Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Brooks Levitate 2 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Levitate 2 provides comfort and delivers a springy ride to neutral runners...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Levitate 2 are neutral running shoes from Brooks with the main goal of the Brooks Ghost 11 being to cushion your ride and the main goal of the Brooks Levitate being to energize your run.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Levitate 2 are similar in that they are mostly seamless and have a forefoot that is wide open and free from overlays.

It is clear by looking at the uppers of the Brooks Levitate 2 and the Brooks Ghost 11 that these two running shoes are meant to deliver comfort to neutral runners.

However, the Brooks Levitate 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com takes comfort a step further than the Brooks Ghost 11 does.

The Brooks Levitate 2 has a Fit Knit upper that delivers lightweight support, but it also comes with an internal bootie to increase the amount of comfort inside the running shoe.

The Brooks Levitate 2 also comes with a heel collar that wraps around your foot for plush comfort and a sueded heel tab that is meant to protect your Achilles tendon from getting irritated.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has more basic features in that its upper consists of mesh that is more open in the forefoot and more closed around the midfoot and heel to increase the amount of lightweight support at the back.

Because the mesh of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more open, it might also turn out to be more breathable in the forefoot compared to the Brooks Levitate 2.

The heel of the Brooks Ghost 11 is also more closed and delivers a bit more support than that of the Brooks Levitate 2.

All in all, while the uppers of both running shoes are geared towards maximizing comfort, the Brooks Levitate 2 increases comfort inside the shoe as well as around your heel, while the Brooks Ghost 11 increases support around your heel.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Levitate 2 differ in construction and materials used.

The Brooks Ghost 11 comes with one main layer of foam (BioMoGo DNA) that is meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning yet still feel responsive, and it has a crash pad under the heel that consists of foam (DNA LOFT) that delivers lots of cushioning.

The midsole of the Brooks Levitate 2 also has one main layer of foam, but does not have a separate crash pad under the heel.

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In addition, the midsole material (DNA AMP) used by the Brooks Levitate 2 is meant to deliver cushioning and also return your energy. This results in a cushy and springy ride.

In terms of cushioning, men get an overall soft ride from the Brooks Ghost 11 with a very cushy heel, while the Brooks Levitate 2 delivers a more moderate amount of heel cushioning and a cushy forefoot.

Therefore, men would get an overall softer ride in the Brooks Ghost 11 than in the Brooks Levitate 2.

Women get a moderate amount of heel and forefoot cushioning from the Brooks Ghost 11, while the Brooks Levitate 2 also gives them a moderate amount of heel cushioning but a cushy forefoot.

Therefore, women would get an overall softer ride in the Brooks Levitate 2 than in the Brooks Ghost 11.

In both cases, irrespective of the amount of cushioning you get from either running shoe, the Brooks Levitate 2 is the one that returns more energy to you.

Note that the Brooks Ghost 11 has a higher heel-to-toe drop (about 4 mm higher) than the Brooks Levitate 2. This is because the Brooks Ghost 11 sits a bit higher off the ground under the heel, but the Brooks Levitate 2 sits a bit higher off the ground under the forefoot.

The midsoles of both running shoes deliver a good amount of ground contact, which adds some stability to your runs as well as help you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

However, because the Brooks Ghost 11 comes with a separate crash pad that runs from the back of the heel around the lateral side all the way to the midfoot, and because it delivers a good amount of support around the heel, it can be seen as being somewhat more stable than the Brooks Levitate 2.

The outsoles of the Brooks Levitate 2 and the Brooks Ghost 11 differ in construction.

The outsole of the Brooks Ghost 11 displays lots of separation and segmentation, which is good for shock absorption and dissipation, which in turn is good for smoothening your ride.

The crash section under the heel of the Brooks Ghost 11 is well segmented and isolated enough to absorb shock.

The Brooks Ghost 11 tends to have small rubber pods throughout its entire midsole, but it comes with only three deep flex grooves in the forefoot.

The Brooks Levitate 2 has a crystal rubber outsole that has an arrow-point pattern to help you move quickly from heel to toe and not waste much energy.

The Brooks Levitate 2 has four deep flex grooves in the forefoot, and its crash area under the heel is well segmented but has a connection to the forefoot via the rubber.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 11 is more likely to smoothen your ride more than the Brooks Levitate 2.

However, the setup of the outsole of the Brooks Levitate 2 helps it to deliver more flexibility than you would get from the Brooks Ghost 11, which turns out 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 Levitate 2 for women weighs 9.9 oz (281 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 11.2 oz (318 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ghost 11 being the lighter one.

The Brooks Levitate 2 is a somewhat heavier running shoe than the Brooks Ghost 11, but in return you get more comfort and a more bouncy ride that should energize you to run longer or faster.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could turn to either the Brooks Ghost 11 or the Brooks Levitate 2.

Both the Brooks Levitate 2 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are good for long runs and can deliver smooth heel-to-toe transitions, but your ride might be overall smoother in the Brooks Ghost 11 and bouncier and more comfortable in the Brooks Levitate 2.

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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