Mizuno Wave Rider 19 vs. Brooks Ghost 9 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package. Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners.

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that are of a similar caliber, so they should compare well against each other.

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Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 9 come with a pretty comfortable upper.

But whereas the Brooks Ghost 9 does not have any stitched-on overlays around the midfoot, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does.

However, the amount of overlays has been kept to a minimum on the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also comes with a minimum amount of overlays and uses no-sew overlays instead of stitched-on overlays for added structure and support. The mesh also has structure to give a bit of a hold.

There are only a couple of stitches to be found at the front of the Brooks Ghost 9, so in that respect, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes with more stitches in its upper than the Brooks Ghost 9 does.

All in all, both running shoes should be able to keep your foot on the running platform and do not offer an excessive amount of support through their uppers.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are neutral cushioning running shoes so are in the business of offering runners a soft ride.

Their midsoles are quite different in that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes with a Wave Plate in its heel that offers shock absorption and also a bit of centering of the heel without any corrections. The plate stays in the heel, though, and runs till the midfoot.

The Brooks Ghost 9 does not come with a plate but has a full length crash pad that runs from the back of the heel all the way to the front of the shoe on the lateral side of the midsole.

This crash pad helps increase the stability of the Brooks Ghost 9 and also its potential of offering runners a softer and smoother ride.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Ghost 9 to be more stable than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 offers slightly above average stability but not as much as the Brooks Ghost 9.

What running shoe lab tests also show is that the two running shoes have an amount of cushioning that is pretty similar, especially for women.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 offers just a tad more forefoot cushioning but a bit less heel cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 9 for women, with both running shoes offering an above average amount of cushioning that should feel soft but not extremely soft to women.

Men will enjoy getting a bit more heel and forefoot cushioning from the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, which is overall more cushy than the Brooks Ghost 9 for men.

However, the amount of heel cushioning is about the same and almost to the max in the two running shoes for men.

The amount of forefoot cushioning in the Brooks Ghost 9 is much less than the amount in the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 but still lies above average, which should allow it to remain soft yet responsive.

The outsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 looks quite different from that of the Brooks Ghost 9, which has smaller rubber pods than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The Brooks Ghost 9 also has one more main flex groove in the forefoot, displays a larger degree of separation, and offers more ground contact under the midfoot than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The separation will help with shock absorption and dissipation, but according to running shoe lab tests, it does not help much with adding flexibility.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Ghost 9 turn out to be pretty stiff running shoes for both men and women, according to running shoe lab tests.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is somewhat lighter than the Brooks Ghost 9, so if you are a neutral runner who is looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of cushioning, a decent amount of stability, and is lightweight, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The Brooks Ghost 9 is good for neutral runners who want a smooth and stable ride that is soft yet responsive.

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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