Competitor Magazine Honors Ascend 8 with the “Fit Feel Ride” Award

December 17, 2013 Posted By: Corporate

Mizuno USA’s favorite trail shoe, the Ascend 8, was recently awarded the esteemed “Fit Feel Ride” Award from Competitor Magazine! Because of its versatility, the Wave Ascend 8 was chosen for both the “Cushioned Cruisers” and the “Rugged Mountain Runners” categories, setting the shoe apart as an obvious choice for trail runners.

Each year Competitor chooses shoe models from different brands, and then puts the shoes through thousands of miles of wear-testing to determine the best choices for different styles and categories of running. The Ascend 8 was notable for a “Fit” that allowed the runner’s foot to remain locked in place throughout long and strenuous runs.

The testers also found that the Ascend 8 had a cushioned and secure “Feel.” “The Ascend 8 feels soft and cushioned underfoot with a secure, enveloping upper.  Mizuno has continued to refine this shoe, and the revamped upper and improved foot-to-ground connectivity mean a more agile sensation with every stride,” detailed the article.

The last highlight noted about the Ascend 8 was its “Ride,” which was described as an “…easy ride with enough cushion and flexibility to deliver a slick experience on both the road and trails. The testers felt they also had the lateral stability and multi-directional lugs needed to maintain secure footing when routes presented off-camber surprises.”

“While it comes as no surprise to us that our shoe was chosen for this category, we are thrilled to accept this esteemed award from such an iconic magazine. We are glad to hear that the shoe-testers enjoyed the Ascend 8 as much as we do,” said Doug Smiley, Business Unit Manager, Running Footwear, Mizuno Running Division.

We couldn’t agree more! Check out the entire article here. The trail shoe is currently available at running stores nationwide and

Be on the lookout for more exciting trail shoe news to come from Mizuno in June 2014!

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