Brooks Ghost 7 vs. Brooks Glycerin 12 review

Both the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 are there to offer you a very soft ride. But there are differences between these two Brooks neutral running shoes. Read more...

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The Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 fall in the same category of running shoes; they are neutral running shoes for runners who do not overpronate.

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But because the Brooks Glycerin 12 costs more than the Brooks Ghost 7, we should expect it to be a little bit more luxurious than the Brooks Ghost 7. So let's see if this is the case...

The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 12 and the Brooks Ghost 7 are very similar in that both consist of mesh in addition to no-sew overlays.

However, the no-sew overlays on the Brooks Glycerin 12 have been printed on instead of welded on. Because this is an expensive process, that already should increase the price of the Brooks Glycerin 12.

Another difference is that the Brooks Glycerin 12 has some stitches in overlays that wrap the midfoot, while such overlays do not have stitches on the Brooks Ghost 7. So the Brooks Glycerin 12 should provide you with a more secure fit.

The overlays at the back of the shoes do have stitches in them and so does the overlay that goes from the heel towards the midfoot on the Brooks Ghost 7, but not on the Brooks Glycerin 12.

And the overlays on the toe box are thinner and more discrete on the Brooks Glycerin 12 than on the Brooks Ghost 7, so all in all, you should get a better custom fit from the Brooks Glycerin 12.

The midsole of the Brooks Ghost 7 consists of BioMoGo DNA where GEL has been blended into the midsole, while the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 12 consists of Super DNA, which provides 20% more adaptable cushioning than BioMoGo DNA. So the Brooks Glycerin 12 should feel more plush than the Brooks Ghost 7, especially in the forefoot.

Both the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 have a well-segmented crash pad to help make your landings softer. The crash pad is horseshoe-shaped in the Brooks Ghost 7 and runs till the midfoot, while the crash pad on the Brooks Glycerin 12 runs on the entire outer length of the shoe.

So the Brooks Glycerin 12 is expected to provide you with smoother transitions, although it should not differ much from what you would get from the Brooks Ghost 7, since both offer full ground contact.

The outsoles of the Brooks Ghost 7 and Brooks Glycerin 12 differ considerably. The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 12 has distinct pressure zones to evenly distribute pressure across the entire shoe and help you maintain an efficient stride. This feature is missing from the Brooks Ghost 7.

The heel of the Brooks Glycerin 12 is also more narrow and rounder than that of the Brooks Ghost 7. Brooks believes that this offers a better alignment and minimizes stress on your joints. And because the heel of the Brooks Ghost 7 is still quite wide, it offers a bit more stability than the Brooks Glycerin 12 – a broader platform is a more stable platform.

And while the layout of the rubber lugs in the forefoot are very similar, the Brooks Glycerin 12 might feel a bit stiffer than the Brooks Ghost 7 because it offers more cushioning in that area.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 12 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 12 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

The Brooks Ghost 7 is much lighter than the Brooks Glycerin 12. So if you are looking for a lightweight neutral running shoe that is pretty flexible and provides an excellent amount of heel cushioning with a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning, then the Brooks Ghost 7 would be the one to look into.

If on the other hand, you are a bigger runner who is looking for lots of heel and forefoot cushioning in a neutral running shoe, then the Brooks Glycerin 12 is likely to provide you with that soft and smooth ride you are after.

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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