Brooks Ghost 10 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 review

Brooks Ghost 10 provides a comfortable fit and a smooth ride to neutral runners. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 delivers a responsive ride in a lightweight package.

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The Brooks Ghost 10 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 are very much alike with a wide open forefoot and overlays around the midfoot.

However, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with stitched-on overlays in the form of the Mizuno logo around the midfoot, the Brooks Ghost 10 only implements no-sew overlays around the midfoot.

Both running shoes make use of engineered mesh in the forefoot, which reduces the need for overlays and increases comfort in the toe box, and because the midfoot overlays do not cover part of the forefoot, the bunion window is wide and open in both running shoes.

Both the Brooks Ghost 10 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 come with a stitched-on toecap. This should increase the durability of the two running shoes at the front.

All in all, the Brooks Ghost 10 comes with less stitches in its upper than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, but both running shoes should be able to provide comfort in combination with enough support to keep your foot on the running platform.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the Brooks Ghost 10 are geared toward providing neutral runners with a soft ride but not excessively.

The midsoles of the two running shoes differ in that the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 comes with a Wave Plate that helps with shock absorption at heel strike and that functions partly as a midfoot shank.

The Brooks Ghost 10 does not come with a midfoot shank but rather provides full ground contact and has a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Ghost 10 provides much more stability than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

In terms of cushioning, women will get almost an equal amount of forefoot cushioning from the two running shoes, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 provides more heel cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 10 for women.

However, both running shoes provide an above average amount of cushioning to women, so women should be able to get a soft ride either way.

The differences in cushioning are a bit more pronounced for men. For men, the Brooks Ghost 10 provides overall more cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

Both running shoes provide an above average amount of cushioning to men, but men should be able to get a softer ride in the Brooks Ghost 10, according to running shoe lab tests.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit, with the outsole of the Brooks Ghost 10 displaying more separation than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

The Brooks Ghost 10 also has more flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, but surprisingly, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is the one that turns out to be more flexible, according to running shoe lab tests.

Women should be able to get a moderate amount of flexibility from both running shoes, while men should get a flexible ride from the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and a somewhat less flexible ride from the Brooks Ghost 10.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 10 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.3 oz (292 grams) and 10 oz (284 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ghost 10 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a running shoe that provides a comfortable ride, you could choose either the Brooks Ghost 10 or the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

The Brooks Ghost 10 stands out in that it is a bit more stable than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 stands out in that it is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 10.

In addition, women should be able to get a slightly softer ride from the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, and men should get a slightly softer ride from the Brooks Ghost 10.

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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