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A road racing shoe with a bit of overpronation support, the Mizuno Wave Musha 5 offers minimal cushioning and a semi-firm ride.

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If you're seeking a lightweight performance but don't want to sacrifice overpronation support, the Mizuno Wave Musha 5 delivers. With a low platform and responsive ride, this road racing shoe offers just enough cushioning for longer races without weighing you down. A breathable mesh upper with soft suede overlays holds the foot securely, and a carbon rubber outsole offers excellent grip and durability. Look to the Musha 5 for speedwork and races up to the marathon.

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Weight: 7.4 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (22mm), Forefoot (13mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Curved

INTRODUCTION

The Wave Musha 5 is a minimum feature, minimum support shoe designed for racing. It is built with a curved shape.

CUSHIONING

  • Mizuno Wave consists of an elastic, thermal plastic wave running from the heel to the midfoot, creating an incredibly springy and well-cushioned ride. 
MIDSOLE
  • AP+ is Mizuno's top of the line full-length copolymer midsole for a lighter, more resilient ride.
  • Smooth Ride is a gender specific network of grooves that minimizes the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot to create a smooth heel to toe ride.
UPPER
  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • Standard Sockliner provides underfoot comfort.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.
OUTSOLE
  • X10 located in the heel and forefoot is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.

Comments: Sad to see it go. Haven't tried the Hitogami (the replacement for both the Ronin and the Musha). Maybe because a cross between the Ronin and Musha couldn't be as good as the original Musha. This was my go-to for everything up to the half, and I probably should have had the courage to try in a full. It's amazing that RW still has these on discount. Best inventory among running stores. If you like a solid feel and a generous drop, grab a pair.
From: Keith, NY, USA. July 7th 2014

Comments: This is just an "O.K." update. Compared to version 4, the new rubber is less durable and the upper seems too loose. Also, what is going on with the color schemes? Mizuno should seriously consider toning it down a little for the version 6. I'm guessing that most dudes don't prefer sparkly shoe laces (version 4) or powder blue uppers on orange souls (version 5).
From: Nash, Nashville, TN, USA

Comments: By far my go to running shoe. I do lots of trail and mountain running along with plenty of pavement pounding and this shoe always performs. I get in a minimum of 60 and up to 100 miles a week and the Wave Musha's are on my feet at least 70% of the time. An ideal 9mm heel to toe drop to ease the pounding on my calves during climbs but still light and nimble so I keep my proprioception. Upper doesn't suffocate my feet. Toe box keeps all of my piggies happy, which is why I use them on my long 20+ mile runs. Pronation support is just right. For very loose mountain terrain, I keep them at home but for fire roads and pavement pounding, Wave Musha all the way. If these shoes had a Solomon S-Lab Sense type tread, they would be a gift from the trail shoe gods. Going to stick with the Wave Musha for my next 100 mile mountain race and have all the confidence they will perform without a glitch.
From: Rob, So Cal

Comments: I'm a tri guy who normally gets in about 25+ miles a week. Usually run in lighter neutral shoes like the Saucony A5 and fast twitch, and recently the Wave Sayonora. I'm gearing up for a marathon and needed a little more protection under foot for my longer runs as the weekly mileage gets up into the 40s and 50s. I like the Kinvara but the exposed EVA gets destroyed too quickly. Gave the Musha a try and loved it. More plush than my normal flats but still light and fast. There are definitely more stability elements in the Musha than in my typical shoes but I don't find it major enough to significantly change my gait or anything. Solid shoe.
From: Scott, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

Comments: Bought it last week and received it today. Shipping is always fast and prices are better.
From: Alfonzo, Hubert, NC, USA

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

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