Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Some users appreciated the Brooks Ghost 10’s high-performance construction.
  • A lot of testers with foot issues were happy that the shoe did not cause foot pain.
  • There were people who recognized the above average shock absorbing capacity of the midsole.
  • A majority of users stated that the shoe felt very comfortable.
  • Based on a number of reviews, the sole unit felt sturdy yet comfortable and less bulky.
  • Some narrated that they felt like they were running on clouds or air with the shoe on.
  • Most runners mentioned that the shoe felt like it was well made.
  • Reviewers appreciated the inclusion of a shoelace holder at the top of the tongue.

6 reasons not to buy

  • One person observed the sole unit coming loose after only wearing it four times.
  • Some reviewers reported that the underfoot platform was too low to the ground and that the quality of cushioning was sacrificed.
  • Someone was unhappy about not getting enough arch support from the shoe.
  • Another tester noticed that the sides and top of the shoe were starting to deteriorate after merely two weeks of use.
  • There was a reviewer who revealed that the shoe did not have an effective grip on wet surfaces.
  • A few runners said that the quality of the shoe is poor.

Bottom line

The Brooks Ghost 10 is a neutral running shoe that delivers both comfort and performance. It’s an ideal shoe for light training, tempo road running, long runs, and everyday use. Possessing minor yet significant updates from its predecessor, it brings runners a more cushioned, smoother, and adaptive ride.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick
Better rated than the previous version Brooks Ghost 7

Expert Reviews

90 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 |

    Comfortable innovation

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    I am going to conduct a 50-mile long road review of the new Brooks Ghost 10.

    This will allow me the time to get to know these shoes fairly well and to run a variety of roads and distance, including some surprisingly steep Southern Indiana hills.

    There are no mountains on the map, but they are there if you're on a bicycle or running.

    The Brooks Ghost 10

    The Brooks Ghost 10 falls into the neutral/cushioned category of a road shoe.

    The new Ghost is of medium weight and has terrific forefoot and heel cushioning. Adding to this already great cushioning is a well-shaped toe box that does not mock or tortures the shape of the human foot.

    This my third go around with the Brooks Ghost versions over the past 7 years, and I would say the best version to date.

     

    Outsole

    To begin, there is the HPR Plus, a very durable rubber compound in the heel area, while a blown rubber compound is used in other areas of the outsole, providing excellent cushioning and some very effective noise damping.

    The heel is segmented, helping to cushion the landing of heel strikers. There are deeply cut grooves in the outer sole, helping with flexibility and making for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

    The Ghost 10 has an excellent footprint, helping to provide good traction. As with every Ghost version, they are the quietest shoe ever.

     

    Midsole

    This area is where the Brooks scientists seem to have been the busiest, dreaming up things like DNA and BioMoGo, two great innovations.

    BioMoGo is a Brooks foam that provides excellent cushioning, as most quality foams do, but the BioMoGo is designed to break down in landfills much sooner than most other foams, this makes the BioMoGo’s material very earth friendly. Most EVA foams last thousands of years in landfills.

    DNA is another component of the midsole, this material adapts to your pace, providing a firmer platform when you're running hard and softer as you slow.
    Brooks refers to their DNA as a non-Newtonian material.

    The way in which all of these midsole components work together, produce a light, responsive and cushioned shoe.

     

    Upper

    The Ghost 10 uppers are made out of an engineered mesh with high-density printed layers called 3D Stretch Print. These "strips" of material do a good job of giving the shoe a bit of structure.

    This Brooks model was built using the highest quality materials at a time when many shoes are beginning to suffer from cost-cutting decisions. The Ghost, happily remains a high-quality shoe, with materials that stand out in the crowd. 

    While the previous model, the Ghost 9 rubbed me wrong in the area just behind of my big toe, the version 10 does not. The toe box is well secured with stitches but you have to look hard to find any other stitches on these shoes.

    Tongue, Collar, Laces

    In this year's Ghost, a second lace-stay was added to keep the tongue in place, this worked extremely well.

    The tongue and collar are also very well padded, and provide excellent comfort. The laces are flat and somewhat elastic, adding to a comfortable fit, I would say that the laces are about 25% elastic.

