Mizuno Wave Horizon
- Excellent support and stability
- Extremely durable
- Great protection for heel strikers
- Firm midsole
- Bulky and heavy
- Exposed seams in upper
- Not suitable for lighter runners
The Mizuno Wave Horizon is a great option for larger runners who require a high level of stability. Keeping inline with Mizuno’s firm underfoot feeling, the Horizon was one the more supportive shoes tested and offers excellent motion control. While our testers cited mixed reviews of the Horizon, they all agreed the firm midsole really reduced comfort.
Brand new to the Mizuno lineup, the Mizuno Wave Horizon offers support for overpronators while aiming to maintain a cushioned ride. Situated in the middle of the Paradox and Inspire support-wise, the Horizon is posed to compete with the New Balance 860 and Asics Gel Kayano. Mizuno introduces a new full-length L-fan-shaped Wave that provides cushioning while adapting to the runner’s stability needs. The midsole features Mizuno’s U4ic and U4icX midsole seen in the Paradox and Inspire.
The Mizuno Wave Horizon received mixed reviews for comfort from our testers mostly due to the firmness of the midsole. Runners who enjoy a firm feeling underfoot and need tons of support will really enjoy the Horizon. Those that don’t will have trouble managing the shoe. There is a touch of softness in the topsole due to a new U4ic midsole compound. The upper is comfortable, but stitching is exposed along the tongue, which could cause some rubbing irritation.
All our testers agreed the Wave Horizon felt a little snug but not enough to warrant a different size. While there wasn’t much room to spare in the toe box, the upper was super flexible to accommodate for the lack in space. Underfoot it was easy to feel how supportive the Horizon was. A firm plastic cup offers a nice lock-down feeling around the heel without feeling too stiff and uncomfortable.
The Wave Horizon displays an average level of responsiveness. While the firmer midsole does offer a bit of spring off the pavement, it doesn’t compensate for how bulky the shoe feels. A lot will come down to the size of the runner, with heavier runners finding it to be more responsive than their lighter counterparts.
As expected from such a supportive and heavy shoe, the Mizuno Wave Horizon is among the slowest shoes tested this season. It’s hard to find that quick ground contact you want as you pick up the pace due to the 12mm heel drop. Each footstrike starts with the heel and then transitions towards the toe, making forefoot running difficult.
Overall the Mizuno Wave Horizon offers a much better ride than the more moderate supportive Mizuno Inspire 13. Much of the quality will largely depend on the weight of the runner. Heavier runners that need support will find the Horizon much more manageable and forgiving.
How We Tested It
The shoes in this test were used by multiple testers over varied terrain including concrete, dirt, grass and track ranging from 4 to 15 miles. Testers covered a wide range of paces to determine performance. All testers used Farm to Feet socks for consistent fit and feeling.
For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other cushioned road running shoe tests, lightweight road running shoe tests, trail running shoe tests, along with other related running gear tests.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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- Heel Height: 32mm
- Forefoot Height: 20mm
- Heel Drop: 12mm
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