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WeightMen: 10.4ozWomen: 9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 30mmWomen: 30mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, WideWomen: Narrow, Normal, Wide
Release dateAug 2017
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An all round shoe for everyday trainingMore photos
After a year of using a shoe with mild support for my everyday running, because of my pronation, I decided to give a Ghost 10.
The Ghost 10 by Brooks has a good reputation and was named ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Runner’s World magazine.
My initial experience with the shoe was very positive and I was happy with the quality of the materials. I have only found the Asics MetaRun to be of comparable quality, but the price tag for the MetaRun is almost double than that of the Ghost 10.
I must confess that I have treated my Ghost 10 shoes very badly, leaving the shoes on a balcony overnight in temperatures just above freezing and also leaving them in the sun for several hours.
However, they have never shown any faults and have always performed well.
- Support - Neutral
- Heel to toe drop - 12mm
- Heel height - 30mm
- Forefoot height - 18mm
The upper mesh is very soft. One important feature of an upper that, in my opinion, differentiates a quality shoe from an average one is the lack of plastic. The upper of the Ghost 10 doesn’t have much plastic and consequently, it is soft and durable.
One thing that I really loved from the moment I first put them on was the lacing system, which has two additional lace loops in the tongue to provide more control when you tie the laces.
The shoe is generally very comfortable and there is enough room to accommodate wide feet and big toes even in the regular version of the shoe. However, the Ghost 10 does also come in a wider and narrower version.
The Ghost 10 is true to size.
This is where most of the cushioning happen. The heel seems to be more cushioned than the forefoot. So, if you are a heel or mid-foot striker you will be alright. However, this shoe has been designed for everyday running, so it is very unlikely you are going to run on your toes.
However, I did several speed sessions in them without any issues.
The outsole is very resistant, and you don’t see any signs of wear and tear before 300km. The image below shows the outsole after 550km (340 miles). It’s not bad; I’ve seen much worse!
The Ghost 10 is a long-lasting shoe. You start to feel some signs of wear around 400km (250 miles), but unless optimal cushioning is a must for you, the Ghost 10 is usable up to 600/650km (400 miles).
The first areas of fault are the heel and the forefoot area of the outsole.
Right now, I am thinking about retiring a pair after 550km (340 miles) of use, but before I throw them away I would like to do another 100km (62miles) of easy running in them.
Runner Profile and Work out
I have seen a very wide range of runners using these shoes, from very advanced runners to occasional runners. I believe, because of the great design of this model, the Ghost 10 is suited to all neutral and very mild pronators/supinators whether you are a pro or run 5 miles a week.
In terms of workouts and running paces, I think this shoe is definitely more suited to an easy to steady pace than speed. The biggest limiting factor for a speed workout is the 12mm heel drop. When you try to run fast with these shoes on, the drop feels a bit cumbersome, but for a steady pace, it is okay.
Weight is not a problem at all, UK 7 size is only 266 grams, which makes it one of the lightest shoe in its category.
In terms of running surfaces, I found that the Ghost 10 is not just suitable for the road; I also tried them on trails without any issues and in freezing weather. However, I would share a word of caution on the grip after 350/400km (250miles). After this distance, the grip no longer functions very well, but for the first 300km (200miles) you can run on any surface you like.
The Launch 5 has less cushioning and it is a light shoe that can be used for steady running and even long-distance racing. In contrast, the Glycerin 16 is more cushioned, so if you are a heavy runner, you might consider the Glycerin 16 because of its additional cushioning and slightly lower heel drop (10mm).
Across brands, the Ghost 10’s closest rival is the Saucony Ride 10, which is the same price as the Ghost 10. In this case, the decision to go for one over the other is more personal.
I did a gait test with both of them and the results were slightly better with the Ghost 10. However, in terms of the quality of materials and durability, you definitely get more value for your money with the Ghost 10.
- Good-quality materials
- Overall, one of the best for everyday running
- Price tag (you pay for the quality)
- 12mm heel drop (10mm would provide a more natural ride)
The Ghost 10 is definitely one of the highest-quality shoes I have ever owned for easy and steady running. Durability is excellent, and even if you don’t have a perfect gait you are going to be fine with these shoes.
I have owned three pairs of this model, and as soon as the Ghost 10 goes on sale I plan to order another 2 pairs.
If you are neutral or mild pronator/supinator, you should definitely give the Ghost 10 a go!
