We finally received the new shoes for Fall/Winter 2014!
The Mizuno Wave Hitogami has a new cool, blue colourway. The Hitogami has been super popular this season. It is a neutral lightweight trainer that offers a touch of support thanks to Mizuno’s proprietary Wave Plate in the outsole. Enough cushioning for runners to easily tackle distances up to 21km (or further), but with the responsiveness that you would want in a race day shoe.
Sorry ladies, the local distributor for Mizuno dropped the women’s Wave Hitogami this season. We’re still trying to get our hands on some, so fingers crossed!
The much anticipated Saucony Kinvara 5 also finally reaches our shores! Well, the men’s model at least. The ladies’ K5 is slated to be available in early October.
The K5 is latest iteration of Saucony’s beloved 4mm heel drop lightweight trainer. The K5 sees a change in the upper from the K4 (cue the cheers & applause). The K5 has a softer, breathable mesh that translates to a slightly wider fit in the toe box. The outsole has seen the introduction of a few more spots of high durability rubber in those high wear areas for improved durability. What might split the Kinvara lovers is the fact that the K5 seems a bit stiffer than the previous versions. While runner’s that gravitate to the Kinvara for it’s ‘natural’ feel might be slightly disappointed, I think the perceived increase in support will encourage more runners to pick up the K5 for it’s increased versatility.
Last but not least, the guys at Vamos have released another 3 models of their very eye-catching socks.
All products are available in store. See you soon!
When I first started running some years ago, the very first pair of shoes I bought was from Mizuno. So when I heard about the Wave Hitogami, I was quite eager to get my hands on them.
The Wave Hitogami is a neutral lightweight trainer. In the MIzuno line up, it is probably the second lightest shoe they have. The Wave Hitogami replaces the Wave Ronin (neutral) and Wave Musha (support). I know that doesn’t sound like a fair deal but hold your horses.
The Wave Hitogami is built on Mizuno’s new U4ic cushioning compound which is 30% lighter than the old stuff they used to use. The full ground contact outsole improves the stability of the Wave Hitogami. It isn’t going to offer as much stability as a true support shoe, but the Wave Hitogami definitely feels more stable than your regular neutral shoes.
Fit wise, the Wave Hitogami is true to size. The mesh upper is very breathable and the use of heat bonded overlays greatly improves the level of comfort. The overlays offer a secure lock down of the mid foot and the wide toe box will be a welcome feature not often found in lighter weight models. I found the heel cup of the Wave Hitogami a bit loose initially but once I laced them up, there was no noticeable slippage while running.
I enjoyed my first run in the Wave Hitogamis. They have a nice amount of cushioning for runners that are looking for a lightweight trainer for tempo runs and even longer runs. The Wave Hitogamis have a light, spritely feel to them and are a lot of fun to run in. They will be a good option as a longer distance racer or everyday lightweight trainer.
The Mizuno Wave Hitogami is new for 2014 and replaces two heavy favourites from Mizuno – the Wave Ronin and Wave Musha.
In Japanese kabuki theatre, actors don face paint to transform into hitogami – human gods. Mizuno hopes that you’ll feel a little bit like that when you lace up a pair of these lightweight trainers.
The Wave Hitogami is a neutral shoe with a 9mm heel to toe drop. It offers a full ground contact outsole for a more stable ride. You’ll also notice minimal seams, the Hitogami using heat bonded overlays instead.
Light enough to rock on race day but enough shoe to carry you through your training runs. A 5 minute review to follow shortly.
The Wave Hitogami is available now in men’s and women’s models, it retails for $169.
Today, the shoe we’re going to talk about is the Wave Musha 4 from Mizuno. The Wave Musha 4 is an update to the extremely popular Wave Musha 3. Straight off the bat, the Wave Musha 4 is certainly a lot shinier!
3 on the left, 4 on the right
The other big difference between the shoes is that the Wave Musha 4 has now been pimped out with an AP+ midsole. AP+ is Mizuno’s premium midsole cushioning compound and it adds a couple of grams. You barely notice the weight gain ( unless you have weighing scales for feet) but you feel the additional responsiveness and comfort of the shoe straight away.
There are a few more overlays on the upper of the new Wave Musha 4 that provide a bit more support over the previous model. But the AIRmesh upper still remains low profile and very breathable. The trademark Mizuno Wave technology features in the heel to midfoot area and delivers a responsive, cushy ride. These shoes have a very secure, close to ground feel and offer an assuring amount of support for the mild to moderate pronator.
Slipping on the Wave Musha 4, it fits very well but runs ever-so-slightly small. I sized up by 1/2 a size and found the shoe to be snug at all the right areas. Although the low profile upper heel counter was not super secure, I had no issues with heel slippage while trying the shoes out on the treadmill and I enjoyed the light, springy feel at every step.
All in all, the Wave Musha 4 is a great lightweight option for speedwork and even longer distances (with the inclusion of the AP+ midsole). This shoe doesn’t have the ‘intimidating’ feel of a flat out racer and instead has a more casual, relaxed feel to it. The Wave Musha 4 puts you at ease with its comfortable upper and smooth ride underfoot, but will definitely be ready to turn on the speed when you want to!
The Wave Musha 4 is a unisex shoe and is available now at The Runner’s Gait! It retails at $169.
It is exactly 4 weeks to the largest women’s only run in Singapore, the GE Women 10km!
As race day draws closer, The Runner’s Gait has great gear for the ladies.
We’ve got apparel from Adidas and Nike, running caps and visors by Headsweats and Compressport. Speaking of Compressport, they have the blinged out R2 women’s edition in pink (guys, its ok if you want to wear this too!). Whether its for Race or Recovery, they’ll have you looking good and feeling awesome.
Need a new pair of shoes? Or 2? or 3?
In addition to our current set of promotions, we will be offering a 10% discount on all Nike products (footwear and apparel) till 30 June 2011.