Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 provides a secure and stable ride with lots of cushioning. ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators.

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Because previous versions of the ASICS GEL-Kayano used to be listed as also being for neutral runners, the ASICS GEL-Kayano always used to deliver a more moderate amount of stability compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14. This might have changed with the introduction of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 differ quite a bit in what they offer to runners.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is geared more towards delivering comfort from midfoot to forefoot and a good amount of support around the heel.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is more geared towards delivering support around the midfoot and the heel and comfort in the forefoot.

In that respect, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 would be the one that delivers what overpronators really need.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 comes with a mixture of stitched-on and no-sew overlays around the midfoot and stitched-on overlays around the heel.

Therefore, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers a good amount of support where overpronators tend to need the most support.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 does not come with many stitches in its upper - just in the saddle - to increase the amount of comfort and reduce irritation, but this also means that it provides more lightweight support compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has an internal fit system that makes use of underlays, and the mesh also delivers some degree of support by wrapping your foot.

Therefore, you might get a more close-to-foot fit from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 than you would from the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

Both running shoes are quite open in the forefoot, but because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has underlays, they might provide a tighter fit than the toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, which makes room for big bunions and wide feet.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might provide a bit more support behind the heel than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 due to the implementation of a sturdy external heel counter that also wraps the upper part of the heel and minimizes heel rotation.

All in all, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has a much more supportive upper than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might provide a better fit and more support around the heel than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 differ quite a bit due to the implementation of a Wave Plate that runs from heel to midfoot in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The Wave Plate in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is meant to deliver pronation control and shock absorption at heel-strike.

The heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is somewhat comparable to that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 by having GEL cushioning to deliver shock absorption.

The GEL lies between two layers of foam of which the bottom layer is more responsive than the top layer, which delivers somewhat softer cushioning.

Because of the mixture of soft and firm foam in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, the heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 turns out to be on the moderate to somewhat firm side.

This is in sharp contrast to the heel of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, which has been found to be quite cushy, so the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 would be a more suitable running shoe for heel-strikers.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has one layer of foam in its forefoot just like the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, and both running shoes tend to deliver a good amount of cushioning in the forefoot.

Therefore, while your ride should feel overall cushy in both running shoes, it would be overall cushier in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 than it would be in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with a support system on the medial side to control pronation.

This support system includes a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole to deliver midfoot integrity and support.

While the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 does not have a midfoot shank, its Wave Plate serves partially as a midfoot shank.

When you take the external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and combine it with its midsole support, it might turn out to offer almost as much support as the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 does with its Wave Plate.

However, the overall more supportive upper of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 would give it some extra points in stability and support.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 are similar in that they separate the forefoot from the heel at the midfoot.

Both running shoes have crash sections under the heel to isolate impact and absorb shock, and both running shoes have three flex grooves in the forefoot that do not all run from side to side.

The main difference between the outsoles is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with a vertical flex groove that is meant to help with gait efficiency.

In terms of flexibility, both running shoes deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning and do not have a lot of flex grooves to greatly benefit flexibility, so they both tend to be on the stiff side.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.9 oz (337 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 being the lighter one.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 were created with different goals in mind. While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is geared towards comfort, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is geared towards support and cushiness.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has an overall more supportive upper, delivers comfort in the toe box, and can give you an overall softer ride.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is good for runners who want comfort and a closer-to-foot fit, a good amount of support around the heel, and a good amount of forefoot cushioning.

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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