Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 vs. ASICS GT-2000 3 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is a lightweight running shoe that offers stability and a responsive ride. ASICS GT-2000 3 offers a soft and very stable running experience to overpronators.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 are running shoes that are meant to offer runners a moderate degree of stability and support.

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The upper of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 differs from that of the ASICS GT-2000 3 in that it has less overlays.

While the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 both have a mixture of no-sew and stitched-on overlays, the ASICS GT-2000 3 just has more overlays overall than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

The overlays on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 have been kept to a minimum to keep the weight of the running shoe down, but placed strategically to still provide you with enough support, especially around the midfoot.

But where fit and feel are concerned, the ASICS GT-2000 3 should feel more secure than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 due to its midfoot wrap and heel counter. And as far as comfort goes, either running shoe could offer you that.

Another area in which the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 differs from the ASICS GT-2000 3 is the midsole.

While both running shoes provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their standard midsole foams, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has an extra Wave Plate in the heel that runs till the midfoot to provide extra cushioning, shock absorption, and centering of the foot.

In the ASICS GT-2000 3, there is GEL cushioning in the heel that provides similar shock absorption and cushioning, but not centering of the foot.

And then on the medial side of the shoe, the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 fans out into two plates and two waves to provide you with pronation control.

In the ASICS GT-2000 3, there is a firmer piece of foam on the medial side of the shoe that does something similar. Either mechanism will get the job done of stopping your foot from rolling too far inward.

The big difference comes in the form of an extra softer layer of foam that lies closest to the foot in the ASICS GT-2000 3. Because the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 does not have such a second softer layer of foam, the ASICS GT-2000 3 should feel super soft under your foot compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

The softness of the ASICS GT-2000 3 is also due to the fact that the midsole is much thicker than that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

But the thinner midsole in the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 allows it to have a steeper drop from heel to toe (12.2 mm for men, and 11.0 mm for women), thereby making the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 feel like a real performance running shoe, since it is also so light.

Note that the heel-to-toe drop is only 7.7 mm for men and 8.0 mm for women in the ASICS GT-2000 3, but that the ASICS GT-2000 3 serves heel-strikers better than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

The outsole of the ASICS GT-2000 3 is very similar to that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 with good separation between the rubber and flex grooves in the forefoot.

They both also have a separate rearfoot and forefoot that is joined at the midfoot by a shank in the ASICS GT-2000 3 and by the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

While it is difficult to say which running shoe would be more flexible, because the outsoles are similar, running shoe lab tests have revealed that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is very flexible compared to the ASICS GT-2000 3 in the women's versions of the shoes, but that the ASICS GT-2000 3 is a little bit more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 for men.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams), while the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are looking for a very light running shoe that provides enough stability and support to you as a mild to moderate overpronator, and that can make you feel fast, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 would be the one to look into.

And if you are looking for a very soft ride from a stability running shoe that provides a good amount of support overall and that is suitable for heel-strikers, then the ASICS GT-2000 3 might be the one for you.

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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