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  • 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

    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

    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
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 10.6oz
    Women: 9.1oz
  • 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
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Jul 2016
  • Special editions
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Summary

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

12 reasons to buy

  • The Brooks Ghost 9 is almost unanimously commented upon by reviewers as very comfortable.
  • The price is around the norm for neutral trainers with good cushioning.
  • Most of the reviewers noted that it is quite light for a lot of shoe.
  • It has excellent traction, according to several.
  • The arch support of the 9th version of the Ghost is fantastic for a neutral runner, based on the comments of a good number of runners.
  • It has enough firmness to feel responsive, as remarked by a handful.
  • Several have used it for gym workouts without any issues.
  • A few noticed how good the shoe felt, even right out of the box.
  • The new stack height brings it a bit closer to the ground for heightened ground feedback.
  • The cushioning absorbs impact very well, as reported by many runners.
  • More than a handful of runners appreciated the Ghost 9’s durability.
  • A good number of those who are constantly on their feet loved the cushioning and support of this shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several fans of the series continue to wish for a lower heel to toe drop than the current 12mm difference.
  • A few runners wanted better color combinations.
  • Some users experienced rubbing on their toes, whether they were working out or running.
  • A small number of Ghost fans were angry that the laces come undone sometimes.

Bottom line

The Ghost 9 is sturdy, reliable, and versatile trainer that seamlessly provides the needs of runners looking for a tempo trainer or a well-cushioned version that can take on the poundings of a daily run. It has a superb arch support and quite responsive for a shoe with more than sufficient cushioning. The reasonable price tag is another reason to grab a pair of this very popular shoe from Brooks.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 29 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    The Ghost 9 after around 100 miles

    These shoes look as good as the very classy and well made Brooks has hit the perfect balance of comfort, value and performance. I have shoes at home that are equal to the Ghost 9 in some ways, but not noise. Nothing is as quiet as a Ghost!

    I think I know which shoes will be at the starting line on race day.

    Run Happy! Run Safe!

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  • 80 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    Home again in Indiana, with the Ghost

    This is my third pair of the Brooks Ghost in the last 6 years and as I start to put on the added springtime miles I am beginning to wonder why!

    The Ghost is made by Brooks Sports, Inc. a manufacturer of running shoes and apparel, based in the city of Seattle, the State of Washington, U.S.A.

    The Brooks Ghost is a neutral road shoe with a very high level of cushioning, suited to a wide variety of runners for any distance.  Most runners however, would consider this to be a half or full marathon shoe where cushioning is more important than speed.

     

    Upper

    A well designed upper without overlays or stitching over the forefoot is made of engineered mesh.
    Engineered mesh is simply mesh material that has its thickness, composition, hole patterns & other properties arranged to provide shape, flexibility and ventilation.

    This model is well ventilated. There is also a GTX version of the Ghost, available for the winter or wet weather.

    The toebox is generous, tall and wide.

    Midsole

    A dual density variation of EVA foam called BioMoGo is used, and is friendlier to the environment than regular EVA. It does not hang around in a landfill for hundreds of years after being retired, which is good.

     

     

    There is also DNA which adds another dimension to the Ghost, best described as Adaptive Cushioning that changes its properties depending on the runner's gait, pace and weight.

    I am not totally convinced that DNA works well for me as it was more fun to experience it in the Brooks Launch 4. Perhaps it would work better for a heavier runner, I am 146 lbs. 66kg.

    I wonder if DNA is more of a marketing response to the many new foams from other running shoe brands.
    Here are the links to help explain the concept of Brooks DNA and BioMoGo.

    Outer Sole

    The rubber material that meets the road appears to be durable, wearing slightly better than the some other brands I have used. There is almost no evidence of wear on this Ghost after 60 miles.

    The deep flex grooves help with flexibility while the full-length crashpad allows for a smooth landing & transition to toe-off, while providing excellent grip.
    The crashpad is simply the shoe bottom. The Ghost has nearly full ground contact from heel to toe.

    Lacing

    Flat laces ease pressure on the top of the foot and they seem to remain tied.

    They are a little too long so I often shorten my laces by taking out a 2 or 3 inch section from the center of each lace, and sewing back the 2 shorter pieces.

    Safety

    Rear reflectors are excellent, however there are no other reflectors.

     

     

    You may consider adding reflective material or reflective laces and carrying a light after dark, while being ready to jump out of the way of "busy" drivers.

    Performance

    These shoes are what is needed for most of us to finish the long race or training run, and still standing and able to go to work or the Cafe that night or the next day, without people asking " what happened to you?"

    Quality

    Its made of the highest quality materials and is mostly of good workmanship. The stitching under the sockliner is poorly done but should be functional.

