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MIZUNO WAVE MUJIN 6
I have a truly exciting challenge in front of me: to do an in-depth trial of the new Mizuno Wave Mujin 6. The Japanese Brand does not require too much of an introduction. Located in Osaka, it has been a world leader in athletics for many decades and it has a loyal legion of runners who use their trainers both in tarmac and in mountain races.
The Wave Mujin trainer dynasty was conceived as the recommended model for long-distance runners who are looking for a trainer with optimum protection, good cushioning and that can adapt itself to demanding irregular and rocky terrain.
This new edition of the Mizuno Wave Mujin is presented as a good looking mountain trainer, with classic lines, no garishness, just truly attractive, which will appeal to many runners.
The model we are going to use for this review has a combination of different tones of blue on the upper and midsole, with some red lines along the sole, on the Wave and on part of the upper, on which the name of the model is highlighted, also in red.
We can also appreciate some small details which the public will like very much, such as the presence of the Michelin brand logo, placed on the front part of the sole of these Mizuno trainers.
We put on the Wave Mujin 6 and began to run. We chose a fast track to warm up and started to analyse the initial sensations transmitted by the trainers. We soon realised that the trainers are very comfortable, with a soft and pleasant interior which adjusts perfectly. Thanks to the 3D Airmesh system, it feels like it follows the same line as the interior, as it is fresh and flexible, something which our feet will be grateful for as the kilometres mount up, no doubt.
Over the kilometres we can verify that the grip is very good and responds well to all types of terrains, both demanding ones on rocky areas and on softer and sandier areas. Their response to wet conditions has also been very positive. Something that is achieved through the new XTA Grip technology, one of the new features introduced in the new edition of the Wave Mujin.
As regards the studs of between 4-5mm, in conjunction with the prestigious tyre company, Michelin, the Japanese brand proposes the perfect combination of triangular-shaped studs. Placed in different directions, they allow us to run quickly in technical areas, providing a great deal of traction and a good secure feel. This secure feel is based on good adaptation and the grip offered by these trainers on the different types of terrain that we have covered.
The sole width in the toe area is 12 cm, and in the heel part it is 9 cm. These trainers have a very wide sole which gives a lot of support surface and which leads to good weight distribution. The only inconvenience of such a wide sole is that, in very uneven areas with roots or loose stones, the Wave Mujin are somewhat rough. But, even so, it is a very versatile sole.
In respect of protection systems in the sole, there is a small platform inserted into the forefoot area to protect from impacts caused by stones and rocks. This system is called EES Rock Plate, and it has successfully carried out its role.
If we focus on the midsole, it is impossible not to be happy about the comfort provided by the U4icX technologies and the classic system of the Japanese Wave brand. Both systems allow the use of these Mizuno on long distances, providing good cushioning and a great deal of fluidity in the stride.
The midsole also has stability control that will be of great assistance to those runners with a pronator type of stride.
Analysing the upper of these trainers, we can confirm that the FIT system complies to perfection with its objective, adjusting perfectly to the heel and the forefoot and providing a good hold.
The Airmesh material, a soft and flexible mesh, covers the rest of the trainer and provides good foot ventilation, something that in summer and on hot days you will be enormously grateful for. This mesh is made of a textile which has considerable resistance.
It is also worth pointing out another new feature, the new vertical holes for the laces, which have been a great help for the fastening the trainers quickly and precisely. The laces system has also worked perfectly and the trainers have not come undone at any point.
After giving them an in-depth use on different terrains, the trainers have remained very sound. The upper is still intact, the midsole continues to work in the same way as on the first day, and the sole is hardly showing any wear. Wear has been minimal and localised in the area of the studs but, in truth, we have run for many kilometres through very aggressive and demanding rocky terrains.
Therefore, the Mizuno Wave Mujin 6 is a very long-lasting trainer that allows us to take on long distances with their guarantee of durability.
After trialling the Mizuno Wave Mujin 6 over fifteen days, during which time we have trained over rocky and sandy areas, in dry and wet weather, shorter, intensive sessions and longer ones at a sustained rhythm, we have reached the following conclusions:
There is no doubt that the Mizuno Wave Mujin 6 trainer is meant for those medium-high weight runners looking for a trainer that gives them comfort, grip, good cushioning and durability at long distances from half marathons to full marathons.
They would also be a good choice for medium or medium-low weight runners who are looking for a long distance trainer. The good cushioning, comfort and durability that these trainers provide will be of great assistance when taking on ultra-marathons, and long distance races.
If the Mizuno Wave Mujin 6 are characterised by anything it is because of their comfort, which is based on the good cushioning of the sole and midsole, as well as the flexibility, softness and the breathability offered by the mesh.
Its weak points lie in the sole, because with such a width and with so much cushioning, it can be a little agile in some rather technical and rough terrains. Also because of its weight, which is some 385 grams.