Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 review

Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 provides a very soft ride with lots of stability and support. Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 provides a secure and stable ride with lots of cushioning.

The Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 fall in the stability category of running shoes and are for runners who moderately overpronate.

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The Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 are from the same running shoe manufacturer, so their uppers will naturally display similarities.

The first thing to notice is that Mizuno is one of the few running shoe manufacturers that keep producing running shoes that have stitches in overlays.

These stitched-on overlays are more durable and supportive than no-sew overlays.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 have stitches in some of their overlays in their uppers.

The reason for removing stitches and overlays is to increase comfort. Mizuno increases comfort by keeping the forefeet of its running shoes free from overlays.

This is also the case with the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14. Both of them provide quite a bit of comfort in the forefoot and have a bunion window that is quite wide and open so good for big bunions.

Most of the support delivered by the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is centered around the midfoot where the overlays are located and around the heel.

While the position and construction of the overlays on the two running shoes might differ a bit, they should be able to deliver a similar amount of support through their uppers.

The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 are very suitable for overpronators and should deliver durable support.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 are also similar in the fact that both come with a Wave Plate that is sandwiched between two layers of foam in their midsoles.

The difference is that the Wave Plate is different in the two running shoes.

The Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 has two waves on the lateral side, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has only one.

On the medial side of the midsole, the Wave Plate of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 fans out into two parts and two waves, while the one of the also fans out into two waves, but differently.

The Wave Plate of the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 remains flat at the top and functions more like a tradional medial post than that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

Therefore, one might expect the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 to deliver pronation control that is a bit stronger than in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

Lab tests have indicated that this is indeed the case and have placed the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 above the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 where stability and support is concerned.

However, both running shoes deliver quite a bit of stability and support and do not lie far apart from each other.

The Wave Plate not only functions to control pronation but also to absorb shock that benefits how cushy the running shoes feel.

According to lab tests, both running shoes have a very cushy heel, with the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 delivering almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning to both men and women, so it is a very good running shoe for heel-strikers.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is also up there in heel cushioning but not as high as the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 is.

The two running shoes have less forefoot cushioning than heel cushioning, but the amount of forefoot cushioning is still high in the two running shoes, with again the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 topping the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The conclusion is that you should be able to get a cushy ride in either running shoe and that the ride is cushier in the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 than it is in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

Mizuno running shoes tend to be on the stiff side due to the addition of the Wave Plate in the midsole and the lack of plentiful flex grooves.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 look quite similar in the forefoot, and the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 seems to display a bit more separation in the heel than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 does.

Both running shoes have been found to be stiff in lab tests, with the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 being a bit more flexible for men and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for women.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 weighs approximately 9.9 oz (280 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 12 oz (340 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 being the lighter one.

The Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 is quite a heavy running shoe compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, but for that you get a very cushy ride and a good amount of stability and support in return.

Both running shoes are excellent running shoes for overpronators who are looking for a good amount of cushioning as well as stability and support.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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