Brooks Ghost 11 vs. New Balance 1080v8 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a comfortable and smooth ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 finds a balance between comfort and a secure fit...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the New Balance 1080v8 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support, but the Brooks Ghost 11 is more of an entry-level running shoe compared to the New Balance 1080v8.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance 1080v8 differ quite a bit in construction, with the Brooks Ghost 11 being geared more towards comfort and the New Balance 1080v8 more towards support with enough comfort.

The most noticeable difference between the uppers is that the New Balance 1080v8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with overlays around the midfoot that have some stitches in them, while the mesh around the midfoot of the Brooks Ghost 11 is half open and half closed to deliver comfort in the front part of the shoe and lightweight support in the back.

The overlays around the midfoot of the New Balance 1080v8 come pretty far forward but have been positioned in a way to open up room for bunions.

However, because the forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 11 does not have any overlays close to the bunion window, the Brooks Ghost 11 would provide less constriction and more freedom of movement than the New Balance 1080v8. This also makes the Brooks Ghost 11 more suitable for runners who have wide feet.

Both running shoes are quite closed at the back and can be said to deliver a similar amount of support around the heel.

However, the New Balance 1080v8 is a little bit more closed around the heel and offers a good amount of support at the sides as well as through overlays that connect to the saddle.

While you should be able to get a comfortable fit from either running shoe, the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel more comfortable than the New Balance 1080v8, while the New Balance 1080v8 delivers a secure fit around the midfoot and the heel.

Both the New Balance 1080v8 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning to neutral runners.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has one main layer of foam in its midsole, and then there is a crash pad of softer foam under the heel on the lateral side.

The New Balance 1080v8 has one main layer of foam without a separate crash pad.

The crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 11 can be seen as a stability feature that is missing from the New Balance 1080v8.

The midsoles of both running shoes offer a good amount of ground contact, but because the New Balance 1080v8 has one layer of foam from heel to toe, it offers a more seamless connection between heel and forefoot, and thus also provides a bit more ground contact.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is intended to deliver lots of heel cushioning by having a crash pad of softer foam, and it does so to men, but women get a more moderate amount of heel cushioning from the Brooks Ghost 11.

The New Balance 1080v8 delivers an average amount of heel cushioning to men, but women get bit more.

Therefore, male heel-strikers might prefer running in the Brooks Ghost 11 instead of the New Balance 1080v8.

Women could go either way, although the New Balance 1080v8 might offer a bit more heel cushioning to them.

Men get a cushy forefoot from the Brooks Ghost 11, according to lab tests, and women get a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning.

The New Balance 1080v8 offers a good amount of forefoot cushioning to both men and women that it should feel soft to both genders.

Overall, the Brooks Ghost 11 displays a better balance between heel and forefoot cushioning, and men should be able to get an overall soft ride from the Brooks Ghost 11.

Women could go either way, but the New Balance 1080v8 might feel overall a bit cushier than the Brooks Ghost 11 under their feet.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has a much higher heel-to-toe drop than the New Balance 1080v8, so the former might feel more like a performance running shoe and perhaps also a bit more responsive than the latter.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the New Balance 1080v8 shoes are setup in a very different way.

While both come with an isolated area under the heel to absorb shock at heel-strike, the Brooks Ghost 11 is the one that displays overall more segmentation under the heel as well as elsewhere in the outsole.

The Brooks Ghost 11 also has deeper cuts in its rubber and wider flex grooves.

The outsole of the New Balance 1080v8 is a more all-in-one outsole that would not dissipate and absorb shock as well as the outsole of the Brooks Ghost 11.

Therefore, while you should be able to get smooth heel-to-toe transitions from both running shoes, the Brooks Ghost 11 is likely to smoothen your ride more than the New Balance 1080v8.

While the Brooks Ghost 11 has more deep flex grooves than the New Balance 1080v8 in the forefoot, it has still been found to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women.

Because the New Balance 1080v8 delivers a good amount of forefoot cushioning and does not have many flex grooves, it has also been found to be stiff for both genders and might feel a bit stiffer than the Brooks Ghost 11.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is just a tiny bit lighter than the New Balance 1080v8 for both men and women, according to lab tests.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable and smooth ride, you could turn to either the New Balance 1080v8 or the Brooks Ghost 11.

The New Balance 1080v8 is considered to be a more premium running shoe than the Brooks Ghost 11, so it also has a higher price point.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is a more basic running shoe that can compete well with the New Balance 1080v8.

The New Balance 1080v8 offers a somewhat more secure fit compared to the Brooks Ghost 11, while the Brooks Ghost 11 might turn out to feel a bit more stable and comfortable and deliver a somewhat smoother ride than the New Balance 1080v8.

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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