ASICS GT-2000 6 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 review

ASICS GT-2000 6 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 provides a secure and stable ride with lots of cushioning to overpronators...

The ASICS GT-2000 6 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 are stability running shoes for runners who need a moderate amount of stability and support, and they can be said to be on a similar level.

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The uppers of the ASICS GT-2000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 are different in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has more stitches in its upper than the ASICS GT-2000 6 does.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com uses the Mizuno logo for support around the midfoot and adds a net of no-sew overlays in that area to give you a secure fit.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 has less overlays around its midfoot than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, but it comes with straps that can be pulled tight through the laces to give you a more secure fit.

However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 would be the one that delivers a lot of support around the midfoot.

The forefoot of both running shoes has been kept pretty open, but the ASICS GT-2000 6 has thin welded-on overlays running on top of the toe box, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 only has mesh, so it opens up the bunion window a bit more than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is the one that has a good connection between the overlays around the heel and the midfoot.

All in all, one could say that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers more support through its upper than the ASICS GT-2000 6, and while both running shoes should feel pretty comfortable, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 might also deliver more comfort in the toe box.

The midsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 differ in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 comes with a Wave Plate that is sandwiched between two layers of foam under the heel and midfoot.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 also has two layers of foam, but they run from heel-to-toe, and instead of a Wave Plate, the ASICS GT-2000 6 has GEL cushioning sandwiched between the two layers.

The Wave Plate in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers a good amount of shock absorption at heel-strike, which adds cushiness to the heel, but it also is meant to deliver pronation control on the medial side.

The heel of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has been found by lab tests to be very cushy, and it might prove to be better for heel-strikers than the ASICS GT-2000 6. Both running shoes have a soft forefoot, though.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 has a support system on the medial side and combines this with a midfoot shank to deliver stability and support.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 are generally rated to be equally stable, but when you combine the support in the upper and in the midsole, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 might prove to be a bit more supportive than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are similar in that they both separate the heel and forefoot with a midfoot shank in the middle.

The Wave Plate also serves as a midfoot shank in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

Both running shoes have a minimum amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, and the flex grooves in the ASICS GT-2000 6 go more from side to side than those in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, which should benefit the flexibility of the running shoe.

However, the ASICS GT-2000 is not generally a very flexible running shoe, and neither is the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, which has been found by lab tests to be stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 6 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 being the somewhat lighter one.

The weights of the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 lie very close to each other and so does the amount of stability and support delivered by these two running shoes.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support, you could choose either the ASICS GT-2000 6 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers a secure fit and an overall cushy ride in addition to being very supportive.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 has a more lightweight upper but delivers a good amount of support behind the heel and might provide to be a bit more adjustable.

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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