Brooks Ghost 9
The Brooks brand of Ghost series is in their neutral line-up and is one of their hallmarks, extremely popular among runners, and well commended for the Brooks Ghost 9. I had the opportunity to test them myself, totaling 60 miles through 10 sessions, and really enjoyed the overall experience.
The last Brooks brand I owned were the Ghosts 7’s, which were very good in their own respect. But, I definitely find the Brooks Ghost 9 a superior shoe. The Brooks Ghost 9 have the same performance made better, reflecting improvements over the years. As noted, there were similarities of effective features, which is great.
This also shows loyalty to what the model actually is. I’m not one to enjoy the change to already effective characteristics, so I certainly love when updates can reflect on those aspects. Let’s take a closer look and see how the Brooks Ghost 9 performed.
- Ample cushioning in the upper providing all-around comfort
- Ample breathability while providing enough overlay support for stability
- Underfoot cushioning and flexibility via their midsole BioMogo DNA technology and incorporated flex grooves.
- Price is decent but not amazing
- Less flexible than other minimalist shoes
- The midsole offset is a bit higher than it needs to be in my opinion
In my experience, the outsole performance of the Brooks Ghost was effective and while running on concrete I had solid traction through the duration of that run. As I write this review, it's been pretty wet out, but that didn't hinder the ability to get my run sessions in.
In terms of durability, the outsole’s material should help prevent wear and tear to the midsole, as it's the piece that's constantly in impact with the ground's surface. I have not noticed any significant wear and tear, but I definitely should not have only 60 miles in the bag so far, so I will keep running!
The composition of the BioMoGo is formulated to provide the right amount of cushion, contingent to each particular impact and how much force is generated on that impact.
This material is different from midsole structures more commonly seen because it is adaptive rather than having a set amount of cushion at the strike, hence the term "DNA". I found the shoes quite comfortable right out of the box, much more so than previous models of the Ghost.
The cushioning of the Brooks Ghost felt just right. Overall, the midsole is very impressive, particularly this BioMoGo material which I must say, does its job very well.
This mesh inherently allows for appropriate breathability and the ability to stretch due to its woven nature, providing an overall more effective structure. The tongue and interior are well cushioned, making the upper one of the more comfort contributing components of the shoe.
My personal rating, the upper offered quite a bit more comfortability than my current Nike that I run in more regularly, so in terms of what I would rate the upper a 4.7/5. It's a very comfortable shoe, period.
As for breathability, I didn’t have any issues with foot sweat with the Brooks Ghost 9, though this is to be expected for most quality shoes with as much mesh integration. As a whole, the engineered mesh does its job quite well, and the upper stood out in regards to its cushion and flexibility.
Heavier shoes have a tendency to offer a bit more cushioning, but a less minimal and natural feeling stride, while shoes with lighter weights often give a more natural range of motion, but have a bit less capacity for protection. The Brooks Ghost 9 weighs 10.6 ounces.
This weight is very average in accordance with conventional running shoes of the same type. The weight is definitely not a negative, but it's not a substantial positive either. Everyday footwear taken into consideration, it's a very lightweight shoe and won't present any limitations to your longer runs.
The Brooks Ghost 9 doesn't have any problems when it comes to its ability to regulate airflow, predominantly due to the engineered mesh, that is woven in a way that allows adequate air to flow in and out freely, with larger holes in the forefoot area than you would see in most other shoes with the same type of mesh.
How was my experience in particular? Well, from indoor treadmill runs in a heated gym, to outdoor miles, I have yet to notice anything to complain about in this aspect. The breathability of the Brooks Ghost 9 is definitely up to par with the best.
The Brooks Ghost 9 is a very comfortable shoe as mentioned before and holds a much higher emphasis on the soft comfort factor than the previous Ghost model in my opinion. Despite the comfort, the shoes didn’t feel overly cushioned which is something to appreciate. What do I mean by that?
Well, have you ever stepped into a shoe that was quite comfortable only to find it to be much too restrictive in the long run? You won't get that overly restricted feeling here.
The primary components of its provided comfort were the upper's composition of engineered mesh, plush cushioning within the shoe and its special BioMoGo foam midsole keeping the shock of ground strikes to a minimum.
With a plush comfort collar, you will avoid rashes or irritation in the back of the foot area where the Achilles tendon meets the heel. Combined, you get a very comfortable shoe, period.
