Brooks Ghost 7

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Brooks Ghost 7 Review Facts

Whether you are a beginner runner or need a pair of shoes to recover from the last race you had, the Brooks Ghost 7 might be just what you’re looking for. This cushioned, responsive shoe will help you to run, and even cross train, more comfortably. The BIOMOGO DNA outsole with the deep lug pattern provides great traction and excellent grip on varied surfaces. The biggest difference from the previous version is DNA Gel is gone, which takes away from the overall cushioning.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Good cushioning
  • Responsive
  • Very comfortable
  • Good support
  • Enhanced traction and grip
  • Lightweight
  • Highly breathable
Cons
  • Could feel too narrow
  • Have caused irritation in the forefoot area
  • Discontinued
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What are buyers saying?

We have spent 4.5 hours analyzing a total of 670 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • I love the design with the stretchy laces; they stay fit and snug.
  • I cannot recommend this shoe enough. It cools well, very durable and comfy. I can easily say it is the best shoe ever, for me.
  • I would suggest a size larger but these are great and fashionable. Not enough arch support for me though.
  • These are everything I expected, they were a perfect fit, looked great and are affordable.
  • I host walking tours and these are the best for all the walking and standing I do. They are light and comfortable all day.
  • They have just the right amount of arch support for me. I love the comfort and I didn't have to break them in. I am going to keep these for a while.
  • These are a great price and have no break in time. I was in heaven, walking on clouds.
  • I have two pair that I rotate because they are so affordable. I run a lot during the week on trails and different terrain and these keep my dogs from barkin’.
  • These shoes were made for standard runners. They are light, stable and come in a variety of color options, which I liked.
  • These were the size they said they were; they went right on my feet like they snuck in and measured me in my sleep.
  • I can always and have always counted on my Brooks for durability and comfort and the 6 is no different. Buy these shoes and make your feet happy.
  • I feel that they made a mistake with the 8 model and feel they shouldn’t have changed a great shoe. The 6 is comfortable, it is light and keeps me from feeling pain in my back after long days.
  • These are a little tighter in the toe. However, I feel this will work itself out with a few uses. The sole is a lot softer though. I love my Brooks.
  • These run a little wider than average running sneakers and it is great for my wider feet. I run around 20 miles a week and these carry me through for quite a long time.
  • I bought cushioned socks to wear with these shoes and they are amazing. I have very wide feet and these accomodate them without issue. I am a daily runner and these have lasted. They are a great price too.
  • These are great for any type of training session and I cannot believe how well priced they are for the quality. I am forever a Brooks buyer.
  • I have ran over 300 miles in these and they are still ready to go. I little toe wear but nothing to cry about. These are awesome shoes and I recommend them to everyone.
  • The stitching was off and they looked a little different form one another. However, they fit wonderfully and are comfortable.
  • These feel like they are making me faster. The size has been consistent with this brand, which makes buying them online easier. These are for neutral style runners; it is refreshing to find a shoe that isn't for skinny feet.
  • I am getting ready for a marathon and these are proving to be the best shoe for this task These sneakers are durable and light and make me feel fast. I used them with no break in and have had no issues.
  • These shoes can be used from the gym to the mountains. I have taken them everywhere and tried them on so many different surfaces. They are an A+ shoe all around and I am happy with my purchase. They look good too and have a rugged feel to them.
  • Wearing these have helped me correct my outward step when I am running. My laces, however, are starting to fall apart. I wish that I had some extra ones.
  • These are for wide feet, which I have. Narrow feet may not work well with these. The sole is pillow like yet firm, taking a lot of pressure.
  • I am amazed at the support in these shoes. Great shoe, great price.
  • I have had 2 different designs in Brooks and these haven’t disappointed me; they are no different. They are durable and have great arches and cushioning. The size is true as well, which is always a plus.
Negative
  • I keep getting hard spots on these, which are creating blisters. I bought these because they were suggested by a couple doctors but they are not comfortable. Although I got these shoes recommended by running experts, I keep getting blisters, even months after the purchase.They are not comfortable.
  • My feet seem to be too wide for my normal size, by a lot.
  • These were way too small for me and I had to return them. They are a pretty cool sneaker though.
  • My shoes didn’t last very long; the fabric split too soon where the toe bends.
  • I was not impressed by these. They were too firm and didn't have any give.
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Of the 670 reviews we found in total, 12% were negative, and 88% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is made of a high quality HPR+ rubber compound which provides good traction and extended durability. The CrashPad technology integrated in the heel of the shoe provide good cushioning and promotes smoother heel to toe transitions. A blown rubber compound in the forefoot area of the outsole is softer, more cushioned and flexible for enhanced efficiency during toe offs. The combination of both technologies creates great responsiveness on different terrains. The Omega Flex Gooves all along the outsole allow more flexibility to the shoe. The shoe will respond and adapt to the movements you make when running or cross training.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The BIOMOGO DNA midsole provides great lightweight cushioning. If you are a beginner, these shoes will provide the cushioning you are looking for to start developing your own running technique comfortably. The midsole is able to adapt to the shape of your foot, so the more you use it, the more comfortable and customized it feels. The midsole provides good support and helps to provide good shock absorption for smoother transitions. The material in the midsole is durable, ensuring long lasting comfort. The Crash Pad in the heel area makes for softer landings.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The mesh upper is very breathable. The padding in the collar and tongue of the shoe generates a comfortable cushioned feeling as well as provides a good and secured fit for better support and responsiveness. The overlays are integrated in the lacing system and provide custom fit. The overlays also provide structure to the upper and make these shoes visually stand out. Some reviewers have noticed irritation caused in the for foot and toe box due to the lining material and fit.
Weight
Weight

