Triathlete’s Summer 2012 Running Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jul 5, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC

Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 | 9.3 oz | $120

Fit | Snug from the heel through the arch/mid-foot area, the Elixir 7 has a fairly roomy toe box, at least compared to most traditionally designed road shoes. This updated Elixir has slightly less interior volume, and the lacing system cinches the extra-wide tongue.

Feel | For a high-mileage trainer, this shoe is exquisitely light, something our testers marveled about in unison. Most thought it created a great foot-to-shoe connection, which was aided in part by the integrated lightweight upper and lacing system, and the deep, secure heel cup. The step-in feel is supple and comfortable, but not mushy or overly plush.

Ride | One tester summed up the shoe’s ride: “The lightweight feeling of this shoe makes it feel as if I’m running faster.” It can be run with a mid-foot gait for fast-paced runs, but it can also be a slow cruiser when your stride relies on easy heel-toe mechanics. One tester said, “I would highly recommend this shoe as an everyday trainer.”

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