Mizuno Wave Rider 21 vs. Saucony Ride 10 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 delivers a responsive ride with a secure yet comfortable fit. Saucony Ride 10 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners...

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 and the Saucony Ride 10 are neutral cushioning running shoes that can be said to be comparable and are for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 10 also look very much alike in the way they deliver support.

Both the Saucony Ride 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 have a forefoot that is wide open and free from overlays, except for a stitched-on (Mizuno Wave Rider 21) or no-sew (Saucony Ride 10) toecap at the front.

Both running shoes also come with no-sew overlays around the midfoot and the heel.

The main difference is that while both running shoes display a logo around the midfoot, the logo of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 connects the saddle to the midsole and therefore delivers a bit more support than that of the Saucony Ride 10.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 also uses more stitches in its upper than the Saucony Ride 10, which is almost completely seamless, so the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 might also turn out to be a bit more durable.

However, you should be able to get a similar amount of comfort from either running shoe.

The midsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 and the Saucony Ride 10 differ quite a bit due to the use of a Wave Plate in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21.

This Wave Plate delivers mostly shock absorption and some degree of stability.

The Saucony Ride 10 comes with an all-in-one midsole and a topsole of extra cushioning.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 is much more stable than the Saucony Ride 10, with the former delivering an above average amount of stability and the latter a below average amount.

While the Saucony Ride 10 has an extra layer of cushioning, it does not automatically turn out to be cushier than the Mizuno Wave Rider 21.

Both running shoes deliver about the same amount of forefoot cushioning to men, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 delivers more heel cushioning to men than the Saucony Ride 10 does.

Women get a bit more forefoot cushioning from the Saucony Ride 10 than from the Mizuno Wave Rider 21, according to running shoe lab test results.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 delivers much more heel cushioning to women than the Saucony Ride 10 does.

Because both running shoes deliver an above average amount of cushioning, they can be said to be cushy running shoes, but because the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 delivers almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning to both men and women, it might be more suitable for heel-strikers.

The amount of forefoot cushioning does not differ that much between the two running shoes, so both should feel responsive to runners.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, with the Saucony Ride 10 allowing for more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Rider 21, which has its Wave Plate also functioning as a midfoot shank.

The outsole of the Saucony Ride 10 also has wider and more flex grooves than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21.

This could be the reason why the Saucony Ride 10 is moderately flexible for both men and women, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 turns out to be stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (233 grams), and the Saucony Ride 10 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.3 oz (292 grams) and 9.9 oz (281 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 10 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a cushy ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Saucony Ride 10 or the Mizuno Wave Rider 21.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 is good for heel-strikers and those wanting a bit more stability as a neutral runner.

The Saucony Ride 10 is good for runners who are looking for a somewhat smoother and more flexible ride.

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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