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Fantastic look and good materials but heavy and has a rub point for me.
on October 4, 2014
Fit and finish is fantastic. I am also one who loves mizuno style and color, which is great on this shoe in my opinion. I went with the blue and tangerine. No denying they look very cool. They are selling pretty consitently well under MSRP which I think is a fair price for these vs MSRP.
I usually wears 12's and 12 fit me here although I probably could have gotten by in a 11.5 and have in other mizuno styles. I am 6'3" and 215lbs. 7-9 minute mile pace runner. The sole on these take a few miles to loosen up but once they do, they are very comfortable as far as shock mitigation goes.
They are a heavier shoe which is fine for my longer and slower runs but I won't choose this for a race. I don't notice any spring or performance enhancement with the full wave plate, just shock reduction. The other thing I noticed is that where the laces meet the forefoot area there is a double sew point that runs across the place the toes and main part of the foot meet. You can feel the threads from underneath. There is an approx 1/3" plastic overlay there as well as the edge part of wahtever is sewen in, likely something to reinforce and hold the laces. It also happens to be the natural bend point in the shoe for me. Taken together it creates a hot spot for me after about 3 miles as the threads, edge of the plastic overlay, and edge of what is sewen in are rubbing across my foot there.
That ends up being the only bummer for me on these but enough that instead of being a 4 or 5 star shoe for me they end up being just an OK one that I can't give more than 3 stars to. Again I love Mizunos and I have Elixers, Cursoris', Ferus's, Creations, Musha's, and a couple of others. This is the first one that I have any type of issue with.