Brooks Ghost 8 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable and smooth ride to neutral runners. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a plush ride with a little bit of stability and a smooth heel-to-toe transition...

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The Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are neutral running shoes that provide lots of cushioning.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are similar in that both consist of a combination of no-sew overlays and stitched-on overlays, but have more no-sew overlays than stitched-on pieces.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a good amount of overlays wrapping the midfoot, while the Brooks Ghost 8 has less no-sew overlays to keep your foot on the running platform around the midfoot.

In addition, the Brooks Glycerin 13 has 3-D Fit Print overlays running in its entire upper to provide structure, while your foot should feel more open and free in the Brooks Ghost 8 due to the sparingly distributed overlays. All in all, the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is a bit more supportive than that of the Brooks Ghost 8.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are similar in that they do not contain any kind of device for added support and stability.

However, the Brooks Ghost 8 implements a well-segmented crash pad that runs along the entire outer length of the shoe, which should add more smoothness and stability to your runs.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 has a Super DNA midsole, which offers 25% more cushioning than the BioMoGo DNA midsole of the Brooks Ghost 8.

But this does not automatically make the Brooks Glycerin 13 feel softer under your foot than the Brooks Ghost 8, because running shoe lab tests have shown that while the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a slightly more cushy forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 8, the Brooks Ghost 8 wins in the heel cushioning department.

This applies to both the men's and the women's versions of the running shoes. But while there are differences to be noted in the amount of cushioning provided by the running shoes, they both come close to the overall amount of cushioning they provide.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 also has a more rounded heel than the Brooks Ghost 8 to provide better alignment and take stress off your joints. Such a rounded heel would benefit heel-strikers who choose to run in the Brooks Glycerin 13 instead of the Brooks Ghost 8 that provides a bit more heel cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

But if you are not a heel-striker, you would not get much benefit from a rounded heel nor heel cushioning.

The outsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Ghost 8 are quite different in the way they are set up. The Brooks Glycerin 13 has three zones – rear, mid, and front – that take care of evenly distributing pressure under your foot, while the Brooks Ghost 8 looks more like a traditional running shoe.

Both provide good ground contact, which should add to the stability and smoothness of your ride. Both also have good separation between their rubber pods and compartments for shock dissipation and added flexibility.

However, as far as flexibility goes, running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are almost equally stiff for women, but that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is way more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 8 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs approximately 11.0 oz (312 grams).

Making a decision between the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 is a tough one, because both running shoes come very close to each other in the amount of cushioning they provide, their weight, and their profile height.

However, if you are looking for a more stable and smooth ride, the Brooks Ghost 8 may do a better job than the Brooks Glycerin 13. And if you are a somewhat bigger runner looking for lots of heel cushioning in a running shoe, then the Brooks Glycerin 13 may be a better option than the Brooks Ghost 8.

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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