Mizuno Wave Paradox vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Mizuno Wave Paradox delivers stability and cushioning with a light fitting upper. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides good support and a smooth ride that is not too firm or soft.

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The Mizuno Wave Paradox and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 fall in the same category of stability running shoes with the Mizuno Wave Paradox being considered a motion control running shoe.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Paradox and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are very similar in that they both consist of no-sew overlays.

However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 still implements a few traditional stitched-on overlays at the front and back of the shoe, while the Mizuno Wave Paradox only has a stitched-on piece at the back of the shoe.

No-sew overlays tend to be less supportive than stitched-on overlays. However, both running shoes have overlays that wrap the midfoot well, although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 does a better job of it than the Mizuno Wave Paradox does.

So as far as support in the upper goes, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 may be a notch above the Mizuno Wave Paradox. If you are looking for a sturdier upper, you may want to consider the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com instead of the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The biggest difference between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox can be found in the midsole where the two running shoes use different technologies to control overpronation.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox implements a Wave Plate in its midsole to provide shock absorption as well as centering of the foot and stopping the foot from rolling too far inward after heel-strike.

The Wave Plate runs along almost the entire length of the midsole and fans out in two pieces and three waves on the medial side of the shoe to control overpronation.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 implements a more traditional technique with a piece of firmer foam in the midsole on the medial side. However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has several densities of foam to gradually stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

One method of controlling overpronation is not better than the other. It is a matter of trying it out to see which one suits you better. But according to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is the more stable running shoe of the two.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Mizuno Wave Paradox provides much more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for both men and women, but that its forefoot cushioning is quite firm compared to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 tends to deliver an amount of cushioning that is quite uniform and that is not too extreme on either end, so not too firm nor too soft.

But if you are a heel-striker, the Mizuno Wave Paradox may suit you better.

The Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Paradox also tends to make the running shoe feel overall very stiff, since it extends along the length of the midsole. So not surprisingly, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is the more flexible running shoe of the two.

The flexibility in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 also exists in part because the rubber outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is quite segmented with smallish rubber pods.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox provide good ground contact, which should help with stability and providing you with a smooth ride.

Note however that because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe along the lateral side all the way to the forefoot, it might give you much smoother and softer heel-to-toe transitions than the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox weighs 8.8 oz (249 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for women weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams). The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox weighs 11.4 oz (323 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for men weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are a heel-striker looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of support and feels quite firm under your foot, then the Mizuno Wave Paradox is worth looking into.

If you require lots of stability both in an upper and as an overpronator, and are looking for a running shoe that does not feel too firm nor too soft under your foot, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 might be the one for you.

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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