ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators. Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 provides an overall soft and stable ride to moderate overpronators...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 offer different things to runners.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com tends to keep its forefoot wide open and free from overlays, except for a stitched-on toecap, but as you move towards the back of the running shoe, it increases its support through the use of the Mizuno logo and a more closed structure of the mesh around the midfoot, and no-sew overlays further back with different and more closed material around the heel.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is different in that it delivers lightweight support from forefoot to heel through the use of mesh and an internal fit system of no-sew underlays, and then it increases the amount of support you get around the heel by locking your heel in with a sturdy external heel counter.

While both running shoes should be able to offer a good amount of comfort in the toe box, the toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 is more unobstructed, because it does not have underlays that could potentially get in the way, so it would be good for runners with wide feet.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 is also the one that delivers a more balanced amount of support from midfoot to heel, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is the one that delivers more support around the heel.

While the purpose of the external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is to give you a more locked down fit, it also helps with preventing heel rotation because of the way it wraps around the heel.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from either running shoe and they both deliver lightweight support through their uppers, although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 delivers a bit more lightweight support from forefoot to heel than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15.

The biggest difference between the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 can be found in their midsoles.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 are similar in that they both come with a layer of foam that runs from heel to toe with a second layer of foam under the heel.

However, the top layer of foam in the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is softer than the bottom layer under the heel, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 has a top layer that delivers a good amount of cushioning and a bottom layer under the heel that is meant to be cushier than the top layer.

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Therefore, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 averages its heel to be a bit less cushier, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 increases the amount of heel cushioning.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 has been found to have a very cushy heel compared to a more moderately-cushioned to somewhat firm heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 despite the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 also comes with GEL cushioning between its two layers of foam under the heel.

Both running shoes have been found to have a cushy forefoot, so in that respect they are similar.

When you consider the entire midsole, though, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 would be the one to deliver an overall soft ride to both men and women, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 could feel overall cushy to women but more moderately cushioned to men.

In any case, if you are not a heel-striker, you are less likely to notice a big difference in cushioning between the two running shoes.

Another difference between the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is the way in which they deliver support.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with denser foam on the medial side of the midsole and a midfoot shank to deliver support and help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

However, the support system of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 does not run all the way up to the foot, so the degree of pronation control would be on the moderate side.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 has a Wave plate that runs between the two layers of foam under the heel and expands on the medial side to help stop your foot from rolling inward.

The Wave plate also serves as a midfoot shank, has a centering effect, and is also meant to help with shock absorption, but the degree of pronation control would be on the moderate side.

When you take the external heel counter in the upper and the midsole support of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and combine them, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might feel overall a bit more stable and supportive than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15, but the difference is not huge; both running shoes are for moderate overpronators.

The outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 differ in construction and layout, but both running shoes come with a minimum amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, and because both running shoes tend to deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, they have been found to be stiff running shoes. However, stiffness is good for stability and support.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 displays a bit more separation under the heel and has a vertical flex groove that is meant to help with gait efficiency.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 tends to isolate shock on the lateral side under the heel, and its Wave plate should also help you move forward.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 is lighter than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 for both men and women.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a comfortable ride, you could turn to either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 would suit overpronators who are looking for a soft to very soft ride in addition to stability and support. It might also be better for heel-strikers and those looking to go for long runs.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 would suit runners who do not mind getting a bit more firmness under the heel and a somewhat heavier running shoe on their feet.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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