Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 vs. Saucony Guide 10 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 provides a secure and stable ride with good cushioning. Saucony Guide 10 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Saucony Guide 10 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators and are comparable.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Guide 10 differ in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 implements stitched-on overlays around the midfoot, while the Saucony Guide 10 does not come with many stitches in its upper.

Stitched-on overlays are more supportive and durable, but no-sew overlays offer more comfort. However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 restricts its use of stitched-on overlays to the midfoot, heel, and toecap, thereby opening up the forefoot for comfort.

The Saucony Guide 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com implements quite a bit of no-sew overlays in its entire upper, but they have been kept light, especially in the forefoot, so you should still be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of the Saucony Guide 10.

The stitched-on overlays on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 wrap the heel well at the back of the running shoe, which seems to be a better setup to provide support behind the heel.

All in all, you might be able to get a bit more support from the upper of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 starting from the midfoot toward the back, but the Saucony Guide 10 provides a better distribution of the amount of support you get throughout its entire upper.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Saucony Guide 10 are meant to provide runners with a good amount of support but also a good amount of cushioning.

There midsoles differ quite a bit but in the end arrive at similar results.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 comes with a Wave Plate in its midsole that fans out into two waves and two parts on the medial side of the midsole.

According to running shoe lab tests, this setup delivers an above average amount of stability and support.

However, the more traditional implementation in the midsole of the Saucony Guide 10 is a bit superior, according to running shoe lab tests.

While the difference is not big, the Saucony Guide 10 is seen as the more stable running shoe.

This is probably because the medial post that helps stop your foot from rolling too far inward is quite long and runs high. In addition, the Saucony Guide 10 provides a good amount of ground contact, which contributes to the stability of the running shoe as well as the smoothness of your ride.

In terms of cushioning, both running shoes provide an above average amount in the heel and in the forefoot.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that the Saucony Guide 10 provides almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot to men. This amount is difficult for the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 to compete with.

The running shoes tend to display smaller differences in cushioning for women.

The outsoles of the Saucony Guide 10 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 look quite different.

The Saucony Guide 10 displays a larger degree of separation with lots of flex grooves in the forefoot.

The Wave Plate in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 adds some stiffness to the running shoe, so it is not surprising that the Saucony Guide 10 would be more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 10 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for women weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Guide 10 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a very supportive running shoe that also provides a soft ride, you could choose either the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 or the Saucony Guide 10, thereby keeping in mind that the Saucony Guide 10 might provide an overall softer ride to men than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13.

The differences between the Saucony Guide 10 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 are not big, but the Saucony Guide 10 stands out in terms of stability, flexibility, weight, and comfort.

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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