Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Glycerin 13 is for runners looking for a soft and smooth ride and a secure fit.

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The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are neutral running shoes that provide cushioning, with the Brooks Glycerin 13 falling in a higher price range than the Brooks Ghost 9.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 13 differ quite a bit.

While the Brooks Ghost 9 is geared toward providing as much comfort and as little irritation as possible through the minimal use of stitches in its upper, the Brooks Glycerin 13 is geared toward providing comfort and support.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with broad overlays that wrap the midfoot and that provide a good amount of support in that area.

The overlays on the Brooks Ghost 9 are no-sew, thinner, and more discrete around the midfoot.

The mesh of the Brooks Ghost 9 is also more open than that of the Brooks Glycerin 13 and has a structure that is meant to replace overlays, especially in the forefoot, so the fit of the Brooks Ghost 9 might be a bit looser than that of the Brooks Glycerin 13.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with no-sew overlays that have been printed on the upper and that provide structure, especially in the forefoot.

The Brooks Ghost 9 provides enough support in its upper, but bigger runners may appreciate the extra hold and support you get from the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 13.

The type of cushioning used in the midsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Ghost 9 differ.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 is intended to provide runners with a plush running experience, while the cushioning of the Brooks Ghost 9 is meant to be neither too soft nor too firm.

Running shoe lab tests show that the differences in cushioning are not that large for women. While the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a forefoot that is just a tiny bit more cushy than that of the Brooks Ghost 9, the Brooks Ghost 9 provides somewhat more heel cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

Both running shoes are quite cushy for women but not to the extreme although the Brooks Ghost 9 does provide quite a bit of heel cushioning.

The men's versions of the running shoes display quite a few differences. While the forefoot of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is quite cushy compared to the Brooks Ghost 9, the Brooks Ghost 9 has more heel cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

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

The Brooks Glycerin 13 provides above average heel cushioning and a heel that is more rounded than that of the Brooks Ghost 9.

It also comes with a good amount of separation in its outsole, which is divided into pressure zones.

Both running shoes have a good amount of separation in their outsoles and provide a good amount of ground contact that should benefit the smoothness and stability of your ride.

And while the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a midsole that provides a good amount of shock absorption from heel to toe, the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with a crash pad that runs along the entire length of the midsole on the lateral side.

The Brooks Ghost 9 comes out of running shoe lab tests as the more stable running shoe of the two despite the Brooks Glycerin 13 providing above average stability and support to neutral runners.

Despite the large degree of separation in the rubber compartments of the outsoles of both running shoes, they both turn out to be quite stiff for women.

But running shoe lab tests have measured the Brooks Glycerin 13 to be way more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 9 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 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 Glycerin 13 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Glycerin 13 or the Brooks Ghost 9 because both provide above average cushioning.

However, heel-strikers and those who are looking for a bit more stability in a neutral cushioning running shoe may prefer the Brooks Ghost 9 above the Brooks Glycerin 13.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 is good for bigger runners who are looking for a soft and smooth ride with a secure fit.

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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This review falls under: Brooks

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