The emblematic Mizuno Wave Rider 20 gets typical annual update to remain one of the most popular running shoes out there. Very versatile, it is a great option for everyday trainings and long distances where neutral runners appreciate its great stability when fatigue shows up.
There are many changes from its predecessor Wave Rider 19 with reengineered upper made of knit mesh in the forefoot for softer feel and extra breathablity and AIRmesh (with stitched Mizuno logo to provide reinforced structure) in the rest for enhanced durability while DynamotionFit™ wraps foot for snug fit. Ortholite® footbed delivers not only extra comfort but also enhanced moisture management system. Not many reflective elements so visibility may be an issue under poor light conditions.
Other major changes in Wave Rider 20 take place in midsole with redesigned CloudWave™ plate for more responsive ride and U4icX addition in the heel (already seen in other Mizuno running shoes like premium Wave Enigma 6) for increased cushioning and shock absorption on heel landing. Rest of midsole is based on well known and reliable U4ic platform. Minor changes in outsole design which keeps SmoothRide™ for good flexibility and harder rubber (X10) in more exposed areas for longer durability.