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Brooks Ghost 10 – Built for comfort & for speedMore photos
The Brooks Ghost 10 is by far the most comfortable shoe I have ever run in.
The shoe effortlessly absorbs the impact of both long runs and fast tempo sessions, whilst remaining responsive enough for racing. I’d have no hesitation in recommending this shoe.
- Supremely comfortable
- Superior cushioning
- Secure fit and hold
- Breathable upper
- Roomy toe box
- High ride height may not suit everyone
- Lack of reflective panels
Brooks promises “the smoothest ride possible, for runners who want a plush, adaptable fit.”
A neutral ride with good cushioning is exactly what I look for in a shoe, and so I felt it was time to move away from my go-to New Balance range of shoes, and see what all the fuss is about.
I’ve now run approximately 200 miles in these shoes, and have put them through their paces on both long and short road runs, some trail running, faster intervals and a Half Marathon race, so I feel that I’ve tested them out thoroughly enough to review them.
The Ghost 10 is available in a good variety of colors, from Brooks’ traditional Blue/Black through to a range of rather less conservative colorways. I opted for a bright Yellow / Black shoe which looked smart and bright, without being too garish!
The Ghost 10 feels like a premium, well-designed shoe from the moment that you take it out of the box. Whilst the Ghost is certainly not a budget shoe, neither does it sit amongst the most expensive shoes in the shop. Despite this, the style, materials and construction seem to be of the highest quality.
The cushioning in the heel cup and ankle support are very generous, together with the padding incorporated into the tongue. Run a hand inside the shoe, and the no-sew engineered mesh surrounding the forefoot of the shoe feels exceptionally comfortable.
The midsole of the shoe appears substantial, and together with the sole, offers a thick section of foam cushioning, with the heel sitting up at 30mm, with a heel to toe drop of 12mm.
The only negative I would point out in terms of what is otherwise a great looking shoe is the lack of reflective panels/strips on the shoe. I tested this shoe in the winter, with most running being done in the dark on Welsh country lanes where it is important for cars to be able to see you.
I had initially imagined that the Brooks logo on the side of the shoe would be reflective as it appears to be, but only reflective part of the shoe is a very small oval piece labeled “DNA” on the heel of the shoe.
the New Balance 1080 v6 which is listed at 294g
As expected, my UK 13 (14.0 US) shoe weighed in heavier at 361g.
Most importantly, the Ghost 10 does not feel heavy when worn; it feels very light when I put it on, and when running.
I found the Brooks Ghost 10 to be true to size.
That is, I wore a UK 13 (US 14) which is what I’d wear in a normal, everyday shoe, and in an ASICS shoe. For comparison purposes, in shoes from New Balance, Hokas, and Salomon I’d generally need to go for a ½ size larger (UK 13 ½)
The shoe felt exceptionally comfortable right out of the box. Even before tying the laces, my foot was held securely at the heel and through the mid-section of the shoe, and the cushioning in the heel cup and the tongue made the foot feel extremely snug.
By contrast, there was plenty of room in the toe box to allow a little movement of the toes within the shoe.
Initially, I was concerned that this may lead to too much movement when running downhill for example, but because the foot was held securely, there was never any cause for concern when running, as mentioned later in the review.
An illustration of how securely the foot is held came when I arrived a little late for a group run just as the rest of the group was ready to leave. I jumped out of the car and joined them right away, and it wasn’t until we stopped a mile or so down the road that I realized that I’d forgotten to tie the laces!
Within the first week of getting the shoes, I’d run over 50 comfortable miles in them, at different paces, and did not feel any adverse rubbing in any part of the foot. After a couple of weeks, I took a run without socks for the first time in a few years, and as expected the shoes were just as comfortable.
I’d have no hesitation in recommending them to triathletes and other runners prefer running sock-free.
The upper of the Brooks Ghost 10 is made from a “seamless engineered mesh” which makes for an extremely comfortable fit.
The shoe holds the foot firmly, providing a feeling of security, whilst also allowing enough room for the foot to move a little where necessary, together with a very generous toe box.
At the front end of the shoe, is a double layer of mesh. The inside layer is tightly woven, whilst the outer has larger holes. These layers move independently of each other, allowing sufficient movement of the foot during the various components of each stride. The mesh also provides good ventilation.
