Saucony Ride 7 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 17 review

Saucony Ride 7 provides a soft ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Mizuno Wave Rider 17 delivers cushioning to especially heel-strikers in a very lightweight and flexible package.

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The Saucony Ride 7 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 are each other's counterparts. Both are lightweight and supply a good amount of cushioning to neutral runners.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and the Saucony Ride 7 consist of breathable mesh with synthetic overlays that are a combination of stitched-on and no-sew overlays.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 has a minimal amount of stitched-on overlays to keep the weight of the shoe down.

The only stitched-on overlays are around the heel and the toe box. All other overlays are very light and used just to provide enough structure to the upper and keep your foot in place where it is needed.

The Saucony Ride 7 on the other hand has many stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe to give you support where you need it most, and then lighter no-sew overlays elsewhere to provide structure to the upper. All in all, you should feel a bit more secure in the Saucony Ride 7 than in the Mizuno Wave Rider 17.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and the Saucony Ride 7 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning. However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 has an extra plate in the heel for shock absorption, centering of the foot, and extra cushioning.

This allows the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 to provide more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 7 making the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 suitable for heel-strikers.

However, since the Saucony Ride 7 has a thicker midsole in the forefoot than the Mizuno Wave Rider 17, it provides much more forefoot cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Rider 17. The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 should feel firm in the forefoot.

The thinner midsole in the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and its high heel, combined with its light weight, can make you feel fast, so it is a real performance, uptempo running shoe.

While both running shoes are neutral running shoes, they have stability features in them. The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 provides some stability through the Wave Plate in the heel, while the Saucony Ride 7 has a crash pad under the heel that absorbs shock at heel-strike and allows you to smoothly transition to toe-off.

And unlike the Mizuno Wave Rider 17, the Saucony Ride 7 provides full ground contact under the entire shoe, so should allow a much smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off than the Mizuno Wave Rider 17.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 implements SmoothRide engineering that guides your foot throughout the gait cycle from heel-strike towards a springy toe-off. So it should not be underestimated.

The rubber outsoles of both running shoes are well-segmented for shock absorption. And while the Saucony Ride 7 has a vertical flex groove, several horizontal flex grooves, and blown rubber in the forefoot, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 still turns out to be much more flexible than it.

This is largely due to the way the flex grooves run from side to side and due to the thicker midsole in the forefoot of the Saucony Ride 7.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams) and the Saucony Ride 7 weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the running shoes both weigh 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are a runner who does not require much stability and support and who is looking for a lightweight running shoe that provides a great deal of cushioning to you as a heel-striker and allows you to feel and go fast, then the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 might fit the bill.

If on the other hand you are looking for a lightweight running shoe that provides an overall soft ride and do not mind the stiffness that comes along with it, then the Saucony Ride 7 would be one to look into.

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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