Brooks Ravenna 5 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 is the lightest moderate stability shoe on the market. Brooks Ravenna 5 is also a moderate stability shoe that was built with performance in mind.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 5 fall in the same category of mild stability running shoes, so are perfect for runners who do not need a whole lot of stability, but still a good dose of it.


Because these two running shoes are made by two different manufacturers with entirely different philosophies about running shoes, these shoes are expected to differ considerably.

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 is quite light with a minimal amount of overlays. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 has Dynamotion Fit technology in its upper to move, twist, stretch, and bend with each step you take. It provides you with a snug fit that still allows you to move freely without bunching, pulling, or sliding.

The Brooks Ravenna 5 has more overlays than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 in addition to an adjustable band to securely keep your foot locked down on the platform.

The shoe you decide to go with depends on how tight you want the upper to feel around your foot. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 should feel overall closer to the foot, yet provide you with enough room to move your feet around, since its upper is stretchy.

The midsoles of the two runnings shoes also differ considerably in their stability and cushioning features. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 uses Mizuno Wave technology to provide stability and support. It has a Wave Plate in its midsole, which is a light piece of plastic that fans out into two parts on the medial side of the shoe to stop overpronation.

The advantage of the using a plate is that it is light and does not break down over time like foam. The Wave plate is meant to center your foot, progressively provide support as your foot rolls in, and disperse shock. The Brooks Ravenna 5 has a traditional medial post to stop overpronation and a segmented crash pad to provide a soft landing and absorb shock.

The Brooks Ravenna 5 implements full-length BioMoGo DNA in its midsole for cushioning, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 uses lightweight and durable cushioning named U4ic. While the cushioning is softer both in the heel and the forefoot of the Brooks Ravenna 5, the cushioning in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 does not lag too far behind – it has just the right amount for a stability shoe.

The outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 5 also differ considerably in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 has a separation between the forefoot and the heel, while the Brooks Ravenna touches the ground at midfoot level.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 has durable rubber in the heel and blown rubber in the forefoot. And the lateral side of the forefoot has been specifically designed for a smooth touchdown and transition to toe-off. Such a zone is absent in the Brooks Ravenna 5, which has a more traditional forefoot rubber layout.

Because of the deep flex grooves in the blown rubber in the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10, you not only get extra cushioning from the rubber, but it also keeps the forefoot very flexible. This makes the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 more flexible in the forefoot than the Brooks Ravenna 5.

Both running shoes should provide you with a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off. The Brooks Ravenna 5 uses the crash pad under the heel, rubber lug segmentation, and full ground contact to achieve this, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 implements SmoothRide engineering with flex grooves and flex controllers to smoothly propel you forward.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 5 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 for women weighs approximately 7.4 oz (210 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 5 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 for men weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

If you are a runner of a small to medium build looking for a very light stability running shoe that is very flexible and that provides you with enough support and cushioning for fast runs, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 is worth looking into.

If you are looking for a little bit more cushioning, stability, and are not looking for a lot of flexibility in a running shoe but expect it to perform well, then the Brooks Ravenna 5 could be the one for you.

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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