Brooks Ghost 10 vs. Brooks Launch 4 review

Brooks Ghost 10 provides a comfortable fit and a smooth ride to neutral runners. Brooks Launch 4 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners.

The Brooks Ghost 10 and the Brooks Launch 4 are neutral cushioning running shoes from Brooks, with the main differences being the price and the weight.

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Both the Brooks Ghost 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Launch 4 have a forefoot that is quite open and free of overlays.

The Brooks Launch 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com uses air mesh in its forefoot, while the Brooks Ghost 10 makes use of engineered mesh that reduces the need for overlays.

Both running shoes provide support around the midfoot by using 3D Print overlays. These overlays tend to be narrower but more plentiful on the Brooks Ghost 10 and broader but less plentiful on the Brooks Launch 4.

Both setups should provide enough support to neutral runners, but the Brooks Ghost 10 might provide just a tiny bit more due to the larger coverage.

Both the Brooks Ghost 10 and the Brooks Launch 4 come with a stitched-on toecap so provide some durability at the front of the shoe.

All in all, runners should be able to get a comfortable fit from either running shoe and have enough room in the forefoot to accommodate big bunions.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 10 and the Brooks Launch 4 differ somewhat in construction.

The Brooks Launch 4 comes with one main layer of foam that has an integrated crash pad under the heel.

The Brooks Ghost 10 comes with one main layer of foam but then has a second layer under the heel that functions as a crash pad.

Both constructions should provide runners with a soft landing although the Brooks Ghost 10 scores much higher in this department than the Brooks Launch 4.

According to running shoe lab tests, the heel of the Brooks Launch 4 might feel somewhat firm to both men and women, while the Brooks Ghost 10 has a very soft heel.

The Brooks Launch 4 provides an average amount of forefoot cushioning, while the Brooks Ghost 10 provides an above average amount.

The conclusion is that the Brooks Ghost 10 provides overall more cushioning than the Brooks Launch 4 and might feel very soft to runners so is a good running shoe for long runs.

The cushioning profile of the Brooks Launch 4 indicates that it might be a good running shoe for performance runs so for runners who want to go fast.

Neither the Brooks Ghost 10 nor the Brooks Launch 4 comes with a device to control overpronation, because they are running shoes that are meant to be worn by neutral runners so runners who do not need any kind of stability or support.

However, running shoe lab tests still rate the Brooks Ghost 10 as being a very stable running shoe, while the Brooks Launch 4 is rated as being below average stable.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different in flex grooves and the fact that the Brooks Launch 4 has an X under the midfoot as a way to provide runners with faster heel-to-toe transitions.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of separation in their outsoles for shock absorption and dissipation.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Launch 4 is a very flexible running shoe for both men and women, while the Brooks Ghost 10 provides an average amount of flexibility to women but is somewhat stiffer for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 4 weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 10 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.2 oz (261 grams) and 10 oz (284 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Launch 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a running shoe that provides a very soft ride with a touch of stability, the Brooks Ghost 10 would be the one to consider.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for a running shoe that is somewhat lighter and that will help you run faster, you may want to look into the Brooks Launch 4 before you consider the Brooks Ghost 10.

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.


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