Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 review

Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 provides tons of support with a good amount of cushioning. ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a very soft ride with a moderate amount of stability...

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 are both stability running shoes with the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 being a motion control running shoe for severe overpronators and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 a running shoe for moderate overpronators.

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Stability starts in the upper, where the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has sturdy stitched-on overlays wrapping the heel and the midfoot, especially on the medial side where overpronators need the most support.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also has overlays wrapping the midfoot, they are no-sew overlays that generally tend to deliver less support than stitched-on overlays.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a stitched-on overlay wrapping the top of the saddle and pulling it toward the midsole and the heel. It also has a sturdy external heel counter at the back.

So one could see the support of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 as being centered more toward the back of the shoe than toward the front.

However, it provides enough support in its upper to keep everything in place. In addition, the mesh provides some extra hold and a more custom fit because it has some structure in it.

The forefoot of both running shoes should feel pretty comfortable because of the minimum amount of overlays on the toe box and bunion windows that are quite open and free.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 differ in construction. This is mainly due to the Wave Plate that runs along the entire length of the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

This Wave Plate fans out into two parts and three waves on the medial side of the midsole to provide runners with a good amount of pronation control. The Wave Plate also has a centering effect and provides shock absorption under the heel.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 uses GEL cushioning and two layers of foam in the heel to provide shock absorption at heel-strike. In addition, the women's version comes with 3 mm of extra height in the heel to take stress off the Achilles tendon, but this also causes the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 to have a very cushy heel for women.

According the running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a much more cushy heel than the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 for women although the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 does not lag far behind. Both have a cushy heel.

It is a similar story for men, but this time the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has a more cushy heel than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

Where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 wins is in the forefoot. While the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has cushioning in the forefoot that is not too soft or too firm, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a very cushy forefoot.

All in all, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 displays a more balanced cushioning profile and is a running shoe that is very cushy for both men and women.

Where it probably lags behind the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is in the amount of support and pronation control it provides.

While it also has a support system in place on the medial side of the midsole to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward, this system does not deliver as much stability and support as the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

While the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 does not have a midfoot shank, the Wave Plate serves as one under the midfoot. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 comes with a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the shoe and offers a good amount of support under the midfoot.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 provides a good amount of ground contact, especially under the midfoot. This ground contact increases the stability of the running shoe and its potential of providing you with a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

The outsoles of the two runnings shoes have lots of rubber under them, which should make them last long.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has more main flex grooves and separation between its rubber compartments than the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2. This should increase its potential of dissipating shock well.

In terms of flexibility, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is the more flexible running shoe of the two. This is mainly because the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 causes it to be on the stiff side depite having some separation in the plate in the forefoot.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 for women weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 12.0 oz (340 grams) and 11.6 oz (329 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator looking for a good amount of stability and support and an overall very soft and plush ride, you may want to look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

And if you are a severe overpronator who needs lots of stability and support, then the Mizuno Wave Paradox would be the one to consider instead of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

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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