Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride.

The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 fall in two different categories of running shoes. The Brooks Ghost 9 is a neutral cushioning running shoe, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is a stability running shoe for overpronators.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that they implement no-sew overlays instead of stitched-on overlays, although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with stitches at the front and back.

In addition, the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has less overlays in its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, which provides a good few around the midfoot to keep your foot in place.

The mesh of the Brooks Ghost 9 has some structure, which reduces the need for overlays and keeps the upper light and comfortable.

The bunion window and forefoot, in general, are more open in the Brooks Ghost 9 than they are in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, so the Brooks Ghost 9 might provide a bit more room to move in the toe box.

All in all, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Ghost 9, but the Brooks Ghost 9 might feel a bit less restrictive and more comfortable than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

While the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 make use of the same type of cushioning, their cushioning profiles differ.

Running shoe lab tests show that for women, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Ghost 9 have a similar amount of forefoot cushioning.

But while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has a heel that might feel firm to women, the Brooks Ghost 9 provides a lot of cushioning in its heel.

In fact, the amount of heel cushioning in the Brooks Ghost 9 is slightly more than the amount of forefoot cushioning.

Overall, the Brooks Ghost 9 is not a super cushy running shoe for women, but it provides a good amount of cushioning in balanced proportions to women.

Men should experience a more cushy forefoot in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 than they would in the Brooks Ghost 9.

But just like women, men could find the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 to be a bit firm, while the heel of the Brooks Ghost 9 might feel very cushy.

All in all, the Brooks Ghost 9 seems to be a good running shoe for both male and female heel-strikers.

Where the Brooks Ghost 9 excels in cushioning, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 excels in the amount of stabiliity it provides.

Because the Brooks Ghost 9 is for runners who do not need any kind of stability and support, it does not come with a medial post like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides pronation control to overpronators and provides a large amount of stability and support.

What is similar between the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is that both come with a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of their midsoles.

This crash pad soften your landings, provides smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off, and increases the stability of your ride.

Therefore, it is not surprising that while the Brooks Ghost 9 is a neutral running shoe, running shoe lab tests still rate it as providing quite a bit of stability.

However, if you are an overpronator, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 would serve you better in terms of pronation control.

Another similarity between the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 can be found in their outsoles, where both running shoes have these small rubber pods and provide a large amount of separation.

The amount of separation should help smoothen your ride by reducing shock.

The separation in the outsole should also help with flexibility, but according to running shoe lab tests, this is more the case for the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 than it is for the Brooks Ghost 9.

The Brooks Ghost 9 turns out to be somewhat stiff for both men and women, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 displays a bit more flexibility.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

Making a choice between the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 should be quite easy.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a good amount of cushioning but not too much, or if you are a heel-striker, you might enjoy running in the Brooks Ghost 9.

And if you are an overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 would be the one to look into.

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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