Brooks Ghost 9 vs. New Balance 1080v7 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides a soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. New Balance 1080v7 has a supportive upper and offers a good amount of cushioning and stability.

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The Brooks Ghost 9 and the New Balance 1080v7 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes but offer a different running experience.


The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 and the New Balance 1080v7 differ quite a bit in the amount of support they offer around the midfoot.

The New Balance 1080v7 comes with stitched-on overlays around the midfoot, which are more supportive than the no-sew overlays around the midfoot of the Brooks Ghost 9.

The overlays on both running shoes run far forward towards the toe box, but the no-sew overlays on the Brooks Ghost 9 are less likely to cause irritation than the stitched-on overlays on the New Balance 1080v7.

The mesh on both running shoes has a structure for added support without overlays, especially on the toe box.

Both running shoes offer an adequate amount of support behind the heel and come with a toecap that is no-sew, although the toecap of the Brooks Ghost 9 contains some stitches at the sides.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, with the Brooks Ghost 9 offering a somewhat looser and perhaps more comfortable fit.

Both the Brooks Ghost 9 and the New Balance 1080v7 come with a midsole that offers a good amount of ground contact.

However, whereas the midsole of the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with a crash pad that runs along the entire outer length of the midsole, the New Balance 1080v7 does not have a distinguishable crash pad.

The crash pad on the Brooks Ghost 9 helps increase the stability of the running shoe, but even without such a crash pad, the New Balance 1080v7 still offers a good amount of stability due to the mere fact that it provides a good amount of ground contact.

However, running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Ghost 9 as being the more stable running shoe of the two, with both offering an above average amount of stability, which is quite surprising for neutral cushioning running shoes.

They do not really come with other stability features because they are geared towards runners who do not need any type of correction to their stride.

In terms of cushioning, they both offer an above average amount in both the forefoot and the heel, but the amounts differ per gender.

Men will get an almost equal amount of heel cushioning from both running shoes, but the New Balance 1080v7 offers much more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 9.

Women will get slightly more heel cushioning but slightly less forefoot cushioning from the Brooks Ghost 9 than they will from the New Balance 1080v7.

All in all, you should be able to get a soft ride from either running shoe whether you are a man or a woman, but the Brooks Ghost 9 might feel a bit more responsive at toe-off due to the more moderate amount of forefoot cushioning.

The outsoles of the Brooks Ghost 9 and the New Balance 1080v7 are well separated with small rubber pods, but the outsole of the Brooks Ghost 9 has more flex grooves and areas of separation than the New Balance 1080v7.

Separation should help with shock dissipation but also flexibility; both should help you get a smoother ride.

In terms of flexibility, men should not notice a difference between the two running shoes.

However, the Brooks Ghost 9 seems to be somewhat more flexible than the New Balance 1080v7 for women, according to running shoe lab tests.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the New Balance 1080v7 for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the New Balance 1080v7 for men also weighs 10.5 oz (298 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride, you could choose either the Brooks Ghost 9 or the New Balance 1080v7.

There aren't many huge differences between these two running shoes. The New Balance 1080v7 has a somewhat sturdier upper, while the Brooks Ghost 9 might feel a bit more responsive and stable.

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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