Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris reviewWriten by: Hank Wethington
Posted on 03 April 2013
Had an opportunity last night to try out a pair of Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris at the Running Warehouse Pub Run. First and foremost, the run was amazing fun. It was the largest group I’ve seen out and was well-timed with my upcoming Half-Marathon coming up Sunday. We met at Laguna Grill and had a nice 3.5 mile trail run on the Irish Hills Trail. More on that in a minute.
After showing up, I had an opportunity to speak with the Mizuno rep and talked briefly about my running style. He recommended I try out one of their newest shoes, the Wave Evo Cursoris. They actually had them in my size! a 12.5. That’s a first for me. They were extremely bright in an almost florescent orange, but fit was great. A quick run around the parking lot confirmed they were the right size and would be fine for my run. No need to get blisters right now!
Heading out, the 50+ people broke into about two groups. I had never run the Irish Hills trail, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I found out quickly, that the trail is pretty much up, then down. Not really much in the way of flat land. You’re going up or down, the entire time. The trail, while well-groomed, is also really rocky. I typically wear Merrell Bare Access 2‘s, which only have about 4mm of cushion. The Cursoris have 12mm of cushion stack, and wow, I was happy they did. The marble sized pebbles weren’t an issue in the Cursoris. I could feel them at spots, but nothing to hurt my foot.
While the shoe isn’t a trail shoe, it was well-balanced and handled the trail just fine. Light at 6.8oz, I was impressed at the amount of punishment it took. The mesh upper allowed my foot to move around naturally, but I would recommend that you go a half-size smaller than you would in a traditional shoe. I noticed it when my toes were against the front of the shoe on the steep down hill of the trail as I slowed my descent. Unlike my Merrell’s, the shoe allows for a high-volume foot, so if you’re like me, you’ll be really happy with the fit over the top of the foot.
The only negatives I have with the shoe are the color choices, bright green and orange. I wear my running shoes for work and play after I retire them from running, and the bright green and orange just don’t work for everyday wearing. Would I buy them? I did offer to wear them this Sunday in the SLO Half-Marathon, unfortunately they took them back with them. I will definitely consider adding them to my shoe stable to wear along with my Merrell’s and handle those times when I’d like more cushion. You can pick up a pair at your favorite running store, or grab them now from Running Warehouse!