Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides a secure and stable ride with good cushioning. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability with cushioning that is not too firm or soft.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are stability running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 considered to be at the top end of the stability class, bordering motion control.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ quite a bit.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a minimum of overlays but places them in all the right places.

In addition, unlike the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which has an almost entirely stitch-free upper, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com implements sturdy stitched-on overlays to give overpronators the support they need.

A no-sew upper may be more comfortable and may not cause irritation point, but it is generally less durable and less supportive than stitched-on overlays.

However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 should still be able to give you a good amount of support around the midfoot and keep the mesh in place in the forefoot.

The toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does not have any overlays running over it and is pretty open and free, so if you have large bunions, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 may do a better job of accommodating them compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

In the end, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 may turn out to deliver a similar amount of support through their uppers with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 having a slight edge over the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 with the secure fit the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides around the midfoot and heel.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles but go about differently in doing so.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire used to deliver cushioning that is firm, but this has changed with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers cushioning that is not too soft or firm with men getting heel cushioning that might feel a bit firm.

Furthermore, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 delivers more cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 in both the heel and the forefoot and for both men and women.

In fact, for men, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 turns out to have a very cushy forefoot with heel cushioning that is not too soft or firm.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a Wave Plate in the heel that runs till the midfoot to not only provide shock absorption at heel-strike but also pronation control on the medial side of the midsole.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 implements pronation control through a post on the medial side of the midsole. This post is topped at the back with two densities of foam to make pronation control more gradual.

The biggest difference in the midsole is probably the full-length crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does not have such a crash pad and this full-length crash pad allows the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 to provide you with a very smooth ride from heel-strike to toe-off.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 differ considerably in configuration and layout.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 tends to be more segmented and separated with smaller rubber compartments than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12. This segmentation again helps with absorbing shock and thus also with providing you with a smoother ride.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 also provides slightly more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, which increases the stability of the running shoe.

As far as flexibility goes, running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 are pretty stiff running shoes.

For men, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 turns out to be just a tad more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, and for women, it is the other way around.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 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 16 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 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 running shoe that has enough cushioning for long runs and that gives you a secure fit, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 might be the one for you.

However, if you want a little bit more stability and support in addition to a smoother ride, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 would be the one to look into.

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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