KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is Mizuno SmoothRide Engineering. This sole design creates a rocking-chair-like motion, throughout your stride. Equipped with strategically placed Flex Grooves, SmoothRide Engineering provides power, flexibility, and efficiency.
What is it? A combination of midsole and outsole technologies which provide a fluid, rocking-chair-like transition. The components of SmoothRide Engineering include heel and forefoot Flex Grooves, an AP+ midsole, and Flex Controllers in the forefoot.
How does it work? As the foot hits the ground, SmoothRide Engineering kicks in with heel Flex Grooves promoting a natural back-to-front movement, which creates the rocking-chair effect. Next, the AP+ midsole adds extra bounce in the midfoot, while the final step comes in the form of forefoot Flex Grooves and Flex Controllers which work together to continue the smooth forward motion. The end result is an efficient, fluid motion that allows runners to harness their power.
Notable products: Wave Prophecy 2, Wave Nirvana 8, Wave Creation 14
Bottom line: While many performance sneaker outsoles place a focus on durability and traction, Mizuno takes their design a step further with SmoothRide Engineering. Not only are their soles built to last, but they actually help to improve your run.