Saucony Triumph ISO 4 vs. Brooks Ghost 11 review

Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a soft and smooth ride for long runs. Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 are neutral cushioning running shoes, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is seen as a more premium running shoe compared to the Brooks Ghost 11, which is also why they differ a lot in price.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 are similar in that they do not come with many overlays.

However, the few overlays that are present in the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com provide a little bit more support than the dotted overlays around the midfoot and the heel of the Brooks Ghost 11 that are more meant to help close the structure of the mesh to deliver lightweight support.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is also more customizable around the midfoot compared to the Brooks Ghost 11, so you should be able to get a more personalized fit from the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The Brooks Ghost 11 excels in the fact that its forefoot is wide open and free from overlays so delivers a good amount of comfort to runners who have big bunions or wide feet.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has one overlay running on its toe box, and because it also comes with some underlays around the bunion window, it would provide a bit more constriction than the Brooks Ghost 11 would.

The heel of both running shoes is quite closed, but the materials used behind the heel of the Brooks Ghost 11 seem to be a bit sturdier than those on the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, and the Brooks Ghost 11 exposes less mesh at the back compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 11 is likely to deliver a bit more support behind the heel compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

All in all, both running shoes should be able to keep your foot on the running platform, but you can get a tighter and more personalized fit from the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, while the Brooks Ghost 11 gives you lots of room and comfort in the toe box and a good amount of support behind the heel.

The midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Brooks Ghost 11 differ in construction and materials used.

The Brooks Ghost 11 makes use of somewhat more responsive midsole material that delivers a good amount of cushioning in the forefoot, and then it has cushier material under the heel to function as a crash pad.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is different in that it comes with one main layer of cushy foam and adds a layer of the same material just under the foot to increase the cushiness.

Therefore, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is meant to deliver lots of cushioning from heel to toe, while the Brooks Ghost 11 is meant to have a very cushy heel.

According to lab tests, the Brooks Ghost 11 does deliver lots of heel cushioning to men, but women get a more moderate amount.

The forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more moderately-cushioned compared to the heel but should still feel soft to men and moderately soft to women.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 displays a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning by delivering an overall soft ride to both men and women and having a heel that is just a tiny bit cushier compared to its forefoot.

Women also get overall more cushioning than men in the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, whereas men get overall more cushioning than women in the Brooks Ghost 11.

Therefore, if you are a women who is looking for an overall soft ride, you might prefer the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 as opposed to the Brooks Ghost 11.

Neither the Brooks Ghost 11 nor the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 come with a device to control pronation, because both running shoes are meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need their stride to be corrected.

However, the midsoles of both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which adds some stability to the running shoes.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has a leg up on the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 in stability, though, because it has that separate crash pad under the heel, which can be seen as a stability feature.

The heel-to-toe drop is about 4 mm higher in the Brooks Ghost 11, and the Brooks Ghost 11 has a somewhat thinner midsole in the forefoot compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, so the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel more like a performance running shoe than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ in layout, with the Brooks Ghost 11 displaying more separation and segmentation than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, all of which is good for shock absorption and dissipation and for smoothening your ride.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has a few deep horizontal flex grooves, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has a few deep vertical flex grooves. Vertical flex grooves are less beneficial to flexibility than horizontal flex grooves.

However, both the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Brooks Ghost 11 have been found to be stiff running shoes, but the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel just a tad more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 due to its somewhat thinner forefoot and horizontal flex grooves.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 11 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for women also weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ghost 11 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 Saucony Triumph ISO 4 or the Brooks Ghost 11.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is a more basic and entry-level running shoe compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 4. It delivers a good amount of comfort and men would appreciate getting a soft ride from it.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is a more premium running shoe that delivers a more personalized fit and that might interest women who are looking to get a soft ride.

Both running shoes are capable of delivering a smooth ride, but your ride might just feel a bit smoother in the Brooks Ghost 11.

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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