If you read this space, you know I love me some Mizuno sneakers. So when I was asked to participate in a sponsored campaign to review the new Kazan trail shoe, I was beyond excited!
I’m not too much of a trail runner and I was surprised at the style when I opened the box (man are these shoes, um, colorful) but when I ran in them, it was like jumping back into a warm pool. You know the feeling I’m talking about, you’re comfortable, all sorts of goodness surrounds you and you’re feeling really good. That’s how I see these new sneaks.
I ran in the shoes for about a month before sitting down to offer you my opinion. I found that the shoes were versatile and adapted easily to the terrain (these are clearly must-haves for trail running). The Kazans are the best of both worlds, a lightweight shoe with the protection and stability required for the ultimate trail running experience.
According to Mizuno, the decoupled X-groove midsole adapts to uneven surfaces as the X-lug outsole digs into soft ground and grips dry rocks or roots. Trail-specific upper design gives you the optimal balance of secure fit, protection and lightweight. I’m not sure what all of that means, but I can tell you the shoes gripped the trail, kept my foot stable and helped me run upwards of 10 miles on trails around my home.
Do I like them? Yes. Would I buy them? If I was more of a trail runner (and they changed the color scheme) – without a doubt!