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Lightweight and protective, the Mizuno Wave Precision 12 is a versatile, all purpose shoe, featuring moderate cushioning and a semi-firm ride.

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Mizuno has done it again. The Wave Precision 12 is another great iteration of a go-fast daily trainer that can mix it up on tempo runs, intervals or whatever else you want to do on the roads. As to be expected, the ride is smooth and responsive and the running experience is sublime.

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Weight: 9.3 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (30mm), Forefoot (17mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

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

INTRODUCTION

The Precision 12 is a moderate feature, moderate neutral shoe designed for speedwork, racing and daily training.

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.
  • Extended Wave Plate in the midfoot is an extension of the Mizuno Wave for increased torsional rigidity between the heel and forefoot.
UPPER
  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • OrthoLite Sockliner is anti-microbial and moisture wicking for a healthy foot environment.
  • Dynamotion Fit creates optimal fit with stretch material in the forefoot and a collar construction that prevents the heel collar from buckling under load.
OUTSOLE
  • X10 located in the heel and forefoot is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.

Comments: 3 years ago I got a Mizuno wave rider 11 since I loved the fit and look and it was on sale. However the first time I tried it on a rubber track it used to twist my ankle to the inside so badly, a few steps and done ... after a little research I exchanged it to a stability shoe, Asics GT 2000 series which I stayed with till summer 2012. Mizuno Precision 12 came out from a test I did on Mizuno website a month ago and during this sale on RW I gave it a try. Surprisingly I can run efficiently on it. I am not sure if I have changed or the shoe provides proper support, however the fit, feel and tempo are all great. It drives me much faster compared to the previous shoes I had. It is a light ride and breathable. However comparing to the mesh it is a little warm which is not bad for fall and winter sunny days. I am 6'1" currently and 173 lb and run around 15 miles/week.
From: Babak, College Station, TX, USA

Comments: Fits well, 5'7" 145 lb run 30-40m/wk....size 10, true to size. Didn't need any breaking in, but immediately noticed the sole is "stickie" to ground, have to consciously lift feet higher than normal during warm up jog, but not noticeable once I attained my typical speed. Toes  feel good, no blisters! Hope they last a few months
From: Hok, ny,ny USA

Comments: Finally had to retire my first pair of Precision 12s after about 500 miles, but only because I've worn the X10 on the lateral heel down to the underlying foam. Otherwise, these shoes are just as comfortable and pleasant to run in as they were the first time I laced them up. Fortunately, I have another pair in rotation, along with two pairs of my other favorite, the Brooks Launch. Both are great shoes.
From: Bruce, Manassas, VA

Comments: Great shoe to train and race with. Bought two pairs (one pair in USA). Fit perfectly. But the mesh is terrible. Nearly after two months in both the pairs holes appeared. Looked like the shoes were moth-eaten. Filed a complaint at Mizuno Netherlands and USA. Both were unknown with these complaints. Strange though because customer service Mizuno Nld replied the mesh of wave precision #13 is much stronger compared to the former
one. Anyway stick to Mizuno - great brand! - but don't dare to buy Wave precision anymore. Now trying Wave Ronin # 4.Hope the mesh will last longer!
From: Robbert, Leiden, The Netherlands

Comments: I use the Precision 12 as a fast tempo trainer as well as for races. Agree with other comments made here... they are really comfortable and seem to launch you forward at a great rate of knots! I even wore a pair of Precision 12's for the Jungfrau mountain marathon in Switzerland... nice and light for the 6000ft of ascent!  An excellent shoe.
From: John, North Devon, England

Comments: I run in the Launch, and love them, but heard so much about these I wanted to see what the fuss was about.  The upper felt very baggy, loose, and sloppy, and the heel seemed too pronounced.  Needless to say, they went back immediately.  I'll have to buy my Launch's some flowers for trying to 'better deal' them...lol
From: Victor, Leesburg, VA, USA

Comments: Switched from the Asic Nimbus to the Mizuno Wave rider, Asics were a great shoe just a little too soft for my liking.  After running in the Wave Rider for awhile I found the toe box to be just a bit to narrow for my liking.  I then gave the Mizuno Wave Precision a try.  The Wave Precision is as close a perfect shoe for my style that I have found.  Toe box is adequate, shoe is light yet comfortable, and so far very durable, approximately 350 miles on current shoe. Mizuno hit a home run with this shoe!
From: Michael, Lake Charles, LA

Comments: 5'8" 167, neutral.  On my second pair already.  Still a consistent whatever shoe.  5Ks to Halfs, to training, this shoe never disappoints.  It wore out quicker than I was used to at 250 or so miles and you can definitely tell when its time for another pair.  The ride and light weight (9oz) make this a favorite, though I alternate between the precision and wave rider.
From: Jeff, Atlanta, Ga

Comments: No problem with delivery. I've been running with Nike Free Run but needed another shoes for long distance running (Half-marathon). Found this Mizuno Wave Precision 12 and loved it. There's enough cushion for my long run and the fit is great. I ran 8 miles with this shoes and I felt great and did not have problem the next day. This shoes work for me and I'm giving it a 5 star.
From: Rick, San Jose, CA, USA

Comments: After putting some more distance on these shoes, including a couple of 10-milers, my love affair with the Pre 12 continues. My 10-mile loop starts at 6800 feet, peaks at about 7300 feet, and has plenty of ups and downs in between. The surface is mostly concrete, with 2-3 miles of sandy single track. I felt as fresh and the end of my run as I did at the start.
From: Bruce, Colorado Springs, CO

Comments: First impression after a five-mile run: This is one sweet ride. The fit is supple and glove-like, but still offers ample forefoot and toebox room. And unlike many other models in the Mizuno lineup, this shoe runs true to size for me (9D). Maybe it's my imagination, but this shoe seemed to enable a natural increase in turnover and pace - even on the several long hills I have to navigate - without a perceived increase in my level of effort. Neutral runners should love this shoe.
From: Bruce, Colorado Springs, CO

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+