Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 delivers a responsive ride in a lightweight package.

The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that can be placed on a similar level so should compare well against each other.

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Similarities start in the upper, where both the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 come with engineered mesh that provides structure to reduce the need for overlays, especially on the toe box.

But while the Brooks Ghost 9 has no-sew overlays around the midfoot to provide additional support, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 comes with the Mizuno logo as a stitched-on overlay that connects the saddle to the midsole.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also has additional structure under the mesh that covers the midfoot and back of the shoe to increase the amount of support.

The Brooks Ghost 9 is more dense than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 at the back and seems a bit more sturdy and supportive in that respect.

However, as far as the toe box goes, both running shoes should feel comfortable although the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 provides more room for large bunions than the Brooks Ghost 9.

Where the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 start to differ a lot is in the midsole.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 comes with a Wave Plate in the heel that provides shock absorption and a bit of centering of the heel without providing any corrections.

The Brooks Ghost 9 does not come with any devices in its midsole, other than a full-length crash pad on the lateral side that provides shock absorption at heel-strike but also helps you achieve smoother transitions from heel to toe.

This crash pad and the fact that the Brooks Ghost 9 provides a large amount of ground contact helps increase the stability of the running shoe.

Because the Wave Plate does not provide any corrections and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 provides somewhat less ground contact than the Brooks Ghost 9, it is somewhat less stable than the Brooks Ghost 9, but if you are a neutral runner, this should not be a concern.

Neutral runners are more concerned with getting a good amount of cushioning from running shoes instead of stability and support.

And in that respect, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 does not differ much from the Brooks Ghost 9 in the amount of cushioning it provides.

For women, the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 provide an amount of forefoot cushioning that is just above average. This preserves the responsiveness of both running shoes.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the Brooks Ghost 9 also provide a lot of heel cushioning so are good running shoes for heel-strikers.

There are just minor differences to be noted in the amount of cushioning although the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is the one that provides overall more cushioning to women.

With men, it is the other way around, but again there aren't very large differences to be noted between the two running shoes.

Men should also be able to enjoy a responsive forefoot with an above average amount of cushioning that should not get in the way of going fast.

And while the Brooks Ghost 9 provides a bit more heel cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20, both running shoes have a very cushy heel, so are good for male heel-strikers too.

The outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the Brooks Ghost 9 differ quite a bit, with the Brooks Ghost 9 being more separated than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

The Brooks Ghost 9 has more flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and also smaller rubber pods.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 9 is more likely to smoothen your ride more than the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.

However, running shoe lab tests show that the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 turns out to be the one that is much more flexible for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 for women weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 for men weighs about 10.3 oz (292 grams).

There are small differences to be noted in the weight of the running shoes and overall, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and the Brooks Ghost 9 come close to offering similar things to neutral runners.

Therefore, if you are neutral runner who is looking for a responsive and well-cushioned ride, you could choose either the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 or the Brooks Ghost 9.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 would be good for those who want more comfort and support in the upper, while the Brooks Ghost 9 would be good for those who are looking for a somewhat smoother ride.

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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