Wave Nirvana 7
Returning for the 7th year, Mizuno launches a completely modernized Wave Nirvana in its premium stability market. Mizuno’s shoes are updated every two years i.e., new uppers are created for the shoes each year while a total update is done after 2 years. The 2011 update introduces a completely new type of shoe to the premium stability niche.
All running shoes for Mizuno are based on the Mizuno Wave. This Mizuno Wave is actually a plate made from plastic that is sandwiched inside the shoes’ midsole, and designed to accommodate the movement of feet during running. The Mizuno Nirvana 7 shoes have their Wave designed to reduce overpronation. Overpronation is what happens when the foot of the runner rolls far too much into the inside, with the result that the feet start experiencing excessive rotational forces.
This new Nirvana series uses a plate that covers the entire length of the sole starting from the heel to the rest of the shoe. Improved foot control especially during the whole of the gait cycle is experienced when this technology is used. The update on the Wave Nirvana seven has allowed for an improved transition while all the support qualities that runner have come to expect form Nirvana have been retained. The sensing points located at the shoe’s bottom to help in cushioning have also been removed by Mizuno and the transition improved.
The technology used in the Wave Nirvana 7 is completely new. Flex controllers have been introduced by Mizuno on the soles of the new shoes to maximize fore foot stability. These flex controllers actually at as another Wave hence reducing the amount of foam in the midsole at points of flexure. This has resulted in a pair of shoes that are much lighter.
The midsole formulation used in the Wave Nirvana six, the AP+ is carried over to the Wave Nirvana 7 just like the female and male specific engineering. Mizuno’s VS-1 compound is also used here. This is located at the heel’s back and is used as a shock absorber.
The upper used in the Wave Nirvana 7 is completely revised. Here, Mizuno continued with the expansion of the Dynamotion Fit technology that is used to match the foot’s movement with that of the upper material of the shoes. This is achieved by having the forefoot in stretch mesh and having flex eyelets that lock the feet into the shoes while keeping undue pressure and irritation on top of the feet at minimum. Another feature unique to this shoe is the attached tongue. The tongue is anchored to the midsole using 2 flexible fabric strips tom keep the tongue in place when the laces are tied.
Since its launch, I have always had my running shoes form the Mizuno Wave Nirvana series. Although am not into running very much, I have very flexible arches and I must use a shoe that can counteract some of this flexibility. No other running shoe has offered me the impeccable arch support I got from the Nirvana series. A stiff Wave plate was used in both the Nirvana five and six which was great for control of pronation and transition but left me wanting some of the softness offered by the Nirvana 4.
I am very happy the Wave Nirvana 7 has all of the good characters of the Nirvana four, five and six. The shoe has a softer feel and still has the top of the range arch support due to the improved streaming of the Wave plate by Mizuno. The exclusion of the unnecessary sensor points really improves these Mizuno Running shoes and does away with the harshness.