Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 vs. ASICS GT-2000 5 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 provides a secure and stable ride with good cushioning. ASICS GT-2000 5 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 fall in the same category of stability running shoes and are of a similar caliber.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 5 are similar in that they both come with some stitches although the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 may have more than the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with mostly no-sew overlays around the midfoot, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 has overlays in the form of the Mizuno logo, which contains some stitches.

Both should be able to keep your foot in place and offer a good amount of support, but the overlays on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 tend to open up more room in the toe box because the ASICS GT-2000 5 has overlays that run close to and on the toe box.

So while the no-sew overlays on the ASICS GT-2000 5 may increase comfort and decrease possible irritation, the stitched-on overlays on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 are located strategically to give you the support you need while still maintaining comfort.

Both running shoes come with stitched-on overlays around the heel area, but the ASICS GT-2000 5 throws in an external heel counter to increase the amount of support you get behind the heel.

The mesh is a bit more open on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13, and both running shoes come with a durable toecap that has stitches.

All in all, you should be able to get a similar amount of support from either running shoe, and both provide comfort in their own way.

The midsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 differ quite a bit in construction.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 comes with two layers of foam that has GEL cushioning between them in the heel and in the forefoot.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 comes with a Wave Plate that lies between two layers of foam in the heel and connects to the forefoot under the midfoot to offer midfoot support.

The Wave Plate helps stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward, similar to the firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole of the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The two systems of pronation control are different so difficult to compare. However, running shoe lab tests have generally placed them on a similar level, with both running shoes providing an above average amount of stability and support.

The type of cushioning is also different in the two running shoes. Because the ASICS GT-2000 5 has a layer of softer foam closest to the foot, this tends to increase the overall amount of cushioning provided by the running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests have found the forefoot of the ASICS GT-2000 5 to be quite cushy, while the heel offers a good amount of cushioning to women but could feel a bit firm to some male runners.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire tends to offer a good balance and a good amount of cushioning in general.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite similar because both have separate forefoot and heel areas with a midfoot shank that separates them.

The amount of flex grooves is also similar if you discard the frontmost half flex groove in the outsole of the ASICS GT-2000 5.

Both running shoes offer a good amount of rubber in their outsoles, which should increase the durability of the running shoes.

In terms of flexibility, both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 fall on the stiffer end of the spectrum, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 might feel a bit stiffer than the ASICS GT-2000 5. Stiffness is good for stability, though.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 5 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for women weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GT-2000 5 weighs about 11.2 oz (318 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a very stable ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 or the ASICS GT-2000 5 because they are on a similar level of stability.

There aren't many differences between these two running shoes, but the main distinction points are in the upper, where you can expect to get different levels of comfort from the two running shoes.

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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