The Brooks Ghost 6 is the next generation of trail running shoes from Brooks. If you are looking for a well-balanced running shoe, I highly recommend the Ghost 6; these are an ideal option that will stand up to the demands of running. They were named by Runner’s World as “Editor’s Choice” in the Fall Shoe Guide in their September 2013 issue, the fourth straight version of the Ghost to earn the honor. If you have never tried them, prepare to be amazed!
Keep reading our in-depth Brooks Ghost 6 review to find out if it is worth the investment.
After spending the past few months in shoes with a low heel to toe drops and minimal cushioning, I realized that Brooks' Ghost 6 Running Shoe was one of the best pairs of running shoes I've ever owned. Ghost 6 offers "a sweet balance of cushioning, weight, and everyday durability". I loved the soft, smooth ride. No odd pains or ankle strains & my legs were not as fatigued as they had been.
The toe box is tapered perfectly and fits my forefoot like a glove. The heel wraps around my ankle to provide support but allow for proper movement. Additional padding around the heel and collar keep the shoe securely in place and prevent uncomfortable rubbing or chafing.
The Ghost 6 features no-sew overlays in the forefoot, which reduces potential friction spots and helps to structure the fit. I like a wider room toe box than most Nike shoes afford and have normal pronation with only minimal heel strike. My only complaint is they were a little too tight in the toe.
My big toes developed small blisters on the outside corners. If your feet run a little long, I might recommend ordering a half size up.
With a waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX membrane keeps your feet dry and comfortable. Some of the materials on the upper have been made thinner, and more of the overlays are welded with heat, instead of sewed on, however, the overall feel of the upper is unchanged. As in previous editions, the upper controls heat and moisture well, even though rainy runs, and be quickly dried.
I found the sole unit of the Ghost 6 to be extremely durable, as in previous versions. It holds up well through the miles on pavement, even uneven, rocky paths, and cracked non-technical trails, and on the track. Ghost 5 lasted comfortably for about 450 miles, and the Ghost 6 seem to have the same capability.
The Ghost’s sole unit in this version has a significant update that enhances the more responsive ride. The caterpillar crash pad has again been extended, wrapping all around the heel. The indentations in the crash pad are designed to continue as the shoe makes contact, helping the running feel the ground and preparing for a more responsive ride and adding additional shock absorption.
I overpronate and have slightly low arches, and feel safe in these. However, I think that Brooks Ghost 6 is lighter than the other versions of the Ghosts, but it seems to be less stable than others.
For a moderately lightweight shoe, they have great cushioning suited to long runs. I was surprised by how heavy they were in my hands, at first sight, I thought the sole seemed too big; however, when running into them; they were a lightweight product.
Brooks always offers an excellent style for each product. The style is simple but attractive; the color is easy on the eyes. I am entirely conquered by nice looking at this running shoe line. I’m sure that many customers also have the same idea as me.
It is the newest edition of Brooks’ best-selling neutral shoe. Brooks Ghost 6 Running Shoe is considered an expensive product. For me, however, t's deserves that price because it gives me a high-quality pair of shoes, a comfortable feeling when run, creates more motivation for me to run harder.
The change that I notice at first sight is that the plastic shank located just under the arch has been removed and that the sole unit is now flat. Because of this change, the shoe makes full ground contact from heel to toe.
- Rubber sole
- Weight: 10.4 oz.
- Profile (Heel): 34.6 mm
- Profile (Forefoot): 24.1 mm
- Drop from heel to forefoot: 10.5 mm
Finally, the Brooks Ghost 6 is an extremely well-balanced shoe—striking the perfect mix of cushioning, without heavyweight and support without sacrificing responsiveness or smoothness. The shoe is suited to daily training and for high mileage runs. Purchasing the Brooks’ products, you not only satisfy yourself but also contribute to protecting our environment thanks to its environmentally-friendly cushioning system. Recommended: Good running shoes for women.