I thought I would take a little time and start providing some reviews for the gear I am using. My first review will be on the EVO Cursoris and it should be known, that this is review based purely on my use. I received no benefit from Mizuno Canada and bought my shoes at full market value. I’m not going to get into a lot of technical data, I’ll leave that for others. My point is simply…”Does it work…yes or no?”
(I am also currently running in the EVO Levitas and will write a review for that later.)
My History with Mizuno: I like Mizuno and like most people, it took me a while to find a brand that truly felt like it belonged on my foot. I have a longer, narrower foot and Mizuno fits me well. Over the last year, at the advice of my physiotherapist and coach, I have been bringing my shoe height down to a more natural drop. The last shoes I ran in before the move to the Cursoris were the Ronins. Prior to that I ran in Wave Riders and Precisions. It’s been a slow progression, so at the introduction of the Cursoris, I was very interested and ordered a pair as soon as they became available.
Product Details from the webpage
- Designed to provide a more stable platform and cushioning for someone transforming to a midfoot strike.
- ZERO RAMP offset between the heel and forefoot provides a natural plane tailored to a midfoot strike.
- WAVE TECHNOLOGY in the forefoot for maximum protection, comfort and a smooth ride.
- Flat-bottomed forefoot design coupled with a wider platform provides stability and assurance from foot strike to toe-off.
- 12mm/12mm heel-forefoot design offers a more protective ride.
First impressions out of the box
– Very light and flexible, this shoe felt like a dream in my hands
– You can twist these shoes
– On my foot, it was very light and barely noticeable.
– It was almost 4 oz lighter then my Ronin 4’s
– No drop compared to the 10mm drop.
– Almost see through fabric
– Immediately aware of the ground
– Great feedback with each Landing of the foot
– Very Light
After a few runs
– very addictive shoe, comfortable and light.
– fabric holds up well through conditions
– water, sweat, sport drink, winter
– Mizuno seemed to find a way to reduce weight by stripping the rubber sole away. If you notice the above picture, you will see that only some of the sole is rubber, the rest is foam. This is the one downfall I can see with this shoe. The foam does not last long, and you will be going through shoes quickly if you are a medium to high mileage runner. Also, you will notice on the heel, there is a planted piece of foam. For some reason, these pieces started tearing off. After 3 months, these shoes were dead because of the foam, but otherwise structurally intact.
– One other concern I have is winter-ability. Having picked this shoe up in February and still transitioning to a zero drop, I did not get a lot of Winter Running in. I am not sure how the lighter fabric and foam will hold up to the wet, sandy and salty conditions of a winter run. There is not much fabric to separate elements ( as mentioned the fabric is light ) and it’s possible a shoe that already wears out fast could wear much faster. You can probably expect wetter then normal feet.
(Note: it should be noted that I live in Rural Eastern Ontario. My road surface varies from paved, chip and tar and plain gravel.)
I really, really like the feel and comfort of this shoe. The foam sole situation is a little dicey for me and I am not happy that I will be going through shoes much quicker, but I am willing to live with this (for now) given the other benefits. Obviously, the less is better concept does have some counter balances. It fit well, it was very light and very comfortable to run in. I will be looking for a shoe this fall to carry me through the winter, but this shoe will do a good job for the other 3 seasons. If Mizuno puts a little more effort into their sole, this shoe will move from being good to great. If they can do this without adding weight, it will be excellent!