Brooks Ghost 11 vs. Brooks Transcend 6 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Transcend 6 delivers stability and support and a very soft ride to overpronators...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Transcend 6 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Ghost 11 being for neutral runners and the Brooks Transcend 6 for runners who need support.

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The Brooks Transcend 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is more or less like the Brooks Glycerin 16, so if you already know how the Brooks Ghost 11 stacks up against the Brooks Glycein 16, you already know most of the differences between the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Transcend 6.

The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 6 expose quite a bit of mesh, and they both have toe boxes that can accommodate wide feet or runners who have big bunions.

The structure of the mesh of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more closed from mid midfoot to heel, while the Brooks Transcend 6 closes its mesh mainly only around the midfoot and also introduces some lightweight support through the use of 3D printed overlays.

The Brooks Ghost 11 increases the amount of support you get around the heel by having a sturdy piece that wraps around the upper part of the heel to give you a more locked-down fit.

Whereas the Brooks Transcend used to have an external heel counter in the past, the Brooks Transcend 6 does not anymore, so the amount of support you would get around the heel of the Brooks Transcend 6 is a standard amount.

Finally, the Brooks Transcend 6 comes with an internal bootie to give you a closer-to-foot fit and to surround your foot with softness.

All in all, you should be able to get lots of comfort from the upper of either running shoe, and while the Brooks Transcend 6 might feel more plush than the Brooks Ghost 11, the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel a bit more secure around the heel.

The Brooks Transcend 6 and the Brooks Ghost 11 use a different type of midsole material as their main midsole material.

However, the Brooks Ghost 11 also comes with a crash pad under the heel on the lateral side that consists of the same type of midsole material used in the Brooks Transcend 6.

The Brooks Transcend 6 uses Brooks' softest midsole material that is meant to deliver a maximum amount of cushioning, while the midsole material used by the Brooks Ghost 11 is meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning but still feel responsive.

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Therefore, the Brooks Transcend 6 is likely to feel overall cushier than the Brooks Ghost 11, which turns out to be quite cushy for men but more moderately-cushioned for women.

Midsole material that is softer is also somewhat less stable than midsole material that is a bit firmer, so the Brooks Ghost 11 together with its separate crash pad under the heel, might add a bit more stability to your runs through its midsole alone.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which also adds some stability to your runs.

The Brooks Transcend 6 comes with a stability feature that is not found on the Brooks Ghost 11 in the form of elevated sections along the upper edge of the midsole that are called GuideRails.

These GuideRails are a more subtle and gentle way of delivering support, and Brooks claims that they help prevent of reduce knee injuries.

Because GuideRails are more gentle than a traditional medial post, the Brooks Transcend 6 could theoretically also be worn by neutral runners, so in that respect it would not differ much from the Brooks Ghost 11.

Note however, that the Brooks Transcend 6 is advertised as being for runners who have flat to medium arches, while the Brooks Ghost 11 is for runners with medium to high arches.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ slightly, but both display a good degree of segmentation and separation, which is good for shock absorption and to give you a smoother ride.

The platform of the Brooks Transcend 6 seems to be a bit broader than that of the Brooks Ghost 11 as a good indication that the Brooks Transcend 6 could accommodate larger feet or bigger and heavier runners.

While the Brooks Ghost 11 has more flex grooves in its forefoot that run all the way from side to side, it has been found to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women.

The same is expected of the Brooks Transcend 6, because it delivers a good amount of forefoot cushioning and has less flex grooves running all the way from side to side in the forefoot.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is lighter than the Brooks Transcend 6 for both men and women.

Making a decision between the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Transcend 6 is not a difficult one if you are an overpronator, because the Brooks Transcend 6 was designed specifically with support in mind, while the Brooks Ghost 11 was not.

However, the Brooks Ghost 11 delivers a good amount of stability and provides support around the heel, so if you are a neutral runner who needs just a tiny bit of extra support, the Brooks Ghost 11 would fit the bill.

Because of the subtle way that the Brooks Transcend 6 delivers support, this support would theoretically speaking not get in the way of neutral runners who choose to run in the Brooks Transcend 6. However, do keep in mind that the Brooks Transcend 6 is for runners with flat to medium arches.

The Brooks Transcend 6 might also accommodate bigger and heavier runners better than the Brooks Ghost 11, because the former is not only a heavier running shoe, but it also has a roomier platform.

Both running shoes are meant to deliver an overall soft and smooth ride, but the Brooks Transcend 6 is meant to deliver a super soft ride to runners who need support, while the Brooks Ghost 11 is meant to feel a bit more responsive instead of very cushy.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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