Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Brooks Ravenna 9 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Ravenna 9 provides comfort and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Ghost 11 being a neutral running shoe and the Brooks Ravenna 9 a stability running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ravenna 9 are similar in that they both have a forefoot that is wide open and free from overlays, so they offer a good amount of comfort in the toe box and room to those who have wide feet and big bunions.

While the mesh of the Brooks Ravenna 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com remains quite open throughout its entire upper, the mesh of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more open from midfoot to forefoot and more closed from midfoot to heel.

The more closed mesh halfway from the midfoot towards the heel serves to increase the amount of support you get in that area.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has something similar in that it has a couple of no-sew overlays that pull the top of the saddle back towards the midsole and the heel.

While the dotted overlays on the Brooks Ghost 11 only serve to close the mesh, the Brooks Ghost 11 also comes with a piece that wraps around the upper part of the heel, and the heel of the Brooks Ghost 11 is also more closed than that of the Brooks Ravenna 9.

Both the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Ghost 11 can be seen as running shoes that provide lightweight support through their uppers and are more geared towards delivering comfort than support.

Both running shoes are also more focused on providing more support at the back of the running shoe and more comfort at the front, and neither running shoe sticks out in the amount of support it delivers through the upper, although the Brooks Ghost 11 might deliver more support around the heel.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are similar in that both consist of one main layer of foam that is of the same type of material.

However, the Brooks Ghost 11 also comes with a separate crash pad that consists of a softer type of material compared to the main layer of foam.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 does not have a separate crash pad, but its crash pad is more integrated into its midsole.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 is meant to feel responsive, so the amount of cushioning it delivers is overall more on the moderate side.

However, it does deliver a good amount of heel cushioning to men, so they get a soft heel.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is meant to deliver quite a bit of heel cushioning for softer landings.

However, while the Brooks Ghost 11 has been found to have a very cushy heel for men, it has a more moderately-cushioned heel for women.

Therefore, where women are concerned, the Brooks Ravenna 9 and the Brooks Ghost 11 come very close to delivering a similar amount of heel cushioning.

However, the forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel just a tiny bit softer to women compared to that of the Brooks Ravenna 9, although both running shoes have been found to be overall moderately-cushioned for women.

Men should be able to get an overall soft ride from the Brooks Ghost 11 with a very cushy heel, and the Brooks Ravenna 9 has a moderately-cushioned forefoot and a cushy heel for men.

While the Brooks Ravenna 9 is meant to feel responsive and has a relatively high heel-to-toe drop, the heel-to-toe drop of the Brooks Ghost 11 is slightly higher by 2 to 3 mm for both men and women.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 11 might also feel responsive, but still less so compared to the Brooks Ravenna 9, because the amount of forefoot cushioning is more moderate in the latter.

While the Brooks Ghost 11 is a neutral running shoe, it does come with stability features in the crash pad it has under the heel, the heel support it provides, and the good amount of ground contact under the midfoot.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is a stable neutral running shoe but would not be as supportive to overpronators as the Brooks Ravenna 9 would be, because it does not come with a medial post like the Brooks Ravenna 9 does.

The medial post of the Brooks Ravenna 9 does not run all the way up to the foot, neither does it run all the way past the midfoot, but it does help the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The outsoles of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 differ in that the Brooks Ravenna 9 has a transition zone right under the midfoot to help with faster heel-to-toe transitions.

Therefore, the way the outsole of the Brooks Ravenna 9 has been set up is more for speed.

The outsole of the Brooks Ghost 11 displays a lot of separation and segmentation, which is more geared towards absorbing shock and delivering more smoothness to your ride.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 has more flex grooves in its forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 11 does, and because it also delivers a more moderate amount of forefoot cushioning compared to the Brooks Ghost 11, it is also more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 11, which has been found to be stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ravenna 9 weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 11 for women weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.8 oz (278 grams) and 10.9 oz (309 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ravenna 9 being the lighter one.

Making a decision between the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Ravenna 9 should not be that difficult, because the Brooks Ghost 11 is meant to be worn by neutral runners, while the Brooks Ravenna 9 was designed for moderate overpronators.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 was built in a way to not only suit overpronators but also help them run faster by being lightweight and responsive.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is good for neutral runners who are looking for an entry-level running shoe that delivers a soft and smooth ride, although men would get a softer ride than women in the Brooks Ghost 11.

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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