Mizuno Wave Precision 13

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It will come as good news to fans of the Precision that Round 13 is their lucky number. The midsole is the same AP+ blend that Mizuno has so effectively dialed in, and last season’s Wave plate remains. The effective outersole is unchanged—X-10 rubber in the heel and blown rubber up front—and the well-thought-out element of concentric rings positioned under the cuboid bone continues to accommodate the midfoot strikers. Most of the changes are in the upper where the welded support strapping has been replaced by synthetic leather and the hinged first eyelet has been eliminated. Instead, repositioned lace eyelets allow for some customization, and the lace throat separates in the middle for better articulation with the foot. Runners unfamiliar with the Precision are missing out on great cushioning and a light feel, as well as good durability from a real performer.

Testers: “Overall, a good balance of the different aspects of shoes. They are lightweight, but durable enough for day-in and day-out training. I like them. Good protection, good durability, and good ventilation.”

Updates the Wave Precision 12 • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics • Price: $110 • Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 6–11 • Weight: Men 10.6 oz. (size 11); Women 7.8 oz. (size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted