Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Saucony Ride 10 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft and comfortable ride with a touch of stability. Saucony Ride 10 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners...

NEW! Brooks Ghost 10 vs. Saucony Ride 10

The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Saucony Ride 10 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need any kind of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 10 have both been kept light and open.

They both come with very light no-sew overlays around the midfoot and use mesh that is open and that has a structure to reduce the need for overlays.

The overlays on the Saucony Ride 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com cover the midfoot more and better than those on the Brooks Ghost 9, so the former should provide a bit more support.

The overlays are also a bit more pulled back than those on the Brooks Ghost 9, so the forefoot of the Saucony Ride 10 is more open to better accommodate big bunions.

Both running shoes offer a good amount of support behind the heel and have a toecap that does not contain stitches.

All in all, the Saucony Ride 10 might provide a better balance between comfort and support through its upper, but the Brooks Ghost 9 should be able to get the job done too.

Both the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Saucony Ride 10 are meant to provide cushioning to neutral runners, but whereas the Saucony Ride 10 has a topsole of EVERUN cushioning that pushes it into the plush region, the Brooks Ghost 9 uses a more moderate amount of cushioning.

This difference is also visible in running shoe lab tests, which show that the Saucony Ride 10 provides a good amount of cushioning to both men and women with a nice balance between the amount of forefoot and heel cushioning.

The Brooks Ghost 9, on the other hand, provides less forefoot cushioning but a bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 10.

Overall, the Brooks Ghost 9 provides an above average amount of forefoot cushioning but does not have a very cushy forefoot like the Saucony Ride 10.

The advantage of this is that the Brooks Ghost 9 should feel a bit more responsive than the Saucony Ride 10.

And the fact that the Brooks Ghost 9 has a very cushy heel will serve heel-strikers well.

Another difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Saucony Ride 10 is the fact that the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with a crash pad that runs from heel to toe on the lateral side of the midsole.

This not only softens your ride and provides smoother heel-to-toe transitions, but it also increases the stability of the Brooks Ghost 9.

The Saucony Ride 10 also provides smooth heel-to-toe transitions due to the good amount of ground contact it provides, but according to running shoe lab tests, it is not as stable as the Brooks Ghost 9.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different from each other, but both display a good amount of separation for shock absorption and dissipation.

The Brooks Ghost 9 has smaller rubber pods than the Saucony Ride 10 but much less main flex grooves that benefit flexibility.

So it is not surprising that running shoe lab test results show that the Saucony Ride 10 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 9. The amount of flexibility in both running shoes is higher for women than it is for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), and the Saucony Ride 10 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 9.9 oz (281 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 10 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Ghost 9 or the Saucony Ride 10.

The Brooks Ghost 9 is good for those who are looking for a stable and responsive ride, while the Saucony Ride 10 would suit those who want forefoot comfort and who are looking for a well-balanced cushy ride.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Brooks | Saucony

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