Brooks Ghost 9 vs. New Balance 1080v6 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides a soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. New Balance 1080v6 is a neutral cushioning running shoe that adds a bit of stability to your runs.

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The Brooks Ghost 9 and the New Balance 1080v6 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that are on two different levels, so they are not each other's counterparts.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance 1080v6 do not differ much in the mesh used; it is open, breathable, and has some structure that reduces the need for overlays.

Where they do differ, however, is in the overlays used. The New Balance 1080v6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with stitched-on overlays around the midfoot, while the Brooks Ghost 9 uses no-sew overlays.

Stitched-on overlays are more supportive than no-sew overlays but may cause irritation.

The overlays come far forward on both running shoes, but because the Brooks Ghost 9 implements light overlays, they may cause less irritation than the sturdier overlays on the New Balance 1080v6.

Another difference is that the New Balance 1080v6 provides a bit more sturdier support behind the heel than the Brooks Ghost 9.

After you consider everything, one could say that the upper of the New Balance 1080v6 is a bit more supportive than that of the Brooks Ghost 9, but that the Brooks Ghost 9 might feel more comfortable.

Because the New Balance 1080v6 lies at a higher level than the Brooks Ghost 9 – the New Balance 1080v6 is comparable to the Brooks Glycerin – one would expect the New Balance 1080v6 to provide more cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 9.

However, this is not always the case, according to running shoe lab tests.

The New Balance 1080v6 tends to provide more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 9, but the Brooks Ghost 9 provides much more heel cushioning than the New Balance 1080v6.

For women, the difference in forefoot cushioning is very small, with both running shoes having a cushy forefoot.

However, while the New Balance 1080v6 provides an above average amount of heel cushioning to women, the Brooks Ghost 9 has a very cushy heel that approaches the maximum amount of cushioning.

A similar pattern can be seen for the men's running shoes, but in this case, the difference in forefoot cushioning is much larger although the Brooks Ghost 9 provides an above average amount of forefoot cushioning to men.

Both the New Balance 1080v6 and the Brooks Ghost 9 provide a good amount of ground contact, which should increase the amount of stability.

However, the Brooks Ghost 9 also comes with a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe along the lateral side all the way to the front.

This crash pad not only helps with soft landings but also with smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off and with increasing the stability of the running shoe.

This might be the reason why running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Ghost 9 as being a bit more stable than the New Balance 1080v6.

The outsoles of the New Balance 1080v6 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are similar in that they both come with small rubber pods all over the outsole.

The difference is that the Brooks Ghost 9 has one flex groove more than the New Balance 1080v6 in the forefoot and more separation under its heel.

One might think that this would benefit the flexibility of the Brooks Ghost 9, but according to running shoe lab tests, both running shoes are on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the New Balance 1080v6 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 9 for women weighs about 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 10.5 oz (298 grams), respectively, so there is no difference in weight.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the New Balance 1080v6 or the Brooks Ghost 9.

However, if you want a more secure fit and cushy forefoot, the New Balance 1080v6 might be better than the Brooks Ghost 9.

And if you are a heel-striker who is looking for a comfortable and smooth ride, the Brooks Ghost 9 might do a better job of providing that to you.

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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