Trail Running Shoe + Mountain Bike Tyre tread = Destination Perfect
If there are two things Destination Adventure love it ‘s trail running and mountain biking. So imagine our delight when we heard that Mizuno running shoes had teamed up with legendary Mountain bike tyre manufacturer Michelin to create a shoe. Meet the new Daichi , trail running shoe with the traction of a mountain bike!
Out of the box there is no denying that the Daichi is a good looking shoe. But we know you can't judge a book by it's cover.
The podiatrists amongst us love the heel counter on the new Daichi. It is nice and firm, providing that all important sense of security at the heel. Having a deep, secure heel counter guards against heel slippage and therefore blistering!
The tongue is well padded and stays where it should - always a good feature in a shoe but unfortunately not always the case! The midsole thickness is 21mm at the heel and 9mm at the forefoot. Perfect Goldilocks cushioning - not too much, not too little but just right. The upper is stitched to the entire length of the midsole which gives the Daichi strength and durability.
Weighing in at just 286g for a women's size 9.5 they are light yet comfortable. You can't help but feel ready to run fast!
However it is with the new outsole by Michelin where the Daichi really shines.
Michelin know a thing or two about tread, rubber, grip and traction with their Mountain Bike heritage. (Fast Fact: Michelin were the pioneers of tubeless Mountain Bike tyres!) The new Daichi's Michelin outsole gives confidence underfoot on a variety of trail surfaces. Whether we were climbing or descending on sketchy ground, or rock hopping the granite boulders found on Magnetic Island they never missed a step.
The midfoot has an "X" groove that is meant to allow for independent forefoot to rear foot movement, kind of like independent suspension on a car.
Bottom line is - it is as comfortable on hard compacted trails as it is on loose ground!
One area that could be improved would be at the toe box region. A more robust upper at the toe area to withstand the rigours of trail running would be a great feature.
Also the upper has adequate volume for a 'normal' shaped foot but those with a wider forefoot may find them a snug fit.
Daichi is a Japanese word; 'Dai' meaning great and 'Chi' is wisdom.
It certainly was with Great Wisdom that Mizuno teamed up with Michelin to create a unique trail running shoe.
All in all a versatile, lightweight trail shoe and an awesome new addition to the Mizuno Family.
Test shoes were provided courtesy of Mizuno Running Australia