Brooks Ghost 6 vs. 7 review

The Brooks Ghost 7 is a lightweight neutral running shoe that provides good cushioning. Learn how it differs from its predecessor, the Brooks Ghost 6.

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The Brooks Ghost 6 and Brooks Ghost 7 are running shoes that were made for runners who have a normal gait and who do not require much stability or support.


The Brooks Ghost 7 has not changed much compared to the Brooks Ghost 6, but still there have been a few minor changes.

First off, the upper still consists of a combination of breathable mesh with synthetic overlays.

But many of the overlays in the Brooks Ghost 7 have been welded on the mesh instead of stitched.

By doing so, Brooks has tried to bring the material a little bit closer to the foot to give you a smoother wrap of the foot.

The welded on overlays in the Brooks Ghost 7 are just plastic pieces that were melted on the mesh to give you a snug fit without creating any irritation points, which stitched overlays as in the Brooks Ghost 6 may have caused.

The overlay at the back of the heel has also changed a bit in placement and structure, all to provide you with a better fit.

The midsole has not changed much other than that Brooks got rid of the gel drop-in that was located in the heel of the Brooks Ghost 6 that provided some of the cushioning and blended it into the midsole foam thereby giving you a softer foam underneath the foot.

The adaptable cushioning through Brooks DNA is still present, and together with the softer midsole foam, the Brooks Ghost 7 delivers a smooth and responsive ride.

So the cushioning properties have improved. Both the heel and the forefoot cushioning have increased in the Brooks Ghost 7 compared to the Brooks Ghost 6.

The heel cushioning of the Brooks Ghost 7 is comparable to that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, which is known to be a very cushy shoe.

The crash pad under the heel is still the same; well-segmented for impact protection. The crash pad in the Brooks Ghost 7 still extends towards the midfoot giving you full ground contact for a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The placement and structure of the rubber lugs and grooves in the outsole have remained the same, but the Brooks Ghost 7 now has slightly bigger rubber lugs for more responsiveness.

Because of this slight increase in the size of some rubber lugs – mainly in the center – under the forefoot, the Brooks Ghost 7 should feel a little less flexible than the Brooks Ghost 6.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 6 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 6 weighs about 10.4 oz (295 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

The Brooks Ghost 7 is a lightweight running shoe. While its weight has not changed much compared to the Brooks Ghost 6, the Brooks Ghost 7 should feel more cushy and responsive under your feet.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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