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Mizuno WAVE Universe 3 Racing Shoe

Mizuno Wave Universe 3

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Men's Mizuno® Wave® Universe 3 :: Track distance runners searching for a lightning-quick running shoe look to the men's Mizuno® Wave® Universe 3 for ultra-lightweight, neutral cushioning. This running shoe is updated with a new, more durable outsole that better holds up to the abuse all you elite runners put your gear through. Innovative "printed" overlays provide incredibly lightweight support and structure for the upper, while patented Mizuno® Wave® cushioning absorbs a surprising amount of shock for how light this shoe is. 3.8 ounces

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  • Mizuno Wave®: Footwear technology that combines cushioning and stability, which are both inherently necessary in great running shoes
  • SmoothRide™: Engineering approach to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition, creating the smoothest ride possible
  • AP Midsole: Lightweight, responsive, yet durable cushioning copolymer
  • AIRmesh™: Lightweight, breathable upper
  • G3 Outsole: Provides superior grip with less and added durability in key contact points
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Mizuno WAVE Universe 3 Racing Shoe
 
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Did a track workout today ...

By Raphael

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Comments about Mizuno WAVE Universe 3 Racing Shoe:

Did a track workout today in my new Universe 3s. It was unbelievable. They are the world's lightest racing flats, something like 3.5 ounces each. Putting them on they felt like slippers, it was like I was barefoot...but more comfortable.

Nothing I've ever run in even comes close to these babies. I'm surprised more people haven't tried them yet.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
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I've had this shoe for 3 ...

By Harry

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mizuno WAVE Universe 3 Racing Shoe:

I've had this shoe for 3 weeks and put about 160 miles on them and they are great. I've done long runs (15+ miles) and hard tempo runs and sprints and they are great. I was looking for a racing flat for the winter since my Vibram Five Fingers do not hold up in the winter and I can't run barefoot in the winter. These shoes have not disappointed and they may replace my Vibrams altogether. They are the closest footwear to barefoot I've run in as I can feel the ground and even pebbles. Great job Mizuno. My only knock is I wish they would reduce the heel to the same height as the forefront area.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm an avid triathlete ...

By Rithy

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mizuno WAVE Universe 3 Racing Shoe:

I'm an avid triathlete and hate running. I normally train in Vibram FiveFIngers but keep getting terribly blisters so I decided to go with a minimalist shoe so I can wear socks. I got these last night and broke them in with an easy 5 mile tempo run. Best shoes I've ever owned! Super flat sloe and zero arch support is exactly what I wanted. These will be in my transition area with me at my next triathlon.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Had this shoe for about a ...

By Jeff

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mizuno WAVE Universe 3 Racing Shoe:

Had this shoe for about a week and love it. I got it to replace running in my Asic's Tai Chi and as an improved alternative to the Puma H Street. It gives a great cushion effect (specially over the tai chi) while being completely flat and minimalist and not feeling "squishy." It's incredibly light, nice terry-cloth like insole, and a large toe box like you'd expect from Mizuno. Overall an excellent shoe that I'll buy again no doubt. The ONLY thing I don't like is the glittery tongue patch. But that's not really that important, just an appearance preference.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By gastonboy

from New York

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Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Running
    • Speed Work
    • Tempo Running

    Comments about Mizuno WAVE Universe 3 Racing Shoe:

    When I first pulled these out of the box I thought, man are these made out of paper or what? I have owned house slippers that weigh more then these shoes. I bought these shoes mostly for wearing around for foot strengthening since I can't be barefoot all the time, and not so much for running in and indeed I thought these would be to light and not enough cushioning to run in comfortably. Now I have been trying to develop more of a mid foot strike and trying to get away from a heel strike. One thing that has helped is going to shoes that are more and more minimalist. I run in Saucony ProGrid Kinvara but even those shoes at only 7.7 ounces feel big and heavy next to the Mizunos. I was amazed when I went running in these Mizunos how I immediately and naturally without thinking went into a light quick mid foot strike. I can do 4 to 5 mile runs comfortably in them and I even do my 7 mile tempo run in them. Hopefully my stride can become smooth enough with time that I can do my long runs in these as well. The weight advantage in these shoes is second to non, the closest thing to being barefoot and still have shoes on. I wear these shoes all the time and would wear notning else if I could.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
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    1.    Raphael rated this product 5 stars
    Sun, January 03,2010:
    Did a track workout today in my new Universe 3s. It was unbelievable. They are the world's lightest racing flats, something like 3.5 ounces each. Putting them on they felt like slippers, it was like I was barefoot...but more comfortable. Nothing I've ever run in even comes close to these babies. I'm surprised more people haven't tried them yet.
    2.    Rithy rated this product 5 stars
    Fri, November 06,2009:
    I'm an avid triathlete and hate running. I normally train in Vibram FiveFIngers but keep getting terribly blisters so I decided to go with a minimalist shoe so I can wear socks. I got these last night and broke them in with an easy 5 mile tempo run. Best shoes I've ever owned! Super flat sloe and zero arch support is exactly what I wanted. These will be in my transition area with me at my next triathlon.
    3.    Harry rated this product 5 stars
    Mon, November 02,2009:
    I've had this shoe for 3 weeks and put about 160 miles on them and they are great. I've done long runs (15+ miles) and hard tempo runs and sprints and they are great. I was looking for a racing flat for the winter since my Vibram Five Fingers do not hold up in the winter and I can't run barefoot in the winter. These shoes have not disappointed and they may replace my Vibrams altogether. They are the closest footwear to barefoot I've run in as I can feel the ground and even pebbles. Great job Mizuno. My only knock is I wish they would reduce the heel to the same height as the forefront area.
    4.    Jeff rated this product 5 stars
    Thu, July 16,2009:
    Had this shoe for about a week and love it. I got it to replace running in my Asic's Tai Chi and as an improved alternative to the Puma H Street. It gives a great cushion effect (specially over the tai chi) while being completely flat and minimalist and not feeling "squishy." It's incredibly light, nice terry-cloth like insole, and a large toe box like you'd expect from Mizuno. Overall an excellent shoe that I'll buy again no doubt. The ONLY thing I don't like is the glittery tongue patch. But that's not really that important, just an appearance preference.

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