Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Brooks Launch 5 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Launch 5 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners.

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Launch 5 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who have two different types of needs and wants.

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The Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are for those who are looking to go for long runs, while the Brooks Launch 5 are for those who are looking to go for shorter but faster runs.

The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Launch 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that both have structured mesh to provide lightweight support and to keep your foot on the running platform.

The mesh is more open in the forefoot and more closed around the midfoot and the heel of both the Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Ghost 11.

However, the mesh of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more closed halfway from the midfoot to the back, while the mesh of the Brooks Launch 5 remains quite open.

The Brooks Ghost 11 also comes with a piece that wraps around the heel, and the heel is completely closed compared to that of the Brooks Launch 5, so the Brooks Ghost 11 provides a bit more support at the back than the Brooks Launch 5 does.

The bunion window is quite open in both running shoes, but due to the structure of the mesh, the Brooks Ghost 11 is likely to provide more comfort to those who have big bunions.

All in all, it is clear that both the Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are geared towards delivering lots of comfort through their uppers with a minimum amount of support necessary to keep your foot on the running platform.

In addition, the Brooks Ghost 11 delivers a bit more support around the midfoot and the heel compared to the Brooks Launch 5.

The main differences between the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Launch 5 can be found in their midsoles and outsoles.

Brooks lists the Brooks Launch 5 as making use of responsive cushioning that has a springy feel, while the Brooks Ghost 11 is described as having a just-right softness with responsiveness and durability.

The Brooks Launch 5 has a midsole that consists of one type of midsole material, while the Brooks Ghost 11 has a midsole that is a mixture of the same type of midsole material used by the Brooks Launch 5 plus a crash pad that consist of Brooks' softest midsole material that is also used in the Brooks Glycerin 16.

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Because most of the midsole material used by the Brooks Launch 5 is also used in the forefoot and on the medial side under the heel of the Brooks Ghost 11, they would deliver a somewhat similar running experience.

The difference can be found in the crash pad under the heel on the lateral side of the Brooks Ghost 11, which adds cushiness to the running shoe under the heel.

Therefore, you can expect the heel of the Brooks Launch 5 to be somewhat less cushy than that of the Brooks Ghost 11.

The Brooks Launch tends to deliver a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning and has a heel that could feel firm to some runners.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has been found to deliver a moderate amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot of women, but men get a soft forefoot and a very soft heel.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 11 is expected to be overall cushier than the Brooks Launch 5 for both men and women, but this is in line with the goals of these two running shoes, that is, the Brooks Ghost 11 is for longer runs, while the Brooks Launch 5 is for shorter, more speedy runs.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which should add smoothness and some stability to your ride.

However, because the Brooks Ghost 11 comes with a separate crash pad, the stability it delivers would be a bit higher than that of the Brooks Launch 5.

However, both running shoes have a crash section under the heel, although that of the Brooks Ghost 11 is larger and displays more segmentation.

What is also different in the outsole is that the Brooks Launch 5 has rubber in the form of an X under the midfoot to be able to deliver faster heel-to-toe transitions, so speed is the name of the game.

The entire outsole of the Brooks Ghost 11 is well segmented and separated in a way to favor shock absorption and dissipation, so smoothness is the goal of the Brooks Ghost 11.

The Brooks Launch 5 has more flex grooves in its forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 11 does, but not all of those flex grooves run from side to side, so the Brooks Launch 5 is expected to be a tiny bit stiffer on the medial side so that you do have some more stability at toe-off.

Because the Brooks Launch 5 has a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning and lots of flex grooves, it should feel more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 11, which has less flex grooves and a bit more forefoot cushioning.

As a side note, the Brooks Ghost 11 has been found to be stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 11 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Launch 5 for women weighs 7.5 oz (212 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 9 oz (255 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Launch 5 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe and are looking to go for long runs, you might want to look into the Brooks Ghost 11.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for a more responsive running shoe that makes you feel light and fast and that delivers enough cushioning to keep you comfortable but not too much to hold you back, you might want to consider the Brooks Launch 5.

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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