Wave Kazan: Take the Mizuno Running Experience Off-Road in our Most Versatile and Technically Advanced Trail Shoe Ever.
The Wave Kazan derives its name from the Samurai battle standard of “Furin Kazan” meaning “move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as the forest, attack as fierce as fire, and be as undefeatable as the mountain”. The striking upper design was patterned after topography and Japanese rock gardens.
- Our most versatile, all-terrain trail shoe lets you glide smoothly over any type of terrain.
- A Concave Wave cradles the heel against excessive movement, while a midfoot “X” groove allows the heel and forefoot to move independently and adapt to uneven terrain.
- The ultra-aggressive x-studded outsole pattern is strategically patterned to provide optimal grip and traction while still allowing for optimal flexibility where needed.
- And at just 9.5oz., the Wave Kazan is light enough for a fast day on the trails, yet rugged and protected enough for an epic, 100 mile ultra.
- Ramp: 12mm
Mizuno WaveWave sets the standard for running shoe technologies.
U4icOptimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride.
SmoothRide EngineeringCreates a smooth transition from heel to toe on every step.
DynaMotion FitCreates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly.
Very light and comfortable, yes, but...
Uppers started to show small tears in several places )same in both right and left) within a couple of months of light use (both in my pair as well as my teenage daughter's). The mesh is just not strong enough.
In my pair the black outer sole came unglued from the yellow rubber at the heel of one shoe.
Grip was poor on wet surfaces.
Don't understand why there is no flap over big toe to protect from breaking through the uppers.
I am an avid trail runner and ultra marathoner.. I have accepted the Mizuno philosophy and agree with what is offered in the shoes provided through the entire range .. The design and more importantly materials and construct is always consistent with what is stated in their marketing .... The new trail shoes are a nice addition which I have decided to start my 100k next month in the Hampshire 100.. I have approx 70 miles on them now.. I needed about 25 miles to sufficiently loosen the mid foot up .. I expected this due to the tougher sole and rugged tread.. The foot box has plenty of room and are true to size..the shoes provide a nice supple ride while providing enough protection in the sole tread and toe cap for anything that I've encountered from small boulders to pea stone, gravel and plenty of traction in loose soil and sand .. I am happy with the weight .... I did change the laces to bungee style for easy on and off and foot swell.. I recommend Mizuno offer these as an option in the box..thanks for reading.. Happy Trails
Although it's a 12mm drop the stack heights of both the heel and forefoot aren't overly high. I use the Kazan in rotation with my La Sportiva Helios - which have a 4mm drop. The Kazan fits in perfectly as I needed something with a little more of a softer ride with a higher drop for recover runs.
I was surprised that I had to size down to size 11, which fit me perfect whereas I normally wear a size 11.5 in Muzinos. The design and materials used are top notch. Not that I run sock less but the seamless upper and thick tongue would totally allow for sock less running.
Can't speak to using them in wet conditions but the traction on hard packed dry surfaces here in SoCal has been great, and the shoe is extremely flexible and is comfortable on both trails - from fire roads and single track with roots and rocks to paved roads.
Definitely an underrated shoe that I am glad I looked at and bought.