Weight

These shoes manage to provide great cushioning and support for daily runs and training sessions without feeling heavy. Under 300 grams, they can be considered as lightweight running shoes. The average weight for the men’s shoes is 292 grams (10.2 oz.), and for the women’s is 241 grams (8.5 oz.).
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The breathable mesh upper of these shoes will keep you dry and cool during your runs and training sessions. Covered for the most part in that material, they promote a healthy perspiration inside. The sweat is able to evaporate faster, decreasing the chance of getting blisters due to excess moisture. The Ghost 7 are great to use in warm and cold conditions.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

What makes the Ghost 7 so special among reviewers is their comfort. Between the padding and midsole these shoes are comfortable enough to train in daily. Reviewers also noted that they are great for beginners. Users that suffered knee injuries found these shoes very supportive and comfortable to run in during their recovery stage. However, some reviewers found that the shoe's lining irritated their forefoot area.
Style
Style

Style

Reviewers love the way these shoes look. They have a very fresh look and there are many color options for both men and women. Reviewers though the large Brooks logo on both sides gave the shoe a sleek look. Reflective fabric positioned in the heel and the toe box makes them more visible under dark conditions.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The durability is good; however, a few reviewers stated the Ghost 7 running shoes didn’t last more than 3 months running an average of 30 miles a week. The HPR+ material in the outsole, including the blown rubber in the forefoot, extends the durability of the shoe. The BIOMOGO DNA midsole is made with high quality materials, providing long lasting cushioning and shock absorption.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The BIOMOGO DNA midsole and the Caterpillar Crash Pad provide good shock absorption. There is a reason why these shoes are favored as recovery shoes- the impact of landings is well absorbed and distributed, so your knees and hips get minimal impact from landings. These shoes are also very breathable, so you will be protected from blisters caused excess moisture.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The responsiveness in the Ghost 7 is very good. Designed and built to provide good support and cushion, these shoes will promote more efficient runs and are great for beginners that are developing their running technique. From the outsole to the upper, they adapt to the shape of your feet and allow for natural movement.
Support
Support

Support

These shoes support many foot types and running styles. They are not built to support overpronators or underpronators, but as neutral and well cushioned shoes, they provide the necessary support for most kinds of runners. Heavy runners state that these shoes provide just enough cushioning and responsiveness so they can go on daily runs without any discomfort or injuries. Runners with plantar fasciitis have reviewed these shoes favorably, as they help them to run comfortably without using orthopedic insoles. However, the fit can be tricky. For some people they feel wide, while for others they feel narrow, so we suggest that you try them on first if possible.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The lug pattern and solid traction make these shoes very versatile in terms of the terrains on which they perform their best. Runners have used them as training shoes, others as daily running shoes and others have even have done cross fit training in them. However, they perform best on roads, light gravel and tracks. The Ghost 7 also works well on grassy surfaces, even under wet conditions. They are also great as walking shoes or for standing for long periods of time. Their performance and durability may decrease if worn for trail running and hiking.
Price
Price

Price

The price of these shoes has been stable since they were released and come in at an affordable suggested retail price of $120 USD. Some beginners may not want to spend that much on running shoes, but we recommend that you try these shoes first - the cushioning and responsiveness may persuade you
Traction
Traction

Traction

The HPR+ rubber compound from the outsole provides good traction on a variety of surfaces, even under wet conditions. The lug pattern enhances multi directional traction while promoting smoother heel to toe transitions. The Blown Carbon rubber provides enhanced grip for more powerful take offs, while the Crash Pad unit in the heel area provides for softer and more secure landings. You get good traction overall from these very responsive shoes.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Omega Flex Grooves promote optimal flexibility to the shoes. They are built to be flexible despite the thickness of the outsole and midsole. As very cushioned shoes, you would not expect them to be as flexible as they are. The flexibility of the Books Ghost 7 is good enough that they will not need a break in period. These shoes are flexible enough that you can bend them with your hands. The Blown Carbon rubber compound, especially in the forefoot area, is lighter and more flexible than other rubber compounds.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Thanks to the high level of cushioning these shoes provide good stability overall. The lacing system provides a secure fit. The heel cup locks your foot in a stable position for smoother runs. The drop also contributes to the stability of the shoe. A high stack midsole and outsole combination providing a high drop, making for a stable shoe.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe. The Brooks Ghost 7 running shoes have a 12 mm drop. The drop from these shoes is the same for both men and women. The drop of these shoes promotes a very cushioned heel strike that will keep you moving forward with ease.
Key Features of the Brooks Ghost 7
Key Features of the Brooks Ghost 7

Key Features of the Brooks Ghost 7

• BIOMOGO DNA midsole
• BIOMOGO insole technology
• Caterpillar Crash Pad
• Omega Flex Grooves
• Mesh upper
• Blown Carbon rubber in the forefoot
• HPR+ rubber component
• Reflective units in the rear and forefoot
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

The Brooks Ghost 7 running shoes are ideal for beginners that are looking for plush cushioning in their shoes. The great shock absorption properties of these shoes puts them among reviewers’ favorite shoes for recovery runs. Reviewers that had suffered knee and hipinjuries find these shoes very supportive and protective. A breathable mesh will keep you cool and dry for longer. Some undesirable and uncomfortable friction has been experienced by some users during long runs. We recommend to try them first if you can. Newer versions of this shoe are no available.