Mizuno Wave Rider 19 vs. Saucony Ride 9 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package. Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners...

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Saucony Ride 9 are both neutral running shoes that are geared toward runners who are looking for cushioning but no stability and support. These two running shoes stack up well against each other, as you will soon see.

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The upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differs from that of the Saucony Ride 9 in that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a minimum amount of overlays.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes with a stitched-on overlay as the Mizuno logo on both sides of the midfoot. This gives runners a good wrap and hold at the midfoot.

Other than that, except for a stitched-on piece at the front, the upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is pretty open and free, which helps achieve comfort.

The Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, on the other hand, has a good amount of no-sew overlays in its forefoot and around the midfoot. And then at the back, it has stitched-on overlays wrapping the heel to increase the amount of support.

Because the bunion window of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is more open and free than that of the Saucony Ride 9, it may feel more comfortable to runners who have large bunions.

Overall, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 provides a discrete amount of support but this support is located just where runners need it.

The upper of the Saucony Ride 9 is somewhat more supportive and may also provide a somewhat tighter fit.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Saucony Ride 9 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

They also both have one main layer of foam, but unlike the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, the Saucony Ride 9 comes with an extra top layer of softer foam just under the sockliner.

The heel of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 consists of two layers of foam with a Wave Plate between them. This Wave Plate helps absorb shock but also has a stabilizing effect on the heel.

The Saucony Ride 9 only has a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings.

So all in all, one can see the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 as being a bit more stable than the Saucony Ride 9 even though the Saucony Ride 9 provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The ground contact of the Saucony Ride 9 may help with providing smoother transitions from heel to toe.

As far as cushioning goes, the Saucony Ride 9 turns out to be the more cushy running shoe of the two for women. However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does not lag far behind.

It has just a tiny bit less heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 9 but cannot tip the amount of forefoot cushioning provided by the Saucony Ride 9 despite it being quite cushy.

For men, the cushioning profiles come closer to each other with the Saucony Ride 9 having just a tiny bit more forefoot cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 having just a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 9. Both are overall very cushy running shoes for men.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit in configuration and layout with the Saucony Ride 9 displaying wider flex grooves and a bit more separation than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

However, this does not help with the flexibility of the shoe because running shoe lab tests indicate that both running shoes are quite stiff for both men and women. The Saucony Ride 9 is just a tad more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for both genders.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams) and the Saucony Ride 9 for women also weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men also weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking to get a very soft ride from a lightweight running shoe, you could go with either the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 or the Saucony Ride 9 because both come very close to the softness they provide.

And if you want to add a touch of stability to your runs, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 more than the Saucony Ride 9.

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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