Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Brooks Transcend 4 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. Brooks Transcend 4 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability.

The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Transcend 4 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Ghost 9 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Brooks Transcend 4 a stability running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that they both come with no-sew overlays.

The difference is that the Brooks Transcend 4 implements more precise 3D Fit Print overlays, which allow for a more custom fit.

Most of the no-sew overlays on the Brooks Ghost 9 are around the midfoot, and the mesh is quite open, especially on the toe box, compared to the Brooks Transcend 4, so the Brooks Ghost 9 might offer a somewhat looser fit in the toe box.

While the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with a good amount of support at the back of the shoe, the Brooks Transcend 4 provides a bit more through the implementation of an external heel counter that not only helps keep your heel in place but also helps in the stability process.

While the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with a couple of stitches at the sides of its toecap, the Brooks Transcend 4 has stitches along the entire edge of its toecap, which should increase the durability of the shoe a bit.

Overall, the Brooks Ghost 9 provides enough support through its upper to keep your foot in place, but the Brooks Transcend 4 provides a somewhat more secure fit and has more elements of support than the Brooks Ghost 9.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Transcend 4 look slightly different, mainly due to the full-length crash pad that the Brooks Ghost 9 implements and that the Brooks Transcend 4 does not have.

This crash pad helps you achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions after a soft touchdown. It also helps increase the stability of the running shoe.

The Brooks Transcend 4 provides a good amount of ground contact, so runners should also be able to achieve smooth heel-to-toe transitions in it.

In addition, the Brooks Transcend 4 has a midsole that provides much more cushioning than the type of the midsole used by the Brooks Ghost 9.

The difference in cushioning is clearly visible from running shoe lab tests results, which indicate that the Brooks Transcend 4 outcushions the Brooks Ghost 9 for both men and women.

The Brooks Ghost 9 provides an above average amount of cushioning to women in both the heel and the forefoot, where the heel is quite cushy.

However, the Brooks Transcend 4 provides almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot to women.

The latter is also the case for men, and the Brooks Ghost 9 displays a similar cushioning profile as the women's version, although the amount of heel cushioning in the Brooks Ghost 9 is almost to the max for men.

So whether you choose to run in the Brooks Transcend 4 or the Brooks Ghost 9, you should be able to get a soft ride. The overall ride is just softer in the Brooks Transcend 4 than it is in the Brooks Ghost 9.

The main difference between the midsoles of the two running shoes is that the midsole of the Brooks Transcend 4 comes with Guide Rails that run along the upper edge on the lateral and medial sides of the midsole.

These Guide Rails help guide your foot and body to find their own natural motion path, which is essential for overpronators.

However, as far as stability goes, running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Ghost 9 to be a bit more stable than the Brooks Transcend 4.

The outsoles of the Brooks Transcend 4 and the Brooks Ghost 9 look a bit different, but both provide a good amount of separation and flex grooves.

An obvious difference is that the Brooks Transcend 4 is a bit broader under the midfoot than the Brooks Ghost 9, and provides overall a bit more ground contact.

What is also obvious is the fact that the Brooks Ghost 9 has smaller rubber pods than the Brooks Transcend 4 in its outsole.

In terms of flexibility, running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Transcend 4 to be more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 9 for both men and women.

The Brooks Ghost 9 turns out to be a bit on the stiff side, while the Brooks Transcend 4 provides an average amount of flexibility.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the Brooks Transcend 4 for women weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), and the Brooks Transcend 4 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the Brooks Ghost 9 or the Brooks Transcend 4, because the Brooks Ghost 9 is for neutral runners, and the Brooks Transcend 4 provides a moderate amount of stability that should not get in the way of neutral runners.

However, the Brooks Ghost 9 was built for neutral runners, while the Brooks Transcend 4 is for overpronators.

So overpronators should consider the Brooks Transcend 4 instead of the Brooks Ghost 9, which is a stable running shoe but does not provide any kind of pronation control.

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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