Moving around the sides of the shoe, the two layers of mesh are overlaid with “3D fit print overlays” consisting of narrow bands and the Brooks decal printed onto the mesh. This provides the support within the midfoot area, contributing towards the feeling of security and holding the foot tightly throughout the stride.
Towards the back, the shoe becomes much firmer with a good, solid heel cup, and a generous level of cushioning around the ankle.
The tongue must be the most cushioned tongue I have found in a pair of running shoes. An added level of detail in the Brooks Ghost 10 is the provision of two lace loops at the top of the tongue.
I’d never previously considered that a single loop partway down the tongue favored by most manufacturers may not be the most effective way of holding the tongue in place until I’d tried these shoes.
The two loops ensure that the tongue is always held in place throughout any run. The laces in this shoe are almost “sausage-like” in appearance, with a little stretch, and while this makes no real difference to the feel of the shoe, it does mean that the laces stay tied without the need for a double knot.
In all, the upper of this shoe is excellent, providing comfort and security together with breathability. The no-sew construction ensures no rubbing or soreness while the light mesh provides fantastic ventilation and keeps the foot cool.
The sole of the Brooks Ghost 10 provides a 12mm heel to toe drop, which I was initially concerned about having done much of my recent running in a show with a 6mm drop.
I needn’t have worried – the shoes feel great to run in, and I’m sure that the absorption, cushioning and energy return provided by the midsole mean that the additional heel-toe drop has little real significance.
The midsole cushioning is provided by Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA running the length of the shoe. Brooks’ claim is that this “dynamically adapts to your stride, dispersing impact away from your body for just-right softness underfoot”.
Whilst I’m sure there’s an element of marketing-speak in this statement, I must admit that the effect felt when running is just as described. The shoes feel exceptionally comfortable when worn, whether running long, at tempo or even walking.
The outsole is made up of a “segmented crash pad” which essentially means that the outer rubber of the sole is split into sections rather than a single continuous piece of rubber.
This does give greater flexibility to the shoe, and I’m sure this contributes to the smoothness of the ride, with the various parts of the sole being able to move somewhat independently of one another to reflect the movement of the foot during take-off and landing.
The outsole is made up of blown rubber below the forefoot, and a harder carbon rubber under the heel, which has proved to be extremely durable.
In the past, I have found that some segmented soles can be prone to early wear compared to a single rubber outsole. This has not been my experience to date with this shoe.
My running style means that my shoes will generally begin to wear from the outer heel. The images, taken after 150 miles, show slight wear to the heel of the shoe.
The right-hand shoe on which I land heaviest shows a some wear to the most vulnerable sections of the sole (pictured below), but there is still plenty of the durable outer rubber remaining, and I am confident that these shoes should last for at least 400 miles.
The experience of running in these shoes far exceeded any expectations that I may have had.
After 200 miles in the shoes, I am still impressed by the comfort every time I put them on. It’s not just a matter of how the foot feels within the shoe, but the way that the shoe contributes to the overall running experience.
Even on a morning when the legs feel tired, perhaps after a hard run the previous day, the shoe seems to prevent the impact of the foot strike from being transferred to the feet and legs and within a few strides, even the most tired of legs are beginning to feel responsive again.
Similarly, the feet feel as fresh at the end of a long run as they do at the beginning.
Other than a few interval sessions, I haven’t done too much fast work in these shoes, but on the occasions that I have the shoes have responded exceptionally well.
The only race I’ve done in them to date was a Half Marathon which was completed at close to PB pace. This included approximately 3 miles of steep descent. My experience of running this section at race pace in a variety of shoes is that the legs can take a real pounding, especially for a runner of my weight.
In the Brooks Ghost, however, I found that the shoes absorbed the impact effectively, leaving the legs fresh (or as fresh as can be expected!) for the final few miles back to the finish.
Furthermore, whilst there is plenty of room in the toe box, as identified above, the foot was held in place securely so that there really was very little movement of the foot in the shoe even when coming down a steep descent at high speeds.
The shoe is designed for road use and is very well suited to the roads. The shoe can also be used on trails and does cope well with moderately uneven surfaces, holding the foot well, and providing sufficient grip. Clearly, the shoe wouldn’t perform well on severe trails, or muddy fells, but can easily accommodate a mix of surfaces.
the Hoka Clifton 2.
It has a very similar ride height to these shoes (heel height 30mm). Despite the similarities with these shoes on paper, however, the Brooks Ghost 10 delivers a superior ride in all aspects including comfort, cushioning and responsiveness.
