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Traditional Japanese racing flat construction
Kabuki-inspired midfoot wrap
Stable flat-bottomed last with low toe spring
G3 forefoot rubber smooths touchdown
SmoothRide Engineering flex grooves
Step into character with the Mizuno Wave Hitogami. In Japanese Kabuki theater, actors don face paint to transform into Hitogami-Human Gods. You'll experience a similar feeling in the Mizuno Wave Hitogami, a shoe that's light, low and makes you want to run fast. It's lean enough for racing, but has an efficient, stable ride that makes it a great choice for fast training days.U4ic midsole delivers lightweight, resilient cushioningTraditional Japanese racing flat construction for a fast, low-slung rideKabuki-inspired midfoot wrap for lockdown supportFlat-bottomed last combined with low toe-spring for inherent stabilitySmooth G3 forefoot rubber for optimal smoothness at touchdown in the forefootNeutral shoeWeight: 7.4 oz.
8.5 D(M) US
Dazzling Blue / Silver / Green Flash
8.5 D(M) US
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My favorite Mizuno Ronin III topped 900 (nine hundred) miles and finally burst open (yes, I developed a kinda addiction to the Ronin III) so a replacement was needed. I have so far run 20 miles in these shoes, they did not feel the Ultimate Perfect Shoe from mile one like the Ronin Threes did, but after ten miles or so were broken in and feeling like family now. Very cushioned compared to the Ekiden or Universe. Lacing needs attention, not so forgiving as other Mizunos. Would recommend for really long runs, off-road and rainy days. To put things in perspective, my everyday shoe would be either the Asics Piranha Four (discontinued) or the Mizuno Ekiden (fair weather lightweight). If you hit a pebble in those, you'll know. These Hitogami feel like good go-to shoes when you don't have anything in mind but log a few ( or twenty) easy miles, and/or the going may be rough.
UPDATE: It has been a month or so now and I have over a hundred miles on my various Hitogamis..,been stocking up as they go on sale, been very consistent only one pair out of eight went back. It is is still a very good shoe and a joy to run in. Below I talk about ground feel and rocks etc..I have found these actually protect me more than many of the minimal trail shoes I have tried. Every now and than you will get a rock stuck in the tread and or get stabbed in the foot but I prefer this shoe over most of the trail shoes. Still no long runs in it but I have run up to 12 miles and only problem is twice my middle toe hit the front around the 11 mile mark. (some of us our middle toe is longer).
In the past month I have been on a mission..I have bought over two dozen shoes from several places as I try to find a replacement for my favorite go to shoe which has been discontinued. I have tried on even more at stores.... I have tried Adidas, Mizuno, New Balance, Saucony, Brooks,...
Very good cushioning AND good feel. Comfortable but not mushy at all. My favorite shoe in the rotation right now. If there were a 4.5 star rating, I would give that.
The good: great sole (good traction wet or dry), comfortable (no rubbing or bad edges for sockless runners), enough shoe for marathon training (and racing) but light enough and responsive enough for down to 10k. Really a great all-around shoe that probably lends itself better to longer distances where you might want a bit more support and a bit more drop. I'd call it a damn good trainer and long-distance racing shoe, even though it's marketed as a racing flat. I have a hard time considering this a "racing flat," and I think it has better use as an all-around trainer, honestly. Probably a great "lighter" shoe for heavier runners too. I'm not a heavy runner (150 lbs), but I imagine heavier runners looking for a mildly supportive "lighter" shoe would be all over the Hitogami.
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