Running shoes similar to Brooks Ghost

The Brooks Ghost provides a comfortable and smooth ride to neutral runners. Learn which running shoes are similar to the Brooks Ghost and in what way.

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The Brooks Ghost is an economical neutral cushioning running shoe from Brooks that is known for the smoothness of the ride it provides and the stability that it adds to your runs without being a stability running shoe.

So to find one or more running shoes that are similar to the Brooks Ghost The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, we must look for neutral cushioning running shoes from other manufacturers.

These running shoes do not necessarily have to deliver lots of cushioning – because the Brooks Ghost doesn't – but they do have to provide good ground contact, a smooth ride, and add some degree of stability as a neutral running shoe.

There aren't many running shoes that are like the Brooks Ghost, since its combination of smoothness and stability is quite unique for a neutral cushioning running shoe.

Brooks Adrenaline

While the Brooks Adrenaline is a stability running shoe and not a neutral cushioning running shoe, it has many things in common with the Brooks Ghost.

The Brooks Ghost and the Brooks Adrenaline make use of the same type of cushioning and therefore turn out to have similar cushioning profiles that indicate that the cushioning is not too soft or firm.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in the Brooks Ghost and the Brooks Adrenaline, but the Brooks Ghost excels in the amount of heel cushioning it provides.

Another similarity between the Brooks Adrenaline and the Brooks Ghost is a full-length crash pad that runs from the back of the shoes, along the lateral side, all the way to the front.

This allows the Brooks Ghost and the Brooks Adrenaline to provide you with a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

This smoothness of transition is enhanced by the fact that the outsoles of the two Brooks running shoes are similarly segmented and configured. They look so similar they could be twins. The only minor difference is that the Brooks Adrenaline has a small midfoot shank on the medial side of the midsole and the Brooks Ghost does not.

The final similarity is that both the Brooks Adrenaline and the Brooks Ghost have a largely seamless upper that provide enough support but not many stitches to cause irritation. However, the toe box of the Brooks Ghost might feel less tight than that of the Brooks Adrenaline due to lighter overlays running over it.

The big difference between the Brooks Ghost and the Brooks Adrenaline is that the Brooks Adrenaline is a stability running shoe and the Brooks Ghost a neutral running shoe. If it wasn't for the medial post in the Brooks Adrenaline, the Brooks Ghost and the Brooks Adrenaline would almost be the same running shoe.

You can read more about the differences and similarities between the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 here.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero

While the Nike Air Zoom Vomero does not look anything like the Brooks Ghost, it is a neutral cushioning running shoe that provides a similar amount of stability as the Brooks Ghost.

In addition, both the Brooks Ghost and the Nike Air Zoom Vomero have a no-sew upper that offers comfort. However, the Nike Air Zoom Vomero has no overlays but rather uses extra bands wrapping the midfoot that ups the support in the upper.

What is also similar is the amount of ground contact provided by the Nike Air Zoom Vomero and the Brooks Ghost, which adds to the stability of both running shoes.

The cushioning profiles come very close to each other too, especially for women, where the Nike Air Zoom Vomero has just a tad more cushioning and a tad less heel cushioning than the Brooks Ghost.

For men, the differences between the two running shoes are much bigger with the Nike Air Zoom Vomero having a little bit more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Ghost but much less heel cushioning. The Brooks Ghost displays a pretty balanced cushioning profile compared to the Nike Air Zoom Vomero for men.

What both running shoes also share is the amount of flexibility they provide; they are both stiff running shoes.

What the Nike Air Zoom Vomero is missing, however, is a full-length crash pad and a large degree of segmentation and separation in its outsole to allow it to deliver a smooth ride like the Brooks Ghost does.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero is just a tad lighter than the Brooks Ghost but not by a whole lot.

All in all, the Nike Air Zoom Vomero and the Brooks Ghost have similar properties but might feel very different on the road due to their upper, midsole, and outsole constructions.

Mizuno Wave Inspire

While the Mizuno Wave Inspire is a stability running shoe and not a neutral cushioning running shoe, the amount of stability provided by the Mizuno Wave Inspire comes close to that provided by the Brooks Ghost.

In addition, the Mizuno Wave Inspire is a running shoe that tends to deliver cushioning that is not too soft, although the amount of cushioning has increased in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 compared to previous versions of the Mizuno Wave Inspire.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire offers more forefoot cushioning but less heel cushioning than the Brooks Ghost for both women and men with the differences between the two running shoes being greater for men than for women. The Brooks Ghost displays an overall more balanced cushioning profile.

The big differences between the Mizuno Wave Inspire and the Brooks Ghost can be found in the upper and in the midsole.

Unlike the Brooks Ghost, the Mizuno Wave Inspire has stitched-on overlays in its upper. But just like the Brooks Ghost, the Mizuno Wave Inspire provides comfort in the toe box with its wide open forefoot.

In the midsole, the Mizuno Wave Inspire has a Wave Plate for pronation control, it is missing a full-length crash pad, and does not provide as much ground contact as the Brooks Ghost.

So overall, the Mizuno Wave Inspire may not deliver a ride that is as smooth as the one delivered by the Brooks Ghost.

The Brooks Ghost and the Mizuno Wave Inspire have weights that come very close to each other (for both genders) and are set at a similar price point.

Saucony Hurricane

The Saucony Hurricane is another one of those stability running shoes that has a couple of things in common with the Brooks Ghost.

While the Saucony Hurricane is meant to provide very plush cushioning, its amount of heel cushioning comes very close to that of the Brooks Ghost. The Brooks Ghost cannot tip the amount of forefoot cushioning provided by the Saucony Hurricane, though, since it has a very cushy forefoot.

Another thing that comes close is the amount of stability provided. The Saucony Hurricane is still the more stable and supportive running shoe of the two, but the Brooks Ghost does not lag far behind despite being a neutral running shoe.

The amount of flexibility delivered by the two running shoes is also similar with both being quite stiff. The stiffness of the Saucony Hurricane is appreciated by heavier runners, though.

While the Saucony Hurricane does not have a full-length crash pad, the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 comes with a softer layer of foam at the top of the midsole and another portion in the heel, which together deliver a similar soft transition from heel-strike to toe-off as the Brooks Ghost does.

In addition, the Saucony Hurricane provides a similar amount of ground contact as the Brooks Ghost, which again benefit the smoothness of transitions.

The biggest difference between the two running shoes can be found in the upper and in the price. The Saucony Hurricane has a much more supportive upper than the Brooks Ghost and it is also a tad more expensive.

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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