Horizons. Several times, as I managed niggles and tiredness throughout the 17 marathons journey, the Wave Horizons came to my rescue. The extra heel drop (12mm), support and cushioning was a relief to my achilles in particular and allowed me to keep running. I remember the Gold Coast, Canberra and Sydney Marathons in particular, being relieved that I had this shoe in my arsenal of shoes.
As we approach the end of the year, the Wave Horizon 2 became a reality and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak and a try of it in training and for the final marathon of the year.
The first thing that I noticed when I put it on was the cushioning and the fit. This was a more ‘comfy’ shoe than the Wave Horizon 1. It felt like the mesh material on the upper of the shoe wrapped your foot up nicely, holding it in place. There was plenty of room in the toe box for my feet to spread out, but the shoe didn’t feel too big or heavy. As for the cushioning, the main difference I noticed was that it ran all the way from front to the back. In particular I noticed the mid foot cushioning, which felt plush, particularly after I had been wearing the lighter weight Wave Catalysts. It feels a bit like you are spoiling your feet and treating them to a really nice cozy bed!
As part of that feel, the other thing I noticed was the soft ‘collar’ which runs around the heel area of the shoe. That was different to any other shoe I had tried on and certainly added to the plush, slightly luxurious feeling that I had when I was running.
Over this year I have deliberately and gradually attempted to move from heel striking to a more mid foot strike, so being honest, I was worried that the extra cushioning and 12mm drop would make me revert to that heel strike. Thankfully, I was still able to run mid foot and retain my existing style, whilst retaining the comfort factor, which was great to realise.
Overall I am a fan of this shoe. If you are running some serious distance and need to help your feet or your legs a little bit, the extra cushioning and plush feeling does them a bit of a favour and gives back plenty of bounce as well as protection. I’m definitely keeping this one in my repertoire for some long training runs in 2018!
by Chris White