So, here’s the deal Mizuno Wave Rider fans: you can either wait patiently until December to order a pair of the next generation Wave Riders, OR you can lock down your very own pair now on pre-order—your choice.

Since its initial debut in 1998, the Wave Rider has established itself as a heavyweight in the neutral running category. Now, the seventeenth installment of the legendary shoe is on its way, and in case you missed our initial preview of it earlier this summer, this one looks to be better than ever.

As expected, the Wave Rider 17 boasts some minor updates, including a redesigned seamless upper for reduced weight and improved comfort, as well as a new U4iC midsole that’s virtually 30% lighter than the previous version. The 17 also comes with a blown rubber outsole instead of carbon rubber to further reduce the shoe’s weight. As far as traction is concerned, the new outsole offers just as much traction, if not more.

The shoe’s currently available for pre-order at select specialty retailers, including Holabird Sports.

RELATED: FIRST GLANCE: Mizuno Wave Rider 17
RELATED: The Complete History of the Mizuno Wave Rider