Brooks Glycerin 13 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 18 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 should feel light, fast, and responsive on your feet. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a plush ride with a little bit of stability and a smooth heel-to-toe transition...

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The Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are geared towards runners who do not need any kind of support.

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The Brooks Glycerin 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 differ quite a bit in their uppers.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 has a clean upper with a minimal amount of overlays while the Brooks Glycerin 13 is the total opposite.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 has the Mizuno logo connecting the saddle with the midsole to give you a good lockdown around the midfoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 does the same with a rather broad overlay on both sides of the shoe that contains some stitches. And then on the rest of the upper, it has no-sew overlays in the form of 3D Fit Print to provide structure in the upper.

All in all, you should get enough support from the upper of both running shoes, but the Brooks Glycerin 13 might give you a bit more than the Mizuno Wave Rider 18.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their midsoles, but in different degrees and ways.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 has a U4ic midsole with a Wave Plate in the heel that provides shock absorption, but that also has a stabilizing effect.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 has a Super DNA midsole that is more cushy than the standard Brooks DNA cushioning.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a slightly more cushy forefoot than the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for women, but a slightly less cushy heel.

For men, the Brooks Glycerin 13 turns out to be overall more cushy than the Mizuno Wave Rider 18, but the difference is not huge.

Neither running shoe lies at the extreme end of cushioning; they both provide above average cushioning that should feel soft while still remaining responsive under your feet.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ a lot with the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 having a more traditional midsole that separates the forefoot from the heel, and the Brooks Glycerin 13 providing full ground contact and no separation between forefoot and rearfoot.

Full ground contact should make the Brooks Glycerin 13 feel a bit more stable, but also allow you to transition more smoothly from heel-strike to toe-off.

In addition, the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a good amount of separation between its rubber compartments and three distinct zones to distribute pressure under your foot.

The heel of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is smaller and rounder than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18. This is to minimize stress on the joints.

The outsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is also well-separated and sees its flex grooves running from side to side, which should benefit the flexibility of the shoe.

However, running shoe lab tests have revealed that the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is quite stiff for men, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 is quite flexible for men.

On the other hand, the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women with the Brooks Glycerin 13 turning out to be the one that is quite stiff this time around.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for women weighs approximately 7.6 oz (215 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for men weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

If you are looking for a lightweight running shoe that provides a good amount of cushioning, while still feeling responsive under your feet, then the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 might be worth looking into.

And if you do not mind something a bit heavier that provides a cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride, then the Brooks Glycerin 13 might be the one for you.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Brooks | Mizuno

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