Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 vs. Brooks Ravenna 8 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 provides a secure and stable ride with good cushioning. Brooks Ravenna 8 provides comfort and cushioning to moderate overpronators.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 are stability running shoes that are geared toward moderate overpronators.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that both come with a forefoot that is quite open and free of overlays.

This means that they can both provide more room to large bunions and that there would be a smaller chance of irritation, if not at all.

The amount of support around the midfoot of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes in the form of the Mizuno logo, which connects the saddle to the midsole.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 also has the Brooks logo to keep the mesh together, but the real support comes from the strap that runs from the top of the saddle to the bottom of the heel.

So one could say that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 provides support that is centered around the midfoot, while the Brooks Ravenna 8 provides support that is centered more toward the back of the running shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 also comes with additional stitched-on overlays that wrap the heel, so you also get a good amount of support in that area.

All in all, the Brooks Ravenna 8 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 are very much alike in what they provide through their upper, with the minor difference that the amount of support provided is more evenly distributed on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 than on the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Both running shoes should be able to provide an adequate amount of support to overpronators through their uppers, though.

The midsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit in the way they are constructed.

The main difference is caused by the fact that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 comes with a Wave Plate that expands in two waves and two parts on the medial side to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The Wave Plate also provides extra shock absorption.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with a more traditional method of pronation control through the use of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole.

In terms of stability and support, running shoe lab tests typically rate the Mizuno Wave Inspire as providing a great amount of stability, while the Brooks Ravenna 8 is rated much lower, which is surprising, because the Brooks Ravenna has always been a quite stable running shoe until version 8 came out.

The amount of cushioning is moderate in the Brooks Ravenna 8, which makes it a good running shoe for runners who want a more responsive ride.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire tends to provide a good amount of cushioning to runners and somewhat more than the Brooks Ravenna 8.

Overall, the Brooks Ravenna 8 provides a bit more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13, especially under the midfoot where it has a transition zone to provide runners with faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 has a separation between its forefoot and its heel due to the Wave Plate functioning as a midfoot shank.

So in terms of a smoother ride, the Brooks Ravenna 8 might provide somewhat better heel-to-toe transitions than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different.

The Brooks Ravenna 8 comes with more flex grooves in its forefoot than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13, but it still turns out to be somewhat stiff for men, while it is quite flexible for women.

The lack of lots of flex grooves in the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 together with the stiffness added by the Wave Plate typically makes the Mizuno Wave Inspire a running shoe that falls on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for women weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ravenna 8 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 are running shoes that offer a lot of the same in their uppers.

However, for a slightly more stable ride, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13, and if you want a smoother ride, the Brooks Ravenna 8 might be the one to turn to first.

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: Brooks | Mizuno

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