Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides tons of stability and support with good cushioning. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 delivers tons of stability and a soft ride in a lightweight shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are both stability running shoes with the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 expected to serve heavier runners and provide slightly more support than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

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Support starts in the upper where both running shoes have supportive overlays wrapping the midfoot.

However, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has more overlays than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, and the overlays on the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 wrap both the midfoot and the heel.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a minimum amount of overlays but provides enough support in all the right places where overpronators would need support.

The toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is also more open and free than that of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, which has its midfoot overlays running more forward than those on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

At the back of the shoes, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has an external heel counter that cups the heel well to provide support behind the heel, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 comes with supportive stitched-on overlays for added support.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 comes with one main layer of foam and softer foam as a top layer and as a heel insert. This really allows the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 to give runners a plush running experience.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 also comes with one main layer of foam and then there is a Wave Plate and second layer of foam in the heel.

The Wave Plate offers shock absorption at heel-strike and also helps stop your foot from rolling too far inward, since it fans out into two parts and two waves on the medial side of the midsole. It also functions partially as a midfoot shank.

The softer foam in the heel of the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provides shock absorption at heel-strike, while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 has a long piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to provide pronation control.

Whether the Wave Plate or a medial post is better for pronation control is debatable, however, the use of a medial post as in the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is the more tradional way to control overpronation.

Running shoe lab tests do not show huge differences between the amount of stability and support provided by the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2, but the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 leads just a tiny bit.

The same goes for the amount of cushioning provided to men. The amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in both running shoes with them having a very cushy forefoot, while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 provides just a tad more heel cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for men.

However, for women, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 turns out to be the more cushy running shoe of the two in both the heel and the forefoot. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 lags behind but is still overall quite cushy for women.

In terms of flexibility, both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 are found to be on the stiff side, especially for men, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 displays a little bit more flexibility than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for women.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are quite different and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 tends to provide more ground contact and a larger degree of separation than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

Therefore, you can expect to get smoother heel-to-toe transitions from the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 than from the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

Both the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 are very stable running shoes. They are also both relatively light when compared to other stability running shoes.

So if you are looking to get both a soft ride and a good amount of stability and support from a running shoe, you could choose either the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

However, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is more likely to provide you with a softer and smoother ride and also a bit more stability and support 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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This review falls under: Mizuno | Saucony

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