2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Mizuno Wave Rider 16

$115, Mizuno.com
The draw: Versatility of daily training and speed

Wave rider loyalists rejoice, the 16th version of Mizuno’s most popular shoe has the same great ride characteristics as its predecessors but weighs a full ounce less than the 15. This shoe still delivers adequate cushion despite the weight loss, achieving harmony between comfort and performance. neutral runners have turned to the Wave rider for years because of its versatility. it has just enough protection to be a daily trainer, yet is light enough to serve as a tempo or fartlek shoe. its super-smooth ride caters to runners with an efficient gait. The fit feels unchanged from the Wave rider 15, with medium volume through the mid-foot and toe box.