Comments: I've already got about 400 miles on my first pair of Wave Rider 16's and IMO they're not only the best in this series, but maybe the best training/racing shoe I've ever worn. They're light enough for most of us to go out and PR a marathon in, but are built solidly enough for a durable training shoe. I expect to get 600+ miles out of them but half of those miles will come on trails. I recently ran a 100 mile trail race around Mt Fuji and after 40 miles, pitched my uncomfortable trail shoes (Asics Gel-Fuji Elite) and put on the comfortable Wave Riders. Ahhh. Mizuno really needs to make a trail version of this awesome road shoe. 100 mpw, neutral, forefoot striker.
From: Rick, Dallas, TX
Comments: I have been running in the Wave Rider 16's for about 4 months now and I have nothing bad to say about these shoes. I have been running in Wave Riders since the 13's and these in my opinion are the best so far offered from Mizuno. I have over 400 miles on my current pair and it amazes me how little wear the shoes show. If you want a shoe that will hold up on the long run I highly recommend the 16, the comfort and weight of this shoe is truely amazing. I find this shoe is great to rotate with the precision 13 from Mizuno. I am about 150 lbs and average about a 7:30 pace, these shoes can handle fast workouts. Highly recommend.
From: Spence, Charlotte, NC
Comments: Coming from the Asics Nimbus for the last 5 years I can say that this runner is a great choice. It took me some time to get used to it; and in the process had some sore muscles in my legs that I didn't know existed. lol. Running about 20-25 miles per week right now it has been proven a great shoe so far. I am in need of a larger toe box since I have a wider foot, which this shoe addresses. (12,D) First off, there is clearly a firmer ride compared to the luxurious Nimbus cruiser. The Mizuno is very well ventilated on the top toe box and has a fantastic fit around the heel. For cooler weather (20*F) I have noticed that I have to wear warmer socks. This will be a nice plus for the warm summer months. The shoe is more responsive and there is more "connection" to the road, I suppose it has more of a minimalist feel to it. Both the Asics and Mizuno are great shoes, but I am glad I made the switch. Looking forward to putting some longer runs on it.... as the weather finally warms.
From: Ken, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Third Rock
Comments: I switched over to Mizuno shoes having worn everything else under the sun. I truly enjoy their shoes and think the Wave Rider 16 is a great update to an already awesome shoe. I like a snug heel and wider toe box. The reduced weight is an added plus. I log between 30-60miles per week and these shoes never bother me.
From: John, Newington, CT
Comments: I recently put about 300 miles on a pair of Rider 15's and enjoyed them as a versatile neutral trainer. I decided to try the 16's, and after about 35 miles in them I would rate them slightly higher than the 15's. They are similar, but the 16 feels noticeably lighter and slightly firmer and faster than the 15. I find myself using better form and striking mid-foot (as opposed to heel) in the 16's. They are great for quick 3 milers, intervals, 10K, or a weekly 10 miler. The toe box seems slightly bigger in the 16, and I found that going down a half size from the 15 fits me perfectly. The upper is more breathable in the 16, even though the 15 was fine in that regard. I find the durability of Mizuno to be first-rate and the arch support in the Riders seems to suit me. I have tried on neutral trainers in other brands but decided to stick with Riders for their fit, performance and durability. If you are looking for a versatile, light, durable, semi-firm yet protective neutral shoe with a 12mm drop, the Rider 16's are a great option. Weight: 174 Height: 5'11" Run 25-30 miles per week; typical pace 7:30-8:45
From: Travis, Slidell, LA, USA
Comments: What a great shoe! The shoe pattern on the bottom of the shoe is almost identical to the Wave Rider 15. Also, the sizing is virtually the same as the Wave Rider 15 as well. Keep in mind, these shoes are a VERY bright yellow in color.
From: Bill, Ionia, MI, USA
Comments: Tried them on, but as several have already mentioned, this is essentially the same shoe as the Rider 15 with just an improved upper.The cushioning is still too firm for my liking and it's not been close to the same shoe, since the Rider 13 edition. I did not buy these or the Rider 15's.
From: David, Tempe, AZ
Comments: The Rider 13 was a masterpiece, but Mizuno hasn't been able to recapture the magic since. Too bad, time to move on...
From: Arturo, Arlington, VA, USA
Comments: The Wave Rider 16's ride feels identical to the Rider 15's, as they carried over the mid/out sole from the previous model. The heel portion has an ever so slightly softer thin layer of cushion at the same level as the wave plate but you would have to be a heavy heel striker to notice any difference. The notable improvements: 1) They replaced the irritating plastic logo on the tongue with a fabric piece. 2) The seams around the tongue was too thick and felt like a shoe lace around the edge of the entire tongue - this seam has been reduced and now the tongue feels "flat" through its edges. 3) slightly lighter than the 15's. If you liked the 15's then the 16's feels like an overall improvement. However, if you didn't like the 15's, particularly the ride portion then the 16's won't be any different. If you were a fan of the rider 13's and earlier models (like I am), you may or may not like the 16's - The 13's were a perfect, glove like fit and ride but the 15's and 16's load my IT band quite a bit and I can't run in these without ITBS. I have not figured out exactly what they changed from the 13's aside from moving the arch support back slightly (and reducing it), slightly lower heel to toe drop, an extended wave plate that goes a bit further into the forefoot, and also they seem to have pushed the heel portion slightly more forward, seemingly in an effort to move the foot strike a bit more towards the forefoot.
From: Mike, NYC, NY, USA