Mizuno Wave Rider 19 vs. Brooks Launch 3 review

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package. Brooks Launch 3 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast paced runners.

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Launch 3 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that are of a similar caliber and geared toward the same type of runners, so they should compare well against each other.


Starting with the upper, one can see that both running shoes do not come with an excessive amount of overlays.

The Brooks Launch 3 has a couple of no-sew overlays in the form of 3D Fit Print overlays in some strategic areas and a couple of layers of mesh to keep your foot in place.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes with the Mizuno logo in the form of a stitched-on overlay that provides a good amount of support around the midfoot.

The toecap also comes with stitches and so does a small overlay at the back of the heel.

Because the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is the one that has stitched-on overlays, one could argue that it is the more supportive one, but because the amount of overlays has been kept to a bare minimum, the amount of no-sew overlays on the Brooks Launch 3 balances things out a bit.

Both shoes should feel quite comfortable, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 might provide a bit more room to large bunions, because it does not have any overlays running directly over that area like the Brooks Launch 3 does.

Where the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 differs a lot from the Brooks Launch 3 is in the midsole.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes with a Wave Plate that provides shock absorption at heel-strike and some degree of stability.

This Wave Plate lies between two layers of foam in the heel and hooks onto the forefoot to form a midfoot shank.

The Brooks Launch 3, on the other hand, comes with an all-in-one midsole that provides a moderate amount of cushioning.

The Brooks Launch does not tend to be a super cushy running shoe, because it is meant to help runners go fast. So it generally provides enough cushioning to make your ride feel comfortable but not too much to hold you back.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is also meant to help runners go fast, which is why it is also a lightweight running shoe.

However, it is also concerned with providing runners with a good amount of cushioning.

The latter is evident from running shoe lab tests, which show that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 provides quite a bit of heel and forefoot cushioning to both men and women, but more so to men than to women.

So whether you are a man or a woman, you should be able to get an overall soft ride from the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

Both the Brooks Launch 3 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are geared toward neutral runners who are not really concerned with stability.

However, should you need it, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 provides a good amount of it and more so than the Brooks Launch 3 thanks to the function of the Wave Plate, as mentioned earlier.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, but the Brooks Launch 3 has more deep flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

This should benefit the flexibility of the Brooks Launch 3 compared to the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, which according to running shoe lab tests, lies at the stiffer end of the flexibility spectrum.

Another key difference between the outsoles is the fact that the Brooks Launch 3 provides full ground contact under the midfoot and has its rubber in the form of an X in that area.

This X connection between the heel and the forefoot should allow runners to get faster and smoother heel-to-toe transitions, all in the name of going faster.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 3 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women also weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Launch 3 weighs about 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Launch 3 measure up well against each other in terms of weight and are both meant to help runners go faster, so neutral runners could go either way when choosing between these two running shoes.

However, if you are also looking for quite a soft ride in addition to going faster, perhaps you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 more than the Brooks Launch 3.

The Brooks Launch 3 is good for those looking for faster heel-to-toe transitions and a smoother and more flexible ride.

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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