Mizuno Wave Rider 19 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package that is stable. Brooks Glycerin 13 provides a comfortable, soft, and smooth ride to neutral runners.

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are not really each other's counterparts. The Brooks Glycerin 13 is placed higher on the scale for runners who are slightly heavier.

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Differences between the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 start in the upper, where the Brooks Glycerin 13 has broad overlays that wrap the midfoot to give a good amount of support there.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has the Mizuno logo doing the same. However, these overlays do not cover an area that is as large as the area covered by the overlays on the Brooks Glycerin 13.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 also has no-sew overlays running elsewhere throughout its entire upper, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a minimum amount of overlays in its upper.

The stitched-on overlay at the back of the shoes also differ in that the one on the Brooks Glycerin 13 is larger than the one on the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

All in all, one could see the Brooks Glycerin 13 as the one that delivers the most support through its upper and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 as the one that might feel a bit more comfortable and not constricted, especially in the forefoot.

The midsoles of both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are meant to provide heel-to-toe cushioning but do so in different ways.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes with a Wave Plate in its heel and two layers of cushioning that are meant to provide shock absorption at heel strike. This Wave Plate also serves partially as a midfoot shank so adds a bit of stability to your runs.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 has one main layer of midsole foam that serves as a crash pad as a whole and provides full ground contact to increase the smoothness of your ride.

As far as the amount of softness goes, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 turns out to be the more cushy running shoe of the two for men according to running shoe lab tests.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 displays a very cushy heel and forefoot profile for men, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 has almost the same amount of forefoot cushioning but lags a bit behind in the heel cushioning department.

For women, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is again the more cushy running shoe of the two, but this time, the amount of cushioning delivered by the Brooks Glycerin 13 comes very close to that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 in both the heel and the forefoot.

Another difference between the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 is the fact that the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a smaller and more rounded heel than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. This is to take stress off joints and provide a better alignment.

When looking at the outsoles, more differences can be noted between the two running shoes.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 has an all-in-one outsole that has three separate zones to distribute pressure under the foot.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a more traditional outsole that consists of a forefoot and a rearfoot area.

Both have a good amount of separation for shock dissipation. However, the Brooks Glycerin 13 has more main flex grooves and is slightly more separated than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. This should again benefit the smoothness of your ride.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 turn out to be quite stiff for women.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 13 displays a great degree of flexibility for men, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 turns out to be stiff for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are looking for a cushy ride from a running shoe that provides a moderate amount of stability without being a stability running shoe, you could go with either the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 or the Brooks Glycerin 13.

Just keep in mind that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is the overall more cushy and lighter running shoe and that the Brooks Glycerin 13 can probably handle heavier runners better and provides a more secure fit.

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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