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Since lighter weight equals faster running times, then the Wave Universe 3 might be considered an unfair advantage. If your are a serious road racer then you must ask yourself if you are serious enough to don the high performance Wave Universe 3.
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Weight: 3.6 oz (size 9)
Stack Height: Heel (18mm), Forefoot (16mm); non-removable insole
Sizing is based on the men's scale. Women should subtract 1 and a half sizes from their women's shoe size. Example Women's 8.5 equals size 7.0 for this shoe
How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium
- Sizing: Standard running shoe length
- Heel: Medium
- Midfoot: Medium volume
- Forefoot: Medium
- Toe-Box height: Medium
- Arch structure: Medium-low height
- Release date: July 2009
- Model discontinued: June 2011
- Model update: July 2011, Wave Universe 4
- Heritage: Wave Universe 2
The Wave Universe 3 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for racing. It is built with a curved shape.
- Mizuno Wave extends from the heel to the midfoot and is composed of an elastic thermal plastic material shaped in a parallel wave pattern. This corrugated design allows for vertical deformation during heel strike to absorb impact.
- AP is a full length midsole copolymer material that provides lightweight, responsive, yet durable cushioning.
- Smooth Ride is located at the lateral heel and across the entire forefoot and is a gender specific network of grooves to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition to create a smooth ride.
- AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
- Printed Overlays are located at both the medial and lateral sides and function to help hold the foot in place.
- Standard Sockliner
- G3 Sole is primarily located at the forefoot and is a rubber dot pattern that provides increased grip and flexibility while maintaining a low weight profile.
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