Mizuno’s most popular running shoe—the Wave Rider—has continued to turn heads ever since it made its initial debut back in 1998. Now set to enter its seventeenth installment, the Wave Rider has been completely upgraded to for even more firepower—at least we hope.
Now, before you get all choked up, on paper, all the tweaks to the Wave Rider 17 seem to be legit. Aside from the toecap and heel counter, the shoe’s upper features a seamless design for reduced weight and increased comfort. As it recently did in the Sayonara, Mizuno will also introduce a new U4iC midsole unit that is 30% lighter than standard foam, but offers greater shock absorption and responsiveness.
Mizuno has also done away with the carbon rubber outsole used in prior models in lieu of a blown rubber that also helps reduce the shoe’s weight. All this weight reduction means the Wave Rider 17 will be much lighter than its predecessor at 8.8 ounces (an ounce less than the 16).
Release date of the shoe is set for December 2013. It will be priced at $115.