Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Brooks Ghost 10 review

Brooks Ghost 10 provides a comfortable fit and a smooth ride to neutral runners. Brooks Ghost 11 provides the same but has an updated crash pad to deliver softer landings...

The Brooks Ghost 11 is the updated version of the Brooks Ghost 10, which is a neutral running shoe for runners who have medium to high arches and who are looking to get a soft ride.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 10 look very similar in what they provide to runners.

Both are aimed at delivering comfort, especially in the front part of the running shoe and enough support around the midfoot to keep your foot on the running platform.

The Brooks Ghost 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has thin no-sew overlays around the midfoot to provide support, with very little stitches elsewhere in the upper other than in the toecap at the front.

While the Brooks Ghost 11 has the Brooks logo to keep the mesh together around the midfoot, most of the support comes from the structure of the mesh itself, which is more closed around the midfoot than it is in the forefoot, and from dotted overlays around the midfoot, heel, and forefoot.

The Brooks Ghost 10 has no-sew overlays from midfoot to heel, and these overlays form a better connection between the saddle and the midsole than the dotted overlays on the Brooks Ghost 11.

Whereas the Brooks Ghost 10 has extra and somewhat thicker overlays around and behind the heel, the Brooks Ghost 11 comes with an external heel counter that wraps the top of the heel.

The forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 10 and the Brooks Ghost 11 is quite open and free from overlays and provides lots of room to big bunions, if you have any.

All in all, the Brooks Ghost 10 might deliver a bit more support around the midfoot, but both running shoes are about on par around the heel, with the Brooks Ghost 11 having a slight edge on the Brooks Ghost 10.

Both running shoes should feel comfortable, although the front half of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more open than that of the Brooks Ghost 10.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 10 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are similar in that they both consist of a main layer of foam with a crash pad under the heel.

The crash pad has the form of a horseshoe in the Brooks Ghost 10 so can be found on both the lateral and the medial sides of the heel.

This has changed in the Brooks Ghost 11, which now has a crash pad on the lateral side of and behind the heel, with the medial side just being midsole foam.

However, the medial side of the Brooks Ghost 11 provides a bit more ground contact than that of the Brooks Ghost 10, which should slightly increase the stability of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the amount of support it delivers.

What has also changed is the type of midsole foam used in the crash pad, which is now DNA LOFT and which Brooks claims is very soft without losing responsiveness and durability.

The rest of the midsole of the Brooks Ghost 11 consists of the same type of midsole material used in the Brooks Ghost 10, which is BioMogo DNA.

BioMogo DNA cushioning is not meant to be super soft but rather deliver enough cushioning to give you a comfortable ride.

The Brooks Ghost 10 was found to deliver an overall soft ride to both men and women, and a lot of heel cushioning to male heel-strikers.

The Brooks Ghost 11 should deliver a similar amount of softness as the Brooks Ghost 10, with the one difference that you should get a bit more softness and shock absorption at heel-strike due to the use of DNA LOFT cushioning in the crash pad.

The crash pad is well segmented under both running shoes and connect well to the forefoot, so you should be able to get a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off from either running shoe.

Neither the Brooks Ghost 11 nor the Brooks Ghost 10 is meant to deliver a lot of stability and support, but the fact that they do have a crash pad and deliver a good amount of ground contact does make them stable neutral running shoes.

The outsoles of the Brooks Ghost 10 and the Brooks Ghost 11 have a similar setup with two sections under the heel and three flex grooves in the forefoot.

However, the Brooks Ghost 10 also has some extra shorter flex grooves on the lateral side, while the Brooks Ghost 11 does not. Instead, it has deep cuts in the rubber.

The rubber pods are also cut differently in the outsole of the Brooks Ghost 11 compared to the Brooks Ghost 10, with the latter having more squarish rubber pods in the forefoot.

The Brooks Ghost 10 has been found to be moderately flexible for women and somewhat stiffer for men, and the Brooks Ghost 11 should be able to deliver a similar amount of flexibility, although the Brooks Ghost 10 might turn out to be a bit more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 11.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 11 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 10 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 10 oz (284 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ghost 10 being the lighter one.

The Brooks Ghost 11 got a bit heavier compared to the Brooks Ghost 10, but in return you should be able to get softer landings, more comfort in the upper, and a more support around the heel.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is a nice update of the Brooks Ghost 10. Both running shoes are good for neutral runners who are looking for a smooth, stable, and comfortable ride that delivers enough cushioning for long runs, but the new cushioning under the heel and the updated upper of the Brooks Ghost 11 are worth trying out.

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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