Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 vs. Brooks Ravenna 9 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 provides a secure and stable ride with lots of cushioning. Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are stability running shoes for runners who need a moderate amount of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 9 differ quite a bit, with the main difference being that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has more overlays than the Brooks Ravenna 9 and those overlays are stitched-on rather than no-sew.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a forefoot and a midfoot that is open and free from overlays, which should increase the amount of comfort you get.

However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is expected to deliver a better wrap around the midfoot and thus also provide more support in that area than the Brooks Ravenna 9.

Most of the support of the Brooks Ravenna 9 lies around the heel where the no-sew overlays are located.

The very front of the Brooks Ravenna 9 is also free from overlays, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has a durable stitched-on overlays at the front.

The same thing applies to the very back of the running shoes.

All in all, the Brooks Ravenna 9 should feel a bit looser and more comfortable than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers an amount of support through its upper that is suitable for overpronators.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 also differ quite a bit due to the fact that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 comes with a Wave Plate that runs from the heel to the midfoot in the midsole.

This device is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward and it also delivers a great deal of shock absorption.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 also comes with a device to control overpronation in the form of a more traditional medial post.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 deliver an above average amount of stability, but the Brooks Ravenna 9 is rated slightly higher than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 wins in the cushioning department by having a very cushy heel and a cushy forefoot.

The amount of forefoot cushioning in the Brooks Ravenna 9 is on the moderate side, meaning that the Brooks Ravenna 9 should be able to deliver a more responsive ride than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The amount of heel cushioning in the Brooks Ravenna 9 lies above average and is more for men than for women.

However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers way more heel cushioning than the Brooks Ravenna 9, especially to women, so if you are a heel-striker, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 might be a better option than the Brooks Ravenna 9.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, especially due to the fact that the Brooks Ravenna 9 has rubber in the form of an X right under the midfoot to deliver faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 9 also has smaller rubber pods, more flex grooves, and displays a greater degree of separation than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, which should all benefit the smoothness of your ride.

So it is not surprising that the Brooks Ravenna 9 turns out to be more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Ravenna 9 is moderately flexible for both men and women, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is considered to be stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 9 weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.8 oz (278 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Ravenna 9 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is good for heel-strikers and those who want an overall soft ride and a secure fit in addition to a good deal of stability and support.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is for those who are looking for a smooth, comfortable, and responsive ride in addition to a good deal of stability.

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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