The Ghost 9 after around 100 miles

84 / 100 by Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

These shoes look as good as the very classy and well made Asics Kayano 21. My third pair of Brooks Ghost in the past 6 years.

With the added training miles of June and July, I am beginning to wonder why I don't simply stop my searching for the perfect shoe and vow to stay with the Ghost!

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.



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

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

The toe box is generous, tall and wide and with a well made and stitched toe box cap or bumper.




Brooks uses an advanced foam cushioning they call BioMoGo which is friendlier to the environment than any other foam. BioMoGo does not hang around in a landfill for hundreds of years after being retired, which is very good for the planet.

There is also the very advanced and innovative "DNA" which adds another dimension to the Ghost, best described as "Adaptive Cushioning" it changes properties depending on the runner’s gait, pace and weight.

When at the end of a long run and I begin to heel strike more than usual, the Ghost does not punish me for my bad form.

Heel and forefoot cushioning are superb and only matched by such shoes as the Nike Vomero and Brooks Glycerin.


When Rubber Meets the Road

The outer sole has HPR Plus rubber in high abrasion areas for durability. With deep flex grooves to help with flexibility while the full-length crashpad allows for a smooth landing & transition to toe-off.

The crashpad is simply the shoe bottom. The Ghost has nearly full ground contact from heel to toe making for better grip and stability. 

There is very little wear showing at close to 90-100 miles.  All Brooks shoes I have owned seem to be very durable.




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



Rear reflectors are excellent, however I found 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.

Did you know that being struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph (40 km) is equivalent to a fall from a 2 story building? A 45 mph (72km) impact is equivalent to falling from 6 story building!
Imagine the bodily damage you would sustain if you jumped from the top of a 6 story building.


Nothing more sad

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.



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.



Weight                     12.3 oz.  348 gr
Sizes                         US 12, EU 46, UK 11
Widths                     Medium, Narrow, EE Wide
Heel to Toe Drop   12mm
Colors                       Wide Variety of Blues, Greens, Reds


Things to Check when Shopping

  1. Ankle clearance – Do your ankles rub the collar? This will be worse on uneven road!
  2. Toebox height – Check with your winter socks on, black toenails are bad.
  3. Bunion clearance – Think about selecting  a supplier that allows you to run for a few days or more to check new shoes for discomforts you would never detect by simply trying them on.



The more I run in the Ghost 9 the more I like them. I am becoming increasingly confident in the Ghost 9 as the miles begin to add up.



There is more to the engineering challenges than making a shoe lighter, 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!

Frank DuCett

Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

My name is Frank DuCett, living and running in the Heartland of America. My love is the long lonesome road half marathons of Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. My training of 20 - 30 miles weekly is dedicated to staying under 2 1/2 hours for the 13.1 mile distance into my 70s and beyond. I run alone and without earbuds, enjoying the solitude and true sensations of the act.

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