Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is a motion control running shoe that serves excessive overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and support...

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The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 fall in the same category of stability running shoes with the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 being considered a motion control running shoe.

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The first thing you will notice when you compare the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is that the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has a wide open forefoot with no overlays on it.

The overlays are more around the midfoot and the heel, and especially on the medial side of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, there are sturdy overlays that connect the top of the saddle to the midsole and the back of the shoe.

Unlike the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 comes with no-sew overlays instead of stitched-on overlays. These overlays wrap the midfoot and the heel and also run toward the front of the shoe via the sides.

Because of the latter, the bunion window of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is not as open and free as that of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2, so the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is likely to feel more comfortable in the toe box.

And while the strapping of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 should be enough to keep your foot on the platform, nothing beats the support delivered by stitched-on overlays like the ones on the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has some stitches, but those are only at the front and back of the shoe.

Both the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provide heel-to-toe cushioning but to different degrees and in different ways.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is known for its cushioning that is not too soft or too firm so somewhere in the middle, which is good for runners who are looking for support.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has two layers of foam with in between those two layers a plate that runs along the entire length of the shoe to provide shock absorption and pronation control.

If you look on the medial side of the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2, you will see the plate splitting into two parts and three waves. The more waves Mizuno running shoes have in their plate, the stronger the degree of pronation control. The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has the most amount of waves in its plate.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 also offers pronation control but through a medial post instead of a plate. The medial post is topped at the back by several densities of foam to make the pronation control more gradual.

And then there is a small midfoot shank on the medial side under the arch to provide reinforcement and more stability.

The big difference between the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a crash pad that is well segmented and that runs from the back of the shoe along the lateral side to the front.

This crash pad not only gives you good shock absorption at heel-strike but also a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off. In addition, it increases the stability of the running shoe, which is probably why the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 came out as the more stable one in running shoe lab tests.

Running shoe lab tests also show that the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 provides way more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for both men and women so is a good running shoe for heel-strikers.

However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 wins in the forefoot cushioning department by being just a little bit more cushy than the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is also very well segmented with lots of flex grooves and small rubber pods, which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The outsole of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2, on the other hand, has larger slabs of rubber and just two main flex grooves in the forefoot.

However, it offers a good amount of ground contact just like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 so should also be able to give you a smooth ride but perhaps not as smooth as the one the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 would give you thanks to the large amount of segmentation.

Running shoe lab tests show that both running shoes are stiff but that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is just a tad bit more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 for both genders.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for women weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 weighs 12.0 oz (340 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are a runner who needs tons of stability and support, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

And if you are a heel-striker and are looking for comfort in the toe box, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 may suit you better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16. For something somewhat lighter, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 would be the one to consider.

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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