Brooks Ghost Review: The Pair of Running Shoes for Seasoned Runners

Brooks Ghost 10

Brooks has been known for its innovative, stylish and durable running shoes at competitive prices for nearly two decades now. Brooks has established itself as a market leader in the category and ever since it decided to focus on runners exclusively, its offerings have become even better.

Brooks Ghost is one of the oldest and most revered running shoe lines by Brooks. It was conceptualized as the best and most cost-effective neutral trainers. It uses customer feedback to constantly reinvent its design. Let’s take a look at what the latest version, Brooks Ghost 10, has to offer.

Overview

The Brooks Ghost series has been launching updated variants for almost a decade now. Each of its new launches creates great anticipation among the runner community. Ghost 10 comes with BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning that helps you gain flexibility while running, a segmented crash pad to make the foot landing smooth and stable, a new breathable mesh and the Omega Flex Grooves, which brings extra flexibility to the forefoot. Brooks Ghost 10 also came up with a Gore-Tex variant, which has proved to be spectacularly popular among runners.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is expected to launch in August 2018.

Product Specifications

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Sole
  • Upper
  • Comfort
  • Durability

The build and design of Ghost 10 is ideal for both long and short-distance running. However, since the shoe has been stripped down a little, it might be susceptible to damage more easily than is previous variants. The durability of the outsole has been noted to be low by some users.

Pricing and Availability

The Brooks Ghost 10 is priced from $120. However, you also get it at around a $100 on Amazon and other online stores. Depending on the size you require, the prices will vary.

The Ghost 10 is also available on the Brooks Running website and is usually offered at a discount. You can check its availability on Brooks website - Male, Female; Amazon - Male; Female and JackRabbit - Male, Female.

How Does It Compare

Let’s take a look at how the Brooks Ghost 10 compares to some of its peers.


Brooks Men's Ghost 10 Primer Grey/Metallic Charcoal/Ebony 9.5 D US
  • Surface: Road. Differential: 12mm. Offers medium to high arch support. The Black/Turquoise/Blue color style is in...
  • Get lost in your thoughts with a smooth and well-cushioned ride in the Brooks Ghost 10.
  • Predecessor: Ghost 9.
Brooks Women's, Ghost 10 Running Sneakers
  • Women's Brooks, Ghost 10 Running Sneakers
  • Enjoy the smoothest ride!
  • Manmade and fabric mesh upper with logo accents for a soft and secure fit
  • Ease of Use
  • Build Quality

The shoe offers a firm grip, high comfort and enhanced breathability, but is slow in response.


Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 21 Running Shoes
  • Mizuno Wave for cushioning and energy return
  • Mizuno Cloud wave offers a the perfect amount of softness in a lightweight ride
  • Soft anatomical sock liner for extra arch support and cushioning
  • Ease of Use
  • Build Quality

The Mizuno Wave Rider has been lauded for its soft heel lining and breathable design that offers a firm grip and comfortable support.


adidas Men's Ultraboost Road Running Shoe
  • Imported
  • adidas shoes
  • Features adidas Primeknit upper with engineered knit torsion system between the heel and forefoot for a stable ride and...
  • Ease of Use
  • Build Quality

The Ultraboost has several features like the snug collar, soft cushioning, ample ventilation, stable grip, high flexibility and amazing responsiveness that make it a formidable competitor.

Pros and Cons

The Ghost 10 offers comfortable cushioning, snug fit and flexible grip. The double layers of rubber sole provide extra comfort. The upper mesh design gives the shoe a stylish look and ensures breathability. The airy toe box, along with a streamlined design, means the air circulation is much better than Ghost 9.

The outsole maintains a firm grip and provides the runner with balance and composure. The use of flexible materials ensures that the Ghost 10 comes with a free-form fit and can bend easily for greater flexibility. The midsole is made of the BioMoGo DNA EVA foam, which makes the cushioning softer and offers better arch support. The crash pad, which ensures a softer foot landing, is also a big plus.

You can use the Ghost 10 on the road, treadmill or while running up a hard soil mountain. The design and structure of the shoe makes it an ideal running companion for just about any running activity, be it training or marathons.

In addition to having a loose grip on wet surfaces, the Ghost 10 is also more vulnerable to water damage than most other shoes. The midfoot mesh and outsole rubber are the weakest spots of the Ghost 10 and will likely show the first signs of damage. The changes in design have definitely impacted its durability negatively.

Pros

  • Comfortable Cushioning
  • Smooth and Breathable Design
  • Enhanced Grip and Flexibility
  • Shock Absorbing Midsole
  • Multi-Purpose Usage

Cons

  • Not Suitable for Rain Running
  • Low Durability

The Verdict

The Brooks Ghost 10 is an excellent choice for multi-purpose running activities. The shoe is comfortable, has a light build and a sports stylish look. The improved air circulation and bigger toe box are a welcome upgrade from the Ghost 9. The firm fit, soft cushions, and great flexibility are some of the best features of the shoe. However, it lacks responsiveness. Barring a few minor issues, the Brooks Ghost 10 is a serious contender for any running activity.

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