     

    Specifications

    12.3 oz
    348 gr
    Sizes                             US 12, EU 46, UK 11
    heel height                   30mm
    forefoot height            18mm
    heel to toe drop           12mm

    Available in D medium, narrow and wide

    I contacted Brooks and found that there are no gender-specific considerations other than colors and sizes.

    My faulty goal

    I am always looking for the perfect shoe. I have found the perfect shoe several times.

    They had names like Kayano, Nimbus and Pegasus but they were changed with the introduction of  "seamless this" and "engineered that" with much too narrow and shallow toeboxes!

    Wonderful models gone forever, my search continues.

    Things To Check When Shopping

    1. Ankle clearance - Do your ankles rub the collar? They will be worse on uneven road!
    2. Toebox height -  Check with your winter socks on, black toenails are bad.
    3. Bunion clearance - Think about a supplier that allows you to run for a few days or more to check, as this is a very important feature.

    Pros

    • Plush all over
    • Tongue never slides
    • Ride is smooth and very quiet
    • Feels lighter than scale reads
    • Sockliner is also BioMoGo

    Cons

    Interesting & Sad Fact

    In 2007 an employee of the Brooks company was struck by a car while out running, she later died of her injuries. To this day Brooks has her initials LD on the Defyance model.

    Conclusion

    I am increasing my mileage in preparation for a local Half Marathon and alternating between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17. I am not certain yet as to which shoe I will be at the starting line on race day.

    On one very early morning of my last Half Marathon, I looked at my Ghost 8 shoes and then looked at the Asics GT 2000-4 again. At the last minute, I decided to run with the Asics.

    It was a good choice, I felt more confident with the Asics, but either shoe would have worked.
    All of these shoes are equal to the Ghost 9 in almost every way, except noise.

     

     

    Nothing is as quiet as a Ghost!

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  • 86 / 100 | Phidippides TV

    The current version, however, has returned to its glory with a roomier toe box, a little more flexibiliy, and a little softer ride.

  • 90 / 100 | TF XC Running Shoe Reviews

    It's a premium cushioned shoe for a good price!

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Updates to Brooks Ghost 9

  • Seriously modifying an extremely popular model was very risky for Brooks. However, the myriad of changes presented in the Ghost 9 only improved its fit and performance and should make the shoe a true contender for “Best Shoe” in the opinions of many runners.
  • Brooks unveils changes from top to bottom in the 9th instalment of the Ghost. A very good news for runners is the updated 30mm heel height from the 35mm of the previous version. While the shoe maintains the 12mm heel offset, the significant drop in stack height gives it a closer to the ground feel than ever and enhances ground perception.
  • Another huge update for runners is the full-length crash pad. It gives runners a more flexible platform and helps the runners during high-mileage runs maintain their foot strikes. The update should also improve shock-absorption, regardless of where the runner lands.
  • The fit changes for the better in the Ghost 9 as a roomier toe box should delight those with flat, inflexible, and slightly wider feet. Mid-run swelling is easily accommodated with the added space in this area.
  • The upper undergoes a major makeover. It is now seamless for a more refined look and to reduce risk of developing hot spots or blisters. The new engineered mesh offers excellent breathability and wraps the foot in comfort and support.
  • Brooks makes the outsole lugs not as aggressive as before to give this road shoe a smoother ride. From the large square pods, it now uses tamer square and rectangular pods.

Brooks Ghost 9 size and fit

Brooks comes up with aces in the upper of the Ghost 9. The new seamless upper provides a more sock-like fit and adds support, particularly to the midfoot. A roomier toe box than the last Ghost edition gives runners with different types of feet to be really comfortable in this shoe. The swelling during high-mileage runs should be no problem with this wide toe box. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole is divided into countless square and rectangular pods with cut outs, giving the pods even more articulation. Together with the prominent Omega Flex Grooves, these provide a flexible ride with smooth toe offs. A huge cut out in the heel to the midfoot allows a bit more compression for that cushioned ride. Brooks covers the heel and other areas of the Ghost 9 with durable carbon rubber while the forefoot and midfoot are mostly made of blown rubber for better traction.


Midsole

The BioMoGo DNA spans the length of the midsole for consistent, durable and responsive cushioning. As with a full-length midsole foam application, the transition from landing to take-off becomes a bit smoother. New to this structure is the full-length crash pad that helps the cushioning and shock-absorbing features of the shoe. Runners who may break down in form during high-mileage runs will find the new crash pad in the 9th iteration of the Ghost to be quite beneficial.


Upper

The completely seamless upper features a very open mesh that guarantees a very breathable run. Brooks provides an engineered mesh that has the right flexibility and support that it can do away with several of the substantial overlays of the previous model. The tongue and ankle collar have moderate padding while the interior oozes with comfort from the plush fabric lining.