Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides tons of stability and support with good cushioning. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are running shoes that are meant to offer a moderate amount of stability and support to overpronators.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 differ in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 comes with stitched-on overlays in its upper, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 does not.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has some stitches in its upper, but these are located more toward the back of the upper.

Other than that, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 has been kept pretty seamless to keep the upper comfortable and reduce the amount of possible irritation.

Instead of stitched-on overlays, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with very light no-sew overlays around the midfoot and mesh that has a structure that provides a bit of a hold.

The overlays on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 are centered around the midfoot, where overpronators tend to need the most support. It also has overlays that go around the heel.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 does not have overlays at the back but comes with a sturdy external heel counter to provide additional support behind the heel.

Overall, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 should provide a slightly more secure and supportive fit than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is meant to provide runners with a cushy ride, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is more concerned with providing support.

However, this does not mean that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is not cushy, because running shoe lab tests show that it can compete with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 any time.

For women, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 offers just a tiny bit more forefoot cushioning but a small bit less heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23. Both running shoes are overall cushy for women.

For men, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 offers much more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 but about the same amount of heel cushioning.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 have above average cushioning for men, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 can be seen as the one that provides more cushioning.

Both running shoes come with a support system on the medial side of their midsoles to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward, but the support systems differ.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 uses firmer foam and a midfoot shank to provide pronation control. However, the amount of pronation control provided is not very strong, because ASICS says that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 can also be worn by neutral runners who do not need any kind of support.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, on the other hand, comes with a Wave Plate that is located under the heel and runs till the midfoot. This plate expands into two waves and two sections on the medial side to provide pronation control. It also serves as a midfoot shank.

Running shoe lab tests show that in terms of stability and support, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 wins from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, which provides just above average stability and support.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look similar in that they both separate the forefoot from the rearfoot and have a midfoot shank in the middle.

They differ in that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with a special vertical flex groove that is intended to help you achieve a more efficient stride.

Both running shoes display a good amount of separation although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is more separated and has more deeper flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

The latter helps the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 be flexible, and this flexibility is confirmed by running shoe lab tests, which show that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is quite stiff for both men and women, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is quite flexible for both genders.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for men weighs 11.5 oz (326 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

However, if you also want a good amount of stability and support at a lighter weight, you may want to look into the the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 more than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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