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Football News > Mizuno Wave Ignitus MD Play Test

The Wave Ignitus football boots are the latest release from Mizuno; an innovative, creative and colourful release, the Ignitus is packed with a host of new technologies.


After recently making their on-pitch debut, we were keen to put the Ignitus through its paces in our SoccerBible play test, and find out how they really perform. We sent out a team of players armed with the new boots to test them out - and to see if any of them could pull off a Mukaiten kick worthy of Roque Santa Cruz or Keisuke Honda...



Mizuno have a reputation for building comfortable and durable football boots and the Wave Ignitus is a pioneering boot for the Japanese company, who are usually known for a more traditional boot design. In hand, the renowned Mizuno quality becomes apparent, the Wave Ignitus is a very well constructed football boot. Admittantly the yellow colourway may not be to everyone's taste, but look beyond the colour and you'll find a high level of craftsmanship that cannot be denied.




Putting the boots on and jogging for the first time, you instantly feel the comfort and fit, these are definitely a boot that can be worn straight out of the box. The leather is soft and padded, and the tongue in particular is very comfortable. In fact, one of our players even had football training after the play test, and had no complaints of discomfort despite wearing the boots for 4 hours straight!




We had various running drills through slaloms poles and cones incorporating passing and dribbling, and the boots were responsive throughout. The Wave Ignitus is a surprisingly lightweight boot, despite power boots all tending to be quite heavy (e.g. the adidas Predator and Nike T90 Laser series), but these are extremely light in comparison.




The traction sole-plate gives confidence during sprinting and turning, you could feel it grip from a standing start or when grounding the foot to turn. Especially with the instep studs shaped and acting like anchors, on a pitch that was firm ground and had recently been sprinkled so was quite greasy.


Our players were eager to strike some shots, and take advantage of the 360 Bio Panels and innovative new Mukaiten Panel, designed to give the ball an unpredictable flight path and deceive the goalkeeper. Following Mizuno's instructions on the best form to hit the ball and after a few shots we were beginning to think the panel didn't work, but then one of our players struck the ball and the movement in the air astounded us!



There was no denying that with a proper connection, the balls' flight path adjusted almost Cristiano-like and was very satisfying, but the technique was quite difficult to master. Which is our only issue with the Ignitus, to fully take advantage of the Mukaiten Panel seems quite an unnatural way to strike the ball, and we did wonder whether constant striking opening the face of the boot could lead to knee damage - but in reality during a game scenario this is limited to only a hand full of chances there should be no risk of excess or repetitive strain to the knee.


Being able to strike the ball off the toe however provides its own benefits, as from a dead ball shot the Bio Panels create additional ball swerve and spin.




Overall, the Mizuno Wave Ignitus is a genuinely good boot which got the thumbs up from our team of SoccerBible players. Easy to get on with, with no rubbing or soreness the Ignitus gives lots of support whilst changing direction quickly, and you will rarely lose your footing. Striking the ball with the Mukaiten panel was initially difficult, although our players felt they slowly began to master the technique and can definitely see the benefits of the skill when mastered.




But what stood out for us was how light and comfortable the Mizuno Wave Ignitus is, feeling as though we had been wearing the boots all season.



Agree or disagree with our verdict? Have YOUR say and share YOUR opinion with the world on the SoccerBible!


Only published comments... Apr 20 2010, 09:00 AM by Editor



MURRAY_7 said:

Boot r ok :D

April 21, 2010 11:06 AM

AVFC_No.1_Fan said:

like these heaps!! Great review!!

April 21, 2010 11:10 AM

Gerrards right peg said:

Ive always wanted a pair of Mizuno boots. And it might be time to buy a new pair of boots. This review has definently made me think about these boots.

April 21, 2010 12:27 PM

stricker32 said:

They look ok, not the best but not the greatest either.

April 21, 2010 12:34 PM

pcm19 said:

like the look


April 21, 2010 12:49 PM

cronaldo9kaka8 said:

It's a nice boot i'd buy it

April 21, 2010 1:06 PM

PhilV said:

I had a pair of Morelias a looooong time ago and remembered them being a solid boot and VERY comfortable... never got Mizuno again due to the big names and always bought adidas and Nike just because everyone else did, these boots really got my attention though so I think I will go back to Mizuno, they look great too! not to everyones taste but I love yellow boots!

April 21, 2010 1:26 PM

candl3wax said:

i'm gonna look into getting these ;)

April 21, 2010 1:32 PM

VillA 4LiFe said:

damn this review made me like them even more, but i wanna see another colorway (:

April 21, 2010 1:43 PM

warheaven said:

I like it so much nice boots  nice boots

better than old color way

April 21, 2010 3:54 PM

cills said:

nice boots!

April 21, 2010 4:16 PM

nvapor96 said:

I will buy it

April 21, 2010 4:52 PM

copa mundial kid said:

these are very nice

April 21, 2010 4:57 PM

JPCFC96 said:

i lyk the reviews but i'd only buy them if they were in a different colourway

April 21, 2010 5:53 PM

SoccerBoot-Maniac. said:

@, how do you pick the players to test certain boots out? please reply. Very good testing and reviews, Mizuno isn't one of the bigger brands, but they make quality boots AWESOME!

April 21, 2010 7:20 PM

peytonmarion said:

i think they should have made a video on it

April 21, 2010 8:40 PM

peytonmarion said:

i think they should have made a video on it

April 21, 2010 8:40 PM

AE7 said:

I kinda like this boot they look like a nice boot

April 21, 2010 10:46 PM

Steven4vapor said:

Crap boot

April 21, 2010 11:00 PM

gak8 said:

not nice color

April 21, 2010 11:36 PM

Jorge 11 said:

they look cool

i just like them but idk if i would buy them i rather buy vapors

April 22, 2010 12:19 AM

Dempsey_8_23 said:


April 22, 2010 12:57 AM

Henrique Oliveira said:

they do look very good

April 22, 2010 1:20 AM

FA Cup Glory said:

:))))) Hi.

