Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Saucony Kinvara 9 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Saucony Kinvara 9 is good for performance runs by runners who want to feel light and fast...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 are neutral cushioning running shoes that differ in purpose.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Kinvara 9 look very much like each other in layout.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 11 have a forefoot that is quite open, and then halfway from midfoot to heel, they are quite closed.

The mesh of the Brooks Ghost 11 has more structure than that of the Saucony Kinvara 9, which is also why the Brooks Ghost 11 does not come with overlays on its toe box but the Saucony Kinvara 9 does.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 11 would provide more freedom of movement to those who have wide feet or big bunions.

The structure of the mesh around part of the midfoot and the heel of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more closed than around the forefoot to provide more support at the back.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 has something similar in that it has thin no-sew overlays around the midfoot and a closed woven area around the heel to deliver more support.

However, the Brooks Ghost 11 does not only use its more closed mesh to provide lightweight support, but it also comes with a piece that hooks around the heel to deliver more support at the back.

Both the Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Brooks Ghost 11 can be seen as delivering lightweight support through their uppers, and both provide a good amount of comfort, but the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel more comfortable in the toe box and more supportive behind the heel, while the Saucony Kinvara 9 has a balanced amount of support from midfoot to heel.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 differ in that the Saucony Kinvara 9 has one main layer of foam with no separate crash pad, while the Brooks Ghost 11 does come with a separate crash pad.

The crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 11 consists of softer foam than the main layer of midsole foam, so the Brooks Ghost 11 is meant to provide soft landings.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 has a topsole construction that places softer foam closer to the foot and that delivers heel-to-toe cushioning and energy return.

The Brooks Ghost 11 sits higher off the ground under the heel of both men and women, but the forefoot heights of the two running shoes come very close to each other.

The result is that the Brooks Ghost 11 has a higher heel-to-toe drop (about 5 to 6 mm higher) than the Saucony Kinvara 9, so the Saucony Kinvara 9 brings you closer to a neutral plane.

In terms of cushioning, you can get an overall soft ride from the Saucony Kinvara 9 as a man or a women, according to lab tests.

The forefoot of the Saucony Kinvara 9 tends to be cushier than its heel, but the amounts are both way above average.

The Brooks Ghost 11 tends to have a very cushy heel for men but delivers a more moderate amount of heel cushioning to women.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is also higher in the Brooks Ghost 11 for men than it is for women.

Therefore, you might be able to get an overall softer ride in the Brooks Ghost 11 as a man, but the Saucony Kinvara 9 might deliver overall more cushioning to women than the Brooks Ghost 11 does.

Neither the Saucony Kinvara 9 nor the Brooks Ghost 11 comes with a device to control pronation, because they are running shoes that are meant to be worn by neutral runners.

However, the Brooks Ghost 11 has a few more stability features than the Saucony Kinvara 9 in its crash pad, the good amount of ground contact it provides, and the good amount of heel support.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 also provides a good amount of ground contact, which increases the stability of the running shoe and also gives you smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Both the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 are stable neutral running shoes, with the Brooks Ghost 11 having a slight edge on the Saucony Kinvara 9, but as a neutral runner you would not care about that.

The outsoles of the Saucony Kinvara 9 and the Brooks Ghost 11 differ quite a bit, because the Brooks Ghost 11 has more rubber in its outsole than the Saucony Kinvara 9.

The goal of the Saucony Kinvara 9 is to help you run faster, and therefore, almost everything on the running shoe has been kept light or stripped away if not necessary.

Therefore, the Saucony Kinvara 9 only has rubber in high-wear areas of the outsole, which makes the Brooks Ghost 11 give you more mileage than the Saucony Kinvara 9.

Because both running shoes deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, they have been found to be stiff running shoes for both men and women.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is heavier than the Saucony Kinvara 9 for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe that provide lots of comfort and that can be used for long runs, you might want to look into the Brooks Ghost 11.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride but are also looking to go fast or run a race, you might want to consider the Saucony Kinvara 9 before looking into the Brooks Ghost 11.

The main differences between the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Saucony Kinvara 9 are that the Saucony Kinvara 9 brings you closer to a neutral plane and is much lighter than the Brooks Ghost 11.

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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