Mizuno Wave Rider 16 – Men’s

Like many middle-aged runners, the Wave Rider has battled weight issues over the years: The Rider 15 tipped the scales at 11.2 ounces. But this update brings the shoe back where it needs to be—the Rider 16 is more than an ounce lighter than its predecessor. Much of this savings comes from the upper, which uses lighter materials and fewer overlays but still firmly holds the foot in place over the shoe. “The heel was snug and secure, and the wider toebox was nice when my feet swelled,” says Kimberly Marsh, a 28-year-old runner from New York City who has narrow feet. One common complaint: The laces are far too long.

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