April 22, 2010 2:04 AM

EDITYA_7 said:

great challenge for newcomer boots... it should made another brand more competitive...

April 22, 2010 4:22 AM

Gooner07 said:

Mukaiten Panel is designed to basically you wheres the easiest spot on your foot to get what is commonly known as the "knuckle ball" for those of you  who have seen some of Cristiano's FK's you've seen this technique he opts for it quite often.

The "Knuckle Ball" is by far the hardest Kicking Technique in Football. You hit the ball with a part of your foot at a specific part of the ball. It transfers the energy from your kick into the ball  while imparting little to no spin on the ball. By the ball not having any spin it allows the wind to move it in and unpredictable path, usually side to side by up to the maximum of 1ft that I have seen, and then dips at the end... instead of floating it dips hard towards the ground.

the Mukaiten Panel is made to mimic it. It's an amazing technique and this looks as though it would be a great training boot to learn how to master the technique of the "knuckle ball".

Good Looking Boot Can't wait to try em on.

April 22, 2010 5:10 AM

football not soccer said:

I'm not a fan of flashy boots especially yellow ones (e.g. Puma v1.10 and Mercurial Superfly) but for some reason these just appeal to me (visually at least) lol :D

April 22, 2010 6:39 AM

simplyfootball said:

Sexy football boots. The Japanese are doing a good job in keeping up with Nike and Adidas.

April 22, 2010 10:14 AM

MorganHassall said:

Would like a SG version

April 22, 2010 12:17 PM

jazzovani said:

The overall ranking is higher than superflyII!!!!AWESOME!!!!!You did a very very god job Mizuno!!Keep going!!

April 22, 2010 1:13 PM

WR10MUTD4lyf said:

wany to try them!

April 22, 2010 9:21 PM

Hunter1 said:

will there be a different colorway coz these are not to my liking. black or white?

May 14, 2010 9:00 PM

Mister Mbutu said:

@Hunter1 There is another white/yellow/black colorway you'll probably like it.

May 16, 2010 12:32 PM

predators7 said:

hey guys

I wear uk9.5 adipures 2

What size should I get these?


May 20, 2010 6:36 PM

rightback77 said:

Mizuno fits a little large.. So you if you wear a uk10 nike, you should get a uk9 mizuno!


May 22, 2010 4:22 PM

CodeAFC said:

REally keen to get these boots....... they look super comfy and seem to do exactly what the set out to do..........WELL DONE MIZUNO you have my attention!!!

May 22, 2010 6:45 PM

MImmo06 said:

@predators7 you wear 9.5 right? take 9.5 for mizuno because i've got one and they are a gloves

May 23, 2010 6:51 PM

wesrocks360 said:

ordered em today

May 27, 2010 3:22 AM

LADA said:

These boots rule i love em just got  em and i feel like a better player already. Right out of the box they were impressive.  Im an attacking midfielder and these boots helped me close down space without the ball and then once i won the ball i was able to complete masterfull passes short and long and the shooting power you get is down right dirty these are the best boots mizuno has ever made i know bc im a die hard morelia fan but i think i will stck with these for some time to come!

June 5, 2010 10:05 PM

benny buff said:

@steven4vapour  if nike made this you'd say they are brill don't judge a boot by the make

June 11, 2010 6:40 PM

MCKER11 said:

they NEED more colourways i would get em they did :)x

June 25, 2010 1:37 PM

Johny Hot Potato said:

This is sold out already !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 5, 2010 10:48 AM

4otto7 said:

the 'Muikaten' kick is a really difficult for the goalkeeppers

July 19, 2010 2:44 PM

benny buff said:

great boot let down by the color

August 6, 2010 11:11 PM

absolutsuperfly36 said:

I want them! damn we don't have Mizuno soccer in Indonesia, if there was I would get these no doubt!!!!

October 6, 2010 11:11 AM

RIcardo_Adidas said:

oh wow those boots look nice!! i want a pair ive always worn adidas but excited about trying those out

October 28, 2010 5:34 PM

S.R.G said:

well i know what boot im geting, sounds great

November 15, 2010 4:09 AM

Redmanmars said:

I've owned these boots since last summer and for anyone thinking of buying them I'd say the following:


Lightweight - surprisingly so given that they're 'power' boots

Grip - the 8 stud sole plate is ideal for softer pitched and the blades are superb on the firmer stuff.

Bio panels - not quite on the same level as Predator boots but make a difference. If you find the curl that Predators provide is too intrusive then these are for you.

Mukaiten - is amazing if you master it but it takes time.


Price- Prodirect aside they're not cheap!

Comfort - they do take some breaking in. They gave me blisters in the first few games but after that they are so comfortable you forget you're wearing them.

Durability - the toe area is prone to wear & tear. Most Mizuno boots are thin and suffer from this. Mine have a small hole by the toe after just 6 months.

January 16, 2011 5:07 PM

Toooooooom said:

Totally want to get this boots. I'd also like to buy'em on PDS but i don't know any place in germany to try out how the sizes are like :/

February 14, 2011 8:49 PM

bayyo158 said:

the laces look crap

March 9, 2011 4:16 PM

bayyo158 said:

they need to make a second adition\genratin

March 9, 2011 4:18 PM
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