MIzuno Wave Rider Review

This post sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.

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While, I don’t like to stay loyal to a single shoe or even a brand, I have always relied on Mizuno Wave Riders to get me through marathons. I started out first with the Waverider 15s back in 2012 and ran my first marathon in 3:24. After stocking up on the 15s for thousands of miles, I eventually ran out and upgraded to the 16s. As always I stocked up well enough that I actually never upgraded to the 17s, but my supply was starting to to run low. So when I had an opportunity to test out the Mizuno Waver Rider 18s through Fitfluential, I was okay with bypassing 17s straight to the 18s.

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First, let’s just look at the design, the colors and style. While sometimes I do get attached to a certain color (cough gold waverider 15s cough), I do appreciate how every year, the people at Mizuno mix it up, letting you spice up your running shoes a bit so you never get sick of them, even if you do continue running in virtually the same shoe every year. Although I run about 2500 miles a year and probably go through 6 pairs a years, so I appreciate the color changes and options! So keep it coming!

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Now back to the technical aspect of the shoe. Wave Rider 18 is a neutral shoe, for runners with a neutral stride. 

Neutral runners tend to have the following:

  • A higher arch that does not pronate, or an arch that collapses in very slightly.
  • Runners who usually show wear the outside corner of the heel, and in the center of the forefoot or the outside of the forefoot.
  • Like some cushion but don’t need it
  • Runners who do not need lot of stability features.

The great part about being a neutral runner is that you can pretty much run in any shoe and thus we tend to have less injuries. Great shoes like Wave Riders help us stay that way.

The Mizuno #WaveRider18 incorporates several key Mizuno technologies:

Mizuno Wave Technology® the reason behind a stable and “harmonious” ride from landing to toe-off.
Mizuno’s U4ic midsole, which delivers optimal shock attenuation, resiliency, and responsiveness in a lightweight shoe – weighing in at only 7.8 oz. (Women’s)
Dynamotion Fit™ which helps relive the stress our feet place on footwear – thus eliminating distortion and increasing durability.

Differences between the models

If you’re used to running in the Waver Rider 17s, you’ll notice these shoes are a little more heavy since they are 7.8oz (women size 7) vs. 7.2 oz (women size 7). Besides the weight, I cannot give more feedback. When I compared in with my 17s, I initially thought they were heavier, however, my 16s are 8 oz (women size 7)  vs. the 7.8 oz of the 18s. So technology is getting lighter! For those who complained (and I heard some) the toe box for the 18s is a lot bigger. Also, the shoes although a little lighter, definitely have more cushion for support. The backs of the shoes are also a little stiffer through the whole heel, vs. just half the heel in the 16s. I spent a week going between the 16s and 18s on my 6-8 mile runs and basically noticed little difference in my stride and effort.

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A worry for the future…

As mentioned before, I have noticed that the  18s compared to my 15s and 16s are wider in the toe box, a little more cushion and a little stiffer. Which for now was okay. I only noticed a small amount of difference and it didn’t effect my run too much. However, I am really hoping that Mizuno does not going into an even more cushion direct in the upcoming years. I like the support and yet lightness that Mizunoe Wave Riders offer and hope they stay that way.

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However, in the current time, Mizuno Waver Rider 18s is a great neutral shoe for short, long and everything in between runs. I even use them on easy trails, despite the weird comments I get from the true and proper trail runners.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is on sale now nationwide for $119.00!

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5 Home Gym Essentials

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by LG Electronics. I am also using Amazon affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

5 Home Gym Essentials

As the weather is getting colder, wetter, and snowy, I can no longer enjoy the beautiful long runs on the trails or the roads. Instead, I end up taking my workout inside. While, my living room isn’t yet the dream gym I want it to be, I am slowly working my way there. Let me share with you some of my must haves and wants of the perfect home gym.

Hand Weights – I like to keep a set of 3, 5, and 8 pound dumbells

Workout Videos – Jillian Michaels is my go to favorite. I have her on DVD but you can also access a ton of videos on HULU, Netflix, and YouTube.

Yoga Mat – As much as I love rolling around on my hardwood floors, using a yoga mat is a bit more pleasant for core and weights.

Bike Trainer – This one is on the more pricey side, but it’s the one I have. It’s a more silent fluid model and I love it. Also keeps my roommates from getting too annoyed.

LG OLED TV – I won’t lie, this isn’t the cheapest TV model out there. I also don’t have one yet, but after previewing one last week, I would really love one. This would not only make my dream home gym, this would complete my dream home as well.

What makes this TV so great?

OLED; stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode which describes the material that creates the unique light source in these next-generation TVs.  OLED TV is a major breakthrough in display technology that offers stunning picture quality, colors that are more accurate than ever before, and more vibrant images that really pop. For those seeking the highest level of contrast and color performance, whether it’s for watching Monday Night Football or your favorite sitcom, no other TV can compete with the unprecedented contrast and stunning color of LG’s OLED TV. Simply put, the best thing in television viewing that the electronics industry has always been looking to find is finally here. Before I get more technical, let me demonstrate the picture quality alone that I got to witness. Even on my iphone photos, you can spot the difference.

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Right TV is LGOLED

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Left TV is LGOLED

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Left TV is LGOLED

The one thing that I really like is that you can truly see the colors including the black background. The concise and true colors would improve my TV experience, especially when I’m doing a three hour trainer ride and trying to watch Lord of the Rings trying my best to forget that I am literally biking on a hamster wheel. Sometimes getting through the mental barrier is the hardest part of an indoor cardio workout. A killer TV, would help over come that obstacle!

The one thing that you’ll notice about this TV is that it’s a little more curvy than a regular LCD and that curve, just like the on in the IMAX theater will improve your viewing experience, no matter what angle you’re watching from. This helps as I’m jumping around my room, or in the corner where my bike trainer has been shunned to.

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LGOLED on the right

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Slightly different angle with the LGOLED on the right. I really wish my camera didn’t blast out some of the colors so you could see the difference even more.

And the TV is so thin, it’s even smaller than a cell phone!

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How does the technology work?

  • By eliminating the needs for a backlight, OLED offers an incomparable picture quality and design potential to conventional LCD(LED) TVs

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The slide above shows how OLED TV just knocks all the other compeittion out with 160 degree viewing angle, and .001 response time.

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We’ve come a long way through the technology of TVs and LG electronics is at the front of their game being the winner of EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) Award for 3 consecutive years! In 2014-2015, LG is broadening its OLED assortment with FOUR new series and FOUR OLED TVs overall, with 55-, 65- and 77-inch class sizes! With TVs this large with amazing picture quality, one might never have to go to the movie theatres again.

In addition to being a great overall TV, the LG OLED TV is also a smart TV that you can connect to the web via remote or voice activated. That way, I can also use my HULU and Netflix accounts.

With all these great features, you can see why this is at the top of my TV and homegym wish list! So Santa…. can I get this for my birthday which is in 2 weeks? ;)

QOTD – What’s on your home gym wish list? What’s your number 1 essential?