BROOKS GHOST 12 – SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE, 2019
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What's New: Brooks Ghost 12
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Brooks Ghost
- About the Author
The Brooks Ghost is a running shoe style that has stood the test of time with a loyal fan base. And with good reason! The Brooks Ghost is a cushioned shoe that suits all types of neutral runners looking to log the miles to experience the joy that running brings.
The new Brooks Ghost 12 is launching July 2019 and the scoop from our test runners, the shoe offers loyalists all the benefits the shoe has been known for, with some subtle upgrades and a new Gortex version coming this fall.
The Brooks Ghost is one of the best-selling shoes in Brooks’ line and for many good reasons.
Not only is the Brooks Ghost a versatile, neutral-oriented trainer, soft and sublimely comfortable, but it also looks as good as it feels!
Whether you’re a Ghost loyalist or are lacing it up for the first time, you’ll find plenty to like in the 12th edition of this classic cushioned cruiser.
WHAT'S NEW: BROOKS GHOST 12
The biggest change to this year’s model of the Brooks Ghost is the new 3D Print mesh upper using an engineered fabric that provides various levels of segmented support where you need it most.
Not only does this upper improve the already luscious fit of the Ghost, it also gives the running shoe a whole new look, too. It looks good on the road, looks good with casual shorts and, if that’s your thing, it looks good with jeans, too.
The new 3D Print mesh upper is a one-piece upper with soft, smooth overlays that have been printed directly onto the newly engineered mesh upper. That means there is no stitching, no glue, no seams to create any undo friction, just smooth and segmented support where you need it most.
While the moderately rigid internal heel counter remains on the Brooks Ghost, the external heel-wrapping band of the previous model has been replaced by sublimated printed elements that contributed to the ample rear-foot support and heel hold of the Ghost 12.
In addition to the regular Brooks Ghost, a waterproof version with a Gore-Tex liner — known as the Brooks Ghost 12 GTX—is also coming be available for $160 in the fall.
Like previous versions of the Brooks Ghost, this twelfth edition fits plush, soft and secure with just a smidge of wiggle room in the forefoot for the toes.
The Brooks Ghost is known for it's luxury feel as soon as you slip your foot into the shoe. The 'step-in feel' is still as cushy and welcoming as ever, thanks to a premium sockliner and soft, enveloping tongue that wraps the upper part of your foot without binding. The classic Ghost ride feels extremely cushioned and a little bit energetic and bouncy.
There’s a copious DNA Loft foam in the segmented crash pad in the heel of the Brooks Ghost to help cushion every footstrike, no matter where or how hard your foot lands. Then there’s a smooth transition to the Bio MOGO DNA cushioning in the forefoot that produces a light, springy feel at toe-off.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
The Brooks Ghost is made for neutral runners who are looking for a lightweight shoe and a smooth ride without sacrificing cushioning.
The Ghost tech styling is ideal for short to long runs and while it’s sweet spot is at a moderate, cruising speed, it can be revved up for faster tempo runs while training for a half marathon.
PROS AND CONS OF BROOKS GHOST 12
Pros:Brooks Ghost 12
There are few shoes that provide as much all-around comfort as the Ghost 12. The interior feel and soft, resilient foam package feel as good in the later miles of a long run as they do in the very first mile.
The updated outsole not offer more segmentation for greater flexibility and a more natural running experience. Plus, there are more sipes and definition in the outsole rubber segments, which we found to provide better traction on both dry sidewalks and wet pavement.
We loved the heel collar in the Ghost 12, both because it’s copiously padded and because it didn’t bind at our wear-testers Achilles tendons.
Cons: Brooks Ghost 12
The price of the Ghost went up $10, but it’s still in the same realm as other shoes in its class. Of note, unfortunately, tariffs, shipping costs and the price of fuel have resulted in most shoes going up $5 to $10 this year. But what's $10 when you're in a shoe that works for you?
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.”