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Brooks Ghost 11 Review. As a female and wearing Brooks Ghost running shoes for the first time, I was excited to see how they fared.
For a bit of background, I am a female runner, wears neutral running shoes and who runs trail and road and runs distances from 5k to ultra marathon. I have had a few niggling injuries over the past few years so choosing my running shoes has become quite an important part of my running life.
I already own a pair of Brooks Glycerin 14 shoes which are my favorite running shoes, but they are sadly on their way out. So for a change, I decided to try the Brooks Ghost 11.
My Running Shoe Criteria
When I choose shoes I go by several criteria:
- I like them light
- Prefer a heel to toe drop 8-10cm
- Like a mid range of cushioning
- Like a bit of toe room
- What other reviewers have said
- Colour can be anything but not white or black
Out of the box - Brooks Ghost 11 Review
Weight Straight out the box, I liked how light they feel. In fact on my kitchen scales a size 39eu weighs 248gm so lighter than my Brooks Glycerin 14 which weigh 264gm and which I thought were already great.
Heel to Toe Drop Now this was a slight worry to me as I normally like running shoes under 10mm but the Brooks Ghost 11 have a heel to toe drop of 12mm. As I so really wanted to try them out, I reasoned that the drop was going to stop my Achilles playing up.
Cushioning The Brooks Ghost 11 shoes are not as cushioned as the Brooks Glycerin 14 (although pretty close) but that can be a good thing, especially if you run shorter fast races where you need to feel a sense of contact with the ground. Yes I want to run fast please!
Outer Sole Apparently the outer sole looks the same as the previous model (which I don't have). They look grippy and with a decent tread for unpredictable ground or weather.
Toe Room These definitely look narrower around the toe are as compared to my Brooks Glycerin 14 shoes. However the sizing overall seems the same. I bought a size 39eu as I do with all my running shoes. By the way I normally wear a size 37-38eu in my everyday shoes.
Color & Style The color is a sort of dark pink purple. Not too girly and dark enough to hide the dirt. Style wise, I am not that blown away but not upset with them either. They are not a shoe that is going to turn heads but still, they are fine.
I am not going to tell you about all the different materials used for cushioning or in the midsole as you can find that information quite easily on the Brooks website. For me, the most important thing is how do they feel on the run and do they suit my needs.
So let's go running.....
Going for a Run - Brooks Ghost 11 Review
I have now run just under 100km in the Brooks Ghost 11 so I feel that I have a pretty good idea of what I like and perhaps don't like about them. I've mostly run on road or paths and in all weather conditions.
First off, putting the shoes on I noticed that the laces are flat as compared to my Brooks Glycerin, which are tube shaped. I actually prefer flat laces as they tend to hold better. They are plenty long enough too, especially if you like to do a double knot.
The heel cup at the back does seem a bit loose like it is not quite holding my heel down but in fact whilst running I don't notice it. I have not taken them out on very muddy ground so I do fear that my heel could lift up a bit.
The cushioning that I had been promised kind of felt a bit disappointing. The insoles just feel a bit hard and even after nearly 100km, I would say the same thing. I guess I am comparing them to the Brooks Glycerin shoes which are the king of cushioning.
I was worried about the 12mm toe to heel drop being a bit much for me but in fact, I don't even notice the difference compared to my other running shoes. Over the past few years I have made a concerted effort to break out of heel striking and I don't feel that the Brooks Ghost 11 made me heel strike any more than usual.
I've done a couple of 20km runs in these shoes and I have not had any problems with blisters or sore areas. Even in the rain, the shoes did not rub and what's more, my feet stayed pretty dry.
On the track when doing sprints, the Brooks Ghost felt light and much as I wished they would make me run like a gazelle, they didn't.
In terms of grip, I've not tested them to their limits but on wet tarmac, the shoes coped well and did not have me sliding around or feeling hesitant.
Overall Thoughts : Brooks Ghost 11 Review
For a lightweight shoe that is comfortable out of the box, I give the Brooks Ghost 11 top marks.
