Brooks Glycerin 15 vs. Brooks Ghost 9 review

Brooks Glycerin 15 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a plush and soft running experience. Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability...

The Brooks Glycerin 15 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are neutral cushioning running shoes from Brooks, with the Brooks Glycerin 15 being considered as a more premium running shoe than the Brooks Ghost 9.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 9 are quite similar in that both come with no-sew overlays.

The difference is that the no-sew overlays on the Brooks Glycerin 15 are 3D Print overlays and run across the midfoot and along the length of the foot to deliver a more custom fit.

Because the forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not have overlays but rather uses engineered mesh to provide structure and support, it might feel a bit looser than the forefoot of the Brooks Glycerin 15.

While the Brooks Ghost 9 is largely seamless, the Brooks Glycerin 15 comes with stitches in its toecap and in the overlay behind the heel, which increase the durability of the running shoe as well as provide the extra support needed at the front and the back of the running shoe.

In the end, though, both running shoes might provide a similar amount of support, with the Brooks Glycerin 15 having an overall somewhat tighter fit.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 15 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are meant to deliver a soft ride, although the ride of the Brooks Glycerin 15 is expected to be softer, because its midsole consists of foam that delivers 20% more cushioning than the midsole material of the Brooks Ghost 9.

The difference in cushioning can be seen in running shoe lab test results, which show that the Brooks Glycerin 15 is overall cushier than the Brooks Ghost 9 and delivers almost a maximum amount of cushioning to both men and women.

The Brooks Ghost 9 delivers an above average amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, but its amount of forefoot cushioning is less than that of the Brooks Glycerin 15.

However, the amount of heel cushioning of the Brooks Ghost 9 can compete well against that of the Brooks Glycerin 15, although the latter is still somewhat cushier.

The good thing about less forefoot cushioning in the Brooks Ghost 9 is that it should feel a bit more responsive than the Brooks Glycerin 15.

The midsole of the Brooks Ghost 9 has a different construction than that of the Brooks Glycerin 15 by having a full-length crash pad on the lateral side.

While the midsoles of both running shoes display a good amount of segmentation and have a good amount of ground contact, the crash pad helps the Brooks Ghost 9 be a bit more stable than the Brooks Glycerin 15.

Both running shoes are considered to be stable neutral running shoes, but the Brooks Ghost 9 provides just a tad more stability than the Brooks Glycerin 15, according to running shoe lab tests.

The rubber outsoles of the running shoes are also quite well segmentated, but the Brooks Glycerin 15 has more flex grooves than the Brooks Ghost 9.

The latter helps the Brooks Glycerin 15 deliver a good amount of flexibility and a bit more than the Brooks Ghost 9, but the difference in the amount of flexibility of the two running shoes is quite insignificant for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 15 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 9 for women weighs 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 10.5 oz (298 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ghost 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Glycerin 15 or the Brooks Ghost 9.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 is a good running shoe for bigger runners and those who want quite a bit of cushioning and luxury in a running shoe.

The Brooks Ghost 9 would suit lighter runners and those who are looking for a bit more stability. It also sits at a lower price point than the Brooks Glycerin 15.

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.


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