Mizuno Elixir 6 Shoe Review
Hello World, this will be my first official product review for the new blog! What better product to review than the shoes I am currently running in. There is a very satisfying and blossoming relationship developing between myself and the Elixir 6. They have been very good to me so far; no injuries or major issues to side-line me from what I love to do.
The Mizuno Wave Elixir is a great light-stability, light-weight road shoe that offers a variety of bennies. I’m currently enjoying this shoe on anything from 20 mile runs in the mushy snow of Bend, OR to short fast interval workouts on the local track.
The Elixir 6 offers a light, snappy feel at only 9.5 ounces for men and 7.9 ounces for the ladies. It’s light enough to feel fast in it but not so light to second guess using as a day-to-day trainer. With colors like ‘surf the web’ and ‘lime punch’ —what’s not to love!
I will admit that the first thing I noticed when I tried the shoe on was the firm heel. You definitely feel the support of the dual wave plate in the heel of this shoe. Mizuno uses a patented wave plate technology in the midsole, inspired by nature; it really helps to dampen the shock of each footfall. It guides your foot through the foot strike in the most efficient motion possible.
For those who love the super smooth effortless transition from heel to forefoot, the neutral Mizuno Wave Rider may be a better option, but for those who don’t mind sacrificing some of that natural roll for a more stable supportive ride; you can surf the web with your lime punch in hand any day of the week!
The Mizuno Elixir also dons their custom Dynamotion Fit. This encompasses a variety of technologies involved in the construction of the upper (definition of upper: every part of the shoe above the sole–heel counter, toe box, tongue, and laces) to create an effortless and seamless foot roll. It does a great job forming to your foot with no bunch points or hot spots noticeable to me.
The new upper of the Elixir 6 is perhaps the biggest change with this version. We see this in its new independent lateral panels, flex eyelet shoestring system, and strategically placed hold areas for an improved fit. I have always thought that the Mizuno upper is the best upper in the business and the Elixir 6 does not disappoint. It is so form fitting that you hardly feel it on your foot. Big time plus for Mizuno!
Points of interest jargon: lightweight, form-fitting upper, slightly roomy forefoot, firmer heel, low-profile heel wrap, 22mm heel to 10 mm forefoot equals a 12mm “delta” drop.
Side Note: From my experience Mizuno shoes run very true to size. I’m a 12 in most brands, 11.5 in both Asics and New Balance, but a 12 for all the other major players including Mizuno.
I’m 212 miles deep into my pair (shown above) and they are holding up swimmingly. I love the latest movement away from white running shoes by Mizuno. Colored shoes shouldn’t just be for the trails, especially if you live in a climate where your bright white shoes can get dirty quickly. The Mizuno colors keep your feet looking flashy for more than just your first few jaunts.
It may be time to make the split from your old trainers and start something new with the Mizuno Elixir 6!