Mizuno Wave Rider 25 vs. Brooks Ghost 14 (2022)
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.
Lighter than before (270 g)
Robust, mileage-proof design
Very nice cushioning with softer foam and a slight bounce
Versatile running shoes
The high drop of 12mm
Not the sleekest looking shoe out there
Mizuno Wave Rider 25
Brooks Ghost 14
|Drop||12 mm||12 mm|
|Heel stack height||32 mm||31 mm|
|Forefoot stack height||20 mm||19 mm|
|Weight (men)||270 g/9.5 oz||283 g/10 oz|
|Weight (women)||225 g/7.9 oz||249 g/8.8 oz|
|Features||Recycled materials, Vegan|
|Outsole||Blown rubber, Flex Controllers, X10||Omega Flex Grooves, Rubber, Segmented crash pad|
|Midsole||Mizuno Enerzy, Mizuno Wave Plate, U4ic||DNA Loft|
|Upper||Engineered mesh||3D Fit Print, engineered mesh|
|Softness (1-5)||3 – Moderate||4 – Soft|
|Bounce (1-5)||3 – Moderate||3 – Moderate|
|Speed||Slow, moderate||Slow, moderate|
|Distance||Mid, long, 10k, half marathon, marathon||Mid, long, 10k, half marathon, marathon|
|Workout||Daily runs||Daily runs, recovery|
Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner’s Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He’s also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.