Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Brooks Ravenna 7 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides a secure and stable ride with good cushioning. Brooks Ravenna 7 strikes a good balance between stabilty, cushioning, and comfort...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are stability running that are comparable so should stack up well against each other.

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The biggest similarity between the upper of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 7 is that both offer support and have overlays running from the midfoot toward the back of the shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 gives you a good wrap around the midfoot and cradles the heel to keep it in place but does so using stitched-on overlays.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does something similar with its no-sew overlays and a band that connects the laces to the midsole halfway toward the back of the shoe and around the heel.

Another similarity is the fact that both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 have a forefoot area that is quite open and free.

But while the Brooks Ravenna 7 has light welded-on overlays running over its toe box, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is free from overlays in that area. However, both should still feel pretty comfortable.

All in all, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 offer a similar amount of support through their uppers.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 7 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 offer heel-to-toe cushioning but do so in different ways.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 consists of one main layer of foam with a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot to soften your landing and then offer a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 also has one main layer of foam that provides cushioning and then in the heel it has a Wave Plate sandwiched between two layers of foam.

The Wave Plate is meant to provide shock absorption similar to the crash pad in the Brooks Ravenna 7 and also pronation control. It runs till the midfoot to also serve as a midfoot shank.

On the medial of the midsole, the plate fans out into two pieces and two waves to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 uses a more traditional method with a post (Diagonal Rollbar) on the medial side to stop your foot from rolling too far inward, but in the end, the effect is the same.

The post in the Brooks Ravenna 7 takes up quite a large area under the heel and is reinforced by a small midfoot shank under the arch.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that the Brooks Ravenna 7 is more stable than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

This is probably due to the fact that the Brooks Ravenna 7 has a well-segmented crash pad in addition to the medial post and offers more ground contact, especially under the midfoot.

As far as softness goes, running shoe lab tests indicate that both running shoes tend to be almost equally cushy for women.

For men, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a super cushy forefoot and way more cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 7, but the Brooks Ravenna 7 has a more cushy heel than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, which offers above average cushioning in its heel.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Ravenna 7 are similar in that they both have large rubber compartments with smaller cuts in them.

However, whereas the Brooks Ravenna 7 has three main flex grooves in its forefoot, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 only has two.

This does not affect the flexibility of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 much, though, since running shoe lab tests have shown that the two running shoes come very close to each other as far as flexibility goes with both falling on the stiff side.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 7 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Brook Ravenna 7 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams) , and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for men weighs 10.8 oz (306 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides a great deal of stability and cushioning for your runs, you could go with either the Brooks Ravenna 7 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

The Brooks Ravenna 7 would suit male heel-strikers and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 would suit male runners who are looking for lots of forefoot cushioning. The differences between the two runnings shoes are minimal for women.

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

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