by Mary Coyne, Marathon Sports staff member
As someone who has been running in the Mizuno Wave Sayonara since version 2, I was very excited about the June release of version 4. After seeing the the capri, coral, & blue color, I could only hope they felt as good as they looked!
After running in them, I was not disappointed. The Sayonara 4 maintained that familiar ground feel that we know and love from Mizuno running shoes. The Sayonara promotes a nice quick turnover for those faster runs and has enough oomph for everyday training.
The Wave Sayonara 4 is best suited for neutral runners, with a springy, snappy feel thanks to Mizuno‘s Parallel Wave Plate running through the midsole. The plastic plate is designed to absorb the impact from striking and allocate that impact through the midsole. This provides a structured feel to the bottom of the shoe. With that, I felt much more supported by the shoe than many other lightweight, neutral shoes.
Compared to the previous versions of this shoe, the Sayonara 4 seems more durable and more resistant to quick wear on the outsole. During my runs, I loved the versatility of the shoe as I felt fast during my steady run and supported and cushioned during my long run. The neutral ride and natural heel to toe transition through my stride felt great.
The Sayonara fit perfectly around the midfoot and extended into a slightly wider toe box, which I loved. After having this shoe on, this fit has a more universal foot platform than its predecessor that I had previously ran in, the Sayonara 2. The lightweight fit (7.2oz for women and 8.6oz for men) is certainly a benefit.
As someone who has been running in this shoe for three years, I loved the update. Mizuno managed to maintain that ground contact feel while still providing the cushioning and snappy response of this shoe. If you are running in the Wave Rider and are looking for a lighter weight option for some of those faster runs or workouts, then look no further. The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is a must try!