The Hayate has been a breath of fresh air for Mizuno trail running, with effective construction, fun graphics, and strong trail performance. Round two take a bit more traditional approach, at least in appearance, while maintaining the strengths built into the original. The upper is open mesh with traditional supportive overlays and a full rand, simple but quite protective. The midsole maintains both waveplate and U4ic foam from the original version, thanks to its ride and stability both on road and trail. The outersole also continues as before, its luggy traction working equally well on hardpack, loose or muddy trails, even a little pavement, though the compound is quite durable so pavement isn’t a problem. The upshot is that the Hayate remains a quality choice for the trails, especially if Mizuno is at the top of your favored brands list.
Testers: “The upper is totally different from before, with a stretchier feel, though the support strapping holds the foot nice and secure. The ride feels about the same as before, and the traction makes it a real trail shoe.”
Sizes: Men 7–13; Women 5–12
Weight: 9.7 oz. (men’s size 11); 7.9 oz. (women’s size 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted
Recommended for: medium to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics