Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Brooks Launch 4 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Launch 4 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners.

NEW! Brooks Ghost 10 vs. Brooks Launch 4

The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Launch 4 fall in the same neutral cushioning category of running shoes so are for runners who are looking for lots of cushioning and do not need any kind of support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Launch 4 are similar in that they both contain a minimum amount of stitches in their upper and use no-sew overlays to keep things together.

They differ slightly in the type of mesh used, and the Brooks Launch 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does come with stitches in its entire toecap, unlike the Brooks Ghost 9, which only has some stitches at the sides of its toecap.

Another difference is that the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with an overlay at the back and has some sturdier overlays than the Brooks Launch 4 that wrap the heel.

The forefoot of the Brooks Launch 4 is more open than that of the Brooks Ghost 9, and the bunion window of the Brooks Launch 4 also provides more room for big bunions than the Brooks Ghost 9, which has some no-sew overlays running nearby.

All in all, the Brooks Ghost 9 might provide a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Launch 4, but the Brooks Launch 4 might feel more comfortable, especially in the forefoot.

In any case, both running shoes should be able to keep your foot on the running platform.

Both the Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are in the business of providing runners with a soft ride.

According to running shoe lab tests, though, the Brooks Launch 4 is overall less cushy than the Brooks Ghost 9.

The Brooks Ghost 9 offers an above average amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot to women.

The Brooks Launch 4 also offers an above average amount of forefoot cushioning, but its heel cushioning falls below average so might feel a bit firm to some runners.

For men, the Brooks Launch 4 offers almost as much forefoot cushioning as the Brooks Ghost 9, but again, its heel cushioning falls below average, while the Brooks Ghost 9 has a very cushy heel for men.

The Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Ghost 9 sit on about the same height from the ground, but the heel of the Brooks Launch 4 is a bit more elevated so it has a slightly larger heel-to-toe drop than the Brooks Ghost 9.

This slightly larger heel-to-toe drop could give runners the feel of a performance running shoe.

One big difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Ghost 9 is the presence of a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole of the Brooks Ghost 9.

While the Brooks Launch 4 comes with a crash section under the heel, the heel does not connect to the forefoot on the lateral side as well as it does in the Brooks Ghost 9.

The crash pad and ground contact provided by the Brooks Ghost 9 helps increase the stability of the running shoe, which is perhaps why running shoe lab test have rated the Brooks Ghost 9 to be much more stable than the Brooks Launch 4, which displays a below average amount of stability.

But as a neutral runner, you would not be that concerned about the stability of a running shoe. If you are one of those runners who does appreciate a stable ride, you may want to consider the Brooks Ghost 9 more than the Brooks Launch 4.

The Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Ghost 9 also differ in the outsole, where the Brooks Launch 4 provides full ground contact right under the midfoot in the form of an X for faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The rubber patterns also differ and the Brooks Launch 4 has more major flex grooves in the forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 9.

These flex grooves help with flexibility, so it is not surprising that running shoe lab tests have found the Brooks Launch 4 to be a very flexible running shoe. The Brooks Ghost 9 falls a bit on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Launch 4 for women weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the Brooks Launch 4 for men weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams).

If you are a neutral runner, you could choose either the Brooks Launch 4 or the Brooks Ghost 9. These two running shoes serve two different crowds, though.

The Brooks Launch 4 is for those who want to go fast and feel light, while the Brooks Ghost 9 is better for those who want to go for longer, more relaxed runs.

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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