Mizuno Wave Rider 22 vs. Mizuno Wave Sky 2 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 delivers a responsive ride and is good for heel-strikers. Mizuno Wave Sky 2 provides comfort, a secure fit, and an overall very soft ride for long runs...

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 are two neutral running shoes from Mizuno, but one is supposed to feel responsive while the other is meant to give you a very soft ride.

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 use similar technologies from Mizuno.

For starters, they both share the fact that they come with a Wave plate in their midsoles.

The Wave plate looks slightly different in the two running shoes, though.

While the Wave plate of the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 is located mostly under the heel and under the midfoot on the medial side, the Wave plate of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is located under the heel but also fans out under the midfoot to provide support on both the lateral and medial sides.

The function of the Wave plate is to deliver shock absorption at heel strike but also some support under the midfoot, so by looking at the configuration under the midfoot, one would expect the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 to be a bit more stable and supportive than the Mizuno Wave Sky 2.

However, because both running shoes are meant to be worn by neutral runners, stability and support is not what you would be after as a neutral runner.

Neutral runners tend to want cushioning instead of stability and support.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 have been set up in a way to deliver a good amount of cushioning.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 makes use of a type of midsole material that has been around for a while and that delivers a good amount of cushioning, and then it has a newer iteration of its midsole material located under the heel and that delivers more cushioning than the material in the rest of the midsole.

The Mizuno Wave Sky 2 is different in that it has the newer iteration of the midsole material used by the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 in its entire midsole.

Therefore the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 is expected to deliver an overall much softer ride than the Mizuno Wave Rider 22, which should have a heel that feels as soft as that of the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 due to the newer midsole material under the heel, but its forefoot should feel a bit less cushy than that of the Mizuno Wave Sky 2.

This also means that the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is likely to feel a bit more responsive than the Mizuno Wave Sky 2.

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The Mizuno Wave Sky 2 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 also differ in what they provide through their uppers.

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is more open and exposes more mesh than that of the Mizuno Wave Sky 2.

Both running shoes come with stitched-on overlays at the front and at the back, but the upper of the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 also has a broad area around the midfoot that is covered and that has some stitches in it.

While the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 uses the Mizuno logo to provide some support around the midfoot, the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 is the one that would hug the midfoot better to not only deliver support but also a better fit.

The whole area from midfoot to heel is quite closed on the Mizuno Wave Sky 2, and it looks like a running shoe that would provide a good amount of support to bigger and heavier runners.

The forefoot of both running shoes has been kept quite open and free from overlays, so there is plenty of room for big bunions in both running shoes.

The outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 are quite similar in layout and construction, but the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 displays a bit more separation on the lateral side under the heel and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 displays a bit more segmentation in that same area, so both running shoes are set up to absorb shock well at heel-strike.

Both the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 come with the same amount of flex grooves in the forefoot of which one of those flex grooves does not run all the way from side to side.

Because both running shoes deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning and have a minimum amount of flex grooves, they are expected to be stiff running shoes, although the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is expected to be a bit more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Sky 2.

The Mizuno Wave Sky 2 is a bit heavier than the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 but not by a whole lot.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Mizuno Wave Sky 2 or the Mizuno Wave Rider 22.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is good for runners who are looking to go fast and want a more responsive running shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Sky 2 is good for those who are looking to go for long runs and want a very soft ride from a running shoe.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Mizuno

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