If you want lots of cushioning, I would say that the Brooks Glycerin might be a better shoe for you.
In terms of sizing and toe room, the sizes seem true so go by your normal running shoe size. The toe box might be a bit narrow for some people especially if you have wide or splayed out feet.
If you like bright shoes then you might find the colour choices quite muted.
So all in all, I am happy with the Brooks Ghost 11 and will definitely use them for everyday runs. However I do find myself thinking about getting another pair of Brooks Glycerin shoes for my long runs, as I just find them more comfortable. Read More Reviews here for the Brooks Ghost 11
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Brooks Ghost 11 review
- Very comfortable
- Can do it all
- Stable, Inspires confidence
- DNA LOFT midsole cushioning
- Minor heel slippage
- 12mm heel-toe offset
- Top 1% in road running shoes
- Top 2% in Brooks running shoes
The most similar running shoes compared
The Brooks Ghost 11 is a favorite amongst the running community and for good reason.
I was extremely impressed with the Brooks Ravenna 9 . (The Ravenna has a touch more stability and slightly less cushion than the Ghost.)
In fact, many of the characteristics that I liked about the Ravenna 9 are prevalent with Ghost 11: do-it-all capabilities, responsive cushioning, and a smooth transition between strides.
Apart from a few minor faults—minor heel slippage, 12mm heel-toe offset, and long length—the Ghost 11 is a shoe that should work well for nearly any runner, from beginner to professional. After 55+ miles, I highly recommend it.
Fit of the Brooks Ghost 11
I felt a little concerned when I first put the Ghost 11 on. The heel collar sits relatively low and has a very rounded, soft shape that did not quite grip my heel.
I had to use the top eyelets and lace the shoe tightly to lessen the heel slip. As someone that has narrow heels, this likely will not be the case for everyone, and I did not notice the slippage on the runs.
The Ghost 11 in a D width had plenty of room for my average-width feet up front.
I never felt constrained or bothered before, during, or after the runs. The top of my toes did not hit against the upper. The shoe did not irritate my feet whatsoever.
Sizing of the Ghost 11
The shoes fit true-to-size but felt slightly long compared to other shoes. I had about one full thumb-width (a little more than 0.5”) between my longest toe and the end of the shoe. I usually prefer the width of a thumbnail (Right at 0.5”).
I would not recommend that someone size down, but it’s something to keep in mind. Apart from this and the minor heel slippage, the shoe fits well with no major concerns.
How the shoe feel
The new DNA Loft foam in the heel felt fantastic. I typically land with a very-slight heel strike and this foam felt nice, soft, and then springy.
The foam allowed for a seamless transition into the rest of my stride. It felt like I could quickly rebound stride after stride, and it still feels this way after a few weeks of use (55+ miles).
With regard to the heel, I prefer a 6-10mm heel-toe offset. The 12 mm drop occasionally felt like it would get in the way of my stride when my legs were fatigued, but overall, I did not notice it too much. It did not bother me as much as the rigid heel and 12mm drop on the Mizuno Waveknit R2.
Brooks Ghost 11 ride
The forefoot, comprised of Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA midsole foam, Omega Flex Grooves, and a Segmented Crashpad, offers a stable and responsive ride.
The technologies that Brooks markets do not feel exciting like BOOST from Adidas or EVERUN from Saucony.
However, Ghost 11 has an outsole and midsole that work very well together.
Each time I laced the Ghosts up, the shoe quickly disappeared on my foot and let me focus on the miles ahead. The balance creates a feeling of stability and reliability that other shoes may not be able to offer. Ghost 11 is a balanced shoe that all runners can count on.
The engineered mesh upper is sleek and made of high-quality materials. The mesh feels soft and flexible.
It holds its shape well. Thus far, I have not noticed any areas of breakdown. Apart from the heel counter (that has some small reflective details), and logo, the upper is left clean and simple.
The outsole is made of blown rubber that has shown minimal to no signs of wear. The laces are elastic and a perfect length. The quality is exactly what you would expect in the $120 range.