     

    Specifications

    Size:                                44 E.U. (12 U.S.)
    Weight:                           332gr.
    Arch Type:                      Medium-High.
    Support:                          Neutral-Cushioning
    Ankle Clearance:            Yes.
    Flexibility:                       Medium.
    Heel-Toe Offset:             12mm.
    Above Toe Clearance:    Medium-High.
    Toe Box Width:               Medium.
    Miles Tested:                  80 km / 50 mi.
    Tester’s Weight:              61 kgs / 146 lbs.
    Reflectors:                       Rear only.
    Cost:                                 $ 120. USD

    Pros

    • Smooth and silent transition
    • Cushioning in forefoot and heel
    • Innovative design and materials

    Cons

    • Poor quality control on upper mesh placement-positioning

    Running in the Ghost

    These shoes did not hamper my running, they helped me along by not fighting my every step with stiffness or with worry about losing more toenails in tight toe boxes.

    My first outing was a dark and early morning 8k at -3 degrees C. The chances of being struck by a deer at that hour are greater than being hit by a car in this area of Southern, Indiana. You tend to think of things when you run, this morning I thought " It's no wonder I got my best half-marathon time wearing the Ghost." 

     

     

    Like the new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, this shoe simply sails along as effortless as can be, it is a real smooth and quiet roadster, well suited for half or full marathons.

    The Brooks products are entering a period that may very well be their finest hour. Everything about this Ghost says "Relax, Cruise, and Enjoy".

    The Ghost is one of those rare shoes that bring out your best and actually makes running easier. You don't need to be at you best every day with the Ghost, just put them on and head out the door.

    There was no visible wear at 25 miles and, only slight noticeable wear after 50 miles.

    Compared to last year's Version 9

    The previous version 9 is a tough act to follow, it is such a good shoe.

    The Ghost version10 is 26 grams lighter than the Version 9 while being slightly more flexible and having a more compliant-comfortable upper.

    Compared to Asics GT 2000 5

    I dare compare the Asics, a stability shoe with the Ghost, a neutral-cushioned shoe because they are so similar. The Asics GT2000-5 is stiffer and much noisier than the Ghost, it is nearly impossible to run silently with the Asics.

    The Asics Gel cushions your impact while sending the energy outward before bouncing you back up, the Brooks DNA cushions your impact but then stiffens as a reaction to your gait-pace-effort.

    The Asics has better cushioning for me,  however, a faster runner interested more in speed than comfort might prefer the reactive Brooks DNA.

    Quality

    I would rather have a shoe of mediocre parts expertly assembled that the world's best components simply thrown together in a haphazard manner.

    The engineered mesh over the forefoot of each shoe was misaligned, making these shoes clearly defective. Haphazard construction is a failure in quality control, but more importantly a failure in pride.

     

    Summary

    Brooks could have done a better job than with the Ghost 10 assembly.

    The Ghost 10 is comfortable, well cushioned, good looking and durable and is well suited for any distance you care to run. This is the perfect half marathon or longer shoe that is suited for nearly everyone!

  • 100 / 100 |

    An all round shoe for everyday training

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    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.

    Specs

    • Support - Neutral
    • Heel to toe drop - 12mm
    • Heel height - 30mm
    • Forefoot height - 18mm

    Upper

    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.

     

    Fit

    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.

     

    Insole

    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.

    Outsole

    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!

     

    Durability

    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.

     

    Comparison

    Compared with the Launch 5 and Glycerin 16, two other neutral Brooks models, the Ghost 10 is most suitable for the demands of everyday running.

    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.

    Pros

    • Good-quality materials
    • Comfort
    • Overall, one of the best for everyday running

    Cons

    • Price tag (you pay for the quality)
    • 12mm heel drop (10mm would provide a more natural ride)

    Conclusion

    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!

  • 80 / 100 | RIZKNOWS | | Level 2 expert

    Brooks didn't make any significant overhauls but I do like the slight changes they did make.

  • 80 / 100 | SwiftRunners | Level 2 expert

    Overall, I was really really impressed with it.

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  • 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.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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