The overall design is quite clean, and the shoe is available in a wide range of bright or discreet colors for both men and women.
Personally, I wouldn’t use the Brooks Ghost 9 as an everyday shoe, but for those who might like a sportier look, they definitely are a viable choice. The Brooks Ghost 9 is quite solid overall in terms of style and design.
The carbon and blown rubber are the main components of this, as they are sturdy materials that are known for being able to endure the test of the road. The midsole does equally well by retaining its springiness and shape without buckling under the pressure of too many run sessions as you may see with shoes made of lower quality midsole rubber.
No significant wear and tear are noticed over the course of ten runs and about sixty miles. It will take another 60 miles to give another update, so stay tuned.
I have no complaints about this aspect. Not once did I feel exposed to external hazards, but rather quite secure at all times. Although you don't get the most protective, and sturdy shoe here, and it doesn't have a full coverage overlay, you do get a good enough balance, and great performance for the road.
Just remember that it's a road shoe and you won't have any issues here, just ample protection.
This material does a substantial job of returning energy based on the force of impact. This midsole technology is unique to Brooks shoes, as most are made of pure EVA foam which tends to be a staple term in the world of running. Now, from my perspective.
They were quite responsive, to say the least, and I again noticed an improvement compared to my regular pair of runners, and previous models of the Ghost that I have used, particularly the 7.
Every stride was smooth, which is always a good sign that your shoe will perform well when the miles start to add up. Overall, the Brooks Ghost 9 is a shoe with sufficient responsiveness. In this aspect, I would give it a 7.5 out of 10.
Once again, the BioMoGo DNA material is a strong factor in this, which does a good job of supporting your natural stride and through articulate motions as you strike, through every step.
The upper is a big factor as well and is probably the most substantial by enabling a very secure and snug fit while not being overly tight, as mentioned before. This gives a nice balanced feel to the shoe.
This is a road, or similarly paved terrain running shoe and it does very well on that. I ran these up and down, all over the road and found no issues with them performing just as needed.
They're lightweight, stable, plus have great traction and protection for effective performance on road, so stick to the script and you will find these to be an amazing shoe. For the sake of the test, I even had a few sessions complemented by rain and had no issues with traction or gripping.
Just don't go taking these out on any hard trail expecting the same performance.
The price for the Ghost series has remained consistent over the years with them always retailing in the same area, which is definitely nice in a market where shoes are getting more and more expensive every year.
The Ghost 9 isn’t the cheapest by any stretch of the imagination, but it does offer a lot for its price, and it's not expensive either. You can grab this highly commended shoe now, retailing at $120. Not bad.
In short, you get the effective traction that you've known from their previous models and similarly built models. Like all other road shoes, its traction fares best on road and concrete rather than trails where you won't be getting the effectiveness of use as the outsole is not aggressive, but effective if utilized properly.
Overall, the traction is solid and enables the shoe to perform really well on road.
With the Ghost 9, you get flexibility via the outsoles Omega flex grooves but the upper plays a substantial part in this as well. The midsole with its BioMoGo DNA foam allows for a flexible stride as opposed to being stiff due to the nature of the material.
The outsole further contributes to the flexibility through its design, being divided into pods which allows the portion to flex a bit more. Furthermore, the upper’s mesh allows for flexibility due to its stretch fabrics inherent nature.
From my personal perspective, it was flexible for a shoe of its size and weight. Though it's definitely a bit less flexible than some other, more minimalistically styled shoes I have on my shelf, it does what you would need for its purpose in this regard and gives a good balance.
I hardly noticed the difference between the 10+ pairs of shoes I have and wear regularly which are mostly in the 10mm range.
Key Features of the Brooks Ghost 9
•BioMoGo DNA midsole for an adaptive stride
•Crash pad for effective shock absorption and smooth transitions
•Omega Flex grooves to allow for a better range of flexibility
It's midsole, upper, and outsole all offer solid, up to date technology with great quality and attention to detail. I personally enjoyed running in the Brooks Ghost 9 and found them easy to just slip into and go, without even really needing to break them in.
Which is nice when you hardly have time for breakfast, although I always recommend breaking in a shoe before getting into any serious sessions with them. I've been a fan of the Ghost series as a whole and could see them being a great fit for many others as they continue to give us top on the line, highly commended, well-performing shoes.
The Ghost 10's will be coming out soon, so keep an eye out!