Mizuno Wave Rider 21 vs. Brooks Ghost 10 review

Brooks Ghost 10 provides a comfortable fit and a smooth ride to neutral runners. Mizuno Wave Rider 21 delivers a responsive ride with a secure yet comfortable fit...

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The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 and the Brooks Ghost 10 are comparable neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that both come with engineered mesh for breathability and lightweight support.

However, the mesh of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 consists of three zones with areas more focused on breathability and others on providing a more custom fit.

In addition to engineered mesh, the Brooks Ghost 10 implements 3D Print overlays, especially around the midfoot towards the back of the heel. This should give you an extra hold in that area.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 comes with stitched-on overlays, which includes the Mizuno logo that connects the saddle to the midsole around the midfoot to increase the amount of support in that area.

Any additional support around the midfoot and heel comes from the mesh and a stitched-on overlay at the back of the heel.

Both running shoes tend to keep the forefoot wide open and free, which includes lots of room for big bunions, so both running shoes should feel pretty comfortable in the forefoot.

The toecap is about the only overlay on the Brooks Ghost 10 that has stitches in it, and this is good, because that increases the durability at the front of the running shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 and the Brooks Ghost 10 are running shoes that offer comfort while still providing enough support to keep your foot on the running platform.

Both the Brooks Ghost 10 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 are meant to provide a good amount of cushioning to runners but not too much, because both running shoes are meant to be responsive.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that both the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 and the Brooks Ghost 10 tend to provide a moderate amount of cushioning.

The Brooks Ghost 10 tends to be quite cushy for men with a good amount of heel cushioning, while it is overall moderately cushioned for women.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 provides almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning to both men and women but is more moderately cushioned in the forefoot, according to running shoe lab tests.

Women should be able to get more heel cushioning from the Mizuno Wave Rider 21, but the difference is almost negligable for men, according to running shoe lab tests.

The Brooks Ghost 10 delivers a bit more forefoot cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 to both men and women.

Runners should also be able to get a good amount of heel cushioning from the Mizuno Wave Rider 21, which comes with a Wave Plate that offers shock absorption at heel-strike.

This Wave Plate also functions as a midfoot shank to provide midfoot integrity.

The Brooks Ghost 10 does not have a midfoot shank, but rather provides a good amount of ground contact and implements a crash pad under the heel that connects well to the forefoot.

This allows the Brooks Ghost 10 to offer quite a bit of stability to neutral runners without being a stability running shoe.

In general, the Brooks Ghost 10 is considered to be more stable than the Mizuno Wave Rider 21.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably in layout and construction, mainly due to the Wave Plate in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 has a traditional outsole that consists of a separate heel and forefoot area with a midfoot shank in between.

The Brooks Ghost 10 also has a separation between its heel and forefoot, but this separation is less pronounced because the two areas are well connected.

In addition, the outsole of the Brooks Ghost 10 consists of small rubber pods and a large degree of separation, which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The Brooks Ghost 10 also has more flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 21, but despite this, the Brooks Ghost 10 turns out to be somewhat stiff for men, probably due to the large amount of forefoot cushioning.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 is also stiff for men and even a bit stiffer than the Brooks Ghost 10, according to running shoe lab tests.

On the other hand, the Brooks Ghost 10 is quite flexible for women, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 provides a below average amount of flexibility to women so is a bit stiffer than the Brooks Ghost 10.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (233 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 10 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.3 oz (292 grams) and 10 oz (284 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ghost 10 being the lighter one.

The Brooks Ghost 10 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 offer much of the same to runners, so if you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft but not overly soft ride, you could choose either running shoe.

The Brooks Ghost 10 tends to excel in providing smoother heel-to-toe transitions and more stability than the Mizuno Wave Rider 21, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 might provide more durability and support in its upper and a bit more flexibility and responsiveness.

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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