Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 review

Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is a motion control running shoe that serves excessive overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability with a smooth ride...

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 fall in the same category of stability running shoes with the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 being a motion control running shoe.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 differ considerably in use of overlays.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no-sew overlays that spread across the midfoot to give you an evenly distributed pull, while the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has stitched-on overlays that are located from the midfoot toward the back of the shoe.

The latter opens up the toe box of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 for comfort because there are no overlays running directly on the toe box, except for the overlay at the front.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with stitches at the back, it still uses no-sew overlays there.

The wrap around the heel does not differ much between the two running shoes, but the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 still covers more of the heel than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

All in all, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 provides a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides enough support to keep your foot firmly on the platform.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 are concerned with providing overpronators with a lot of stability and support and are less concerned with providing lots of cushioning.

However, running shoe lab tests still show that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides quite a bit of forefoot cushioning to both men and women and definitely more than the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2, which provides an average amount of forefoot cushioning.

Where the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 excels, though, is in the amount of heel cushioning it provides. It has a very cushy heel that approaches the maximum amount of cushioning possible.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, on the other hand, provides a below average amount of heel cushioning so might feel somewhat firm to some runners, especially those who are heel-strikers.

The amount of heel cushioning in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is thanks to the midsole foam but also the Wave Plate in the midsole.

The Wave Plate provides shock absorption at heel-strike, and then with it fanning out into two parts and three waves on the medial side, it provides pronation control to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The long medial post in the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has the same function as the the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2, excluding shock absorption at heel-strike.

The latter is taken care of by the long heel-to-toe crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 that also stabilizes and smoothens your ride.

Despite both running shoes providing quite a bit of stability and support, and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 being the motion control running shoe under the two running shoes, lab tests still rate the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 as the more stable running shoe of the two, which is somewhat surprising.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 look quite different due to the fact that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has more separation in its outsole.

However, both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is the more flexible running shoe of the two, with the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 displaying quite a bit of stiffness.

This amount of stiffness is not surprising, because the Wave Plate runs from heel-to-toe and causes some of this stiffness.

But such stiffness can be handled well by bigger runners, which is also the target audience of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 weighs 12.0 oz (340 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for men weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for lots of stability and support, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 or the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

For more cushioning at heel-strike, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

And for a somewhat lighter and smoother running experience, you may want to look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 more than the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

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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