Imagine your most comfortable pair of shoes or slippers; the ones you look forward to putting on after a long day, then imagine being able to run in them.
This is what the Brooks Ghost 10 feels like every time you put it on. On top of that, it manages to hold your foot securely whilst paradoxically providing a feeling of roominess.
I would recommend this shoe to any runner looking for a neutral, cushioned shoe, for both daily trainings, and for racing anything from 5k to marathons and beyond. In my own opinion, it is especially suited to higher mileage runners, and its superior cushioning makes it ideal for the heavier runner too.
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Brooks didn't make any significant overhauls but I do like the slight changes they did make.
Overall, I was really really impressed with it.
- Brooks made it a point to reduce the weight of the newer version of the Ghost to make the shoe more lightweight than the previous Ghost 7. The 9th version of the shoe weighed approximately 10.6 ounces (301 grams), while this most recent version weighs in at around 10.4 ounces (295 grams).
- The design of the upper was revamped to give the shoe more of an updated look. The color palette used on the fabrics is more matching and two-toned. The flashy detailing on the shoe’s predecessor was removed, giving way to minimal yet sleeker upper accents.
- Runners can choose from a sufficient range of colorways. The new version comes in subdued colors as well as colors that are eye-catching. Whatever colorway the runner chooses, the option makes the shoe look versatile enough for street-wear.
- Brooks has made the mid-foot more structured by adding an adjustable saddle construction. Now, runners can experience a more secure fit when the laces are tightened.
- Lastly, guiding eyelets were introduced to the lacing system. These eyelets are found attached at the top of the tongue. Their main purpose is to hold the tongue of the shoe in place, preventing it from moving from side to side as the runner is in motion.
The Brooks Ghost 10 comes in standard shoe sizes. Runners will be able to procure a pair in their usual size preferences. However, the width has more choices as the shoe is available in normal, narrow and wide widths. For gentlemen, the available widths are B - Narrow, D - Medium, and 2E – Wide. For the ladies, the options are 2A - Narrow, B - Medium, and D – Wide.
The outsole of the Brooks Ghost 10 is made up of two kinds of rubbers – the HPR Plus and blown rubber. The blown rubber which is also featured in the Brooks Ghost 11, covers the forefoot area of the outsole. This material offers durability and flexibility to the shoe. On the other hand, the HPR Plus covers the heel area of the outsole. It offers durability and extra traction.
Brooks’ Cush Pod Configuration is connected to the midsole. Not only do these structures enhance the cushioning of the shoe but, they also set the foot to a more balanced position from heel strike to toe-off. As a result, the forward propulsion of the runner is more efficient.
On the midsole is a fusion of Brooks’ environmentally-friendly BioMoGo and the contour-mimicking DNA foam. It is called BioMoGo DNA, and it’s a piece of technology that offers premium adaptability. This midsole material has also been used in some Brooks running shoes like the Ghost 11. Runners will be able to experience a more responsive ride with flexibility, and a good amount of energy return.
As an addition to the BioMoGo DNA, Brooks added another patented technology, the S-257 Cushsole. This compound material is used as an insole. It delivers extra cushioning from inside the shoe and makes the in-shoe feel more pleasant and comfortable.
Another Brooks technology that offers flexibility on the midsole is the Omega Flex Grooves. These ridge-like designs are found on the sides of the shoe. They allow the shoe to move together with the runner without sacrificing the cushioned feel.
Inside, the Profile Sock liner compliments the cushioning systems of the shoe. It’s an extra piece of padding that improves the in-shoe feel of the Ghost 10.
The upper is made up of engineered mesh. It provides lightweight support to the dorsal part of the foot. The breathability of this material allows air to get in, keeping the foot cool during runs and training sessions. This material also possesses elastic characteristics, so it’s able to adapt to the shape of the runner’s foot.
A few synthetic overlays were introduced to the upper to minimally help in maintaining the shape of the shoe. These overlays can be found on key parts of the shoe, namely the toe tip, the heel part and the mid-foot. Although the support of these overlays is lightweight, they still aid in delivering a better fit for runners.
As with most Brook shoes, the Ghost 10 also has the adjustable saddle construction,n which further enhances the fit of the shoe, especially in the mid-foot area. This saddle tightens when the laces are tightened, making the fit snugger.