Tuesday, December 27, 2016

MIZUNO Wave Sayonara 4 (Men US9.5) - Wear test review

Wear test review of MIZUNO Wave Sayonara 4 (Men US9.5)

The Sayonara 4 represents the top line light weight trainer of the Mizuno stable.  In the past it has been listed as a racer, but since then had been transformed into a hybrid of racer/trainer.  I would say more of the characteristic of a trainer.  The construction of the shoe is ideal for those who are not use to racing flats and use it for a fast race because of its light weight.

The shoe was provided by World Of Sports Malaysia for me to do a wear test review, and the pair I got from them was the Blue/Lime color.  This did not influence the outcome of the wear test review.

The shoe was put into a run-in session of multiple runs consisting of short runs of 5k to 6k, and progressively increased to 10k, 20k and the finale acid test was a 35k run.  In the initial few runs, the sole is a bit hard, and hence I can hear louder noise when my feet hit the tarmac.  As it gradually eased in, the rubber of the sole gets softer and the loud noise during landing actually fades away.  Overall the shoe had clocked about 100km before I wrote this wear test review.

The Sayonara 4 has an outsole with a horseshoe shape of the Mizuno X10 black carbon rubber around the heel.  The X10 had proven to be of soft and high durability material to prolong wear and tear.   As I said the Sayonara 4 had clocked about 100km during my test run and I don’t actually see much wear across the sole from the forefoot area and all the way to the heel area.  Hence in terms of durability, I must say the X10 material handle it pretty well without sacrificing anything on its weight and softness.

The outsole feels firmer compare to other softer shoes of similar class. But sometimes when one is looking for that extra push in a race, that firmness is something that what we are looking for, and for that I really like it.  But if you are not fond of a firmer ride then this could be more of a nuisance rather than an advantage.

If you are not familiar with it, Mizuno’s Wave Technology comes in 3 different designs, each with its own role.  In the Sayonara 4, it uses the Parallel Wave plate combines with “U4ic” foam at midsole to give you a good cushioning and propulsion (the action of pushing forward).  I believed Mizuno use the Parallel Wave plate was because it is considered the most appropriate for neutral runners, the elastic thermal plastic plate was designed to absorb the impact from striking and allocate it evenly throughout the midsole.  The benefit from this is to reduce in energy loss from one stride to another.  Hence this will give you a more responsive strike.

Additionally, the added foam provides a more structured feel at the bottom and gives the runner a better support feeling compare to other shoe of the same class.  This is something I found to be a plus point on longer tempo runs.  The U4ic foam is thickest at the heel and gradually thins out toward the front of the shoe.   This is a great consideration for heel strikers that will wear this shoe off.

The upper had good breathability that does not retain heat on a hot day.  What Mizuno did was to use an external mesh top (very thin layers) with larger openings.  To me this constructions offer very good breathability without sacrificing durability (won’t get torn easily)
Another area that is worth mentioning was the plastic lined toe box.  It looks like an ordinary design but actually had proven that it actually prevent water from getting into the top of the sock (if you run through a puddle of water or wet lawn)   So happened I ran over a field during the test run after a downpour and surprising the top of my sock did not get wet at all.

One more plus point that I would like to mention in the Sayonara 4 is the lace guide on the tongue.  This will secure the tongue properly when you run.  Ever experienced the shoe tongue had completely moved over to the outside of your ankle?  Elastic laces were used for the Sayonara 4 and it gives you good traction in terms of strength applied while lacing up and securing the fit.

The Sayonara 4 is true to size (at least for me).  I do not need to go any size up or down.  The first fit give me a good feeling that the fitting is perfectly OK comparing to other US9.5 that I am wearing.  The feel is exactly the same.  The shoe comes in a weight of 9 oz (Men US9) and is consider light for a trainer.  Toebox is not narrow as I normally wear a Medium cut.  Those who have wider feet may need to do a shoe fit and check out if the toebox space is good enough.


