Mizuno Wave Rider 19 vs. Brooks Ghost 8 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package that is stable. Brooks Ghost 8 delivers a smooth ride with stability and a comfortable fit...

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Ghost 8 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that are comparable.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Ghost 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are quite similar in that both have a minimum amount of overlays in their uppers.

The Brooks Ghost 8 provides support through structure in the mesh and no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a stitched-on overlay in the Mizuno logo that connects the saddle to the midsole on both sides of the upper to give you a good hold around the midfoot.

Both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 also keep the bunion window quite open and free and have either no overlays or light welded-on overlays running over the toe box. So both running shoes should feel pretty comfortable in the forefoot area.

All in all, both running shoes provide enough support to keep your foot on the platform even though the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 seems to have less overlays than the Brooks Ghost 8.

The construction of the midsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Ghost 8 differ considerably.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a Wave Plate running in the heel till the midfoot to provide shock absorption but also a bit of stability, because the plate has a rearfoot centering effect.

The Brooks Ghost 8 has a uniform layer of foam that provides cushioning with a crash pad under the heel that runs along the entire outer length of the midsole.

The crash pad provides shock absorption when you land but also when you transition to toe-off. The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does not have such a feature, so the Brooks Ghost 8 is more likely to provide you with a smooth ride compared to the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The Brooks Ghost 8 also provides a good amount of ground contact, especially under the midfoot, that increases the stability of the running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is overall more cushy than the Brooks Ghost 8 for men in both the heel and the forefoot.

The difference is quite noticeable since the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 tends to be on the very cushy side and the Brooks Ghost 8 more on the slightly above average cushy side.

For women, the situation is a bit different with the Brooks Ghost 8 having slightly more heel cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 having slightly more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 8.

However, the cushioning profiles lie closer to each other than the cushioning profiles for the men's running shoes.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Ghost 8 is pretty segmented with small rubber pods and lots of flex grooves. This should benefit the smoothness of your ride due to the good amount of shock dissipation and absorption that comes with such separation.

The rubber outsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is quite different in that it has separate forefoot and rearfoot areas with larger rubber compartments than the Brooks Ghost 8 and also less main flex grooves.

However, when compared in the lab, both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Ghost 8 turn out to be quite stiff running shoes with the Brooks Ghost 8 being just a tiny bit more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are looking for a neutral running shoe that is relatively light, comfortable, and provides a touch of stability with enough cushioning for long runs, then the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is worth looking into.

And if you are looking for a smooth ride from a running shoe that provides quite a bit of stability for a shoe that targets neutral runners, then the Brooks Ghost 8 could 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.

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This review falls under: Brooks | Mizuno

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