Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Brooks Revel 2 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Revel 2 provides comfort in a package that can be worn before or after your run...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Revel 2 are neutral running shoes for runners who are looking to get cushioning and not so much stability and support.

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The upper of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differs from that of the Brooks Revel 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com in that the Brooks Ghost 11 has a mesh upper, while the Brooks Revel 2 has a knit upper.

The uppers are similar in that they have a more open structure in the forefoot and a more closed structure around the midfoot and the heel.

Brooks lists the knit upper of the Brooks Revel 2 as consisting of heat-activated yarns that make sure that the upper maintains its shape and does not stretch over time.

Another difference between the uppers is that the Brooks Revel 2 comes with an internal bootie that is meant to provide a secure fit as well as comfort.

While both running shoes are fairly closed at the back, the Brooks Ghost 11 is the one that has sturdier material around the heel and thus might also provide a more secure heel fit than the Brooks Revel 2.

The Brooks Revel 2 is not only meant to be a running shoe but also a shoe that can be worn for work or post-workout activities, and the way the upper looks reflects this purpose compared to the Brooks Ghost 11, which looks more like a running shoe.

All in all, you should be able to get lots of comfort from the toe box of either running shoe and a good amount of lightweight support throughout the uppers, but the Brooks Ghost 11 might deliver a bit more support around the heel, while the Brooks Revel 2 might offer a closer-to-foot fit.

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Revel 2 make use of the same type of midsole material from heel to toe, but the Brooks Ghost 11 comes with a crash pad under the heel that consists of a different type of material that delivers much softer cushioning than the main midsole layer.

The goal of the midsole of the Brooks Revel 2 is to deliver enough cushioning to keep you comfortable on the road, while the Brooks Ghost 11 is intended to feel responsive and deliver lots of shock absorption.

Brooks lists both the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Revel 2 as having a heel-to-toe drop of about 12 mm, while lab tests lists the Brooks Ghost 11 as having a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop than the Brooks Revel 2 of about 1 to 2 mm more.

Most of this difference is due to the Brooks Ghost 11 putting a bit more foam between you and the road under the heel. The forefoot heights of the two running shoes come very close to each other, according to lab tests.

With more foam under the heel, one would expect the Brooks Ghost 11 to have a cushier heel than the Brooks Revel 2, and this is indeed true for men.

Women get a more moderate amount of heel cushioning from both the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Revel 2, but because the Brooks Ghost 11 makes use of softer foam under the heel, it might deliver a bit more heel cushioning to women than the Brooks Revel 2.

Women also get a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning from both running shoes, whereas men get a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning from the Brooks Revel 2 and a cushy forefoot from the Brooks Ghost 11.

The conclusion is that men would get an overall softer ride from the Brooks Ghost 11 than they would from the Brooks Revel 2, but women could go either way, because they get an overall moderate amount of cushioning from both running shoes.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which adds some stability to the running shoes as well as promote smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The smoothness of your ride starts at the back, under the heel, where both running shoes have a good amount of segmentation going on.

However, because the Brooks Ghost 11 has a separate crash pad of softer foam under the heel, it might deliver more shock absorption at heel-strike.

The segmented area under the heel is also longer in the Brooks Ghost 11, and the Brooks Ghost 11 displays overall more separation in its outsole, but the Brooks Revel 2 has more flex grooves in the forefoot compared to the Brooks Ghost 11, although none of them run completely from side-to-side like the ones under the Brooks Ghost 11.

Nonetheless, both running shoes have been found by lab tests to be stiff for both men and women. In addition, women might feel a bit more stiffness in the Brooks Revel 2 than in the Brooks Ghost 11.

According to Brooks, the Brooks Revel 2 is a tiny bit lighter than the Brooks Ghost 11 for both men and women, while lab tests say that the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Revel 2 are about the same weight for women, but the Brooks Revel 2 is a bit lighter than the Brooks Ghost 11 for men.

In any case, the differences in weight are not huge between the two running shoes.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Revel 2 or the Brooks Ghost 11.

The Brooks Revel 2 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are similar in many ways, but the Brooks Revel 2 is more suitable for shorter runs and good to be worn on occasions other than workouts, while the Brooks Ghost 11 has been set up in a way to keep you comfortable on longer distances.

The Brooks Ghost 11 might also be more suitable for male heel-strikers.

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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