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Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe

Men's Mizuno Wave Elixir 5

Item #MIZ684
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Men's MIZUNO® WAVE® ELIXIR™ 5 :: Savor a potent, race-ready blend of lightweight stability, long-lasting cushioning, and snug, yet forgiving, mesh upper fit. The men's Mizuno® Wave® Elixir™ 5 serves up softer heel landings thanks to a unique, new, perforated heel plate. Winner of the 2010 Runner's World Best Update! 9.4 ounces

Minimal: Great for foot strengthening, speed workouts, and racing. Perfect training tool for Stability+, Stability, Neutral+ or Neutral runners.

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PERFORMANCE STABILITY [?]
Get a lighter, more stable run in Performance Stability shoes. If you're a runner with average arches who likes to race, wants to go faster and enjoys better ground connection this is your shoe. Enjoy a smooth ride that's low to the ground and ideal for tacking on the miles. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • SmoothRide: Engineering approach to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition, creating the smoothest ride possible
  • Composite Double Fan Wave: Combines materials to provide specific cushioning and stability
  • Dynamotion Fit: Reduces the effects of lateral stress on the shoe, resulting in an optimal fit while in motion
  • AP+ midsole: Increased rebound and a bouncier feeling than the AP midsole which extends the cushion durability
  • G3-DR outsole: Provides superior grip with less and added durability in key contact points
  • X10 outsole: Provides extra durability in high impact areas
  • AIRmesh: Lightweight, breathable upper
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Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe
 
4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (26)
  • Comfortable (23)
  • Breathable (20)
  • Fast (16)
  • Arch support (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road running (18)
  • Distance / endurance (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      65% 

      (15 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      100% 

      (23 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (17), High arch (4), Low arch (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (19), Gym rat (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Only shoe I wear

By Ryan

from IL

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Good Arch Support
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

    I have had these shoes since the original Elixir came out. Whenever they make little changes in them, they are all for the better. This more of a race shoe, so its lighter and a little flashier. I have really high arches and I overpronate so it was hard for me to find a shoe to help. I just finished my first marathon yesterday and I had absolutely no shin pain and very little ankle pain. they seem to fit a little narrower than the earlier models of the Elixir

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • High Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Shoes

    By Hank

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Narrow / Tight

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

    Good shoe all around. The only issue is if you are running on/around gravel, a rock can get stuck under your heel and you have to stop to get it out. Other than that, I really enjoy them. They may take some breaking in.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best running shoe ever

    By Ben Q

    from Greenwich, CT

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Fast
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

      These shoes are the answer for very moderate pronators that want a fast and light shoe that can handle the miles too. Huge fan of this shoe.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great as ever

      By Jonathan

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Fast
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Endurance Training
        • Road Running

        Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

        I have loved the Wave Elixir in the past, and continue to love this year's model. I don't recognize any major differences in feel, and hope the new soles will be slightly more durable.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels half size too small
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Low Arch

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Almost identical to the Wave Elixir 4

        By Jobu

        from Awesomeness, USA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Just enough stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

            I rotate between the Elixir 5 and a previously purchased pair of Elixir 4s and they feel identical. Average over 25 miles/week and I love these shoes. I fell in love w/ the Elixir 3 and have been using them ever since. Before the elixir I was a big fan of the Asics DS Trainer, but these feel more responsive yet lighter.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Lightweight, low profile ...

            By Rick M.

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

            Lightweight, low profile trainer with decent support. Falls short of the performance and comfort of previous version. Since transitioning from the 4 to the 5, I have pain in the balls of my feet. Bottom line: not as much compliance in the forefoot as previous version.

             
            4.0

            Wish I could keep them

            By runmore

            from Jackson, Mi

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Good Arch Support
            • Lightweight
            • Pronation Control

            Cons

            • Uncomfortable

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

            Have ran in previous versions of this shoe, and really liked these shoes. However there was a defect on my right shoe which got worse as I ran in them.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Fast and Comfortable

            By Aceman

            from Orange County, CA

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Fast
            • Good Arch Support
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Running

              Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

              Great shoe worn for longer speed sessions, tempo runs and even 12-15 mile long runs. Great shoe, comfortable and fast.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Low Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Great lightweight trainer/racer!

              By Broward

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Fast
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                Got these as a lighter weight shoe than my alchemy's. The stability difference was very small, although you can feel that these have a much less stabilized heel. They are very lightweight and can barely be felt when running. Also a good intermediate shoe when transitioning to barefoot running. Overall, a great shoe.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels half size too big
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Makes you want to run

                By David

                from St. Louis, MO

                About Me Gym Rat

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Fast
                • Good Arch Support
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                  I have been running for twelve years, since I was 14 years old, and have yet to find a better shoe than the Mizuno Elixir. I have run 8 marathons and 12 halves in this shoe's predecessors. Every time I get a new pair, as soon as I put them on, I have to go run, and I have set a few PR's on these runs because the shoes simply feel fast. I am an efficient, mid-weight (160 lbs) runner with high arches, so take that into account with this review.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels half size too small
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • High Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Best Shoe I have ever had

                  By Canadian Road Runner Fan

                  from Toronto, Canada

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Cushions Impact
                  • Fast
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Running

                    Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                    This shoe is simply amazing. It is light weight and functional with ample support and cushion.

