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A fabric band helps lock the foot to the shoe.
Adidas Tempo 5
Open mesh and few overlays allow the foot to move and breathe.
A lower, more open heel collar offers a better fit at the ankle.
Mizuno Wave Precision 13
HE PRECISION 13 FEELS DOWNRIGHT ZIPPY, thanks to the highest heel-to-toe drop in this guide – 14.4mm; the average running shoe is 12mm – combined with a soft heel and a firmer-than-average forefoot. But some testers accustomed to more minimal footwear or racing flats found it to sit too high, especially at the heel. Although the chassis underfoot is the same as the Precision 12, Mizuno tinkered with the upper slightly, heel Cushioning lowering the collar to allow a better opening Firm Soft Forefoot Cushioning for the foot. A fabric band runs under the Firm Soft open mesh upper at the midfoot, connecting flexibility the laces to the midsole to securely lock the Stiff Flexible foot in place.
HEIGHT: 35.3mm (heel); 20.9mm (forefoot) WEIGHT: 275g (M); 216g (W) AUS mizuno.com.au; NZ N/A
TESTER’S TAKE ➔ Marie Wickham on the Mizuno Wave Precision 13 Age 57 years old Height 155cm Weight 45kg Arch High Kilometres per Week 105 Years Running 30 Occupation Banker
➔ The Tempo 5 is a lightweight and responsive shoe. It excels in hard workouts or races, but can feel stiff at a jog. RW Shoe Lab tests show that this update is 70 grams lighter and sits 3mm closer to the ground. BOTTOM LINE Mild support that works for most runners during races.
A$200; NZ N/A
BOTTOM LINE A versatile shoe, capable of handling faster workouts and races.
“The Precision 13 is very comfortable and light. I like the cushioning. It gives a comfortable ride without being too soft. I wear them for training and racing. I was able to run a marathon in them immediately.”
heel Cushioning Firm
Forefoot Cushioning Firm
flexibility Stiff Flexible
HEIGHT: 30.6mm (heel); 20.3mm (forefoot) WEIGHT: 239g (M); 199g (W) AUS adidas.com.au; NZ adidas.co.nz
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