Mizuno Wave Rider 20 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 20 delivers a responsive ride in a lightweight package. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators...

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 being for neutral runners and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for overpronators, although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 can also be worn by neutal runners, according to ASICS.

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The uppers of both the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 have been kept light with a minimum amount of overlays.

However, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com implements mostly no-sew overlays in its upper, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 comes with stitched-on overlays.

Both running shoes have kept the forefoot quite open and free from overlays so should be able to offer a great deal of comfort in that area.

One big difference between the uppers of these two running shoes is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides a lot of support behind the heel through the use of an external heel counter, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 just comes with a small stitched-on piece to show the Mizuno logo at the back.

All in all, one could say that the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 offers more durable support around the midfoot, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 offers a good amount of support at the back of the running shoe.

Because both the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 can be worn by neutral runners, they are supposed to offer a good amount of cushioning.

While their midsoles differ in construction, running shoe lab tests show that there aren't huge differences to be noted between their cushioning profiles.

Men can expect to get an above average amount of cushioning from either running shoe, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 giving a bit more forefoot cushioning and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 a bit more heel cushioning. Your ride should be soft either way.

Women can also expect to get an above average amount of cushioning from either running shoe, with both providing an equal amount of forefoot cushioning and a lot of heel cushioning.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 provides a maximum amount of heel cushioning to women and exceeds the amount of heel cushioning provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

The conclusion is that whether you choose to run in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 or in the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, your ride should be soft either way.

The big difference between the midsoles is apparent in the amount of stability delivered.

Running shoe lab tests rate the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 as providing an above average amount of stability and much more stability than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, which delivers a below average amount.

The latter should not matter to neutral runners who are not looking for stability anyway.

In addition, they still get a bit of stability from the Wave Plate in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, which also partially functions as a midfoot shank.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are similar in that the forefoot is separated from the heel via a midfoot shank, so neither running shoe offers full ground contact.

In addition, both come with large areas of rubber in their outsoles, although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 has more flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are quite flexible, according to running shoe lab test results.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is just a tiny bit more flexible for men, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is a bit more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 for women.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 weighs about 8.3 oz (235 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.3 oz (292 grams) and 11.5 oz (326 grams), respectively, with the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, thereby keeping in mind that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 serves multiple types of runners, including moderate overpronators.

And if you are a mild to moderate overpronator, you could look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, because the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 does not offer enough support or correction for overpronation.

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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This review falls under: ASICS | Mizuno

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