Comments: Hands down the Ekiden is my all-time favorite running shoe. 100% of my running (LD and SD) is in flats, both on and off road. These replaced my long-time favoriteˆNike Katana Rac3r's, and surpassed them. Just purchased my second pair, the 2014 (black). my 2013's are still going strong though. No idea what the soles are made from but the black part barely shows wear after 120mi, and I'm 200lbs. On paper, I shouldn't even be anywhere near these shoes.
From: Mike, Menlo Park, CA, USA. 1/29/14
Comments: I train in zero drop shoes, do long runs in Brooks PureProject shoes, and I wear A LOT of super lightweight flats (NB MRC 5000, 1600, Adidas Hagio, Inov-8 Road-X 155, Bare-X 150, Mizuno Wave Universe). I find the Wave Ekiden to be extremely well-rounded and versatile for a lightweight flat. Taking Shoefitr's 1/2 size down advice, the fit was spot on. I've run a couple road races in them, and I've used them for quite a few speed workouts on the roads and track. It's all the speed and lithe comfort of the Wave Universe or the MRC 5000 with better grip, durability, and ground feel than the Hagio or MRC 1600. 5k, yes. 10k, yes. 1/2 Marathon, yes. Full Marathon... potentially, yes. For the record, I'm a male, 5'7", 138 lbs, midfoot striker, cadence = 200.
From: Chas, Cornelius, NC
Comments: As a lifelong Adidas guy I was tentative about trying anything else when looking to replace my Hagios which is a great shoe for going fast ( From: Scott, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Comments: I really wanted to like this shoe, the fit was perfect for me. The problem is some strange "crinkle wrap" built into the toe box of the shoe which produces the most annoying sound when moving -- like someone constantly wadding up an old Frito's bag. I've purchased close to a dozen pair of shoes over two years from Running Warehouse, they are the best internet mail order service I've ever with dealt with and they will continue to be my primary source for all my running kit.
From: Greg, Atlanta, GA, USA