Brooks Ravenna 6 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 review

Brooks Ravenna 6 offers moderate overpronators a stable and well-cushioned platform to run on. Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 provides lots of stability in a lightweight package...

NEW! Brooks Ravenna 7 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and Brooks Ravenna 8 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 13

The Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 fall in the same category of moderate stability running shoes, so are perfect for runners who do not need a whole lot of stability, but still a good dose of it.

ADVERTISEMENTS

The uppers of the Brooks Ravenna 6 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 differ in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has the Mizuno logo connecting the saddle to the midsole, whereas the Brooks Ravenna 6 has no-sew overlays in that area.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 also has extra stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe where support tends to be needed most and a broader no-sew overlay on the lateral side of the shoe.

The amount of overlays have been kept to a minimum on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and added only on those places where they are needed, so that you get support where you need it most.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 has mostly no-sew overlays running its upper with very light welded-on overlays on the toe box. All other overlays are located more towards the back of the shoe including an adjustable band that connects the saddle to the midsole to give you a good lockdown around the midfoot.

Both running shoes should feel nice and comfortable on your feet and offer enough support to keep your foot in place. The adjustable band may make the Brooks Ravenna 6 just a tad more supportive, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 definitely does not lag behind in that respect.

The biggest difference between the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Brooks Ravenna 6 can be found in the midsole where they use different mechanisms to control overpronation.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 implements a more traditional medial post to stop your foot from rolling too far inward, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has a Wave Plate in the heel to do that.

The Wave Plate fans out into two parts and two waves on the medial side of the shoe to help control overpronation and stabilize movement.

The Wave Plate also serves as a way to add extra cushioning. However, running shoe lab tests show that while the two running shoes have an almost equal amount of forefoot cushioning for both men and women, the Brooks Ravenna 6 turns out to have a much more cushy heel than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

So if you are a heel-striker, the Brooks Ravenna 6 would suit you better than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 for both men and women.

In addition, the Brooks Ravenna 6 tends to have a more balanced cushioning profile with an almost equal amount of heel and forefoot cushioning, while the cushioning profile of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 tends to be to provide more forefoot cushioning than heel cushioning.

For women in particular, the heel of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 may feel a bit firm.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 has a crash pad under the heel that runs till the center of the midfoot to give you a soft touchdown as well as start slowing down the motion in preparation to transition to toe-off.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 does not have such a crash pad, but the rubber under the shoe is well-segmented to isolate shock not to affect your stride too much.

And the Wave Plate continues running till the midfoot just like the crash pad in the Brooks Ravenna 6, so you have a similar effect.

However, the Brooks Ravenna 6 turns out the provide a bit more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, so may also provide you with a much smoother and stable ride than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ in configuration and setup. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has a good amount of separation going on in its forefoot with deep flex grooves and squarish rubber pods that also have cuts.

The Brooks Ravenna 6 also has good deep flex grooves, but the rubber is cut differently. Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is very flexible for women, but as stiff as the Brooks Ravenna 6 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 for women weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 6 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are looking for a lightweight running shoe that provides lots of support to runners who moderately overpronate, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 might be worth looking into.

And if you do not mind something a bit heavier but that provides loads of stability and support as well as a smooth and overall soft ride, then the Brooks Ravenna 6 would be the one to look into.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Brooks | Mizuno

Disclaimer: This running shoe review on www.motioncontrolrunningshoe.org is based on personal research and analysis of data that has been made publicly available by running shoe manufacturers and other companies that are dedicated to serving runners, and is not claimed to be accurate, complete, or up to date. While the information presented in this review is intended to help you better understand the differences between running shoes, we shall not be held liable for any purchasing decisions you make based on this information. Please use your own good judgment before making a purchase. The owner of this website receives a small compensation whenever you buy a product after clicking a product link on this website. Read our full disclaimer and privacy policy.