Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 provides tons of support and a secure fit to excessive overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers comfort, support, and a smooth ride...

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are stability running shoes for runners who moderately to severely overpronate, but the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is considered to be a motion control running shoe, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is not.

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Support starts in the upper, where the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 has stitched-on overlays and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no-sew overlays.

Stitched-on overlays are generally more supportive and durable than no-sew overlays, but no-sew overlays are typically more comfortable than stitched-on overlays.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a good amount of overlays covering the midfoot in addition to the Mizuno logo, which connects the saddle to midsole and thus adds extra support around the midfoot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has some stitches in its saddle, but most of the overlays around the midfoot are 3D printed no-sew overlays that cover the second half of the midfoot and the heel.

Therefore, the amount of support delivered around the midfoot is greater in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 than it is in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

Both running shoes come with overlays at the back that wrap the heel differently but that should deliver a similar amount of support in that area.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 also comes with stitched-on overlays on the toe box and as a toecap, but the sides of the toe box have been kept pretty open to provide comfort to wide feet and big bunions.

The forefoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is pretty open and free from overlays and there are light no-sew overlays at the front, so all in all, the forefoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 should feel looser and thus more comfortable than that of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4.

The conclusion is that the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 delivers more support through its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, which has a focus on providing comfort.

The midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 differ considerably in construction and materials used.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 has a midsole that consists of two layers of foam with a Wave Plate between those two layers.

The Wave Plate fans out into two parts and three waves on the medial side to provide pronation control and help stop your feet from rolling too far inward.

The Wave Plate also delivers shock absorption, which generally increases the cushy feel of the running shoe, it serves as a midfoot shank, and it continues to run far forward into the forefoot, which means that pronation control takes place over a longer length and would be good for runners who turn in at a later stage during the gait cycle.

The negative thing about the Wave Plate is that it makes the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 feel stiff under your feet.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is different in that it comes with a traditional medial post to control overpronation.

This medial post is long and is backed by several densities of foam to make the processs of pronation control more gradual.

It is also reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side, but a large part of the midsole provides a good amount of ground contact.

This ground contact contributes to the stability of the running shoe and also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is also quite well segmented on the lateral side, which again benefits stability and smoothness.

When you look at lab test results, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 turns out to be surprisingly cushy for a running shoe that delivers so much stability and support.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit in construction and layout, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 having more flex grooves and displaying more separation than the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 delivers quite a bit of ground contact under the midfoot but not as much as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is clearly a running shoe that is meant to deliver a good amount of pronation control but has been kept light in the upper to provide comfort and has a midsole that is geared towards delivering a soft and smooth ride.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4, on the other hand, was built with stability and support from top to bottom in mind and is less focused on providing tons of comfort but still makes your ride comfortable through a good amount of cushioning and shock absorption.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support, you could look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

However, if you are a bigger runner or a runner who is more on the severe side of overpronation, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 before you look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

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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