Saucony Ride 10 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 review

Saucony Ride 10 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 delivers a responsive ride in a lightweight package.

The Saucony Ride 10 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the Saucony Ride 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 resemble each other quite a bit in what they provide.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 10 have a toe box that is free of overlays thanks to the type of mesh used.

This allows both running shoes to provide runners with quite a bit of comfort in the toe box.

Both the Saucony Ride 10 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 come with light support around the midfoot.

The Saucony Ride 10 implements light no-sew overlays, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 uses the Mizuno logo to connect the saddle to the midsole in addition to layers of mesh and underlays that wrap the midfoot and heel.

The toecap of the Saucony Ride 10 does not contain stitches, which might make it a bit less durable than the stitched-on toecap of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

All in all, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 comes with more stitches than the Saucony Ride 10 while still maintaining a great amount of comfort in its upper.

The Saucony Ride 10 might provide more coverage around the midfoot, but when all has been considered, it might provide a similar amount of support as the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 does.

The midsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the Saucony Ride 10 differ mostly due to the Wave Plate that is included in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and that helps with shock absorption.

Another difference is that the Saucony Ride 10 comes with a topsole of EVERUN cushioning, which tends to increase the amount of cushioning the Saucony Ride 10 delivers.

According to running shoe lab tests, both running shoes provide an above average amount of cushioning in both the forefoot and the heel.

For women, both the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the Saucony Ride 10 have a cushy forefoot, but the Saucony Ride 10 is just a tiny bit cushier.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 has a very cushy heel and exceeds the amount of heel cushioning provided by the Saucony Ride 10 despite the latter also providing quite a bit of heel cushioning to women.

In the case of men, the Saucony Ride 10 provides an overall softer running experience than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 in both the heel and the forefoot despite the latter providing a good amount of cushioning to men.

Male heel-strikers could choose either running shoe because both provide a lot of heel cushioning.

Neither the Saucony Ride 10 nor the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is meant to provide stability and support, because they are both for neutral runners.

So it is not surprising that running shoe lab tests rate both as providing a below average amount of stability and support and that the difference between the two is not large although the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is a tiny bit more stable than the Saucony Ride 10.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit due to the Wave Plate.

The Saucony Ride 10 provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, especially under the midfoot, which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The Saucony Ride 10 also displays a larger degree of separation than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 by having more and wider flex grooves.

All this would make one expect the Saucony Ride 10 to turn out to be more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

However, running shoe lab test results show that the amount of flexibility is almost the same in the two running shoes for women, with both being quite flexible.

And for men, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 turns out to be more flexible than the Saucony Ride 10. The two running shoes are more flexible for women than they are for men.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), and the Saucony Ride 10 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the 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 very soft ride, you could choose either the Saucony Ride 10 or the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

These two running shoes have a lot in common, so it would be hard to make a decision between them.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 seems to stick out as a good running shoe for female heel-strikers, while either could do for men although the Saucony Ride 10 is a bit better in that case.

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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