Price: $145 Arch Support: Neutral Weight: 249g Drop: 9mm
Reviewer: Blaine Penny – CEO Mito Canada
IMPACT Rating: 3.5 out of 5 RunRepeat.com Rating: 3.6 out of 5
The Mizuno Wave Hayate 2 is a lean, mean and responsive racing shoe built for speed on the trail. The upper is constructed with high quality, breathable mesh materials with many vents to allow your foot to breathe. The Hayate also has a clear wax like coating around the bottom where the upper meets the midsole that adds durability and some waterproofing.
The shoe has very aggressive traction because of its Xtatic Ride and lugs. The Hayate sole contains a low profile U4ic foam designed for increased impact attenuation that makes you feel in touch with the ground with just enough cushioning.
The materials used on the inside of the upper are plush, in the heel and tongue area, which I found to be somewhat slippery. It feels nice on your foot and reduces friction but I did find my foot sliding around a bit more than I like when running the trails.
Great trail racing shoe for shorter distances, but watch out for those rocks due to the limited foot protection.
- Excellent traction.
- Lack of foot protection.
- Insole slippery, increases your foot sliding around.