Brooks Ghost 8 vs. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 review

Brooks Ghost 8 delivers a soft and smooth ride with a touch of stability. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 is a neutral cushioning running shoe that adds a bit of stability to your runs.

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The Brooks Ghost 8 and the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 – also known as the New Balance 1080v6 – are both neutral cushioning running shoes that are not each other's counterparts. The counterpart of the New Balance 1080 is the Brooks Glycerin.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 are similar in that they are constructed of mesh that has some structure to it.

They differ in that the New Balance 1080v6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with a broad overlay that wraps the midfoot and that has some stitches in it.

The Brooks Ghost 8 comes with no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot but that consist of only two bands.

Therefore, the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 is expected to provide much more support around the midfoot than the Brooks Ghost 8.

The advantage of the no-sew overlays on the Brooks Ghost 8 is that they are set farther back than the overlays on the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080, so large bunions will have more space in the Brooks Ghost 8 than in the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080.

The Brooks Ghost 8 comes with some stitches at the back and provides a good cup for the heel. The New Balance 1080v6 also has something similar that straps the heel in.

In summary, you should get a good amount of support from either running shoe with the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 providing more support around the midfoot and the Brooks Ghost 8 providing more comfort in the bunion area.

Unlike the New Balance 1080v6, the Brooks Ghost 8 is not supposed to provide an excessive amount of cushioning.

According to running shoe lab tests, the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 provides much more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 8 for both men and women.

However, this does not mean that the Brooks Ghost 8 has a forefoot that feels firm, because it provides above average cushioning in the forefoot that is not that far from the amount provided by the New Balance 1080v6.

Where the Brooks Ghost 8 wins is in the heel cushioning department. It provides a good amount of heel cushioning to both men and women.

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 provides almost as much heel cushioning as the Brooks Ghost 8 for men but much less for women.

Overall, the Brooks Ghost 8 displays a good balance between its amount of forefoot and heel cushioning and should feel soft under your feet but not overly soft.

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 sticks out as having a cushy forefoot.

A cushy forefoot may cause a running shoe to become less flexible. Running shoe lab tests show that both the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 and the Brooks Ghost 8 are quite stiff running shoes.

This might also be caused by the fact that the outsole of the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 only contains two flex grooves and many smaller grooves in the rubber itself but that do not contribute much to the flexibility of the shoe.

The outsole of the Brooks Ghost 8, on the other hand, is very well separated with three main flex grooves in the forefoot. However, these also do not contribute much to the flexibility of the shoe.

What such great separation does, however, is absorb and dissipate shock well so contributes to the smoothness of your ride.

The full ground contact provided by both the New Balance 1080v6 and the Brooks Ghost 8 also contributes to the smoothness of your ride and adds a bit of stability to the running shoes.

However, unlike the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080, the Brooks Ghost 8 has a crash pad that runs along the entire outer length of the running shoe. This crash pad further increases the stability of the Brooks Ghost 8.

So despite the New Balance 1080v6 providing above average stability with a forefoot midsole that flairs out, the Brooks Ghost 8 is considered to be much more stable despite both running shoes being neutral running shoes.

The women's version of the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 8 for women weighs about 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 10.9 oz (309 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 1080 Fresh Foam being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner or a runner who requires just a small bit of stability, you could go with either the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 or the Brooks Ghost 8.

Both running shoes are also good to get a soft ride, although the Brooks Ghost 8 might suit female heel-strikers better than the New Balance 1080v6.

And for a cushy forefoot, the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 might be better than the Brooks Ghost 8.

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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This review falls under: Brooks | New Balance

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