Mizuno Wave Rider 25 vs. Brooks Ghost 14 (2022)

The Wave Rider and the Ghost are two shoes with a classic ride, comfortable cushioning, and high heel-to-toe drop for everyday runs.

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.

Side-by-side comparison

Bottom Line
Mizuno Wave Rider 25
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A comfortable, versatile and durable running shoe. This new version comes with softer and more springy cushioning
Great comfort
Lighter than before (270 g)
Robust, mileage-proof design
Very nice cushioning with softer foam and a slight bounce
Versatile running shoes
Good lockdown
Thin forefoot stack height, according to some testers
The high drop of 12mm
Not the sleekest looking shoe out there
A comfortable and versatile shoe that offers soft cushioning and a flexible foot lockdown
Great overall comfort
Pleasant and more responsive cushioning than on the previous version
Versatile and forgiving shoe
Durable, carbon-neutral, and 100% vegan
May lack stability
Foot lockdown is a little loose

Mizuno Wave Rider 25

Brooks Ghost 14

Technical Specs

Pronation typeNeutralNeutral
Drop12 mm12 mm
Heel stack height32 mm31 mm
Forefoot stack height20 mm19 mm
Weight (men)270 g/9.5 oz283 g/10 oz
Weight (women)225 g/7.9 oz249 g/8.8 oz
FeaturesRecycled materials, Vegan
Release year20212021
AthleteHaruki Murakami


OutsoleBlown rubber, Flex Controllers, X10Omega Flex Grooves, Rubber, Segmented crash pad
MidsoleMizuno Enerzy, Mizuno Wave Plate, U4icDNA Loft
UpperEngineered mesh3D Fit Print, engineered mesh


Softness (1-5)3 – Moderate4 – Soft
Bounce (1-5)3 – Moderate3 – Moderate


SpeedSlow, moderateSlow, moderate
DistanceMid, long, 10k, half marathon, marathonMid, long, 10k, half marathon, marathon
WorkoutDaily runsDaily runs, recovery