Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 provides a secure and stable ride with a good amount of cushioning. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 delivers a responsive ride in a lightweight package...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 being a stability running shoe and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 display some similarities.

For example, both the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 have the Mizuno logo as a stitched-on overlay that connects the saddle to the midsole.

In addition, they have a stitched-on toecap to provide support and durability at the front of the running shoes, and the forefoot is free from overlays so it provides comfort.

The main difference between the uppers is that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 also has stitched-on overlays around the heel, so the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 increases the amount of support at the back.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 also provides a good amount of support around the heel with underlays and some stitches, but this amount of support is not as much as that provided by the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13.

All in all, you should be able to get a comfortable fit from either running shoe, especially in the forefoot, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 provides a bit more support through its upper than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 does.

The midsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 also display similarities.

They both come with a Wave Plate that helps with shock absorption and stability.

However, while the Wave Plate of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 only has one wave on both sides of the midsole, the Wave Plate of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 has one wave on the lateral side but splits into two parts and two waves on the medial side as an indication of the amount of support it provides.

The Wave Plate of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 is not only meant to help with shock absorption but also with stopping the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

Therefore, it is not surprising that running shoe lab tests rate the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 as providing a large amount of stability and support, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 delivers a below average amount of stability and support.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 seems to have a cushier heel than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13, according to running shoe lab tests, though.

It also provides a good amount of forefoot cushioning but not as much as the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13.

This means that the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is a good running shoe for heel-strikers and for runners who are looking for a responsive ride.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 look similar in layout, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 seems to have more cuts in the rubber than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

However, both make use of the Wave Plate as a midfoot shank, and both have two flex grooves in the forefoot.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 delivers quite a bit of flexibility to both men and women and that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 falls on the stiff side.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for women weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 weighs about 10.3 oz (292 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 serve two different types of runners.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable and responsive ride, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

And if you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a lot of stability and support, you may want to consider the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13.

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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