Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 vs. Saucony Guide ISO review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 provides a secure and stable ride with lots of cushioning. Saucony Guide ISO provides lots of stability and support to moderate overpronators...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Saucony Guide ISO are comparable stability running shoes for runners who moderately overpronate.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Guide ISO are quite different in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has more stitches in its upper and therefore also delivers more support around the midfoot than the Saucony Guide ISO.

The Saucony Guide ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no-sew overlays around the midfoot, some of which connect the saddle to the midsole, so it does deliver a good amount of support around the midfoot but not as much as the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, which has the Mizuno logo as a stitched-on overlay connecting the saddle to the midsole and other no-sew overlays that cover the midfoot well.

The support delivered by the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 continues around the heel and to the back of the running shoe.

The Saucony Guide ISO has more lightweight overlays around the heel than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14. The same thing goes for the toecap at the front.

The toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is also more open and free from overlays than that of the Saucony Guide ISO.

The Saucony Guide ISO has no-sew overlays running along the upper edge of the midsole around the toe box, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 does not, so the latter is less constricted than the former.

All in all, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 provides a bit more support through its upper than the Saucony Guide ISO and might also feel a bit more comfortable in the toe box.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Saucony Guide ISO are meant to deliver a good amount of stability and a good amount of cushioning through their midsoles.

Stability comes in the form of a Wave Plate in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, while the Saucony Guide ISO has a traditional medial post to control overpronation.

The good thing about the Wave Plate in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is that it not only delivers pronation control to help stop your feet from rolling too far inward, but it also provides a good amount of shock absorption, which in the end helps the running shoe feel cushier.

The Saucony Guide ISO comes with an extra layer of cushioning on top of its midsole to increase softness when you are going through the gait cycle.

According to lab tests, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has a very cushy heel for both men and women so is suitable for heel-strikers.

The Saucony Guide ISO, on the other hand, provides a below average amount of heel cushioning to men and women so could feel firm to some runners.

Both running shoes deliver an above average amount of forefoot cushioning, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivering somewhat more to men, and the Saucony Guide ISO to women.

The conclusion is that you should be able to get an overall soft ride from the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, and that the Saucony Guide ISO has a cushy forefoot.

In terms of stability and support, both running shoes deliver an above average amount, but lab tests place the Saucony Guide ISO slightly higher than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

However, the amount of support is in a similar range and not too far from each other.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 having its Wave Plate also serving as a midfoot shank, and the Saucony Guide ISO delivering full ground contact under the midfoot.

The Saucony Guide ISO also has more flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and displays a bit more separation.

Nonetheless, lab tests have found both running shoes to be on the stiff side, with the Saucony Guide ISO being a bit more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for men, and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 being a bit more flexible than the Saucony Guide ISO for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide ISO weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 being the slightly lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support as well as a soft ride, you might want to look into the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 before you look into the Saucony Guide ISO.

The Saucony Guide ISO and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 are almost on par where stability and support is concerned, but the Saucony Guide ISO has a cushy forefoot and might give you smoother rides, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is overall cushy and provides a more secure fit.

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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