Facts

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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $130
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.3oz
    Women: 8.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 35mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jun 2015
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Brooks Ghost 8 was described as comfortable by many runners who have tried it.
  • A reviewer wrote that the mid-sole foam delivered just the right amount of cushioning without being too heavy for her feet.
  • The underfoot platform of this running shoe was able to attenuate impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle, noted its testers.
  • A lot of runners agreed that it was true to its sizing scheme and its available widths.
  • The outsole rubber gained appreciation because it delivered reliable traction on the pavement.
  • Many testers commended its components and features because they were sturdy and they didn’t wear off easily.
  • The upper unit was able to hug the shape of the foot with ease and comfort, wrote some reviewers.
  • Several runners felt that the toe box of the Brooks Ghost 8 was roomy enough for the toes to relax.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe laces were a bit short for one tester.
  • A runner who preferred to run in low-light conditions commented that there wasn’t enough reflective coating on the upper, which was supposed to make the shoe more visible.
  • Some consumers weren’t able to sit well with the mid-sole, which, for them, was stiff.

Bottom line

The Brooks Ghost 8 impressed runners who needed responsive cushioning and comfortable coverage. Many commended its durability because it lasted a long time and remained efficient through many uses. This road shoe’s mid-sole had some split comments because some runners felt that it was a bit stiff. Still, it became popular among neutral runners and shoe enthusiasts.

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Expert Reviews

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89 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

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Updates to Brooks Ghost 8

  • The Brooks Ghost 8 comes with impressive and new features such as the engineered mesh upper that is breathable, and comfortable. This new construction and engineering of the upper enhances the fit as well as the support in the mid-foot area while keeping the toe box roomy.
  • This shoe is also constructed with a new full-length segmented Crash Pad, leaving the ride feels more comfortable and a smoother heel to toe transition. It also provides a snap during toe-off for gait cycle support and comfort.

Brooks Ghost 8 size and fit

The Ghost 8 comes in a standard running shoe length. The toe box and the mid-foot area are both roomy and snug, and the heel area is comfortable as well. This shoe offers a true to size and width accommodation that fits well to a wide range of foot measurements.


Outsole

The Brooks Ghost 8 has an outsole of HPR Plus, which is a high abrasion resistant and offers excellent traction and durability at the same time. Slipping is never a problem whether on wet or dry grounds. This is also constructed with the Blown Rubber material for flexibility and durability while keeping responsiveness an edge.


Midsole

The Ghost 8 uses the BioMoGo DNA midsole, which is the signature midsole of Brooks brand. This is a full-length midsole made with aggressive waffle rubber that provides adaptation for an all-weather ground feel.

The midsole are also constructed with the Omni Flex Grooves for added flexibility and the Cush Pod configuration in both the outsole and midsole. The Caterpillar Crash Pad in segmented form moves with the foot when running as it provides a smooth heel-to-toe transition. It offers the stability and the soft cushioning at the same time.


Upper

The upper of the Ghost 8 is made from the Element Mesh, keeping the foot cool and dry during the performance. The Element Linings are also there under the upper mesh material. It provides moisture to comfort the foot. Synthetic Overlays are used for a snug fit and secure fit.

The Strobe Last is also used to provide flexibility and cushioning which is attached to the sole. The upper also has the Profile Sock liner made from BioMoGo foam. As a result, this shoe is soft, supportive, and comfortable for an enjoyable speed running.