Saucony Ride 9 vs. Brooks Ghost 9 review

Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Brooks Ghost 9 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 9 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning 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 9 are similar in that they consist of no-sew overlays.

However, the upper of the Brooks Ghost 9 is more seamless than that of the Saucony Ride 9.

In addition, the mesh of the Brooks Ghost 9 is structured to provide a bit of a hold as well as more breathability.

The Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a couple stitches at the front and along the saddle, while the Saucony Ride 9 comes with stitched-on overlays that wrap the heel and some stitches along the saddle.

The rest of the upper of the Saucony Ride 9 is mostly seamless and it has more no-sew overlays around the midfoot and at the front of the running shoe than the Brooks Ghost 9.

You should be able to get enough support from the upper of either running shoe. However, the Saucony Ride 9 might provide a tighter fit, especially in the front part of the running shoe.

Neither the Brooks Ghost 9 nor the Saucony Ride 9 are meant to be super plush running shoes. However, running shoe lab tests indicate that both provide a good amount of cushioning.

Overall, the Brooks Ghost 9 provides just a tad bit more heel cushioning to both men and women. The difference between the heel cushioning of the Saucony Ride 9 and the Brooks Ghost 9 is very small, and both have a very cushy heel that could suit heel-strikers.

Where the Saucony Ride 9 wins is in the forefoot cushioning department. The Saucony Ride 9 has a very cushy forefoot for both men and women.

While the Brooks Ghost 9 has above average forefoot cushioning for both men and women, the amount is moderate when compared to the Saucony Ride 9.

However, forefoot cushioning that is not too soft, as in the Brooks Ghost 9, also tends to help one run faster.

Both the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Saucony Ride 9 come with a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings.

However, while the crash pad of the Saucony Ride 9 runs till the midfoot and connects well to the forefoot, the crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 9 runs from the back of the shoe all the way to the front.

This increases the stability of the Brooks Ghost 9 when compared to the Saucony Ride 9.

The Saucony Ride 9 and the Brooks Ghost 9 have profile heights that come very close to each other. The Brooks Ghost 9 sits just a tiny bit higher off the ground than the Saucony Ride 9 in the heel but lower in the forefoot, so consequently, also has a slightly greater heel-to-toe drop.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which should increase the stability a bit and especially the smoothness of your ride.

What also helps with giving you a smoother ride is the separation between the rubber lugs in the outsole. The rubber pods under the Brooks Ghost 9 are smaller and more plentiful.

Both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Brooks Ghost 9 have an outsole that is well separated for shock absorption and dissipation.

They also come with a good amount of flex grooves although the Saucony Ride 9 has more of them than the Brooks Ghost 9.

All this separation can also help with flexibility, but a lot of cushioning can work against flexibility.

Running shoe lab tests show that both running shoes are on the stiffer end of the flexibility spectrum, but that Saucony Ride 9 is just a tiny bit more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 9 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 9 for men weighs 10.5 oz (298 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who wants a soft ride, you could go with either the Brooks Ghost 9 or the Saucony Ride 9 because both provide a good amount of cushioning.

However, if you would like a very cushy forefoot, you may want to look into the Saucony Ride 9 more than the Brooks Ghost 9.

And if you are a neutral runner who needs or wants a bit of stability, you may want to look into the Brooks Ghost 9 more than the Saucony Ride 9.

Both running shoes have a sporty feel to them, but the Brooks Ghost 9 might help you run faster than the Saucony Ride 9 due to its heel-to-toe drop and somewhat firmer forefoot.

The Saucony Ride 9 is good for longer distances due to its overall cushioning profile and lighter weight.

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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