Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 fall in two different categories of running shoes and are for two different types of runners.

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The Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is for neutral runners, and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is for overpronators.

While the Brooks Ghost and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS have displayed many similarities during the years, they have started to depart from looking like each other.

However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 11 still have a few things in common.

For starters, their uppers offer a similar amount of comfort by having a forefoot that is quite open and free from overlays.

Another similarity is that they tend to deliver a bit more support towards the back of the running shoe.

Whereas the Brooks Ghost 11 has mesh that has a structure that is more closed from midfoot to heel, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 comes with some no-sew overlays that run from the saddle towards the back of the running shoe.

The heel of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more closed than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, though, with the former having a sturdy piece that wraps the top of the heel and the latter just having overlays on top of mesh.

So all in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort with little to no irritation from the upper of either running shoe. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers somewhat more support around the midfoot, while the Brooks Ghost 11 wraps the heel well.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS used to look alike, but these have been changing over the years too.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has one main layer of foam that is quite well segmented on the lateral side. It delivers a good amount of ground contact that should benefit the smoothness of your ride and add stability to the running shoe.

While the Brooks Ghost 11 makes use of the same type of midsole material as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, its crash pad under the heel is similar to the midsole material used by the Brooks Glycerin 16, which is claimed to be super cushy.

The crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 11 runs on the lateral side and connects well to the forefoot, but the difference in type of cushioning from soft to somewhat firmer should make your transitions from heel-to-toe feel a bit less seamless than in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, which makes use of one type of foam.

However, you should be able to get a good amount of protection and softness at heel-strike in the Brooks Ghost 11.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has been found to be an overally cushy running shoe that displays a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning.

The Brooks Ghost 11 displays less of a balance for men but is well balanced for women.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 might feel overall cushier for women, but the Brooks Ghost 11 might have a cushier heel than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for men.

Because the Brooks Ghost 11 is meant to be worn by runners who have a neutral gait so who do not require any stability and support, the Brooks Ghost 11 does not come with a device to control pronation.

However, it provides a good amount of ground contact on the medial side and has somewhat firmer foam of the main layer of foam on that side than that is present in the crash pad under the heel on the lateral side, so you do get some degree of support on the medial side.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is a running shoe that is meant to be worn by runners who roll their ankles inward during the gait cycle, so the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 comes with a device to control pronation.

This device comes in the form of a long post on the medial side that consists of firmer foam than the surrounding midsole foam. It helps stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The post is backed by different densities of foam to make the process of pronation control more gradual. It is also reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side under the midfoot.

All in all, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers much more support through its midsole than the Brooks Ghost 11 ever would, and because of this, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is not suitable for neutral runners, because its amount of correction would get in their way.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are similar in that they display a great degree of separation and segmentation.

Both have a well-segmented section under the heel. This segmentation continues to run along the entire length on the lateral side of the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18. This is not the case in the Brooks Ghost 11.

This again gives the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 an advantage where smoothness of your ride is concerned.

The outsoles of both running shoes consist of small rubber pods and they come with three deep flex grooves in the forefoot.

While all of the flex grooves of the Brooks Ghost 11 run from side to side, there is one under the forefoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 that is interrupted by rubber. This should increase the stiffness in the forefoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 on the medial side.

Neither running shoe has been found to be very flexible, but the Brooks Ghost 11 has a greater potential of being more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 11 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for women weighs 8.3 oz (235 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 being the lighter one.

Making a decision between the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 should not be that difficult, because they target two different types of runners.

If you are a neutral runner, the Brooks Ghost 11 was built with your needs in mind, and if you are an overpronator, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 would be the one to consider.

Both running shoes can deliver a soft and smooth ride, but the ride might feel overall a bit softer and smoother in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 than in the Brooks Ghost 11, but male heel-strikers might benefit from the cushiness of the Brooks Ghost 11 for men.

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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