Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Saucony Ride ISO review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Saucony Ride ISO provides a soft ride with a personalized fit to neutral runners on long runs.

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Saucony Ride ISO are neutral cushioning running shoes that can be said to be on a similar level.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride ISO differ in that the upper of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more open than that of the Saucony Ride ISO.

The Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has an ISOFIT upper that can be adjusted and personalized through the laces.

In addition, a few of the overlays around the midfoot of the Saucony Ride ISO connect the saddle to the midsole so offer more support than the closed structure of the mesh around the midfoot and heel of the Brooks Ghost 11.

While both running shoes have mesh that has structure, the mesh of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more open around the midfoot than that of the Saucony Ride ISO, and the Brooks Ghost 11 tends to provide more room to big bunions, although the bunion window of the Saucony Ride ISO is pretty open too.

Both running shoes are more closed around the heel, and while the Saucony Ride ISO has a woven area around the heel with some overlays at the back and at the sides, the Brooks Ghost 11 has a sturdy piece that wraps the upper part of the heel.

Therefore, while the Brooks Ghost 11 might deliver a bit more support around the heel, the Saucony Ride ISO might deliver lightweight support with a better fit around the heel.

All in all, you should be able to get enough support from the uppers of the two running shoes, but the Saucony Ride ISO is the one that delivers a more personalized fit, while the Brooks Ghost 11 delivers lots of comfort from midfoot to forefoot.

Both the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Saucony Ride ISO are meant to deliver enough cushioning for long runs while still remaining responsive running shoes.

The construction of the midsoles of the Saucony Ride ISO and the Brooks Ghost 11 differ.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has one main layer of foam with a crash pad of softer foam under the heel, while the Saucony Ride ISO also has one main layer of foam with a topsole of softer cushioning.

Therefore, while the Brooks Ghost 11 might up its cushiness at the back, the Saucony Ride ISO might provide a more evenly distributed amount of cushioning from heel-to-toe.

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Both the Saucony Ride ISO and the Brooks Ghost 11 have a relatively high heel-to-toe drop, but the heel-to-toe drop is slightly higher in the Brooks Ghost 11. It achieves this by having a somewhat thinner midsole in the forefoot compared to the Saucony Ride ISO.

Men tend to get more heel cushioning from the Brooks Ghost 11, while women tend to get more heel cushioning from the Saucony Ride ISO.

Therefore, while you can get an overall soft ride from either running shoe, the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel overall softer for men, and the Saucony Ride ISO overall softer for women.

Neither the Saucony Ride ISO nor the Brooks Ghost 11 come with a device to control pronation, because they are meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not require such support.

However, they both provide a good amount of ground contact, which not only increases the stability of the running shoes but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The amount of ground contact seems to be better under the Saucony Ride ISO, especially on the lateral side, but this could just be an optical illusion.

The Saucony Ride ISO does not have a separate crash pad like the Brooks Ghost 11, but it does have a little crash zone under the heel that is well segmented just like the crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 11.

However, the addition of a separate crash pad does make the Brooks Ghost 11 a bit more stable than the Saucony Ride ISO.

The Brooks Ghost 11 also displays more separation on the medial side under the heel and the midfoot compared to the Saucony Ride ISO, all of which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The Saucony Ride ISO has more deep flex grooves in its forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 11, but because it delivers a good amount of forefoot cushioning and has a slightly thicker midsole in that area, it might wind up feeling stiff and perhaps also somewhat stiffer than the Brooks Ghost 11, although the Brooks Ghost 11 has been found to be stiff for both genders.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 11 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Saucony Ride ISO for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride ISO being slightly lighter.

Both the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Saucony Ride ISO are suitable running shoes if you are looking for a more basic running shoe that delivers everything you need as a neutral runner to go on long runs without feeling much discomfort.

However, considering that the Brooks Ghost 11 is a bit heavier than the Saucony Ride ISO, the Saucony Ride ISO might be better for longer runs than the Brooks Ghost 11.

The Brooks Ghost 11 excels in the amount of comfort it provides in the toe box and perhaps the smoothness of the ride it can deliver.

The Saucony Ride ISO excels in the fit it provides with the personalization aspect of it as well as in delivering a more balanced amount of cushioning to both men and women.

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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