Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides a secure and stable ride with good cushioning. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 delivers a smooth and stable ride without feeling too soft or too firm.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are stability running that are geared toward moderate overpronators, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 falling at the higher end of the category.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are different in that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 implements no-sew overlays in its upper, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 implements stitched-on overlays but not many of them.

Stitched-on overlays are generally more supportive than no-sew overlays, but because the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does not implement a whole lot of them, they supply a similar amount of support as the no-sew overlays in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 comes with a fairly broad no-sew overlay on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support.

And at the back, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 implements stitched-on overlays that increase the amount of support that is provided behind the heel. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does the same.

The toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is more open and free than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, so the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 may feel a bit more comfortable to runners who have large bunions.

In summary, both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provide a good amount of support through their uppers.

The main feature of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 lies in the midsole, where both running shoes have a device to control overpronation.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides pronation control through the use of a Wave Plate that fans out into two waves and two pieces on the medial side of the midsole.

The Wave Plate also serves partly as a midfoot shank to increase the amount of support right under the midfoot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 implements a more traditional device in different densities of foam with the firmest piece of foam being located under the arch.

The medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is quite long and is reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side. In addition, at the back, it has different densities of foam to make the process of controlling overpronation more gradual.

What the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does not is a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe all the way to the front on the lateral side of the shoe.

This crash pad helps increase the stability of the running shoe and provides you with smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does come with two densities of foam in its midsole under the heel, but its crash pad does not run till the front of the shoe.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 as being more stable than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 although the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides a large amount of stability.

Where running shoe lab tests rate the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 as being better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is in the amount of cushioning provided.

The amount of cushioning provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is on the average side for both men and women and should feel neither soft nor firm to runners.

On the other hand, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides above average cushioning for both men and women and should feel soft but not super soft to runners.

The balance between forefoot and heel cushioning is especially good for women. For men, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a very cushy forefoot but the heel cushioning is just above average.

The outsoles of the two running shoes are well separated for shock absorption and dissipation although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 displays a bit more separation in its outsole than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does.

This separation lies more in the fact that the rubber lugs of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are smaller and more squarish, which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

They also benefit the flexibility of the running shoe because running shoe lab tests have found the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 to be more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for both men and women.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 turns out to be quite stiff for men. This might be due to the fact that it provides so much forefoot cushioning to men.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for men weighs 10.8 oz (306 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a very stable and supportive running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, thereby keeping in mind that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is a bit more stable than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

If you want to add softness and lightness to your ride, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 might do a better job than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

And if you want a smoother and more flexible ride, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be the one to consider above the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

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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