The verdict from 21 experts and 100+ user reviews

The majority of experts agree that the shoe highlights comfort above all. They find it “exceptionally comfortable” and a model that’s “all about comfort.” 

“Not particularly memorable,” “[just a] safe choice,” “Brooks plays it safe with this one” - this is how experts find the 13th iteration of the Brooks Ghost. When compared to other daily trainers, experts just agree that “it’s not [their] favorite.” 

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Pros

  • Superb comfort
  • Stable ride
  • Breathable upper 
  • Good grip 
  • Smooth transitions 
  • Wide toe box

Cons

  • Lacks responsiveness
  • Too soft
  • Too flexible
  • Non-gusseted tongue 
  • Not durable
  • Heavy

Who should buy the Brooks Ghost 13 

Runners looking for a:

  • maximalist daily trainer for road running,
  • comfortable ride during recovery runs and slow-paced long runs. 

Who should NOT buy the Brooks Ghost 13 

Don’t buy this shoe if: 

Ghost 13 vs. 12: A familiar ride

Experts all seem to agree that the Brooks Ghost 13 “is not wildly different” from the Ghost 12. Here are some of their thoughts on the changes: 

Brooks Ghost 13 vs. Ghost 12

What got better

  • Softer underfoot feel 
  • Plusher wrap 
  • Better breathability 
  • Accommodating fit 
  • Smoother ride
  • Firmer heel adds stability
  • Ample shock protection
  • More flexibility 
  • Roomier toe box 
  • Lighter (10.1 oz over 10.4 oz)

What got worse

  • Lateral slippage

Should you upgrade? Only if you didn’t like the rigid underfoot feel in the 12 and wish it was wider and lighter.

 

Comfort amplified in Brooks Ghost 13

The comfort delivered by the new midsole and upper of the Brooks Ghost 13 received nothing but praise from almost all experts. Many are fond of the instant step-in comfort of the shoe and its stretchy plush upper. 

They describe the midsole as “far more luxurious” than other mid-range daily runners and the upper as “very soft.” 

Ghost 13 padded heel

Durability is as bad as it gets

More than half of the experts who covered the sturdiness of the shoe are in coherence about the outsole wearing fast. Some have already noticed the outsole down to half from its original thickness after 100 km and are convinced that after 200 km, the midsole is already going to be exposed! 

Ghost 13 outsole

Responsiveness is not its forte

A gripe that the majority of the experts share is that the Ghost 13 “lags behind in responsiveness.” They agree that it’s simply just not designed to go fast.

Smooth and stable ride

Experts’ comments on the Ghost 13’s ride are: “consistent and stable,” “smooth,” and “effortless transitions.” They all attribute this to the shoe’s drop (12 mm) and its full-contact outsole. 

Hefty weight

Experts who commented on weight are in sync when they say it’s heavy (10.1 oz). For reference, it’s also heavier than its competitors like the Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 (8.7 oz) and the Saucony Ride 13 (9.7 oz). 

Good grip on Ghost 13

The general consensus on the traction of the Brooks Ghost 13 is that it’s good both on wet and dry surfaces.

Ghost 13 outsole closeup

Ghost 13 forefoot outsole

Roomy fit and an even roomier toe box

If you have narrow feet, avoid the Ghost 13. Instead, you can consider the Brooks Levitate 4 which has a snugger fit.

Multiple experts who mentioned the fit of the shoe claim that it’s “roomier than the previous versions of the Ghost,” and “accommodating,” to the extent that some have experienced lateral slippage. 

The toe box allows more than enough room for natural toe splay. Some experts even found that their “toes slide around.” 

Brooks Ghost 13 wide forefoot

Ghost 13 couldn’t get more breathable than this!

Those who tackled the shoe’s breathability highly commend it. An expert who ran in the Ghost 13 during winter said that he “felt the cold icy wind.” Another who ran during summer stated that there was “no clamminess” in the shoe. 

Brooks Ghost 13 upper design

Flexible outsole

All are in agreement that the flex grooves of the Brooks Ghost 13 provides “flexibility in perfect areas to match foot motions.”  This allows for smoother foot movement and promotes the natural bend of the foot. 

If you want a stiff shoe, Ghost 13 is not it. Some experts are bothered with its flexibility as they prefer a snappy toe-off. 

Brooks Ghost 13 bent

Ghost 13 flexibility

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Rankings

How Brooks Ghost 13 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 2% road running shoes
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Top 11% Brooks running shoes
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Top 2% neutral running shoes
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Popularity

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.