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Blaze New Trails: My Mizuno Wave Hayate

Blaze New Trails: My Mizuno Wave Hayate

This post is sponsored by Mizuno through Fitfluential. All opinions are my own and pertain to the focus and heart of A Balancing Act.

A little over 5 years ago, I woke up one morning and decided that I wanted to run a half marathon. I wanted to be a runner. I did it. And many more to follow. 2 1/2 years ago I decided I wanted to run a full marathon. I did it. And then I did it again. And then something came over me and I signed up for another one. {Yikes!} Early this year, I decided I wanted to get into running trails. I wanted to change things up a bit and still be a runner. I did it once again.

There is a certain joy about running trails. You don’t have to focus on pace and cadence. You’re not worried about your finish time. Instead, you worry about your foot and what’s in front of you. You’re proud of your finish whether it be a race or just another run. It’s a different sort of challenge that I’ve found a lot of joy and peace while pushing my limits.


When I had the opportunity to review the Mizuno Wave Hayates, I was excited to try my very first trail shoes! Now let me tell y’all, there is a huge difference in your every day distance running shoes and trail running shoes. The Wave Hayate’s design is low, light and adaptable for fast off-road training or racing. There is an X-lug outsole that grips in all directions, and the lightweight midsole plants securely on any terrain.  Trail runners often want to be one with the trail, and these trail-specific details work in harmony so you feel the trail and not the shoe.

Mizuno is making a commitment to trail running and is pushing the design principles found in the Ascend 8 to their new trail shoe line-up. Runners will find versatility and ease along the trail, making these shoes must-haves for trail running. The men’s shoes weigh in at a minimal 8.8oz and the women’s at an even lighter 7.2oz.


The first thing I love about the Wave Hayate is that Hayate translates to “swift, like a whirlwind” which is how runners should feel when connecting with the trails. The Wave Hayate’s have a comfort about them that helps me to maneuver the trails with ease. The fit is a bit snugger than your every day running shoe. Mizuno recommends sizing up a half size for the Hayate’s. I am generally between an 8.5 and 9, so I size up to a 9 for my distance shoes. Since they are a bit bigger, I was able to get a 9 in the Hayate and they fit comfortably. The fit of the shoe is very in tune with my foot. The design is sleeker and narrower than my usual Wave Riders which works great for the trail. When comparing my two Mizuno shoes, I noticed a huge difference in the bottom shoe grips. The Hayates have a more defined grip that allows the runner to maneuver more fluidly over rough terrain by catching on the surface. My first run I noticed the difference in having actual trail shoes over running in my distance shoes on trails. I highly recommend the Wave Hayate to anyone looking for a great trail/off-road running shoe. I may be new in my trail journey, but I’m learning more every day!
Moose likes it when we take my trail shoes on adventure walks and hikes too!

Take a look at the current line up of Mizuno trail running shoes for both men and women!

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