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Brooks Ghost 11 Review


Is it time for you to get into a brand new pair of running shoes? Well, here I’ll be walking you through the Brooks Ghost 11 Review. You may have heard all the craze about this running shoe in the market now. Let’s see if this one holds up to your standards and is the perfect SOLEmate for you.


Specs

Support                                                                                                                                                                            Neutral


Midsole Drop                                                                                                                                                                    12mm


Weight                                                                                                                                                    8.4 oz (W), 10.2 oz (M)


Arch                                                                                                                                                                       Medium, High


Type                                                                                                                                                                             Road


Upper

The upper has a newly engineered mesh with strategically placed stretch zones, making for an adjustable adaptable snug fit around your foot.

It has a true to size fit, but some may argue that the shoe is a narrower fit, throughout the toe box, being a little too snug, needing a little more room for your toes to breathe.

When I used to sell shoes, if the shoes had a narrower fit or someone has wide feet, they’d get a half-size bigger for the room they needed.

On a positive note, the mesh is also very soft, thin, breathable and lightweight. All great features for an upper.

Another really cool little feature that makes a huge difference for me is the tongue guide loop. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand when the tongues don’t stay in place and they will tend to shift side-ways, and then I always have to bring them back into a straight position. This little guy is little, but powerful, keeping the tongue in place, getting rid of that pesky annoyance. I wish all shoes had a feature like this one.

I don’t know if this matters to most people, but the 11’s have flat shoelaces, not round like the 10’s. For me, I usually like the flat shoelaces. The round ones just don’t seem to have as much grip to stay tied tightly.


Midsole

There’s a combo of BioMoGo cushioning in the forefoot, while DNA Loft is in the heel. It’s said to have a well-cushioned ride, and still being more responsive for a quick toe-off.

In my opinion, it’s leaning more towards a firmer ride from the last couple predecessors feel of cushioning, but it’s great for those who are looking for more responsiveness for some poppy speed.

This also means getting tired quicker, so it may be more ideal for shorter runs like five to six miles, rather than longs runs. Overall, it’s still a very durable long-lasting running shoe for a solid everyday training shoe.

The heel-to-toe drop (midsole drop) is 12mm (the difference between the heel and toe height in the midsole). A 10 -12 mm encourages heel-striking. Whereas a zero to 8mm encourages midfoot to forefoot-striking.

Heel-striking is not something that I like to encourage for proper running form and having more potential for getting injuries.

You can also check out what I wrote about heel striking in my “What’s the Proper Running Form? To-Do or Not to Do” post.

The heel counter in the back of the shoe gets the job done for locking in your heel into the back of the shoe for a stable foot plant.


Outer Sole

The outer sole has segmented crash pads to give it a smooth transition whether you’re a heel-striker or forefoot-striker. The forefoot has three large flex grooves for toe-off flexibility. However, you may not find it as flexible as comparable shoes that have six flex grooves like the Brooks Glycerine 16.

I think a really awesome feature of the outer sole is the amazingly thick rubber for traction and a long-last. It’s made to be a road-running shoe, but by far, not limited to just the roads. It can hold up well on wet surfaces and a lot of other dynamic surfaces like grass, trails, and dirt roads.

I like to spice it up with the places I run, so it’s really nice to have a safe, good, and reliable go-to shoe that I know can handle almost any terrain I want to run on.


Brooks Ghost 11 Conclusion

All in all, it’s a solid every day running shoe to train in, and for the neutral runner, both men and women.

As I said earlier, they fit true to size. I suggest if you have a wider foot, make sure to get wide-width size version or if you get a normal width, you can try a half-size bigger and see what that does for you. Do what you think feels right or comfortable deciding. You don’t have to take this piece of advice if you’re not sure about it. There’s good lockdown without your foot moving around inside. They have a comfortable flexible fit. They don’t have that fat thick shoe feel that hug the feet in uncomfortable ways hitting pressure points.

It has a light feel to it for an everyday training shoe, helping your feet to feel light, free and fast, and without compromising the rest of the performance of the shoe.

One thing I’ll leave you with – this running shoe may tailor more towards runners who have a heel strike, getting more of the benefits of the DNA Loft for a softer landing, because it’s only located in the heel. So, it’s going to feel different between the heel striker and midfoot/forefoot striker with the cushioning system.

I hope this Brooks Ghost 11 review has helped you get a better understanding of the shoe before making a purchasing decision.

Remember, everyone has different feet and feet mechanics, so people will have a different experience from others. So, don’t take everything I said and think that’s what it’s like for you.

Do you already own the Brooks Ghost 11? Please feel welcome to leave any comments you may have on this shoe based on your own experiences with it.

If you have any other comments, questions, and/or feedback, please feel free to also submit it in the comment box below or leave an email at liana@myrunningstrong.com. I’m happy to help with any further assistance.

Happy Shoe Hunting,

Liana

Liana

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