I admit it. I run in the same pair of shoes regardless of the surface…whether it’s roads or trails. But apparently there are shoes specifically designed for trails that grip the rugged terrain! So, when I was given the opportunity to review the Mizuno Wave Hayate shoes as a Fitfluential Ambassador, I was stoked!
These shoes are super stylish, lightweight and have that cool “graffiti effect” on them. But how did they run? I was anxious to try them out and see if they truly made a difference for me versus my regular, pavement-based running shoe.
-Part of the new trail shoe line-up from Mizuno, along with Wave Kazan
-Lightweight (just 7.2 ounces for women and 8.8 for men) but with the protection and stability needed for trails
-Light, low and adaptable for fast off-road training or racing
-X-lug outsole grips in all directions as the midsole plants securely on any terrain, working in harmony so you feel the trail and not the shoe
I loved running in these shoes- they’re lightweight and responsive. I did run on some trails during a 6 mile fun run to promote the upcoming Fort2Base race and also hit the pavement at the Run for Freedom 5k. The light mesh uppers breathe really well in the humid Chicago summers and the bottom grips gave me a TON of traction on the trails and super traction on the pavement! I definitely felt like I had a grip on the surfaces where I ran but also felt light on my feet too.
Fun fact: the word “Hayate” means “swift, like a whirlwind”, which is exactly how I felt when I put these on. In fact, I got my new 5k PR in these bad boys! Not only are these some good-lookin’ shoes, the Mizuno Wave Hayate has a great design with functionality to boot.
Have you tried the Mizuno Wave Hayate? What did you think?