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.