Mizuno Wave Rider 18 vs. Brooks Ghost 7 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 feels light, fast, and responsive on your feet. Brooks Ghost 7 provides lots of cushioning and a smooth, flexible ride. Learn more about the differences...

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and the Brooks Ghost 7 are from two different running shoe manufacturers but fall in the same category of running shoes – neutral cushioning shoes for runners who do not overpronate.

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and the Brooks Ghost 7 both have a very light upper with a minimum amount of overlays.

The Brooks Ghost 7 has mostly no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot with traditional stitched-on overlays at the back and the front of the shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 only has the Mizuno logo as an overlay that connects the saddle to the midsole and a traditional stitched-on overlay at the front of the shoe.

The minimum amount of overlays on the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 helps it to be a very light neutral cushioning running shoe, while still providing you with support where you need it most.

The big difference between the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 can be found in the midsole, where the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 uses Wave Plate technology to provide stability as well as impact absorption.

The Brooks Ghost 7 has a more traditional midsole with a horseshoe-shaped crash pad under the heel to provide impact absorption when you land.

Neither of the two running shoes provide extra stability features in the midsole, since they are meant to be worn by runners who do not need any kind of support or stability throughout the gait-cycle.

When compared in the lab, the Brooks Ghost 7 turns out to have a more cushy heel than the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for both men and women.

However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 tends to be a bit more cushy in the forefoot for women.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit too. The Brooks Ghost 7 has a very well-segmented outsole that provides full ground contact.

Therefore, you can not only expect to get a somewhat more stable ride from the Brooks Ghost 7, but also a smoother ride from heel-to-toe.

In addition, the large segmentation between the rubber lugs helps the Brooks Ghost 7 be a pretty flexible running shoe. And indeed, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Ghost 7 is much more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 18, especially for men.

But if you are looking for the lightest running shoe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 would be the one to go with. And the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 has a more performance feel to it too, since it has a larger heel-to-toe drop than the Brooks Ghost 7. The drop is about 2 mm more for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for women weighs approximately 7.6 oz (215 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs about 10.3 oz (292 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 for men weighs about 9.3 oz (264 grams).

Making a decision between the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is not that difficult. If you are looking for a soft and smooth ride, the Brooks Ghost 7 will outperform the Mizuno Wave Rider 18.

But if you want to feel light and fast, the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 would be the one that might be able to give you that feeling.

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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