BROOKS GHOST 11 – SHOE REVIEW
byBRIAN METZLER| May 18th, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What's New with the Brooks Ghost 11?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Brooks Ghost
- About the Author
The Brooks Ghost has always appealed to a wide range of runners. Runner’s World Magazine has given this classic runner an Editor’s Award SEVEN times, so no runner should ignore the appeal and quality of this running shoe from Brooks. Why? New runners embrace its cushion for the comfort of getting through those first miles towards their goal. Seasoned runners love it for their long runs to keep the pounding off their tired legs.
JackRabbit reviewer Brian Metzler gives us the scoop on the eleventh edition of the epic Brooks Ghost and reports it continues to be a consistent shoe for any runner’s shoe collection.
Already one of the most popular shoes in the Brooks line, the neutral-oriented Ghost keeps getting better and better and better.
The Ghost 11 has been updated with a few minor but significant tweaks to enhance the fit, ride and feel.
WHAT'S NEW WITH THE BROOKS GHOST 11
The two biggest changes in the Brooks Ghost 11 are a new layer of light, soft and energetic foam in the heel called DNA Loft and a revamped engineered mesh upper with strategic zones of stretchiness and support for the ultimate foot-wrapping fit.
The shoemasters at Brooks have also added a newly reconfigured outsole lug design that helps guide the flow each stride while enhancing flexibility.
The fit, feel and ride of the new version of the Ghost are similar to the most recent editions … only better! There is a more complete and encapsulating fit, especially in the heel (thanks to a more secure heel counter) and midfoot/saddle areas. As with the previous editions of the Brooks Ghost, there is a luxurious and comforting sensation when you step into the shoe, but your feet will feel more locked down and secure once you lace it up and start running.
The ride feels very soft and stable, especially as the foot hits the ground, but there is also a noticeably springy feeling in the forefoot during the toe-off phase of the stride. (In addition to the light and durable DNA Loft foam in the heel, Ghost 11 also features a layer of Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA compound that serves up a semi-custom responsiveness.) Those sensations continue for the duration of a run, and it feels smooth and energetic from the first mile to the last.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR
This shoe caters to a wide range of runners as a versatile everyday trainer. If it’s the only shoe in your quiver, you’ll be confident knowing it can hold its own with most of the running you’ll do during any given week.
The Brooks Ghost is comfortable, cushioned and resilient enough for long runs, it’s energetic and agile enough for fartlek runs and tempo runs, and it’s an ideal go-to shoe for slow recovery runs the day after a race or hard workout, 30-minute easy runs at lunch and just about everything else.
PROS AND CONS OF THE BROOKS GHOST 11
With its comfort, cushion and responsiveness, this could be a great shoe for your next 10K or half marathon. It’s not an all-out race shoe, but it certainly offers a lot of performance-oriented comfort and responsiveness for running 13.1 miles with purpose.
About the only thing the Ghost 11 isn’t ideal for is shorter, faster types of running. Our wear-testers said it probably wouldn’t be their shoe of choice track interval workouts on a track or fast road racing such as a mile or 5K. But it's great for pretty much every other type of run!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”