Men's MIZUNO® WAVE® SAYONARA :: Wave "Sayonara" to your old trainers and get a serious upgrade with one of the most highly anticipated running shoes for Fall '13, the men's Mizuno® Wave® Sayonara. Spike up your speeds, running stable and strong in this incredibly lightweight performance shoe that also manages to provide a smooth ride and plenty of impact protection. Plus, you'll get a truly secure fit that always feels fantastic, thanks to the asymmetric midfoot wrap and anatomical lacing featured on the upper of this awesome running shoe. 8.1 ounces
I have had this shoe now for about 10 days and have done a variety of runs in it - 10 miles at marathon race pace, 8 x 800 track workout per Yasso, 20 mile long run, and a couple of short 3 and 4 mile easy recovery day runs. The shoes have functioned perfectly for me so far - they feel light and fast. Cushioning is great. They feel wider and more roomy, especially in the toe box area, than the Adizero Boston 3's that I was previously using - I really liked the Bostons but did get a lot of toenail bruising on long runs.
I am a 55 year old male runner who averages around 50 miles per week, 5' 10" and about 145 pounds. Average arches. For me and my purposes, training for an upcoming marathon, these shoes are just about perfect. I do most of my running on hard pack dirt roads and have not done too much on pavement, but the shoes feel very roomy and well padded and I don't anticipate any problems. I am using a size 11, which is 1/2 size up from my usual shoe size. It feels very roomy but not loose. No blisters, no pains. Just great.
The one minor complaint I have is that there is a very large cut-out area on the sole under the heel, and rocks have become wedged into this opening on a couple of occasions. This would not be an issue for someone running on typical streets.
So far, I am extremely pleased with these shoes. I plan on running a road half marathon this weekend, so I'll see how they hold up, but I expect they will do very well. If they run well in the half, I plan on running my next marathon in them - 3:30 range.
Excellent shoe and nice replacement for the Bostons which I think were a bit narrow for my feet.
Let me start by saying I run 4-5 days a week and suffer from Plantar Fasciitis (PF). I have run in shoes to include Altra Provisions, Asics 2130-70s, Merrell Road Glove, Nike Structure Triax 15, Newton Motions, Newton Distance S, New Balance, and many more over my past 20 year military career. In my desperate search for a shoe that would allow me to continue running, I finally tried the Wave Inspire 9. I am so glad I did. My PF actually subsided within a week. On my fourth run, I noticed there was no foot pain. After 20 years of running, I have finally found the perfect shoe for me. I ordered the Wave Inspire 9 and the Wave Sayonara at the same time. My intent was to use the Sayonaras for my speed workouts. After running in them once, I felt an excruciating pain on the outer part of my foot. The next day I went back to the Inspire 9s. I haven't had a problem since. I wear an 11 1/2-D and ordered both shoes in that size. I have since returned the Sayonaras and I am waiting on them to arrive in a size 12-D. Until they arrive, I will continue to run in my Inspire 9s.
I have wore Mizuno for the last few years and love the brand. Usually stick with stability to aid in my slight pronation. After running in the new Sayonara for an hour at the Adventure Run, I knew they were a good fit. I use these for Crossfit and sprint running. The grounded sole helps with jumping and agility movements. I feel I have much more speed on 400m and 800m runs. With these distances I don't miss the stability shoes. Found out the soles are definitely not built for rope climbs, however these shoes were never intended for the abuse I am giving them. These shoes are very lightweight and comfortable.
I have a half marathon coming up in January and not sure if I will use these or my Wave Inspires. I will have to train longer distances with these shoes to be sure.
Only think I dislike is I dont also have the Sayonaras in white. Some day!
Fit in San Diego
Untraditional, very tight fit but light
I have run 12 marathons to date, and have run in the Mizuno Wave Precision ever since I found it. This shoe is unfortunately replacing that shoe, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. I actually returned this shoe after wearing it a little over a week, which is a truly remarkable feature about Road Runner Sports. This is not a traditional running shoe by any stretch of the imagination, and I would say it is for a runner with very unique/special needs. For us average, long distance runners. Since they no longer make the Wave Precision, I sure hope this Wave Ronin is an actual running shoe for average runners. In my opinion, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the Mizuno Wave Precision, and if it aint broke, don't fix it...
Running man with orthotics
Fort Worth, TX
purchased these shoes yesterday. out of the box i put 8 miles on them today.immediately i noticed the smooth and cushioned ride. had to monitor my speed because these are fast shoes. foot turn over is amazing. last week i was running in the brooks pureflow but i must admit i like the responsiveness of the mizuno more. you get it all in one package. most of my run was on a trail composed of small packed gravel. a little softer than asphalt but also a little slower. the sayonara held up perfectly. i broke my p.r. by 40secs. marathon #4 for is coming up in january. i think i may have finally found the shoe that will help me qualify for the boston. i would also like to thank the the staff at the tempe, az. RRS. They rock!!!
az running man
Good replacement for the Precision
The Sayonaras must be really hot because they were difficult to find in my size at any of the local stores. I tried them out to see if I wanted to buy them so this review is based only on a brief trial run. To me they feel like and look very similar to the Precision. Note: I was testing them as a replacement for the Elixir. The Sayonara is a great shoe in the mold of Mizuno's model of comfort, technology and performance. But for me I was hoping for something more similar to the Elixir and its clearly more like the Precision. Overall a great shoe I'd recommend as a trainer or half to full marathon shoe. Wide toe box would be good for my friends with wider feet.