The Sayonara 4 offered me a comfortable ride, whether it is over a short run and longer LSD.  Although it may not be my first choice for a 10k or 15k run, but definitely will be my top of the list for longer runs of 20k to 35k and beyond.  It offered the right amount of cushioning plus support yet not sacrificing on the weight itself.  A stack height of 28mm (heel) and 18mm (forefoot) giving you a drop of 10mm.  If you are very used to lower drop shoes of 4mm or less, then you will probably avoid this shoe.  But if you are one  that consistently wear trainers with 12mm drop or higher, then the Sayonara 4 is the shoe for you on marathon race day.  Plus with the extra cushioning at the heel and forefoot, it will definitely be of great help when you are building up your distance.  And if you are a heel striker, you must give it a try.

Weight: 9.0oz (Men US9)
Stack Height: 28mm (Heel), 18mm (Forefoot)

Wear and Tear of the outsole after about 100km.

The MIZUNO Wave Sayonara 4 is available at all World Of Sports Malaysia outlet retailing at RM479.00


Friday, October 14, 2016

Hoka One One Clifton 3

Announcing the availability of Hoka One One Clifton 3 (Men)

The same Clifton cushioning with a more accommodating fit, the Clifton 3 is the shoe you've been waiting for. Built on a new last, the Clifton 3 utilizes a seamless speedframe upper with a wider forefoot to allow for better toe splay. A full length HIP CMEVA midsole provides a soft cushioned ride sufficient for high mileage training, yet light enough for uptempo runs. Along with an Early Stage Meta-Rocker design, the Clifton 3 maintains a smooth and efficient ride from foot strike to toe off.

PM me if you are looking for one of the lightest max cushioning shoe in town.

Contact: Choi @ 0193289083 or cchoi_2020@yahoo.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ultimate Direction Jenny collection - Ultra Vesta

Introducing Ultimate Direction Jenny collection - Ultra Vesta

Designed by Women for Women.

UD made it better.
With 7.2 litres of storage space, the updated 2016 UD Ultra Vesta has more fluid capacity (2x 500ml soft flasks included as standard and ability to accept up to a 2.0L bladder), more storage up front, better organization in the rear and it weighs less.

XS/S: 23 - 36 in. / 58 - 92 cm
M/L: 26 - 43 in. / 67 - 108 cm

Price: RM599.00
Contact: Choi at 0193289083 or cchoi_2020@yahoo.com

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Hoka One One Odyssey 2

Introducing Hoka One One Odyssey 2 (Men & Women)

Dubbed the "TWINS" of the Hoka Clifton, the Odyssey 2 offered a firmer ride plus a more durable outsole with harder rubber. Other than that both the Clifton and Odyssey are practically the same. The Odyssey 2 gives a balance of cushioning and more responsiveness (firmer ride) to pickup the pace for the neutral runner who values light weight over stability. The early stage Meta-Rocker geometry encourages a smooth transitions from foot-strike to toe-off, and the seamless upper provides lightweight support. The Odyssey is ideal for any distance of training from speed workouts to marathons.

PM me or Whatsapp 0193289083 for the Introductory Offer (for those interested)

Monday, February 01, 2016

Inov-8 Race Pac 8

Gear up for your next trail adventure with the Inov-8 Race Pac 8. This pack includes a 2L bladder to keep you hydrated as you move along the trails, and multiple pockets for ample storage during your trek. Constructed from Nylon Ripstop and 3D Airmesh, this pack is durable and comfortable. Multiple adjustment points allow you to customize the fit and position of the pack.


Vest Details

  • Includes 2L Hydration bladder
  • 3D AirMesh back construction for breathablity and comfort
  • Nylon Ripstop construction for durability 
  • Adjustable chest strap for a customer fit
  • Chest strap position can be moved through a series of snaps running along the shoulder strap
  • Adjustable waist strap to secure pack
  • Adjustable Padded shoulder straps for a secure fit
  • Large rear pocket with two internal pockets and bladder compartment ample storage 
  • Large rear pocket comfortably fits a 2L bladder (Included)
  • Small back pocket with internal zipper pocket for storage of smaller essentials
  • Mesh stash pocket on lower left perfect for gels or other small running essentials.
  • Safety whistle attached at front chest
  • Reflective details throughout for increased visibility in low-light settings
  • Weight: 12.0 oz (340g) 
  • Pack Volume: 8L (488 inches³)


  • Nylon Ripstop/Polyester/Spandex

Price: RM330.00
Contact:  Choi at 0193289083 or cchoi_2020@yahoo.com

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

ALTRA Provision 2.0

If you are looking for a Zero-Drop shoe with a wide toe box and gives you that natural motion while still stabilize the foot and reduce the rate of over-pronation, the ALTRA Provision 2.0 will be the answer.




