Mizuno Wave Rider 25 vs. Brooks Ghost 14
The Ghost is slightly more cushioned with 1 mm more stack (33 mm under the heel and 21 mm under the toes compared to 32 and 20 mm for the Rider).
In terms of the midsole, the Wave Rider features the brand new Mizuno Enerzy foam. The Ghost relies on BioMoGo DNA, an older technology but still effective. Note that we expect the Ghost 14 to use DNA Loft v2 (or v3) foam.
In practice, the Ghost’s cushioning is softer underfoot. However, the shoe offers less structure which gives, according to testers, a less responsive ride than with the Wave Rider.
In addition, the Wave Rider is a little lighter with 270 g/9.5 oz against 280 g/9.9 oz for the Ghost (men’s model).
Finally, both shoes are very durable with their rubber-rich outsoles to protect the platform from the wear of road running.
Wave Rider vs. Ghost: which one should you choose?
Overall, we recommend the Wave Rider because it has a more bouncy cushioning, resulting in a smoother, more versatile ride.
However, runners looking for really soft cushioning will prefer the Ghost.