Mizuno Wave Rider 14 Review
If the Wave Rider 13, 12, 11… have treated you well, you will be happy to know the Wave Rider 14 hasn’t changed all that much this season. For many running shoe companies, it’s important to change their products so they will have something new to talk about for the season. On the runner’s side, if they like a shoe, they beg and plead for the shoe company NOT to make any changes and if change is a must, they hope companies will just change the color scheme a little. On it’s 14th iteration, Mizuno has been lucky enough to where they don’t have to make that many changes to the Wave Rider 14.
The wave technology in the Wave Rider 14 is consistent with previous models, allowing for a smooth heal to toe transition for neutral runners. The shoe continues to stay well ventilated with a mesh outer. I have always found a well ventilated running shoe to be nice, except when testing it out in the snow and your feet can get a wet pretty easy. One of the newer technologies used in the Wave Rider 14 is the Dynamotion Fit which is the padding and fabric surrounding the heel cup. In essence, this helps keep your foot in place in the shoe while running, helping keep the heal from coming out of the shoe which can sometimes cause blisters.
As far as changes go with the Mizuno Wave Rider 14, there are a couple that I have noticed. The new Wave Rider 14 has shaved off an ounce from the previous model, which is fairly significant in running shoe terms. The other small change that I have noticed is the toe box. For some reason, I seem to think the toe box is a tad more narrow that previous models, so if you do have wider feet, it might be good to try on a pair before you buy. The best part about the Mizuno Waver Rider 14 in mind is the price, $100 MSRP. With so many running shoes today heading upwards of $150, it is nice to find a shoe for $100 that doesn’t have to sacrifice quality. Overall, I find the Mizuno to be a win win for many runners, little change and an affordable price.