Personally, I like when a shoe looks somewhat creative. For example, I loved the look of the Ravenna 9s in the yellow and blue colorway.
The Ghost 11—in the black/graystone colorway that I received—is somewhat dull, but I think that matches its consistent, get-the-job-done characteristics.
As a side note, after a short run that I did on the treadmill at the gym during a winter storm, I stopped by the basketball courts for a few games of a pickup, and two strangers said that they really liked my shoes and asked where I got them. Usually, I’m the only one without NBA signature kicks on the court; therefore, it was a nice surprise to get some compliments on a pair of running shoes!
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Brooks Ghost 11 Reviewed
Brooks has made quite the name for themselves in the industry, and their Ghost line is a winner for many runners. The newest Brooks Ghost 11 combined the old with the new by keeping the BioMoGo foam in the midsole for a customized experience and adding the new DNA Loft midsole insert for enhanced cushioned responsiveness. The upper features a dual-layer mesh material with strategically placed overlays for stability, that customers appreciated.
The new Brooks Ghost 11 comes in 5 different color schemes for both men and women and many widths, accommodating a variety of different foot shapes. While the price tag might be a bit out there, for a quality running shoe that will last you a long time, it is a good investment.
- Highly durable
- Excellent grip and traction
- Lightweight and breathable upper
- A variety of width options
- Comfortable cushioning
- Narrower toe box
- A bit pricey
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- I’m an avid runner, purchased these to replace my ghost 10’s and these provide comfortable support in the heels of my foot.
- I find myself always going back to my Brooks Ghost 11 after trying other brands. These do not over-pronate and provides great comfort for me.
- So grateful that I was recommended this shoe by a few people. I was very impressed on my daily run, helped with taking the impact off my knees while running.
- I use these shoes to run my half marathons and 5ks and noticed a big difference in how I felt after each run. I had no aches or pains after finishing a race. My feet still felt great.
- These were perfect the minute I took them out on their first run. No need to break them in.
- These are my walking shoes. I walk a great deal a day for exercise and these have to be the most comfortable shoes I own for walking.
- First time owning a pair of Brooks shoes. I’m really impressed.
- Fits true to size. Great shoe for walking, provides great support.
- Purchased for my teenage son and I, we are both big fans of Brook’s shoes. Never have to worry about being in pain at the end of a long workday.
- I have no complaints about this shoe. I don’t have to worry about breaking these in, they’re ready to go every time which never puts a halt to my 10 mile daily runs.
- These have the perfect amount of cushion, which makes my landings while running a lot more bearable.
- Purchased these shoes after being recommend by a doctor, best recommendation especially since having supination in both feet.
- Never have to worry about needing to break these in. Love them.
- Very light-weight shoe. Plenty of room in the toe box area and a lot of comfortable support.
- My wife is now wanting to buy a pair of Brooks Ghost 11, after I purchased my pair to replace another running shoe. So happy with my purchase.
- Purchased after having my 10’s for a long time. These a great and very spacious.
- Tons of great comfort. Very durable, lightweight and breathable.
- I have achilles issues and this shoe was recommend to help, I’ve been running with no issues since switching over to these shoes.
- Usually super uncomfortable in most shoes, due to my wide feet. Brooks Ghost 11 feel great, they’re the best walking shoes I’ve had.
- I purchased these shoes to help with my knee issues I was experiencing and I love these. These provide great support and stability.
- Some customers had to add extra insoles to provide more cushion.
- May need to size up for some, depending on shoe size.
Responsiveness, flexibility, key features.
- Soft, lightweight and breathable dual-layer mesh upper with strategically placed overlays for support and stability
- BioMoGo DNA cushioning
- DNA Loft cushioning
- Two Segmented Crash Pads for shock absorption
- Omega Flex Grooves for enhanced flexibility
- Traditional lacing system
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Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoe
Year in and year out, you can always rely on the world to deliver something you can look forward to. Football fans will always have the Super Bowl, smartphone junkies are sure to see a new iPhone or Galaxy, and runners can typically look forward to Brooks designing and releasing a new version of their Ghost Running Shoe.
