Summary

We spent 7.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A lot of reviewers say that the Brooks Ghost 12 GTX is flexible. 
  • It is highly durable, remarked some.
  • Many laud its ample cushioning. 
  • Several claim that it helps improve their performance.
  • Quite a few commend the responsiveness delivered by the shoe. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer states that it feels a little too stiff. 
  • It causes slight discomfort, noted some. 

Bottom line

A special version to the Brooks Ghost series, the Ghost 12 GTX is hailed by many for its reliable functions. As indicated by its name, this running shoe is waterproof, allowing a maximized and safe running experience even during muddy and rainy conditions. For its price, the Brooks Ghost 12 GTX boasts long-lasting durability, flexibility, and support. 

Facts

Base model: Brooks Ghost 12
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.4oz | Women: 10.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Fit: Medium heel, Medium toe box
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Material: Mesh upper, Rubber sole
Features: Breathable | Cushioned
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: BioMoGo, Gore-Tex
Heel height: Men: 31mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm
Release date: Jun 2019
Brand: Brooks
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal
Price: $160
Colorways: Black
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 9/10
Comfort 6/10
Traction 7/10
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97 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 97 / 100 | Adam and Krista's Adventures | Level 1 expert

    The lateral heel portion of the shoe actually has a very soft compound compared to the rest of the sole.

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- One of the noteworthy features in the Brooks Ghost 12 GTX is its modernized look with its new and updated 3D Fit Print placed as overlays to the shoe’s upper. This provides structural support and stability to the shoe. 

- The Gore-Tex®️ protective membrane also lends a waterproof quality to the shoe, allowing the users more versatility in terms of running conditions.

The Brooks Ghost 12 GTX is available in standard sizing scheme for both men and women. 

The technical component affecting the fit of the shoe is the 3D Fit Print that is added to the shoe to provide structural support and fit. For snug fit and flexibility, the shoe employs an engineered mesh upper that is also found in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19. The traditional lace-up closure of the shoe provides an adjustable fit. 

This road running shoe is comprised of soft blown rubber in the forefoot that provides stability. It also secures a light cushioning and good ground traction and grip. 

For optimized forefoot flexibility, segmented Omega Flex Grooves are supplied to the Ghost 12 GTX. This technology allows natural movement from the forefoot.

The BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a responsive ride. The DNA LOFT foam in the heel of the Ghost 12 GTX delivers a plush cushioning while maintaining durability and responsiveness. The BioMoGo midsole is also recognized as the world’s first-ever biodegradable midsole for running shoes. 

A full-length segmented Crash Pad is also furnished to the shoe for a smoother transition and assists the landing of the foot. This evenly distributes the impact of the foot strike. This component is also found in other Asics running shoes

To accommodate orthotics, a removable cushioned footbed is added to the Brooks Ghost 12 GTX. This removable cushioned footbed also has arch support that strengthens the overall support given by the shoe.

The Brooks Ghost 12 GTX features an engineered mesh upper that provides flexibility and security. Along with it is the 3D Fit Print of the shoe that provides structural support and stability. The shoe is also aided with reflective materials for low-light hours. 

Gore-Tex®️ Protection contains a waterproof membrane that keeps out wet elements while equipping the shoe with added breathability. 

Traditional lace-up closure is incorporated into the shoe to allow an adjustable fit. 

The Brooks Ghost 12 GTX also features a slightly padded tongue and collar for added cushioning and comfort.

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