Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 vs. Saucony Guide 9 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is a high performance stabililty running shoe in a very lightweight package. Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Saucony Guide 9 can be seen as each other's counterparts. Both are lightweight and supply a good amount of stability to moderate overpronators.

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While the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 comes with a minimum amount of overlays in its upper, they are well placed to provide enough support to overpronators where they need it most.

In addition, the overlays of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 are stitched-on, which should increase the amount of support provided.

The Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also comes with stitched-on overlays, but these are located mainly on the medial side of the upper and at the back of the shoe. The lateral side has no-sew overlays to keep things light and to reduce irritation.

The toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is quite open and free, so should provide comfort to runners who have large bunions.

All in all, you should be able to get enough support and comfort from the upper of either running shoe.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Saucony Guide 9 are meant to provide stability and support instead of lots of cushioning.

Having said that, running shoe lab tests still show that the Saucony Guide 9 is quite cushy when compared with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

For women, the heel of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 might feel a bit firm, while it provides a good amount of forefoot cushioning but not as much as the Saucony Guide 9 does.

The Saucony Guide 9 has a very cushy forefoot for women and the amount of heel cushioning is way above average.

Men will get an average amount of heel cushioning from the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 along with an above average amount of forefoot cushioning but still not as much as the Saucony Guide 9 provides.

The Saucony Guide 9 provides an amount of cushioning that is almost to the max for men.

So all in all, if you are looking for a very soft ride from a stability running shoe, the Saucony Guide 9 would definitely fit the bill.

What is on par between the two running shoes, according to running shoe lab tests, is the amount of stability provided. Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Saucony Guide 9 provide lots of stability and support.

The stability and support come from the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 that fans out into two waves and two parts on the medial side of the midsole. It also functions as a midfoot shank to increase the amount of support under the midfoot.

In the Saucony Guide 9, there is a long medial post on the medial side of the midsole that controls overpronation. This is coupled with a crash pad on the lateral side to first slow down movement and then stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

Running shoe lab tests rate both running shoes as being highly stable, but the Saucony Guide 9 sticks out a bit more in stability than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 does.

The outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Saucony Guide 9 are well separated for shock absorption and dissipation. However, the outsole of the Saucony Guide 9 is a bit more separated than that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

This should benefit the smoothness of your ride. What should also benefit the smoothness is the fact that the Saucony Guide 9 provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

However, because the Saucony Guide 9 provides so much forefoot cushioning, it turns out to be on the stiff side for both men and women, according to running shoe lab tests.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is a bit more flexible than the Saucony Guide 9 for men and very flexible for women.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams), while the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Saucony Guide 9 for men weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support, you could choose either the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 or the Saucony Guide 9.

However, if you are after cushoining plus stability, you may want to consider the Saucony Guide 9 more than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11. For lightness, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 would be the one to go with.

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: Mizuno | Saucony

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