Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Brooks Glycerin 14 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit.

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The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 are neutral cushioning running shoes that provide cushioning, with the big difference being that the Brooks Glycerin 14 offers premium cushioning.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 14 differ considerably in construction.

The Brooks Ghost 9 has open mesh that has structure that mimics overlays, especially in the forefoot, and light no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a broad and sturdy overlay that wraps the midfoot to provide a secure fit and then it has 3D Stretch Print overlays throughout the upper to provide a more customized fit.

The overlays on the Brooks Glycerin 14 stretch as your foot swells to provide structure and a better fit.

All in all, runners may experience that the Brooks Ghost 9 provides a somewhat looser fit than the Brooks Glycerin 14. However, both running shoes provide comfort and a similar amount of support behind the heel.

While the Brooks Ghost 9 is not meant to provide an extreme amount of cushioning, the Brooks Glycerin 14 was made to provide a plush running experience.

The latter is evident from the type of cushioning the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 implements and the plush feel inside the running shoe.

The plushness of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is also evident from running shoe lab tests.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 for women offers a lot of forefoot cushioning and more than the Brooks Ghost 9 despite the Brooks Ghost 9 offering above average forefoot cushioning.

However, the Brooks Ghost 9 offers just a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 14, with both of them having a cushy heel.

Overall, the Brooks Glycerin 14 for women displays a more balanced cushioning profile where the amount of forefoot cushioning versus the amount of heel cushioning is concerned.

If you are a man who is looking for a very plush running experience, the Brooks Glycerin 14 would be the one to go with because it offers quite a bit of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

The Brooks Ghost 9 also offers quite a bit of heel cushioning to men and about the same amount as the Brooks Glycerin 14, but it offers much less forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 14.

Neither the Brooks Ghost 9 nor the Brooks Glycerin 14 are meant to provide stability or support, but according to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Ghost 9 provides more stability than the Brooks Glycerin 14 although both running shoes provide above average stability.

The latter might be caused by the fact that both running shoes come with a midsole that provides a good amount of shock absorption and ground contact from heel to toe.

However, the Brooks Ghost 9 is the one that comes with an explicit full-length crash pad in its midsole.

When you look at the outsoles, you can also see that both running shoes provide a large amount of separation and that the heel of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a bit narrower and rounder than that of the Brooks Ghost 9.

The separation in the outsoles will help with shock absorption and dissipation and thus smoothen your ride.

Both the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 provide a good amount of ground contact, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 providing just a tiny bit more than the Brooks Ghost 9.

The ground contact in both running shoes will help them provide you with smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

Running shoe lab tests indicate, that the Brooks Glycerin 14 is the more flexible running shoe of the two for both men and women.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 turns out to be very flexible, while the Brooks Ghost 9 tends to be a bit on the stiff side for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 14 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 14 for men weighs 10.7 oz (303 grams).

If you are looking for a soft running experience from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Glycerin 14 or the Brooks Ghost 9 because both offer above average cushioning.

However, if you are looking for an overall very plush running experience from a running shoe that also provides a secure fit, you may want to look into the Brooks Glycerin 14 more than the Brooks Ghost 9.

And if you are a neutral runner who needs a bit of stability, the Brooks Ghost 9 would be the one to consider above the Brooks Glycerin 14.

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.


This review falls under: Brooks

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