Saucony Ride 9 vs. Brooks Ghost 8 review

Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable, smooth, and overall soft ride with a touch of stability...

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The Saucony Ride 9 and the Brooks Ghost 8 fall in the same category of neutral running shoes for runners who have a normal gait and who do not require stability and support.

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The uppers of the Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 8 are very similar in that the midfoot is supported by no-sew overlays.

The overlays tend to be more plentiful in the Saucony Ride 9 than in the Brooks Ghost 8, but both should provide a similar amount of support with the fit of the Saucony Ride 9 being perhaps a bit tighter and closer to the foot.

Similarities continue at the back where both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Saucony Ride 9 have stitched-on overlays for added support.

The back of the Brooks Ghost 8 is more open than that of the Saucony Ride 9 with less overlays, so the Saucony Ride 9 might provide a tighter fit behind the heel than the Brooks Ghost 8.

The openness of the Brooks Ghost 8 continues in the forefoot where the bunion window is quite open and free of overlays compared to the bunion window of the Saucony Ride 9.

The Brooks Ghost 8 provides additional support through its mesh without actually constricting the foot. This should be good for people with large bunions or wide forefeet.

All in all, while the Saucony Ride 9 is expected to provide an overall closer-to-foot fit, the Brooks Ghost 8 provides enough support in all the right places and may feel a bit more comfortable than the Saucony Ride 9, especially in the forefoot.

Both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Brooks Ghost 8 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles but display some differences.

The Saucony Ride 9 comes with a main layer of foam and a top layer of softer foam just under the sockliner. Then under the heel, it has a crash pad to soften you landing. This crash pad runs till the midfoot.

The Brooks Ghost 8 also comes with one layer of foam but does not have an upper layer of softer foam. However, unlike the crash pad of the Saucony Ride 9, the crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 8 runs from under the heel around the lateral side all the way to the front of the shoe.

This allows the Brooks Ghost 8 not only to provide you with a soft landing but also with a smooth transition to toe-off thereafter. This kind of crash pad also increases the stability of the running shoe.

The smoothness of transitions is also determined by the amount of ground contact a shoe provides. And in the case of the Saucony Ride 9 and the Brooks Ghost 8, both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, including under the arch.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Ride 9 is an overall very cushy running shoe. For women, it has way more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 8 but an equal amount of heel cushioning.

The Brooks Ghost 8 has above average cushioning in the forefoot but not as much as the Saucony Ride 9 does.

For men, the difference in forefoot cushioning is similar to the difference in the women's versions of the running shoes. However, the Saucony Ride 9 has a bit more heel cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 8 for men.

All in all, if you want a very cushy ride, and especially a very cushy forefoot, the Saucony Ride 9 would be the way to go. However, the Brooks Ghost 8 provides enough cushioning to give you a soft ride without holding you back if you want to go fast.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes display a good amount of separation and segmentation for shock absorption and dissipation.

They also both have a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot with the Saucony Ride 9 having wider flex grooves than the Brooks Ghost 8.

Running shoe lab tests show that both running shoes are quite stiff for both men and women with the Saucony Ride 9 displaying just a tiny bit more flexibility than the Brooks Ghost 8.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 8 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Ghost 8 or the Saucony Ride 9.

The Brooks Ghost 8 is good for runners who are looking for a smooth and somewhat stable ride and who don't want a whole lot of forefoot cushioning.

The Saucony Ride 9 is good for runners who are after an overall very soft, smooth, and comfortable ride and who also want something lighter on their feet.

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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