Brooks Ghost 7 vs. Saucony Ride 7 review

Brooks Ghost 7 and Saucony Ride 7 are neutral running shoes that provide a soft and smooth ride with one focusing more on soft landings and the other more on soft take-offs.

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The Brooks Ghost 7 and the Saucony Ride 7 fall in the same category of neutral running shoes for runners who have a normal gait.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Saucony Ride 7 consist of breathable mesh with overlays. And the overlays on both running shoes have been kept pretty light.

The Saucony Ride 7 has more overlays on the medial side of the shoe but a similar amount of overlays as the Brooks Ghost 7 on the lateral side of the shoe.

The overlays that go across the midfoot are no-sew in the Brooks Ghost 7. And while the Saucony Ride 7 has no-sew overlays, they are only present on one side of the shoe – the lateral side.

While both running shoes do not have a large amount of overlays in the upper, the Saucony Ride 7 is expected to better keep your foot down on the platform.

But then again, the minimal amount of overlays and the no-sew overlays on the Brooks Ghost 7 should make the shoe feel very comfortable on your feet with minimal irritation points. This includes providing more room than the Saucony Ride 7 for big bunions.

The midsole of the Brooks Ghost 7 consists of BioMoGo DNA, which provides cushioning that adapts to your stride, weight, and foot. The Saucony Ride 7 has a PowerGrid midsole that provides cushioning from heel-to-toe, centers the foot, and absorbs shock.

So both running shoes, while using different midsole and cushioning technologies, should provide you with a soft ride. However, the Saucony Ride 7 is softer than the Brooks Ghost 7 in the forefoot, but the Brooks Ghost 7 is softer than the Saucony Ride 7 in the heel.

That is probably because of the segmented crash pad that runs from the heel to the midfoot on the Brooks Ghost 7. This crash pad helps soften the landing in addition to the already present cushioning in the midsole. This crash pad has the shape of a horse-shoe under the heel.

The Saucony Ride 7 also has a crash pad that runs from the heel towards the midfoot, but this crash pad is only located on one side of the shoe – the lateral side – and does not go all around the heel like the crash pad on the Brooks Ghost 7.

The outsoles of both running shoes are different. The heel of the Brooks Ghost 7 is more segmented than that of the Saucony Ride 7, especially on the inside. So the Brooks Ghost 7 should provide you with more shock absorption at heel-strike and consequently give you a softer landing. This is in line with the heel cushioning of the Brooks Ghost 7, which was better than that of the Saucony Ride 7.

Both the Saucony Ride 7 and the Brooks Ghost 7 make full ground contact under the midfoot, so both running shoes should provide you with a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The forefoot of both running shoes differ in that the Saucony Ride 7 has blown rubber under its forefoot, thereby making this area softer than that in the Brooks Ghost 7. This is in line with the Saucony Ride 7 providing you with more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 7.

The forefoot outsole of the Saucony Ride 7 has a big vertical flex groove, similar to the Guidance Line in for example the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, that provides good out-in flexibility.

But because the horizontal flex grooves do not extend in continuous lines from the lateral side to the medial side of the shoe, the Saucony Ride 7 remains pretty stiff in the forefoot. It is almost twice as stiff as the Brooks Ghost 7 in that area. The forefoot flexibility of the Brooks Ghost 7 is average for a running shoe.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Ride 7 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

The Brooks Ghost 7 and Saucony Ride 7 are pretty similar running shoes. However, if you are looking for a neutral running shoe that provides excellent heel cushioning and a light fitting upper, then the Brooks Ghost 7 is the shoe to look into.

But if you're not a heel-striker, so want more forefoot cushioning than heel cushioning and a somewhat snugger fitting upper, then the Saucony Ride 7 could meet your needs.

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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