Some might argue that Christmas happens on December 25. I would argue that Christmas is pretty much whenever I get a new pair of running shoes. There is nothing like the motivation I receive when I have a new pair of shoes staring at me. There’s no doubt that some of my best runs take place in a new pair of running shoes.
I honestly wasn’t sure how trail shoes could be different. I run on the trail regularly, but didn’t even realize there were shoes made specifically for the trails vs. road.
So what did I think?
I received the shoes on a Friday and by Saturday morning I was wearing them. I hit up the trail by my house that I always run on, but wasn’t sure what to expect, so I didn’t think I would notice anything. However, I was pleasantly surprised! I felt more stable, and had no problems running on any path there was. I didn’t have to pay constant attention to the little bumps and tree roots throughout the trail because these gripped them all. They are made to run on any terrain without problems because their X groove midsole bottoms adapt to the uneven surface.
I was also hesitant that I might not be a fan of these as I thought trail shoes might weigh more, and given I’ve been running in a very light shoe, they had to live up to it. Live up to it, they did! The Wave Kazan is only 8.0 oz, making them feel very light!
I felt very stable throughout all the runs I’ve taken these on. My entire foot is secure in the shoe, and the worry about running on the wrong side of the trail was out of my mind.
Mizuno is making a commitment to trail shoes, and allowing runners to find running trails to be easier due to the lightweight shoes and the stability throughout them.
A lot of the time, I become interested in running shoes due to their design and color (yes, I know color doesn’t really matter!), and I was happy to receive these in this color. I love the looks of them, and have been consistently using them on the trail. I use my other running shoes for the treadmill or the road, but these are definitely my go to on the trail.
Do you run on the road or the trail?
What shoe do you use?
****This post was sponsored by Mizuno and FitFluential. As always, all opinions are my own. I received a pair of the Wave Kazan to test out myself. ****