Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides a secure and stable ride with good cushioning. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride...

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are stability running shoes that provide a good amount of stability and support to overpronators.

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Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com come with stitches in their upper, but while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has them in overlays around the midfoot, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has no-sew overlays around the midfoot.

Stitched-on overlays tend to be more supportive than no-sew overlays, so in that respect, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com would provide a more secure fit around the midfoot.

Both running shoes have a stitched-on piece at the front and stitches at the back.

What differs, however, is the forefoot area, where the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides lots of room in the bunion area and does not have overlays running over that area like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 does.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, but the upper of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 might prove to be a bit more durable than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 are in the business of providing a good amount of stability and support to overpronators.

However, they do so in two different ways. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 comes with a Wave Plate in its midsole that provides pronation control and also a bit of shock absorption and heel stabilization at heel-strike.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a more traditional medial post that is quite long and provides a gradual degree of pronation control due to the different densities of foam it consists of.

The medial post is reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side, which increases the amount of support.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does not specifically come with a midfoot shank, but the Wave Plate extends till the midfoot to function partially as a midfoot shank and provide support both on the lateral and medial sides.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides almost a maximum amount of stability, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 does not lag too far behind.

So both running shoes are quite stable when compared to other running shoes in the same category.

Where the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 wins, though, is in the cushioning department.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides quite a bit of forefoot cushioning, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 turns out to provide overall more cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 in both the heel and the forefoot.

Men should experience an almost equally soft forefoot in the two running shoes, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 delivers much more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The story is quite similar for women, but the differences between forefoot and heel cushioning are a bit larger than in the men's versions of the running shoes, according to running shoe lab tests.

The conclusion is that if you want a decent amount of stability and support combined with quite a bit of cushioning, you may want to consider the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, whether you are a man or a woman.

The outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 displays a bit more separation in its rubber pods and has more flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

This amount of separation benefits the flexibility of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, because running shoes lab tests indicate that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is rather stiff, especially for men, and that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 displays more flexibility than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 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 17 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 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 provides a good balance between support and cushioning, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

And if you tend to overpronate to the point that you might require a motion control running shoe but not quite, you may want to look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

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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This review falls under: Brooks | Mizuno

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