Comments: For the last three years I have been a ASICS Nimbus fan and absolutely loved the 15's but last week end I did a 20 miler and was tired and like an idiot left them by the passenger side of my jeep and drove off. Well I decided to take this opportunity to try something half the weight and a bit minimalist as I was no longer 260 lbs but 180 pounds now. I got the Sayonara with a bit of apprehension not seeing a lot of people running with Mizuno at the parks and trails I run at. HOLY GOODNESS what was I worried about. I shaved a full 45 seconds off my 10K pace, how is that even possible with a pair shoes. I low they are half the weight of the Nimbus but 45 seconds? I brand new Mizuno fan here, will still use my older pair of Nimbus for my off road and train work but the Sayonara is my defacto road and track shoe now.
From: Ronald, Houston, TX, USA. October 12th 2014
Comments: Pros: Very nice shoe, responsive and fast, with just the right touch of stability. Cons: Shallow toebox, but I overcame this with an alternate lacing technique. The outsole lacks durability; I wore mine down to the shorthairs in barely 200 miles. As much as I like this shoe, I won't be buying another pair. It's too pricey for such a short-lived shoe.
From: Bruce, Davie, FL, USA. June 30th 2014
Comments: This is, quite simply, the best running shoe I've ever put on my feet. The cushioning in such a light weight shoe is outrageous. There's enough cushioning that I can use these for long, slow runs. They are so light and responsive that I can use these for speed work and 5K/10K races. And the combination is perfect even for half marathon and full marathon races. After the MCM my feet felt better than any race I ran prior to using the Sayonaras this summer. I had been using shoes that had a bit more support than these claim to have but I've found they have more than enough for me and I did not notice any excessive wear (I'm 5'9", 165lbs).
From: Adam, Atlanta, GA, USA
Comments: The Sayonara felt great! I ran in them at the Santa Barbara Marathon, and I felt great. No pains, no hot spots, and no blistering. After mile 24 feet still felt good, and when I picked up my pace for the last two miles. I still felt plenty of spring in my stride. I will definitely run in them at Boston as well. Sayonara delivered!
From: Richard, Bakersfield, California
Comments: The shoe is light and comfortable. True to size. It wears too quickly.
From: Jeff, Missouri
Comments: The Sayonara is a worthy successor to the Elixir and the Precision, but make no mistake - it is a completely new and different shoe. It still has the relatively firm and very responsive ride of its predecessors. In fact, I think it's slightly more responsive. It is definitely a significantly more stable shoe. Unlike most Mizuno shoes I've run in, it does run true to size with respect to length. However, the shallow toe box results in much less forefoot volume compared to the Elixir and Precision. That's been my only gripe with the Sayonara, but I was able to resolve it by running the laces straight up from the first row to the second (instead of crossing them). That gave me just enough additional forefoot volume.
From: Bruce, Ashburn, VA, USA
Comments: My training shoe used to be the elixir and I really liked it. I like that the sayonara is lighter and I like the slightly lower heel-to-toe drop and it looks a lot better than the last elixirs. The upper on the sayonara has not been as durable though, I have holes in both shoes already and haven't had them that long.
Comments: I love the feel of the new midsole but the fit simply didn't work for me. It is too restrictive at the midfoot. It doesn't fit the same as the precision. I'll have to wait for future iterations.
From: Nate, Des Moines, IA
Comments: Picked up a pair at my local running store since RW was out of stock. Fits about a half size smaller than the Precision. Nice shoe. Softer, lower, fast ride. Not an everyday trainer. Good for speed workouts.
From: Matt, Cincinnati, OH
Comments: Definitely not a replacement for the Precision. Got 50 or so miles in them and I have aches + pains I never usually have. Very disappointed. The upper does not breath, I'm about to drill some holes in the top to get air to my feet or take them back. Fits me on the narrow side compared to the Precision. Again, this is a completely new shoe and die hard Precision fans need to start looking elsewhere if they are looking for similar fit + ride. I will be using them as a flat, maybe for 5K/10Ks, but nothing else.
From: Jeff, Atlanta GA
Comments: Great shoe! I have finally found the shoe I have been looking for. I have been trying to find a lightweight trainer with enough cushion and stability to hold up over long distances and this fit the bill perfectly. It has a firm, responsive ride but with enough cushioning to hold up over 20+ mile runs. I am a mild overpronator and this has plenty of stability for me, even moreso than the Saucony Mirage 3 I used previously. This is my first Mizuno shoe as I have tried on the Wave Rider, Wave Inspire, Wave Precision, and Wave Elixir and never liked any of them until the Sayonara came around. Awesome shoe, can't say enough good things about it! The only thing I'd ask is that they use Ribbon laces, which I have grown to like since I got a pair of Nike Flyknits. But that's about the only complaint I can make!
From: Jay, San Francisco, CA
Comments: Definately firmer than the Precision in forefoot. Have also had new calf and foot pains as well. I like the shoe, but wish it was softer. Not sure if I will continue with this shoe with d/c of Precision, or look for a new shoe. Considering Asics gel excel-33 or Saucony Kinvara...still use Nike lunar racer for tempo and repeats.
From: Joe, Sarasota, FL
Comments: I totally disagree with Mike, the shoe is softer than the precision or elixir (I run in both) and the upper is the best Mizuno has produced. My calves had no issues, 1st run 5 miles second run 14 miles and this morning 6. Great shoe and I am an older guy 49 and have over 34 years of running. Sizing is the same as the precision and elixir, this is the best shoe I have ever run in. Great job Mizuno!
From: Bruce, Washington, D.C.
Comments: The shoe is firmer than either the Precisions or the Elixirs. While the weight is ultra light, I wish it was a softer shoe but for what it is, (lightweight, fast pace, or even race day shoe), it probably fill the bill. The shoe is snug/tight around the midfoot with a wide and roomy toe box and a heel fit somewhere in between. The forefoot is very flexible. The ride sort of feels like a stripped down wave rider 15/16. In terms of sizing, it fits pretty much like the precisions or about a 1/2 size larger than the Elixirs (or just a tad more roomy than the riders when comparing the forefoot). I'm a size 11 in the riders, 11.5 in Elixirs and 11 in these. You don't necessarily have to size down if you're 11.5 in Elixirs (depending on if you want a snug fit vs slightly more roomy fit). Even though the drop is 10mm vs 12mm, I did notice a different part of my calf muscles being worked in these as some soreness was felt the day after. Also noticed some arch ache after a 13 miler in these, close to where the arch meets the heel.
From: Mike, NY, NY