Today that is what we want to talk about as we take a much closer look at the Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoe. What is most comforting about Ghost 11 is that it takes a lot of inspiration from its predecessors. In other words, if you have run in different iterations of the Ghost, then you are sure to enjoy this running shoe. If you want to check other models of Brooks running shoes, make sure you click here .
At the same time, Brooks also added and implemented new technologies. One of which is the revamped midsole. In addition to providing a much lighter feel than previous midsoles, it does not sacrifice bounce or softness. However, with new technologies and features always comes with its controversy. Some runners will think that the Brooks Ghost 11 is a step down as it is slightly less structured and less stable than previous versions. With that said, it is still another impressive entry in the Ghost series of running shoes.
The mesh upper almost disappears on your foot
Designed with a segmented crash pad
It has been revamped with a brand-new midsole
It can be used as a road running shoe
The outsole remains unchanged and performs quite well
Overall, it is an incredibly durable shoe
It comes in a ton of different colors
Not quite as stable as other iterations
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Brooks ghost 11 review.
- August 25, 2018
The Brooks Ghost 11 is a great looking shoe from the outside. They are another of Brooks perennial mainstays with typically minor updates year over year. The primary change here comes in the heel mid, but subtle tweaks across the shoe make for some decent improvements. We do have some concerns however.
The upper on the Ghost 11 is all mesh with a blend of stretch and structural elements. This makes the shoe super comfortable across the top of the foot and also feels very secure, almost a second skin. the toebox has a nice amount of width as well. It is really the high point of the shoe in our opinion. They also have a Gore-Tex waterproof version, but we have not yet tested that version.
The midsole on the Ghost 11 is a mix of two Brooks technologies, BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT. One is meant to give you a large amount of energy return and responsiveness while the other provides cushion. Additionally, that have added flexible grooves to the forefoot to improve flexibility. They have a high stack height for what appears as a more performance oriented shoe, 29mm. Our issue is more around the ramp on the Ghost 11, the drop is 12mm and honestly it is a lot. The overwhelming feedback on this was that it was just “too much”. Additionally, no one who reviewed this felt them to be as cushioned as they expected.
The outsole is based around a segmented design using what amounts to mini shock absorbers. This is supposed to help add an additional layer of cushioning to the shoe, but hard to tell how much this is truly doing.
Style & Aesthetics
The Ghost always seems to come in a number of color options and in this case there are 8 colors to choose from. Didn’t love the Halloween version of orange and black, but the design of the shoe itself is pretty nice.
Before we go into the in-run, let’s talk out of the box because they are very different experiences. The Ghost 11s fit like a glove from the upper material to the heel collar and lock, heck even the lacing system is really effective. Bottom line, they are really comfortable on the foot. There is a bit of firmness to the midsole which helps with overall responsiveness, but again it feels great at first glance.
Moving into the run itself, the 11s are performant meaning the shoe is responsive and you can get a lot of speed out of them. They are comfortable in run, but the midsole firmness is pretty clearly there. The reasoning is clear, they help with speed generation and maintenance and a bit of speed control. That being said, the offset on this shoe is really extreme at 12mm and honestly, not happy about it. It’s very aggressive and almost forceful and can really affect the way you run if you aren’t used to it, then going from a 5-8mm to 12mm is almost like going to 0mm in terms of how it affects your legs. At longer distances it becomes way more apparent so while a 10k might feel fine, once you start hitting double digits it starts to show up. The soleus, calf, all start to burn a little more than they used to. You will start to adjust after repetitive use, but the real question is go to such a high ramp if you are already striking properly.
