Saucony Guide 9 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 review

Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to runners. Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is a well-cushioned stability running shoe in a lightweight package.

NEW! Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Saucony Guide 10

The Saucony Guide 9 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 can be said to be each other's counterparts. Both are lightweight and supply a good amount of stability to moderate overpronators who are not very heavy.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 look alike in that they both have very few overlays and a rather open forefoot.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides a good amount of support around the midfoot and the heel without having too many overlays in that area.

The Saucony Guide 9 provides most of its supportive overlays on the medial side where overpronators need the most support.

In that respect, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com provides a more evenly distributed amount of support than the Saucony Guide 9.

The Saucony Guide 9 has no-sew overlays on its lateral side and running over its toe box to provide extra structure and support.

The toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is overlay-free, except for the stitched-on piece at the front, and the bunion window is quite open to provide a more comfortable fit.

All in all, both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provide enough support in all the right places, and try to increase your comfort especially in the front part of the shoes.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Guide 9 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles, but the midsoles are constructed in a different way.

The main difference is the fact that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a Wave Plate running through its midsole to not only provide extra shock absorption, but also pronation control to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Saucony Guide 9 has a more traditional medial post in a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the shoe. One method of pronation control is not better than the other; you just need to find out which one works best for you.

The Saucony Guide 9 also has a more traditional crash pad under the heel to soften your landings.

As far as the amount of cushioning goes, running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Guide 9 is overall more cushy than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

The difference in heel cushioning is bigger in the men's versions of the shoes than in the women's versions, but the the amount of forefoot cushioning in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is almost as much as it is in the Saucony Guide 9 for men.

For women, the cushioning profiles look similar with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 lagging just a little behind in its amount of heel cushioning and forefoot cushioning.

All in all, the Saucony Guide 9 is a quite cushy running shoe, and particularly well-suited to heel-strikers.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit with the Saucony Guide 9 displaying a large degree of separation for good shock absorption that will help give you a smoother ride.

The Saucony Guide 9 also provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, since it has no midfoot shank. This helps increase the stability of the running shoe as well as adds to the smoothness of your ride.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a more traditional outsole with the Wave Plate serving as a midfoot shank that separates the rearfoot and the forefoot.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has large rubber compartments with smaller cuts in them and just two main flex grooves as opposed to the five zigzag flex grooves in the Saucony Guide 9.

This could affect the flexibility of the shoe. However, running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Saucony Guide 9 are almost equally flexible or stiff for both genders.

Both running shoes are quite stiff for men and somewhat more flexible for women.

The women's Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Guide 9 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.8 oz (306 grams) and 10.0 oz (283 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Guide 9 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for a running shoe that provides tons of support and stability without being a motion control running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Guide 9 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, since both are very supportive.

However, if you want an overall soft ride in addition to lots of support, whether you are a man or a women, the Saucony Guide 9 may suit you better than 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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