Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 provides a secure and stable ride with lots of cushioning. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are stability running shoes for runners who moderately overpronate, although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is also classified a bit higher as serving moderate to severe overpronators.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 differ quite a bit in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 comes with quite a few stitched-on overlays, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does not.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no overlays in its forefoot and in part of its midfoot, where most of the support comes from engineered mesh.

Most of the overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are located towards the back of the running shoe, halfway from the midfoot towards and around the heel. These overlays are no-sew and quite thin.

The overlays on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 are quite broad and cover a large part of the upper from the midfoot towards the back of the running shoe.

The forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has been kept pretty open and free from overlays, except for a stitched-on toecap.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has no-sew overlays at the front so might be a bit less durable in that area than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

All in all, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers more support and a more secure fit through its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 might feel more comfortable than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 also differ quite a bit due to the fact that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has a Wave Plate that runs from heel to midfoot in the midsole.

This Wave Plate absorbs shock and helps stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward. It also provides some midfoot support by serving as a midfoot shank.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 implements a more traditional way of controlling overpronation through the use of a post on the medial side of the midsole.

The medial post is quite long in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and runs high. It also consists of different densities of foam to make the process of pronation control more gradual.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers more stability and support than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, but both deliver an above average amount so are good for runners who require a lot of stability and support.

As far as cushioning goes, both running shoes also deliver an above average amount in both the heel and the forefoot so can be seen as cushy running shoes.

However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has a cushier forefoot than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for both men and women.

This means that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 might be better for heel-strikers and could feel a bit more responsive than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, with the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 being more segmented and displaying a large degree of separation with a good amount of flex grooves.

According to running shoe lab test results, both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are on the stiff side for both men and women.

However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for women, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is a tiny bit more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs about 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 for men weighs 10.4 oz (295 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is not only looking for a good amount of stability and support but who also wants a soft ride, you could choose either the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is good for heel-strikers and those wanting a more secure fit, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is good for runners who are close to being severe overpronators but who do not quite need a motion control running shoe.

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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