New York, NY
Areas for improvement
The shoe overall is OK, there are many areas which Mizuno could improve upon in future iterations. Great for everyday use and longer tempo work. The cushioning is nice and heel toe drop is a step in the right direction. The shoe didn't quite disappear on the foot during runs, feeling somewhat clunky at time. I personally like the flexible upper and found it durable. The outsole (or tread) wore out quickly in the midfoot, which was the primary disappointment of the shoe, the tread was softer, thereby more inclined to wear down quickly. Overall, changing the last and switching outsole with the runner used in the Hitogami would have me repurchasing the shoe.
I really like it!
The Sayanora replaces the old Precision - which I've dearly loved for years as a faster shoe and marathon shoe. I've got a few runs in the Sayanora now and to me it is an absolutely great shoe. It has less heel height than the Precision and fits/feels great. Cushioning seems to be good. I've used these on distances up to about 12 miles so far w/ no problems. They will likely be my fall marathon shoe.
My compliments to Mizuno! The fit and feel is so often great for me. I was really worried when the Precision was discontinued but the Sayanora looks to me like it might be a home run!
Great lightweight trainer/racer
I love this shoe. I have moved down the ladder with Mizuno opting for less and less shoe over the years and I think this one is a winner. I've gone through the riders, to Precision, and now Sayonara. It's a perfect balance of a lightweight, go-fast trainer that still isn't a minimal shoe. My only complaint, and the reason I don't rate it 5 stars is that both shoes have developed holes where my big toes are on the top of the shoe. This happened at about 275 miles. The holes don't prevent me from wearing them but it would be nice to reinforce certain stress points on the uppers.
This shoe is so cool
Holly Hand Grenade!! Could not believe how stable this neutral shoe is. I am one of those guys with average arches who is neutral on one leg and slighly pronate on my other. This shoe is the perfect balance of support, cushion, flexibility, and traction. The fit is a dream. Having been in love with the Precision I thought I couldn't find a better shoe. A buddy posted this on his facebook page and I thought telling. It has helped me with my sorrow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4fCsUensnU
Good Bye Precision!
Not perfect like the Precisions were
I used mostly Mizuno shoes for the last 5-6 years. Lately I was using the Precisions for all my marathon training and races. It was the perfect combination of lightness and cushioning. The Sayonaras aren't as comfy, the toe box is wider and roomier but my big toes are squished. It isn't true love yet with these shoes but maybe they'll settle a bit with time.
Nice for racing and speedwork
Comfortable shoe ideal for speed work and half-marathons. You can really feel the road, which is great for the speed stuff. The cushioning is pretty good for the speed stuff, but I wasn't able to handle regular training at say 30-40 miles per week. The 10 mm drop did not feel as steep, in a good way, maybe because of the over all low to ground profile.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Got these to replace the Precisions. Have run 7 marathons all in the Precisions. These are a terrible replacement. The midfoot is extremely narrow, so much that after only 5 miles my feet actually hurt. The toe box is perfect and I love the light weight. But it looks like it is back to the beginning to find my go to shoe. Why Mizuno, WHY!!! I want my precisions back!
I love these shoes!
These shoes are great. I got them as racers for the California International Marathon and they performed perfectly. I wear them anytime I do a fast road workout. Sole is showing wear after 200 miles but I'd expect that from this type of shoe. Good fit and super comfortable. I just did a 50k in them with no problems.
TX Ultra Runner
This is the best shoe out there
First off, this shoe is true to size. Precision 13 WAS my go to shoe and it was a 1/2 size up, Sayonara is not! There is plenty of room in the toe box and it fits like a dream. You are locked in without lacing it and the ride is amazing. Words can't describe it, you need to run in the shoe. Do yourself a favor and buy this shoe.
This shoe does't provide as much road support as it's predecessor, but is fast and very light. You feel a lot of the road, which I like, but you have to be careful for rocks, cracks, etc...because you definitely feel them. This is a great long distance shoe, but you will need to alternate with a training shoe.
Review Update after Marathon
I continue to be a huge fan of these shoes. I bought 2 pair in the fall, blue and white so I could keep them apart, and trained around 60 miles a week in them - alternating between each pair each day.
In early December, I ran a marathon in them and not only achieved my goal of getting a Boston Qualifier, but did so with wonderful feeling feet - absolutely zero hot spots. No blisters. No bruised toenails. Nothing. Absolutely perfect. I have never had this experience with any other shoe.
I know that everyone's feet are different, but for me, this is my shoe. Thanks, Mizuno!
Fast and light
This is my second pair, I wear them for speed workouts and 5k - 10k racing. It has been a great model, lightweight and fast, I broke a 3 year old PR in them. I don't like to wear racing flats, and these shoes have been a great lightweight alternative
The best I have ever worn!
Bought these based on the stunning reviews. Boy was I not disappointed. The toe box gives you tons of room so you may want to size down in them. They are light and make me feel like I am hauling in them. I would recommended these to every runner.
It's not as good as the older model
I've used Mizunos for several years now and I've always really liked them. After my second use, I got a blister. This is the first pair of running shoes that gave me a blister. I will be returning these. They run pretty narrow. Overall they weren't very comfortable.
Most comfortable shoe ever
Before this shoe came out my favorite shoe was the Elixer. This shoe is more comfortable. Great fit. Breathable and great looks.
Say Sayonara to the competition
Great trainer, light weight and good cushioning. Attractive and creates buzz!
Nice, light and comfortable
I use it for my tempo and speed session
Austin, TX, Playa Hermosa CRI
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