                    A fast shoe that performs. I recommend you try it on..

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • High Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    What a good find

                    By Gecko

                    from Crossville, TN

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Arch Support
                    • Good Traction
                    • Lightweight
                    • Pronation Control

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Running

                      Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                      Been an Asics fan only for many years but took the recommendation of RR Sports and boy am I happy. Felt perfect right out of the box. Light and comfortable for the not so perfect runner looking for a racing shoe. At 63, for me it was a perfect balance of cushioning and stability. Used only for 10K and down so far but would consider it a capable shoe up to a Half-M.

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels half size too small
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Average Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      4.0

                      Continues to be a favorite

                      By Keith

                      from Honolulu

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Breathable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Fast
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Endurance Training

                        Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                        I have owned several versions of this shoe and it continues to work great for me. It feels light, and is very breathable.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels half size too small
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        So good, I bought it again.

                        By CCcoach Rob

                        from Waconia, MN

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Fast
                        • Good Traction
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Running

                        Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                        I coach and run with a high school cross country team. This shoe is great for speed workouts. Seems like I kick up more dust on dirt roads. The sole of this shoe aids acceleration and the light weight seems to help my leg turn over late in practice. Not only did I buy another after trying this, I had my son buy one also.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Finally found my shoe!

                        By Wanna Be Runner Steve

                        from Medway, MA

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Breathable
                        • Comfortable
                        • Fast
                        • Good Traction
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Road Running

                          Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                          Be sure to buy it 1/2 size up. Shoe is very light weight and received Runner's World Best Update award and it's easy to see why.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels half size too small
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Low Arch
                           
                          5.0

                          My favorite running shoe ever!

                          By Easy E

                          from Metairie, LA

                          About Me Avid Athlete

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Breathable
                          • Comfortable
                          • Cushions Impact
                          • Durable
                          • Good Arch Support
                          • Good Traction
                          • Lightweight
                          • Pronation Control

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Road Running

                            Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                            I switched from the Asics Gel Nimbus to the Mizuno Wave Elixir 3 in 2008 because I had begun to pronate a bit with age, and my marathon training was beginning to take a toll on my knees. I had thought of Mizuno as an "off brand" until they won out over the half-dozen other Asics, Nike, and Brooks I tried on. They are lighter, yet more durable than any running shoe I have ever owned (I use my Wave Elixir 4s in my P90X workouts, if that tells you anything), and the tacky sole adds a true sense of security when running on wet pavement . Other than the tongue sliding to the side somewhat, the Wave Elixir 5 is a step forward. They just fit better, almost as if they know the shape of my feet and try to conform to them. Good work, Mizuno. Keep it up!

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • High Arch
                             
                            4.0

                            30+ miles/ week

                            By J

                            from Fairview, Oregon

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Traction
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Pavement

                              Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                              Neutral runner but ankle problems (right inside ankle) prompted me to go light stability and this shoe fit the bill. Lace up fully on ankle problem foot, and normal lacing on normal foot. Injury was from soccer.

                              • Arch Type:
                              • Average Arch
                               
                              5.0

                              exelent product, [...]

                              By diemontenegro

                              from Miami, Fl

                              About Me Avid Athlete

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Breathable
                              • Comfortable
                              • Cushions Impact
                              • Fast
                              • Great with Jeans
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Running

                                Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                These shoes are exelent, fit well, so confortable and in beautifull color. Great for running and gym, even for casual wear... the best performance option

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels half size too small
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Arch Type:
                                • Average Arch
                                 
                                5.0

                                Mizuno Wave Elixir keeps me going!

                                By PT boy

                                from Tonasket, WA

                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Breathable
                                • Comfortable
                                • Cushions Impact
                                • Durable
                                • Fast
                                • Good Arch Support
                                • Good Traction
                                • Lightweight
                                • Look Good
                                • Pronation Control

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Road Running

                                  Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                  These shoes are perfect! Lightweight, comfortable, and with good support. No break-in period needed, just put them on and run!

                                  • Sizing:
                                  • Feels true to size
                                  • Width:
                                  • Feels true to width
                                  • Arch Type:
                                  • Average Arch
                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Good Shoe

                                  By Med Student

                                  from Missouri

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Pros

                                  • Breathable
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Good Arch Support
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Road Running

                                    Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                    Good shoe overall, I have been using them with quick laces in Tri's and they work great, Super light and all around one of my favorite shoes in awhile!

