Mizuno Wave Paradox Review

June 27, 2014
Mizuno Wave Paradox
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
82
Comfort
6
Stability
7
Speed
6
Responsiveness
8

The Good

  • Impact absorption
  • Light for class weight
  • Blend of control and speed
  • Expansive toe box

The Bad

  • Medial durability
  • Poor heat control
THE VERDICT

The Mizuno Wave Paradox is a welcomed replacement of its predecessor the Wave Alchemy, boosting a lighter platform with continued guidance and stability. The Wave Paradox is best suited for mild to moderate over-pronators looking for a speedy mileage companion to control motion and inch closer to personal record times. The Mizuno Wave Paradox meets runners’ need for speed, but those in the market for a plush walk on clouds will do better with the Brooks Adrenaline or the Asics line.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The Mizuno Wave Paradox is a guidance and stability shoe rated for high milage.

FULL REVIEW

Comfort 
The toe box of the Mizuno Wave Paradox has the typical Mizuno fit with generous room. I did feel unstable on trail berms, which was easily remedied with a thicker sock. The rear foot has a solid lock with firm heel cup. On 80ºF runs there was little to no air circulation and on hot days I wanted more breathability.

Stability 
The posterior double fan wave platform of the Mizuno Wave Paradox allowed for excellent medial rim stability without being too harsh. The wave plate extends distally through the mid-foot and tapers to the metatarsals allowing for a touch of flexibility. Bi-lateral shoes tested wore through the X-10 outsole down to the wave plate after 60 miles so I question the long term mileage claims.

Speed 
At 10.9 oz (Men’s 9.5) the Mizuno Wave Paradox slides below it’s competitors and is light in flight phase. The wave plate absorbed shock and the rigid mid foot allowed for quick turn over for a smooth ride.  

Responsiveness 
This shoe doesn’t know it’s a guidance shoe. There was no spongy absorption feeling but rather the firmness of the mid foot gave an efficient ride.

Value
At $135 the Mizuno Wave Paradox is market priced. Given its claims for durability and my outsole wear I question it’s value beyond ‘average’.

 


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$135.00
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