Saucony Hurricane ISO vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 review

Saucony Hurricane ISO provides tons of stability with a very cushy forefoot. Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is a high performance stabililty running shoe in a very lightweight package.

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The Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 are stability running shoes that provide lots of stability and support, but then in different degrees and ways.

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The uppers of the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 are very different.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 barely has any overlays, but still provides a good amount of support around the midfoot by connecting the Mizuno logo from the saddle to the midsole.

In addition, there are broad no-sew overlays doing the same as the logo, so you should be able to get a good lockdown around the midfoot.

The Saucony Hurricane ISO also gives you a good lockdown around the midfoot, but does so with slightly more sturdy and broader overlays that hug the midfoot around sock-like mesh.

Both running shoes have a toe box that is open or that has very light overlays running over it. The shoes differ at the back with the Saucony Hurricane ISO having a Support Frame that cups the heel well and locks it down. However, you should still get plenty of support from the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 behind the heel.

All in all, the Saucony Hurricane ISO turns out to have an upper that is a bit more supportive than that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 provides enough support in all the right places without going overboard.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Saucony Hurricane ISO have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning and they tend to display a very similar pattern for their cushioning profile.

The main difference between the midsoles of the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is the mechanisms used to control overpronation and provide impact protection at heel-strike.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 uses a Wave Plate in the heel that runs till the midfoot to provide both mechanisms. The Wave Plate fans out into two waves and two pieces on the medial side to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

For the latter, the Saucony Hurricane ISO implements a traditional piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole. This medial post is quite long and goes quite high, as a good indication of the amount of pronation control provided by the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

And for impact protection at heel-strike, the Saucony Hurricane ISO has a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Saucony Hurricane ISO and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 tend to have heel cushioning that is a bit on the firm side, especially for women.

For men, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 turns out to have a more cushy heel than the Saucony Hurricane ISO, but not by a whole lot.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is on the high end in the Saucony Hurricane ISO for both men and women with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 having above average forefoot cushioning, but still lagging behind the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

Because both running shoes offer a good connection between the rearfoot and forefoot areas, they both have the potential to provide you with a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

But because the Saucony Hurricane ISO offers more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 including under the midfoot, it has the ability to increase that smoothness in transition more so than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 can.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ due to the amount of ground contact provided. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 generally displays less separation between its rubber compartments and has generally larger rubber compartments than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

But because the flex grooves in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 run from side to side, while those in the Saucony Hurricane ISO have a fan-shape that generally does benefit flexibility, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is the more flexible running shoe of the two with the Saucony Hurricane ISO having an average amount of stiffness for women.

However, for men, both running shoes turn out to be quite stiff with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 being just a bit more flexible than the Saucony Hurricane ISO.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams), while the Saucony Hurricane ISO for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Saucony Hurricane ISO for men weighs 10.6 oz (301 grams).

If you are an overpronator looking for lots of support and stability from a running shoe, either the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 or the Saucony Hurricane ISO could give you what you are looking for.

However, if you are tending towards the severe side of overpronation, you may want to look into the Saucony Hurricane ISO more than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, since it is the more stable and supportive running shoe of the two.

And finally, if you want something lighter, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 would be the one to go with, while if you want a smooth ride with a very cushy forefoot, the Saucony Hurricane ISO could be the one for you.

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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