                                    • Sizing:
                                    • Feels true to size
                                    • Width:
                                    • Feels true to width
                                    • Arch Type:
                                    • Average Arch
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great shoe for road racing

                                    By Marcus

                                    from Danbury, CT

                                    About Me Avid Athlete

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Fast
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Road Running

                                      Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                      With my narrow & flat feet I find that Mizuno's are generally the best brand for me. I am a heavier runner who normally uses stability/pronation shoes, but have had no problem switching to these for races 10k or shorter. I don't think I would wear them in a marathon, but love them for the shorter stuff.

                                      Very light - feel fast just wearing them!

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Stability without giving up on comfort

                                      By jack ryan

                                      from jupiter,florida

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Breathable
                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Endurance Training

                                        Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                        I regularly run up to 30 miles per week. I weigh 210 lbs. and I'm 6'1. I have used over 100 different varities of sneakers and almost all brands available. This Mizuno is a superior to all other sneakers on the market today. It has not only surpassed the competitors in quality but also on price.

                                        • Sizing:
                                        • Feels true to size
                                        • Width:
                                        • Feels true to width
                                        • Arch Type:
                                        • Average Arch
                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Performance with cushioning

                                        By goodcpa

                                        from Wilmington, Il

                                        About Me Gym Rat

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Pavement

                                          Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                          Good support for such a light shoe. Have become my new favorite shoes.

                                          • Sizing:
                                          • Feels true to size
                                          • Width:
                                          • Feels true to width
                                          • Arch Type:
                                          • Average Arch
                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Terrific Race Shoe

                                          By Bill

                                          from Hattiesburg, MS

                                          About Me Avid Athlete

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Breathable
                                          • Comfortable
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Road Running

                                            Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                            Light yet comfortable race shoe. Solid support for its type of shoe. I ran a half marathon as part of a half-iron triathlon for the second run with this pair and they felt and performed great. Better than the Wave Elixir 4 which I really liked.

                                            • Sizing:
                                            • Feels half size too small
                                            • Width:
                                            • Feels true to width
                                            • Arch Type:
                                            • Average Arch
                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Awesome look and Feel

                                            By drfatbuster

                                            from Little Rock, AR

                                            About Me Gym Rat

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Breathable
                                            • Comfortable
                                            • Cushions Impact
                                            • Durable
                                            • Good Arch Support
                                            • Good Traction
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Gym

                                              Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                              I am a fitness trainer on me feet everyday from lifting to running. These shoes have great support, are light, and look really cool. Everyone asks me where I got them.

                                              • Sizing:
                                              • Feels true to size
                                              • Width:
                                              • Feels true to width
                                              • Arch Type:
                                              • Average Arch
                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Elixir Veteran Loves These Shoes

                                              By Ken

                                              from North Carolina

                                              About Me Avid Athlete

                                              Pros

                                              • Breathable
                                              • Cushions Impact
                                              • Fast
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Wears Out Quickly

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Endurance Training

                                              Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                              I have used Elixir 3, 4 & 5. This platform is an excellent combination of lighweight, stability, and cushion. Each generation gets better and better.

                                              Only wish they lasted longer. Maybe I have to run fewer miles. Roughly 50 per week.

                                              • Sizing:
                                              • Feels true to size
                                              • Width:
                                              • Feels true to width
                                              • Arch Type:
                                              • Average Arch
                                               
                                              4.0

                                              Mizuno Numro Uno

                                              By Road Race Matt

                                              from Chicago Illinois

                                              About Me Avid Athlete

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Breathable
                                              • Comfortable
                                              • Fast
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Wears Out Quickly

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Trail Running

                                              Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Elixir 5 Running Shoe:

                                              The Mizuno Wave Elixer 5 Running Shoe is a platform like no other on the market. It provides an unmatched blend of comfort, stability and lightness. The shoe is fast! The shoe stabile! No longer do you need to choose between speed and cushining. If you are serious about improving your times without sacrificing the safty of a more "conservative" shoe this is the answer.I ordered mine from ROADRUNNER SPORTS and recived it in 3 days. If you crave a game changing shoe sent to you fast order a pair today!!

                                              • Sizing:
                                              • Feels true to size
                                              • Width:
                                              • Feels true to width
                                              • Arch Type:
                                              • Average Arch

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                                              1.    Rick M. rated this product 3 stars
                                              Thu, January 07,2010:
                                              Lightweight, low profile trainer with decent support. Falls short of the performance and comfort of previous version. Since transitioning from the 4 to the 5, I have pain in the balls of my feet. Bottom line: not as much compliance in the forefoot as previous version.

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