Brooks Ghost 8 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 18 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 provide a light, fast, and responsive ride to neutral runners. Brooks Ghost 8 delivers a smooth and soft ride with a comfortable fit...

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The Brooks Ghost 8 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that are comparable.

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The upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is quite overlay-free with just the Mizuno logo providing a good connection between the saddle and the midsole to give you a good amount of support around the midfoot.

The Brooks Ghost 8 on the other hand has somewhat more overlays wrapping the midfoot, but these are no-sew overlays rather than stitched-on overlays like in the Mizuno Wave Rider 18.

Everything considered, both running shoes should give you about a similar amount of support around the midfoot.

Another similarity is that the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 has a very open toe box that is free from overlays and only has an overlay at the front.

The Brooks Ghost 8 has something similar going on but then with very light welded-on overlays on the toe box.

Because the overlay at the front of the shoe is a bit longer on the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 than on the Brooks Ghost 8, the Brooks Ghost 8 should be more favorable for people who have somewhat wider forefeet or need space for bunions.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and the Brooks Ghost 8 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning. But the midsoles differ quite a bit, because the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 implements a Wave Plate in the heel that not only has a light stabilizing effect, but also has a shock absorbing effect.

To absorb shock at the back of the shoe, the Brooks Ghost 8 has a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe along the lateral side to the front of the shoe, so that you not only get a soft landing but also a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

In terms of the amount of cushioning provided, running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes provide about the same amount in both the heel and in the forefoot for women.

For men, the amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same, but the Brooks Ghost 8 provides more heel cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Rider 18.

Another difference in the midsole is that the Brooks Ghost 8 provides a good amount of ground contact especially under the midfoot, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 uses part of the Wave Plate as a midfoot shank to provide midfoot integrity.

More ground contact typically means more stability and also smoother transitions, which is what you should be able to get more of from the Brooks Ghost 8 rather than from the Mizuno Wave Rider 18.

This difference in midsole also makes the outsole look quite different. While both running shoes have a good amount of separation between rubber compartments, the Brooks Ghost 8 has more of it. The Brooks Ghost 8 also has more deeper flex grooves.

More separation typically means better shock absorption and dissipation, so also a ride that is less affected by impact and therefore also feels smoother.

While deep flex grooves can mean a more flexible running shoe, running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are almost equally stiff for men.

For women, the Brooks Ghost 8 is quite stiff and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 has an average amount of flexibility.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for women weighs approximately 7.6 oz (215 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for men weighs about 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The cushioning profiles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and the Brooks Ghost 8 look quite similar, so as far as cushioning goes, it will be hard to decide between these two running shoes unless you are a heel striker, in which case the Brooks Ghost 8 might be better for you.

However, if you are looking for a lightweight neutral cushioning running shoe that has the potential to make you feel fast, then the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 would be the one to look further into.

And if a soft and smooth ride is what you are after, then the Brooks Ghost 8 might fit the bill.

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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