A couple months ago the awesome folks at Mizuno sent me the new Wave Hitogami running shoe to try out. I like to take my time and really put new gear to the test before I write a review.
I’m going to go ahead and skip all the fluff and tell you that I love love love these kicks. Every time I get ready to run, I find myself gravitating to them.
- They weigh in at 6.2 ounces.
- Come with Mizuno SmoothRide technology – for smooth transition from heel to toe.
- Light + low racing shoe
- 9 mm drop
- Replacement for the Musha + Ronin
- Upper mesh is thin, lightweight + breathable
My super cool, completely scientific thoughts:
I’ve never ran in any sort of minimalist or racing shoe until the Hitogami. I mean, a fast shoe and SCB is like an oxymoron. To be honest, I was always a little nervous to run in them since I have always ran in a more supportive kick – my beloved Wave Riders. But I dig trying new shoes and was stoked to give them a try. These kicks are really cute too. I mean, who wants to run in an ugly shoe?!?
I started out doing a couple short runs then switched to the Wave Riders for longer runs. Well, longer in the terms of SCB.
On a side note: Imagine SCB taking this pic, my foot up on a rock, iPhone in hand, bent sideways in a lulu skirt to give you all the perfect view. The things I do….
They are very comfortable, I feel like they allow my paws to naturally move with every strike with the perfect amount of support without feeling “chunky”. Pure genius!
Over time, I started reaching for the Hitogami’s for every training run and can’t wait to race in them later this month.
- The only con I can think of is my custom orthotics don’t fit well with the low profile. I had to loosen the laces up quite a bit to make room for them, which elevates my paws. Plus I ran without the inserts for awhile before putting them in, so it took a couple runs to get used to them and now I don’t even notice it. It’s not a deal breaker at all, just a matter of personal preference.
- Because they are so light, I’m wondering if they will last as long as the WR. I’ll keep you posted on that.
If you’re looking for a lighter racing shoe, that still has some stability and moves naturally with every stride, I highly recommend checking out the Wave Hitogami’s.
If you’re interested, here’s my review of the Wave Rider 17’s. I’ll do a post on how these compare to the WR soon.
As apart of my brand ambassadorship for Mizuno, they sent me these kicks. In true SCB fashion, you get my honest 2 cents fo free.
Do you run in speed/racing shoes? Tell me what you think.