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Mizuno Wave Sayonara Product Review

Short Take

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara pushes the envelope in the performance trainer category, providing runners with a fast and lightweight ride.

Big Features

  • U4ic: The Sayonara, along with the ultralight Universe 5, is among the first Mizuno shoes to feature their new midsole compound, which promises reduced weight without sacrificing cushioning.
  • Wave Tech: As with Mizuno’s other offerings, the Sayonara utilizes a rearfoot Wave plate for shock absorption and a smooth transition.
  • Low Weight: At 7.9 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 6.7 oz for a Women’s size 8, the Sayonara is among the lightest shoes in its class.

Road Test

It’s not often a running shoe manufacturer will discontinue one of their more popular offerings, to be replaced by something totally new. It’s a bold move, but in the case of Mizuno waving goodbye to the Precision and hello to the Sayonara, it’s a move that pays off.

The Wave Sayonara is a light and nimble neutral shoe that craves faster paced running. By using their brand new U4ic midsole compound, Mizuno was able to save significant weight in the Sayonara, making it one of the lightest options in its category.

The ride of the Sayonara is on the firmer side, and those coming from the Precision should be prepared for a bit more ground feel underfoot. Don’t mistake that for a lack of cushioning, though, as Mizuno’s signature Wave plate absorbs the shock of impact, while the midsole still offers a fair sense of protection.

Up top, a flexible mesh upper provides a performance fit, snuggly wrapping around the foot with seamless overlays holding everything in place. Those looking to pick up the tempo will appreciate the minimal interior stitching. We all know that a single errant stich can be highly aggravating when running at faster paces.

If you’re in the market for a performance shoe, the Mizuno Wave Sayonara is sure to deliver. Its lightweight and quick feel makes Mizuno’s latest a great choice for tempo runs and racing, or even as an everyday shoe for lighter runners.

Runners Say


“This is definitely a firmer shoe than I’m used to, but after some adjustment I’ve really come to appreciate the responsive and fast ride.”


“The upper fits pretty snug, but it’s actually really comfortable with its seamless construction. The secure and confidence-inspiring fit is ideal for fast running.”


“Though this is a neutral shoe, the curved shape of the upper seemed to provide enough support through the medial side of the foot for very mild overpronators to wear it as well.”