Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is a well-cushioned and lightweight, stability running shoe for moderate overpronators. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers comfort and stability with a secure fit.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are running shoes that are meant to offer runners a moderate degree of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 4 differ in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 tries to minimize the amount of overlays while still providing support where you need it.

In that respect, it has sturdy stitched-on overlays on both the lateral and medial sides of the midfoot, and which extend toward the back of the shoe to wrap the heel. And that is it.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also has sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side of its upper, but in the rest of the upper, it mixes things up with no-sew overlays to increase your comfort.

What these two running shoes have in common is that they both have a toe box that is quite open with bunion windows that should feel extremely comfortable.

The big difference can be found at the back of the shoes where the ASICS GT-2000 4 has an external heel counter and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 just sturdy overlays to provide support.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from either running shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles, but their midsoles differ greatly in construction.

This is mostly due to the fact that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a Wave Plate running in the heel till the midfoot that provides shock absorption at touchdown, centering of the heel, and also pronation control as your foot rolls inward.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 has a medial post to control pronation and makes use of softer foam and GEL cushioning in the heel to manage shock as your land.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire has always been known to be a running shoe that feels firm under your foot, so that does not provide much cushioning. This has changed with the release of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

Running shoe lab tests show, that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 provide an equal amount of forefoot cushioning for both men and women. This amount is way above average.

The differences in cushioning can be found in the heel, where the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is more cushy than the ASICS GT-2000 4 for women.

For men, the ASICS GT-2000 4 has a slightly more cushy heel than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, but not by much.

In fact, the general properties profile of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 look very much alike for men with not many differences to be noted; the differences are more pronounced for women.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 have traditional outsoles with a separation between the forefoot and the rearfoot.

The two areas are then joined by a midfoot shank that provides structural midfoot integrity and support. Part of the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 functions as a midfoot shank.

Both running shoes have a good amount of separation in their outsoles, although the ASICS GT-2000 4 has more of it than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

For example, whereas the ASICS GT-2000 4 has three major flex grooves in its forefoot, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 only has two.

This does not automatically make the ASICS GT-2000 4 more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, though, because running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GT-2000 4 is on the stiff side for both men and women.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 also turns out to be stiff for men, but it is somewhat more flexible for women.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the ASICS GT-2000 4 for women weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 4 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator looking for a good amount of support and stability from a running shoe, you could get that from either the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 or the ASICS GT-2000 4, since both are very stable running shoes.

However, if you want a somewhat lighter running shoe that provides a good amount of cushioning, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 may be worth looking into more than the ASICS GT-2000 4.

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.


This review falls under: ASICS | Mizuno

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