The Mizuno Wave Hitogami 4 remains true to its racing soul and therefore minimum changes can be expected in this fourth edition. It is one of the most popular racing shoes along with Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3 and it is placed between more radical Wave Ekiden and versatile Wave Sayonara 4 within Mizuno's catalogue, a perfect choice for racing distances from 5k to marathon and speed workouts.
As well as its predecessor Wave Hitogami 3, current edition introduces minimal upper changes with updated design over breathable AIRMesh, thinner laces and partial eyelet decoupling to allow more flexibility in the forefoot for improved response. As usual among shoes from japanese brand, internal stripes (Dynamotion Fit™) provide a secure fit while stitched logo reinforces structure.
Rest of Hitogami 4 remains the same with comfortable (although not soft) U4ic midsole compound combined with paralell Wave® technology in the heel to dissipate impact forces away when landing offering a reactive response. No changes as well in the outsole featuring reliable X-10 carbon rubber in high impact areas for longer durability and G3 Sole in the forefoot for enhanced traction in toe-off stage. If it works, do not touch.