Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 22 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Mizuno Wave Rider 22 delivers a responsive ride and is good for heel-strikers...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 are neutral cushioning running shoes that have a similar price point and that are for runners who do not need lots of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 are similar in that they rely mostly on mesh to keep your foot on the running platform, so both running shoes aim to give you a comfortable fit.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com tends to add extra support around the midfoot by having the Mizuno logo function as an overlay that connects the saddle to the midsole.

Such a construction offers a bit more support than what the Brooks Ghost 11 offers by having mesh that has a structure that is more closed around the midfoot and the heel.

Another difference between the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is the fact that the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 still makes use of stitched-on overlays along the saddle, as a toecap, and at the back of the running shoe.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is mostly seamless and its heel is more closed than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and has a piece that hooks around the upper part of the heel to lock it in and give you a better heel fit.

While the bunion window has been kept clear in both running shoes, the Brooks Ghost 11 might be the one that delivers more room in its toe box to runners who have wide feet, because the Brooks Ghost 11 does not have overlays running around the midfoot close to the toe box like the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 does.

All in all, both the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Brooks Ghost 11 should be able to keep your foot on the running platform and give you lots of comfort, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 provides a more secure fit around the midfoot, while the Brooks Ghost 11 does that around the heel.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 differ in construction but have a similar purpose in mind, that is, to provide lots of cushioning, especially under the heel.

The Brooks Ghost 11 comes with one main layer of foam, but it has a crash pad that runs on the lateral side from midfoot to heel and that consists of a softer foam than the main layer of foam.

Therefore, this crash pad is not only meant to give you soft landings at heel-strike but also make your transition to toe-off softer and smoother.

However, the benefit of lots of heel cushioning should mostly be felt by men, because they get more heel cushioning than women from the Brooks Ghost 11, according to lab tests.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is different in that it also offers lots of heel cushioning but then uses different technologies to do so.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 has one main layer of foam that runs from heel to toe, and then under its heel, it has a second bottom layer of foam that is a softer iteration of the main midsole foam.

Unlike the Brooks Ghost 11, this softer bottom layer of foam can be found under the entire heel and not only on the lateral side and at the back like the crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 11.

In addition to the two layers of foam under the heel, the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 also comes with a cloudwave plate that runs from midfoot to heel to deliver cushioning, a bit of support under the midfoot, guidance, and a more responsive feel.

While the midsole of the Brooks Ghost 11 provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Rider 22, you should still be able to get smooth heel-to-toe transitions from both running shoes, because the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 has that cloudwave plate that provides a good connection between the heel and the forefoot.

The combination of the cloudwave plate and softer cushioning under the entire heel allows the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 to have a very cushy heel.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is a bit more moderate compared to the amount of heel cushioning but still enough to let you get an overall soft ride that still feels responsive.

The Brooks Ghost 11 delivers an overall soft ride to men, but women get a more moderate amount of heel and forefoot cushioning.

Both the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 have a fairly high heel-to-toe drop of about 12 mm, so both running shoes were created to feel like performance running shoes.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Brooks Ghost 11 display quite a few similarities despite being so different.

They both have two sections under the heel to isolate impact, with the section on the lateral side displaying a good amount of segmentation in both running shoes.

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 are also similar in that they have a similar amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, although the flex grooves of the Brooks Ghost 11 run more from side to side than those of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22.

They differ under the midfoot, because the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 has the plate functioning as a midfoot shank, while the Brooks Ghost 11 does not have a midfoot shank.

The Brooks Ghost 11 also displays more separation in general, which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has been found to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women, and because the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 has the cloudwave plate and one flex groove that does not run from side to side, it is also expected to be somewhat stiff.

According to manufacturer's data, the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is somewhat lighter than the Brooks Ghost 11 for both men and women, but the weights of the Brooks Ghost and the Mizuno Wave Rider have been known to lie very close to each other in the past.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are two running shoes that are similar in many ways despite the difference in technologies used.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could turn to either the Brooks Ghost 11 or the Mizuno Wave Rider 22.

The Brooks Ghost 11 offers a somewhat more secure heel fit, lots of comfort and room in the toe box, and has been set up in a way to deliver a smooth ride.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 offers comfort through its upper with some support where you tend to need it most, excels in delivering softness under the heel, and might turn out to feel a little bit more responsive than the Brooks Ghost 11.

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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This review falls under: Brooks | Mizuno

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