Mizuno Wave Hitogami
Testers just about exhausted a thesaurus-worth of adjectives for a fantastic racer when reviewing Mizuno’s latest speedy shoe. Responsive, firm, secure and light are just some of the words describing the Wave Hitogami’s ride. Not only does it feel fast, but it boasts “a surprising amount of cushion for such a minimal shoe.” Though this shoe was created without triathlon in mind, it boasts several features that make it a great multisport race shoe. First, it’s fairly substantial 9mm heel-to-toe drop takes some strain off fatigued calf muscles following a bike ride. Second, taped seams make the inner lining smoother than most, which prevents hot spots, even when running sockless. Runners who prefer more substantial shoes also liked Mizuno’s newest race shoe for the occasional high-speed workout or race. “For being so lightweight, I still feel like I’m getting the support and stability I need,” said a tester. The heel and arch anchor the foot in place and the broad toe box provides enough space for the foot to move naturally.
Asics Gel-Super J33
For the sensation of a little extra snap during fast workouts without sacrificing cushioning, the J33 is a perfect choice. “It rides like a regular trainer, but with racing flat weight,” said one tester. The mid-width sole snaps off the ground like a race shoe, yet the forgiving sole and generous upper offer a little extra protection needed from an everyday workhorse. One tester described it as “perfect for those looking to move on from the traditional, bulky trainers.” Fit is reminiscent of a dedicated trainer—it’s fairly loose and forgiving. Neutral striders are the best match for this shoe, as the sole allows the runner’s natural gait to guide the shoe.