Brooks Ghost 8 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable and smooth ride to neutral runners. Brooks Adrenalince GTS 15 provides lots of stability and support to overpronators...

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The Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Ghost 8 a neutral cushioning running shoe. However, these two running shoes have a lot in common.

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The upper of the Brooks Ghost 8 is very similar to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in terms of the type of overlays used.

Both running shoes have no-sew overlays in their uppers to provide support around the midfoot.

However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has more and broader overlays on the medial side of the shoe to provide extra support to overpronators.

Both running shoes have stitched-on overlays at the back and front of the shoes.

The largely no-sew uppers of the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 should cause less irritation points and thus give you a more comfortable feeling.

Similarities between the two running shoes continue in the midsole where both have a BioMoGo DNA midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

However, because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is geared towards overpronators who need support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 tends to provide cushioning that is not too soft nor too firm.

On the other hand, the Brooks Ghost 8 is geared towards neutral runners who want cushioning, so its cushioning tends to be on the softer side.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Ghost 8 is more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in both the heel and the forefoot, and for both men and women.

However, the difference in amount of cushioning should be more noticeable for the women than for the men. The men may notice a big difference in cushioning only if they are heel-strikers.

Another similarity between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Ghost 8 is the crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe along the entire outer edge of the midsole towards the front of the shoe.

A crash pad is a stability feature that allows for softer landings. By having a full-length and well-segmented crash pad, both running shoes should also provide you with a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The big difference between the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 can be found on the medial side of the midsole, where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has firmer foam to stop your foot from rolling too far inward after heel-strike.

The Brooks Ghost 8 does not have such a medial post, since it is intended to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such support.

Similarities between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Ghost 8 continue in the outsole, where both running shoes look very much alike in the configuration of the rubber lugs.

The main difference is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a small midfoot shank on the medial side to reinforce the medial post, while the Brooks Ghost 8 does not; that area has been filled out down to the ground.

Other than that, both running shoes display a great degree of separation, which is good for shock absorption and dissipation, and also deep flex grooves for flexibility.

In terms of flexibility, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 8 for both men and women. The Brooks Ghost 8 is on the stiff side of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs about 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 8 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

While the Brooks Ghost 8 is a pretty stable running shoe, it was not meant to be worn by overpronators. So if you know that you are an overpronators who needs lots of support and stability, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be the way to go.

Otherwise, the Brooks Ghost 8 is a good option for neutral runners wanting lots of cushioning with a good dose of stability.

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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