Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 vs. Saucony Guide 8 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is a high performance stabililty running shoe in a very lightweight package. Saucony Guide 8 provides a cushy ride with tons of stability and support.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Saucony Guide 8 can be said to be each other's counterparts. Both are lightweight and supply a good amount of stability to moderate overpronators.

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The Saucony Guide 8 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 have very different uppers with the Saucony Guide 8 being the one with the most overlays.

The overlays on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 are placed strategically to keep them to a minimum while still providing you with the support you need as an overpronator.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has a broad no-sew overlay on the lateral side of the shoe that connects the midsole to the saddle. The Mizuno logo does the same.

And then on the medial side, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has two stitched-on overlays and the Mizuno logo to keep your foot firmly planted on the running platform.

The Saucony Guide 8 on the other hand, has sturdy stitched-on overlays wrapping the midfoot with the most overlays being on the medial side of the shoe where you need the most support.

The Saucony Guide 8 also has overlays wrapping the heel to give you a good lockdown in that area. And finally, it has lighter no-sew welded-on overlays running over the toe box to provide more structure and support in that area.

So all in all, you can expect to feel more secure in the Saucony Guide 8 than in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Saucony Guide 8 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning. The main difference in the midsoles lies in the tooling used to control overpronation.

The Saucony Guide 8 starts its pronation control with a well-segmented crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot. This is intended to give you a soft landing as well as start to slow down the process of overpronation.

And as your foot rolls inward, there is a firmer piece of foam on the medial side of the midsole to stop overpronation.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has a Wave Plate in the rearfoot that provides shock absorption at heel strike, stabilizes the foot, and stops overpronation with a double wave on the medial side of the midsole.

Because the midsole of the Saucony Guide 8 is overall thicker and because the Saucony Guide 8 has blown rubber in its forefoot, it turns out to be the more cushy running shoe of the two for both men and women.

But the midsole thickness and softness comes at the price of the running shoe being less flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, despite the good separation and flex grooves in the forefoot of the Saucony Guide 8.

You could also see the thinner midsole of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 as giving you a closer-to-ground feel, so a more responsive, and perhaps also faster ride.

The heel-to-toe drop is also larger in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 than it is in the Saucony Guide 8, so should add to the responsive feel of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Saucony Guide 8 differ in that the Saucony Guide 8 provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, so can be seen as being a little bit more stable and perhaps also providing you with a somewhat smoother ride than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams), while the Saucony Guide 8 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Saucony Guide 8 for men weighs 10.1 oz (286 grams).

While both running shoes are pretty light for their category, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is much lighter.

This combined with a decent amount of cushioning, a comfortable yet supportive upper, and a close-to-ground feel makes the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 a responsive trainer – good for up-tempo runs.

But if you are looking for a very cushy running shoe – especially in the forefoot – that provides tons of stability and support, then the Saucony Guide 8 might be the one for you. And male and female heel-strikers may be better off choosing the Saucony Guide 8 over the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

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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