StabiliPod Technology

Support and natural running combine in the Altra Provision 2.0. Using innovative StabiliPod technology, this zero-drop shoe features a firmer foam pod on the lateral heel and on each side of the forefoot to stabilize the foot and reduce the rate of overpronation. The Provision 2.0 also utilizes a stability wedge on the medial midsole to offset overpronation, and a quick drying air mesh for exceptional breathability and comfort.

Ultralight EVA midsole foam for lightweight, durable cushioning.
A-Bound is a recycled, environmentally friendly midsole compound for resilient underfoot protection.
StabiliPod provides support through the three natural stability zones of the foot.
Built-in Varus Stability Wedge offers support for overpronation without pushing up the arch like traditional stability devices.

Natural Ride System (NRS) design includes a more natural, foot-shaped last, zero millimeter heel to toe drop, and metatarsal-specific shapes in the outsole to assist in proper foot mechanics and allow for more natural foot movement.
Natural Foot Design follows the natural shape of the foot for ultimate comfort.

FootPod Outsole follows the natural construction of the human foot for maximum flexibility and a responsive ride.

Quick Dry Air Mesh wicks water away from your foot while remaining light and breathable.
Heel Claw construction uses a snug fit around the heel for added support.
A-Wrap design holds feet securely around the midfoot and allows for a roomy toe-box.
Support Insoles are 5mm-thick removable insoles designed for runners needing more traditional support and a molded arch.
Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.

23mm (Heel), 23mm (Forefoot)

Price: Call or email for promotion price.
Contact: Choi at 0193289083 or cchoi_2020@yahoo.com

Monday, December 28, 2015

The SMILE Project

The SMILE Project

I have informally launched The SMILE Team about a year ago where it’s main objective is to provide a support station in major marathons organized within the Klang Valley.  We have a group of willing volunteers that work for no money but out of passion for the running community.  And I must say so far we have been very selective on marathon races and have been successfully getting the job done.

And now the time had come for me to roll out another initiative out of the SMILE branding.  This time it’s the SMILE Project.  The main objective is to offer assistance to those who are in need of a guided program to run their very first marathon.  In short a program for wannabes marathoner.  In fact I have been doing this for a while, drawing out training programs for those who need a reference/guidelines and what they need to do that will lead them to successfully running and finishing their very virgin marathon.  Just that after giving them the program, there is no close follow-up and check on the progress on of their training.

For the SMILE Project, it will be a dedicated 19 weeks program where there will be a Marathon Mentor (the person proving the guidance and assistance) and the Marathon Cadet (in short we will call them Cadet, the person that will be following the program closely).  This will be a one-to-one outfit and a target goal to finish the first marathon will be set (based on the cadet’s 10k and 21k timing). The Mentor will constantly check on the progress of the Cadet, and be his/her personal pacer on race day.  Both Mentor and Cadet may run together during the trainings or the Cadet can train on his/her own time schedule.  Each of them have to be discipline to follow through the goals and targets set in the very beginning before the plan get kick-off.

As the training progresses, the Mentor will make assessment on the Cadet and start to analyze whether all the weekly and monthly plans are met and achieved.  This will give a good indicator of whether the end goals were set too high or too low, and can be change according to the Cadet’s performance during the training.

It is best for the Mentor to run with the Cadet during the weekend LSD, especially for the last 6 LSDs before race day.  With this in the place, it will give the Mentor a good assessment of the Cadet on whether he/she is on target and be able to finish their virgin marathon on the target finishing time.  During this critical period, if there is a need to lower or improve the target marathon finishing time we can still make adjustment to it.  By this time, the Mentor will have charted out the entire marathon pace strategy for the Cadet to study and follow.  Some changes can be made to suit the comfort level of the Cadet but the end goal of finishing the race will not be change.

Come race day, it is extremely important for the Mentor to lead and assume the role as the personal marathon pacer for the Cadet.  Forget about those official marathon pacers as their pace strategy may not be the same.  On race day, it is critical to have constant check on the pace against the planned pace strategy while communicating and motivating the Cadet.  The Mentor can offer all they can but it is the Cadet that will have to be mentally and physically prepared to pull through the race.