Mizuno Wave Rider 17 vs. Brooks Ghost 7 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 feels light, fast, smooth, and responsive. Brooks Ghost 7 provides lots of cushioning and a smooth ride. Learn more about the differences between these two shoes.

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and the Brooks Ghost 7 are from two different running shoe manufacturers but fall in the same category of running shoes – neutral shoes for runners who do not overpronate.

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The upper of both the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and the Brooks Ghost 7 are very similar in that both running shoes have an overlay that runs from the top of the heel down towards the midfoot, to lock that heel in and keep you in place.

What is also very similar is the use of light and no-sew overlays around the midfoot.

However, the overlays on the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 are much lighter than those on the Brooks Ghost 7, which keeps the weight of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 down.

Due to the layout of the overlays on and around the toe box, the Brooks Ghost 7 is expected to give you more room if you have wide feet and big bunions; it won't press on your toes as much as the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 would at the front of the shoe.

The biggest difference between the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and the Brooks Ghost 7 lies in the midsole with the obvious difference being the cushioning technology used.

The Brooks Ghost 7 has a BioMoGo DNA midsole, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 has a U4ic midsole. Both cushioning technologies should get the job of protecting you from the road done.

While the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and the Brooks Ghost 7 have similar heel heights, the presence of a segmented crash pad under the heel of the Brooks Ghost 7 allows it to provide you with softer landings than the Mizuno Wave Rider 17.

So the Brooks Ghost 7 provides more cushioning in the heel as well as in the forefoot than the Mizuno Wave Rider 17, which makes the Brooks Ghost 7 ideal for heel strikers.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 has a more traditional outsole where the heel and forefoot are separated, while these two parts are joined at the midfoot in the Brooks Ghost 7 to provide you with full ground contact.

The latter construction tends to benefit the transition from heel-strike to toe-off. But because the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 implements SmoothRide engineering which comes into effect when you land on your heel and then rocks you forward to finally give you a good toe-off by using flex grooves and flex controllers in the forefoot, the transition should feel as smooth as it does in the Brooks Ghost 7.

The outsole of the Brooks Ghost 7 is better segmented than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17, both under the heel as well as in the forefoot.

However, because the Brooks Ghost 7 has a bit more forefoot cushioning and is 1 mm thicker in the midsole in that area than the Mizuno Wave Rider 17, it should feel a bit stiffer in the forefoot. So the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 wins in the flexibility department, but not by much.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 for women weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs about 10.3 oz (292 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 is a much lighter neutral running shoe than the Brooks Ghost 7 and it provides similar features and would feel a bit faster and responsive on your feet, because it provides a steeper drop from heel to toe than the Brooks Ghost 7.

But if you are a heel striker and want lots of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, then you may want to look into the Brooks Ghost 7.

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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