Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Saucony Zealot ISO 2 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft and comfortable ride with a touch of stability. Saucony Zealot ISO 2 provides a secure fit with an overall soft and smooth ride...

The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 fall in the same category of neutral running shoes for runners who have a normal gait and who are looking for a good amount of cushioning.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 are quite different.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has broad and sturdy overlays that wrap the midfoot, while the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with some no-sew overlays that reinforce the mesh around the midfoot.

So in this respect, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 would provide a bit more support than the Brooks Ghost 9 around the midfoot.

The Brooks Ghost 9 is a running shoe that contains a minimum amount of stitches and uses mesh that is meant to provide structure in the upper; the Brooks Ghost 9 was built with comfort in mind.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 also has comfort in mind because it uses welded-on overlays on the toe box to keep things light and the stitched-on overlays around the midfoot are located far back enough, not to cause irritation to your toes.

However, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 is also more concerned with providing runners with a secure fit, and it would probably do a better job of this than the Brooks Ghost 9.

Both the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are meant to provide a good amount of cushioning to runners.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 does this through one main layer of foam in its midsole that is topped with a softer layer right under the sockliner and a crash pad under the heel.

The Brooks Ghost 9 also has one main layer of foam and comes with a crash pad that runs from behind the heel all around the lateral side to the front of the shoe.

This full-length crash pad helps increase the stability of the Brooks Ghost 9 compared to the half-length crash pad in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

Both running shoes provides full ground contact, which increases the stability of the running shoes a bit in addition to the smoothness of your heel-to-toe transitions.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Ghost 9 provides just a tad more heel cushioning than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 to both men and women, with both running shoes having a cushy heel.

However, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 far exceeds the amount of forefoot cushioning provided by the Brooks Ghost 9, which has an above average amount of forefoot cushioning but not as much as the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 has a very cushy forefoot and actually displays a good balance between forefoot and heel cushioning compared to the Brooks Ghost 9.

What also differs between the two running shoes is the way their outsoles look.

The outsole of the Brooks Ghost 9 displays more separation than that of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 although the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 comes with a good amount of flex grooves.

The rubber pods in the Brooks Ghost 9 are small and squarish, while the rubber compartments in the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 have a zig zag pattern.

A good amount of separation will benefit the smoothness of your ride and could benefit the flexibility of a running shoe.

However, running shoe lab tests show that the latter is not the case for the Brooks Ghost 9, which turns out to be quite stiff compared to the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

The Saucony Zealot ISO 2 turns out to be very flexible for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 9 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 weighs about 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 9 for men weighs 10.5 oz (298 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Ghost 9 or the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

If you appreciate adding stability to your ride, you may want to consider the Brooks Ghost 9 more than the Saucony Zealot ISO 2.

And if you are looking for something lighter that is also very flexible and has a cushy forefoot, the Saucony Zealot ISO 2 would fit the bill.

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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This review falls under: Brooks | Saucony

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