Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash 2 Review

The Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash 2 is a super trainer that has the feel of a race day paired with durability that will last for long periods of time. In this Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash 2 Review I will go over my experience with this shoe and see how it compares to its competitors.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £157

Weight: 244g

Stack height: 35mm

Usage: Daily trainer/speedwork

Pros

  • Durable outsole
  • Very responsive midsole
  • Excellent speedd assistance
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable upper

Cons

  • Heel striking can cause issues
  • Upper on the toe box can cause irritation
  • Energy return: 8/10
  • Durability: 9/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 10/10
  • Style: 8/10
  • Speed: 7/10
  • Versatility: 9/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Upper breathability: 10/10
  • Comfort: 10/10
  • Fit: 8/10
  • Overall rating: 92/100

Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash 2 First Impressions

When I first opened the box I was very happy with how aesthetically pleasing the shoe looked. I loved the colour scheme of the shoe as well as the outer design but anyway onto its performance.

The geometry of the midsole was very unique and there was a lot going on. From the second I put these shoes on I could feel the shoe wanting to use your midfoot.

My first run in these shoes was a 15km fast paced run to test the speed capabilities. I am happy to say they did not disappoint. From the second I started running I could feel these shoes propel me forward so if you are looking for a fast daily trainer this shoe is perfect.

As well as speed this shoe offers great levels of comfort. The upper is snug and feels like a glove on my foot which also provides excellent heel lockdown.

Why Should You Buy These Shoes?

If you are interested in a fast paced daily trainer that can handle both shorter and longer distances then this is a great option for you. This shoe is also highly durable and will last you a long time.

Why Should You Not Buy These Shoes?

If you are looking for a shoe to do recovery and slow tempo runs in then this shoe is not for you. I would recommend having a look at either the On Cloudclipse or the Brooks Hyperion Max 2.

Upper of the shoe

The upper of this shoe is an engineered mesh that is very light and breathable. It is also translucent which gives you a nice race day feel when you wear it.

The shoes fit is true to size and I had no major issues with it feeling too loose or snug. So there is no need to go a half size up or make any adjustments.

One issue I did have with the upper was the toe box area. My toes started to rub on the mesh material which was somtimes very uncomfortable.

Foam of the shoe

This model contains a dual layer midsole that actually balance together very nicely. The top layer uses Enerzy Lite + and a Peba base material that is very soft and forgiving on the underfoot. Sandwhiched in between these two materails there is a fiber glass wave plate that is designed in a way to make the ride snappier as you transition between strides.

Sole of the shoe

The outsole uses G3 rubber that covers almost the entirety of the outsole with exception of the canyon that is at the center of it. I saw no wear and tear on the rubber after 70 miles of running which I was very impressed with. So the outsole durability is definetly one of the shoes strong points.

Conclusion to the Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash 2

Overall, I would highly recommend this shoe to runners who are in the market for a fast daily trainer that can withstand both short and long distances. There are a few minor things I would change about the shoe however this is still one of my favourite daily trainers and I use this shoe myself for when I want to pick up the pace on my training sessions.

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