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Mizuno Wave Kazan

rated 4 of 5 stars

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photo: Mizuno Wave Kazan trail running shoe

Solid shoe for running trails. As for any shoe, fit is key.


  • Durable
  • Great traction
  • Fairly water resistant


  • Stiffer than other shoes

Although I usually run on the roads, I've been running on some (fairly non-technical) trails enough that I decided to get a trail running shoe. I've been using Mizuno Wave Inspires for my running shoe, and the running shoe store suggested that the Wave Kazans would be 'comparable'. (I think they probably just recommended it because it's Mizuno's only trail-running shoe.)

Anyway, the shoes have been working fine through about 200 miles of use. I was concerned because the upper part (above the toes) seemed to be stiff, and I was concerned it would rub my toes and cause blisters. However, that hasn't been a problem.

I do think these shoes are stiffer and required more time to 'break in' than other shoes I've had. The shoes shed water fairly well.

Traction is great. I've actually been running in ice/snow conditions and had better traction than I expected. I was worried about the traction wearing off quickly since I run a fair amount on the road to get to the trails, but no complaints so far.

Source: bought it new

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