The shoe is loaded with Mizuno’s signature features to keep you comfortable on even the harshest terrain.
The Mizuno Wave Mujin 9 targets a neutral pronator and experienced runner who usually runs long distances with a competitive spirit and wants the utmost quality in their running footwear. It ensures a maximum cushioned trail shoe with a fixation on weight minimization, deliberately designed to be the lightest Mujin model in the last five years. The Wave Mujin 9 offers the optimal balance between protection and lightweight, both of which are critical components for the exotic conditions of trail running. Mizuno aimed at answering the following question; “How can we remove the weight of excess materials while simultaneously enhancing the protection levels of a trail shoe?” While retaining its critical protective parts across the upper mesh and PU sock liner, the Wave Mujin 9 decreased its weight from 12.5 ounces to 12 ounces compared to its predecessor.
The Michelin rubber on the outsole provides grip, lightness, and technology through the use of a DC rubber compound, lighter all-around rubber compounds, and a new LUG design technology. More specifically, the LUG technology provides traction and adaptability to the outsole, including arc sculptures for stability and traction when powering over obstacles and a robust heel for durability. The wider gauge of 12mm with Michelin rubber and traction Lugs adds to the already improved traction and stability characteristics of its outsole. TPU support panels were additionally supplemented across the heel and ankle area, ensuring a comfortable, stable, and secure fit.
The Mujin 9’s midsole includes a full-length foam-based Mizuno Wave construction, bounded by the U4icX upper midsole and Mizuno Enerzy bottom midsole from toe to heel, providing unmatched cushioning, energy return, and stability. The Wave construction, created with EVA at two levels of hardness, enhances stability without sacrificing cushioning, enabling smoother runs in tough terrains.
Its revolutionized upper design now comprises a breathable mesh for comfort while running long distances in trail environments. Its half-gusset tongue also provides a secure fit, eliminating the necessity of any tongue readjustment while running continuously. The side panels included on the sides of the upper design securely holds the runner’s foot in place, preventing any unneeded lateral movement that may cause instability while running. In terms of sustainability, more than 90% of recycled materials were used in the upper lining textile, sock liner, and shoelace.
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