4 Things to Love About the Mizuno Wave Rider 21

Rejoice, rejoice! For those runners who loved the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, you need not worry about the updates to the Wave Rider 21. The few changes that Mizuno made to their most popular trainer are improvements to the overall quality and comfort of this shoe.

With the Wave Rider 21, you can expect:
  • a newly formatted engineered mesh. This means fewer hot spots and less rubbing, in addition to improved durability.
  • a softer sockliner (the insert you can remove from the shoe) that feels more comfy stride after stride.
  • a softer heel collar. Some wearers of the Wave Rider 20 thought the heel was too abrasive, so this has been softened.
  • lighter weight! The new Rider 21 weighs 0.8 oz lighter for men and 0.3 oz lighter for women.

The Wave Rider 21 also comes in a great GORE-TEX option for those looking for a shoe they can run in during adverse conditions. The price point goes up to $150 and you gain:

  • a full GORE-TEX liner to stand up to all weather conditions. And gone are the days of hot feet with less breathable liners; GORE-TEX materials in 2017 are the best on the market and stay lightweight while keeping your feet dry.
  • a "plugged up" outsole. If you're a longtime Mizuno fan, you know what I mean. The GORE-TEX Rider adds a piece of rubber in the heel area to prevent any snow or other materials from accumulating in the outsole of your shoe.

The men's Wave Rider 21 GTX is available in Dress Blue; the women's GTX version is available in Eclipse.

Check out both the standard and GTX options of one of Mizuno's fan favorites as we head into the colder running months!

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Evan Schwartz spends his time running the roads of central Ohio and managing the Short North CRC. When he isn't brainstorming the "next great thing," he is geeking out over all things running shoes.