Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Saucony Guide 8 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides tons of stability and support with good cushioning. Saucony Guide 8 provides a cushy and smooth ride with tons of stability and support.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 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.

Similarities between the Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Guide 8 start in the upper where both have sturdy stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot on both sides.

In addition, they both have more overlays on the medial side than on the lateral side, since the medial side is where overpronators tend to need the most support.

The Saucony Guide 8 has stitched-on overlays craddling the heel, and so does the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

The big difference in the upper is probably the fact that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a toe box that is free from overlays, while the Saucony Guide 8 has light no-sew overlays running over its toe box.

This could make the toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 feel slightly more comfortable than that of the Saucony Guide 8, but all in all, both provide a good amount of support in their uppers.

The biggest difference between the Saucony Guide 8 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 can be found in the midsole, where the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a Wave Plate running through its midsole.

This plate provides shock absorption as well as pronation control as it flares out into two parts and two waves on the medial side of the midsole.

The Saucony Guide 8 has a more traditional way of providing pronation control through the use of a medial post.

While one cannot say whether one method is better than the other, the traditional method implemented by the Saucony Guide 8 is the one that is trusted the most.

Another difference is that the Saucony Guide 8 has a crash pad under the heel and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does not.

However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 consists of two layers of foam under the heel and the plate also serves to absorb shock.

In terms of cushioning, both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Guide 8 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

Running shoe lab tests show that there is almost no difference between the amount of heel and forefoot cushioning in the two running shoes for men. They both have a very cushy forefoot and an above average amount of cushioning in the heel.

For women, there are very small differences to be noted in the amount of cushioning provided by the two running shoes with the Saucony Guide 8 being the more cushy one in both the heel and the forefoot.

Overall, they both display a pretty balanced cushioning profile with above average cushioning.

Another distinction point between the Saucony Guide 8 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 lies in the outsole where they look different.

While the Saucony Guide 8 has more flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, they do not run as efficiently from side to side to benefit flexibility a whole lot.

Both running shoes turn out to be equally flexible or stiff according to running shoe lab tests with the Saucony Guide 8 being just a tad more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for women.

Other than that, they have a good amount of separation in their outsoles for shock absorption and dissipation.

However, the Saucony Guide 8 shows a bit more separation than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and provides slightly more ground contact, so the Saucony Guide 8 is the one that might be able to give you a smoother ride.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Saucony Guide 8 for women also weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the Saucony Guide 8 for men weighs 10.1 oz (286 grams).

Other than the method used for pronation control, there aren't many or huge differences between the Saucony Guide 8 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

So if you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a supportive running shoe that can not only give you a soft ride but also the stability required, then you could choose either the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 or the Saucony Guide 8.

Bear in mind, though, that the Saucony Guide 8 may provide a somewhat smoother and more stable ride than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

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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