Mizuno Wave Rider 18 vs. 19 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is a lightweight everyday trainer for neutral runners wanting enhanced cushioning. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 adds cushioning and comfort to your runs...

NEW! Mizuno Wave Rider 19 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 20

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is the updated version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18, which is a neutral running shoe that can be worn by runners who underpronate or have a normal gait.

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At first sight, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com looks the same as the Mizuno Wave Rider 18.

This is true, especially when you look at the upper around the midfoot, where the Mizuno logo connects the saddle to the midsole on both sides of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 to give you a good hold there.

So in this regard, nothing has changed. But there are a couple of subtle differences between these two Mizuno running shoes.

If you look at the overlay at the front of the shoes, you will see that the overlay on the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is more rounded at its ends than the one on the Mizuno Wave Rider 18. This should increase comfort for your big and little toes when wearing the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

And while both running shoes have a stitched-on piece at the back, the one on the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is somewhat more functional, since it can provide a bit of support at the back of the shoe.

It is not clear what that circular overlay at the back of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is supposed to do, other than display the Mizuno logo – sorry, Mizuno.

So all in all, you can expect to get a similar fit in the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 as you did in the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 with just a little bit more comfort in the toe box if the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 was causing any irritation points.

When you look at the midsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, you may think again, "Hmm, nothing has changed."

But in reality, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has become a bit heavier compared to the Mizuno Wave Rider 18. And this might have to do with the fact that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 adds more softness to your runs.

To notice the differences in the midsole, we need to turn to lab tests. And running shoe lab tests have revealed that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is much more cushy than the Mizuno Wave Rider 18, especially for men.

For women, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a more cushy forefoot than the Mizuno Wave Rider 18, but the heel cushioning of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is just a tad more than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

Both running shoes have a Wave Plate in the heel for shock absorption and also to add a bit of stability to your runs.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and 19 are geared toward neutral runners so do not provide as much stability as real stability running shoes. The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and 18 are meant to provide cushioning, not stability.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 look pretty much the same in layout and compartments.

They have the same amount of flex grooves and separation in addition to the Wave Plate serving partly as a midfoot shank.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is pretty stiff for both men and women. The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is also stiff for men, but more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 weighs approximately 7.6 oz (215 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 weighs about 9.3 oz (264 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you have been running in the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and are wondering whether you should buy another pair or switch to the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, it is a tough decision to make because there are not many differences to be noted between the two running shoes.

The main reason to buy the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 instead of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 would be because of the amount of extra cushioning and comfort in the toe box provided by the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 just delivers an overall softer ride than the Mizuno Wave Rider 18, and the weight increase is not big enough to warrant not buying the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

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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