Saucony Guide 10 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 review

Saucony Guide 10 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to overpronators. Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides tons of stability and support with good cushioning.

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The Saucony Guide 10 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 fall in the stability category of running shoes and can be seen as each other's counterparts.

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While the upper of the Saucony Guide 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not have visible stitches in it, the upper of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 comes with quite a few stitched-on overlays.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com provides a good amount of support around the midfoot but keeps the forefoot pretty open and free of overlays, except for the overlay at the front.

The Saucony Guide 10 has lightweight no-sew overlays all over its upper and comes with mesh that also provides some structure.

The bunion window is quite open in both running shoes, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides more space in that area than the Saucony guide 10, which still has some overlays covering it.

Overall, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 should provide a more secure fit than the Saucony Guide 10, but the Saucony Guide 10 should feel comfortable and not cause many or any irritation points.

While both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Guide 10 are stability running shoes, they do provide a good amount of cushioning to overpronators.

Running shoe lab tests show that women should be able to get a large amount of forefoot cushioning from both running shoes. The Saucony Guide 10, in particular, provides almost a maximum amount of forefoot cushioning and a bit more than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

The amount of heel cushioning is a bit less than the amount of forefoot cushioning in both running shoes but still falls above an average amount. In addition, the amount of heel cushioning comes close to each other, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides just a tiny bit more than the Saucony Guide 10.

Overall, the cushioning profiles do not differ that much between the female versions of the running shoes. This cannot be said of the men's versions of the shoes.

In the men's case, the Saucony Guide 10 provides a lot of forefoot and heel cushioning. In fact, the amount is almost to the max.

While the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 also provide almost a maximum amount of forefoot cushioning to men, the amount of heel cushioning it provides is much less than that provided by the Saucony Guide 10. It falls above average, though.

The method of providing pronation control differs a bit in the two running shoes.

The Saucony Guide 10 uses a traditional medial post to control overpronation, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 uses a Wave Plate that fans out into two sections and two waves on the medial side.

The method of providing pronation control should be effective in both running shoes because running shoe lab tests rate both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Guide 10 as being very stable running shoes although they place the Saucony Guide 10 a notch above the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 in terms of stability.

Where the Saucony Guide 10 also wins is in the flexibility department.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 turns out to be on the stiff side for both men and women, while the Saucony Guide 10 displays an average amount of flexibility.

This is probably due to the fact that the Saucony Guide 10 has a good amount of deep flex grooves, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 only comes with two in its forefoot.

The outsole of the Saucony Guide 10 displays overall more separation than that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, which should benefit shock dissipation and in turn the smoothness of your ride.

The large amount of ground contact provided by the Saucony Guide 10 should also encourage smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The Saucony Guide 10 does not come with a midfoot shank, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 uses part of its Wave Plate as a midfoot shank, which prevents it from touching the ground under the midfoot but provides extra support there.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the Saucony Guide 10 for women also weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the Saucony Guide 10 for men weighs 10.1 oz (286 grams).

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Guide 10 are relatively lightweight running shoes for the amount of stability and support they provide.

If you are an overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support, you could go with either the Saucony Guide 10 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

For a slightly more stable and smoother ride, you may want to look into the Saucony Guide 10 before you consider 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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