Mizuno Wave Rider 17 vs. 18

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 vs. 18 - What's the Difference

In this article we will delve deep into Mizuno’s flagship model, the Wave Rider.

We will not only test and examine their 17th and 18th renewal and iteration, but actually compare both products and try to give you a definitive answer on which to invest.

Bеhind the Brand:

Mizuno’s flagship apparel, The Wave Rider line is the longest running shoe model of any brand in the market (Nike’s Pegasus, one of the oldest shoe model, was at the very beginning and for various generations an athletic “all discipline” shoe).

A perfect and ideal all purpose neutral running shoe should be.

The Wave Rider offers a thermoplastic “wave-shaped” unit, located at the midsole, was galvanized into creation as a way for the shoe to disperse the stride’s energy and propel the runner forward, in a natural motion, on every impact. 

With each interval and evolution of its Wave Riders, Mizuno manages to slim down the weight, while maintaining great road protection, a firm frame, a fantastically responsive heel cushion and an overall smooth transition.

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe, 12 B(M) US - White/Fuchsia Purple
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Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe, 12 B(M) US - White/Fuchsia Purple
  • Lightweight daily trainer with SmoothRide flex grooves and flex controllers
  • Mizuno Wave cushioning technology
  • U4ic midsole foam
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Mizuno Womens Wave Rider 17, White/Purple/Dark Beige, 8.5 AA
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Mizuno Womens Wave Rider 17, White/Purple/Dark Beige, 8.5 AA
  • Heel Height: 0"
  • Fit: True to Size
  • Upper: Synthetic Leather/Nylon Mesh
  • Features of this item include: Athletic, Breathable, Cushioned, Gym, Lace Up, Lightweight, Mesh, Nylon, Running, Synthetic, Ventilated

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review

Mizuno Womens Wave Rider 17, White/Purple/Dark Beige, 8.5 AA

Since its two previous generations, 15-16, this powerful shoe has managed to trim down from a healthy 11.2 ounce to9.5. 

The Wave Rider’s offers a slightly roomier and lighter shoe than previous models.

Mizuno Womens Wave Rider 17, White/Purple/Dark Beige, 8.5 AA

Another plus, employed to worm down the weight, is the fact that Mizuno removed almost all the structural overlays (added designs on the outer part of the shoe).

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Mizuno Womens Wave Rider 17, White/Purple/Dark Beige, 8.5 AA
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Mizuno Womens Wave Rider 17, White/Purple/Dark Beige, 8.5 AA
  • Heel Height: 0"
  • Fit: True to Size
  • Upper: Synthetic Leather/Nylon Mesh
  • Features of this item include: Athletic, Breathable, Cushioned, Gym, Lace Up, Lightweight, Mesh, Nylon, Running, Synthetic, Ventilated

This is in essence a light, neutral, shoe. 

Mizuno Womens Wave Rider 17, White/Purple/Dark Beige, 8.5 AA

As a result of how light the shoe is, you get the sense that durability might be an issue. Overall the durability was not an issue for me and as you can see, the sole was solid and provided tremendous cushioning for a comfortable run.

It’s a rigid, stiffer shoe so it may take you several days and miles to break in but once that’s done it will fit like a glove.

Mizuno Womens Wave Rider 17, White/Purple/Dark Beige, 8.5 AA

Conclusions:

A perfect mid-range neutral shoe, with just the right “bling”, improvements and weight for any runner. Durable enough for long treks, light enough for those days you need to be fast.



Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe, 12 B(M) US - White/Fuchsia Purple

Aside from the new cool mesh outerwear and more durable, denser rubber sole, there is not much difference between the two. 

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe, 12 B(M) US - White/Fuchsia Purple
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Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe, 12 B(M) US - White/Fuchsia Purple
  • Lightweight daily trainer with SmoothRide flex grooves and flex controllers
  • Mizuno Wave cushioning technology
  • U4ic midsole foam
Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe, 12 B(M) US - White/Fuchsia Purple

The Wave Rider 18 offers a adjusted toe curve  along with the bouncier Wave plate (a classic plastic piece that runs the midsole and acts as a shock absorber).

This is a stylish, slightly bulkier shoe than the 17. The 19 version is even lighter

In addition a more structured upper and stronger rubber sole provides runners more durability and bang for our buck.

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe, 12 B(M) US - White/Fuchsia Purple

Similar to the 17, the 18 is a smooth ride. It has a spring in the toes that really catapults you forward. It’s a bouncier ride compared to the previous models. Unlike 17, this shoe feels firmer, more especially by the balls of your feet. 

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 18 Running Shoe, 12 B(M) US - White/Fuchsia Purple

Conclusions:

If you are looking for a little more support underneath the balls of your feet, the 18 is for you. 


Mizuno Wave Rider 17 vs. 18 - What's the Difference

  • Both shoes weight in about the same. 18, due to the fact that it switched back to wave plate tech, added a couple of insignificant ounces.
  • Both are great for neutral and underpronated runners. 
  • Both are ideal running shoes for all situations.
  • 18 updates 17’s weak inlay and gives your run a better, slicker rebound.
  • Sadly, both models suffer from the same break in period. 18’s new changes “supposedly” make it feel a bit more flexible, but, all in all, both Wave Riders are shoes that require patience to really feel comfortable.
  • 18’s big advantage over 17 is its refined toe-spring. If you take both, and bend them around, you’ll instantly notice that 18 has a more flexible neck.

Conclusion

If I had the choice I would go with the Wave Rider 18.

Both are solid for neutral runners and offer the right balance of firmness and flexibility. 


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