Mizuno Wave Rider 20 vs. 19 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 has an updated look and has gained some weight...

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is the updated version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, which is a neutral cushioning running shoe that can be worn by runners who want to feel light and go fast.

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The most noticeable difference between the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is the way they look.

The mesh of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has been replaced by a more structured mesh that reduces the need for overlays on the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

This mesh is located mostly on the toe box of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 to keep your toes adequately aired and comfortable.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 have a comfortable toe box and provide a good amount of room to large bunions.

What has not changed is that the Mizuno logo is still used as an overlay that connects the saddle to the midsole to increase the amount of support around the midfoot.

The middle to back part of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 also looks different than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, but both should be able to keep your foot on the platform.

At first sight, there does not seem to be many changes between the midsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and 19.

Both running shoes come with a Wave Plate that is sandwiched between two layers of foam under the heel, but Mizuno says that they have redesigned the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 to provide a smoother, softer, and more responsive feel.

The Wave Plate also functions as a midfoot shank, because it hooks up to the forefoot.

When one analyzes results from running shoe lab tests, there are definitely differences to be noted between the midsoles of the running shoes.

For women, the amount of cushioning is almost the same in the forefoot, with the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 displaying just a tiny bit more than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 provides much more heel cushioning to women than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, despite the latter having a cushy heel.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 provides almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning to women.

Men should experience an overall softer ride in the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 compared to the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 offers an amount of forefoot cushioning to is just above average, and while it has a cushy heel, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 offers much more heel cushioning to men.

Where running shoe lab tests also show a big difference is in the stability provided by the two running shoes, with the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 being rated as much more stable than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, which provides a below average amount of stability.

This is quite surprising, because the Wave Plate has a similar function in both running shoes, but because it was redesigned in the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, the redesign may have had an impact on the stability of the running shoe.

But then again, both running shoes are geared toward neutral runners so are not meant to provide stability and support, because such runners do not need it.

Both running shoes provide a similar amount of ground contact and come with a forefoot that has a similar amount of flex grooves.

The rubber pattern in the outsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 has changed somewhat compared to that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has an outsole that displays somewhat more separation between its rubber pods and under the heel, but still the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is rated as the one that is more flexible.

In fact, compared to the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 turns out to be very flexible for both men and women, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 lies on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 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 20 weighs about 10.3 oz (292 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

Overall, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is a more flexible albeit slightly heavier running shoe than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

Choosing one or the other will depend on your personal needs. The amount of cushioning differs per gender and overall, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 seems to offer more stability.

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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