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The Brooks Ghost 11 is a real mixed bag for the team here. That upper is supremely comfortable and easy to wear and we love the amount of color options. Hoewever, the shoe didn’t feel as cushioned as we might like and it’s also honestly a little heavy. The drop is also a little too aggressive for us, would love to see something lower. If we put these side by side with the Gylcerin 16 , we might honestly choose those.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- * Weight: 10.9oz (size 9)
- * Drop: 12mm heel/toe
- * Type: Neutral Road (Cushioned)
- * Stack Height: 17/29mm (heel/toe)
- * MSRP: $120.00
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Brooks Ghost 11 Review & Rate for quality
The Brooks Ghost running shoe models are a very popular ‘go-to’ shoe for many runners. The one we’re going to look at today is the eleventh iteration of this particular model, the Brooks Ghost 11 review. With this newest version comes Brooks’ new DNA Loft midsole insert for added cushioning, softness and responsiveness. The 11’s updated mesh upper fits like a glove and has been well-received by reviewers. There have been updates to this model from the previous version. Moreover, Brooks has kept their popular BioGoMo foam in the midsole for a truly customized fit. The Ghost 11 is a road running shoe that has proven itself to be a new favorite amongst Brooks fans.
-Fits true to size -Nice to have different width options available -Orthotic friendly -Comfortable and well-cushioned -Provides a lot of traction
-Tighter toe box area than in previous models -Small and narrow toe box area -Upper lacks structure
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- I haven’t ever had a shoe with this much support. I run regularly and these make running a breeze. They are so comfortable and nice and light.
- These shoes were made to go. Thy are supportive and work wonderful for me since I am on my feet all day. They also look really nice.
- I do a lot of high impact exercises and these are so good and help my knees. These offer the extra cushioning for stability that I need for my knee issues. They are great for normal to under pronators.
- I run around 50 miles a week and like a good cushioned stable shoe. These are a bit looser than the 10s but it is still a great shoe. They have extra padding in the heels that work great and help with my endurance.
- These shoes really lock in the ankle and heel and support me. I have put 100 miles on these and my feet and ankles and back are so happy and without pain. I have used them on numerous terrain and I always feel supported.
- Light and comfortable runner. I am older and like a real traditional style shoe, these are perfect and have a lot of cushioning. They run perfect to size and keep my leg pain at bay. These are the 3rd pair I have bought, the old ones had about 500 miles on them.
- This shoe was made for neutral runners who don’t overpronate. These work so well with my long distance running, much better than my Hokas and Cliftons. I would say the most cushioned and stable I have found.
- I am able to keep my feet comfortable without fatigue on my 13 hour shifts. I work in a hospital and need the extra support. I would safely say these are the best shoes out there. They really keep me pain free.
- Top of the line running shoes. They really go great distance running and are top notch comfort. They offer a lot of support as well. Best shoe ever Brooks.
- I work as a trades woman and am on my dogs all day without them barking because of these shoes. They are so supportive and they are cushioned and cszy. They breathe well, which is a huge plus for me. I hate sweaty feet. They have a nice heel on them that helps with the back pain.
- These have nice insoles but are able to be changed. They have good room in the toes and the soles are really springy and cushioned.
- The insides are so soft and have tons of cushioning. They absorbed a lot of impact, which in return apparently absorbed my knee pain. I have never had a shoe that took pain away, I am now hooked on Brooks.
- These are so much better than the other models. I mean these are a great upgrade. They are neutral shoe with a lot of stability. They don’t need breaking in and have cushion for days. The toe box doesn’t have any tightness to it. This is a a dang great shoe.
- These shoes make running more bearable. They have a a nice springly cushioned and stable sole to them. Great shoe.
- They looked way far better than the photos showed. They shoe fits perfect in width and length. They have tons of cushioning , which is awesome stability. These shoes have held up to my big bones and weight without collapsing at 10 miles a day usually. I love to run. These do not give me any knee pain either. Worth every penny.
- I have some scar tissue that creates a lot of pain due to nerve pressure. These have such a great cushion and roominess to them, I do not have any pain. So much room in there. Thanks god for this shoe.
- These have all nut cured my supination pain. I could barely go down stairs and these have been a dream. I really wish these were not so expensive though. I mean seriously. They are great but, oof.
- Thes have worked perfect with my overpronating, flat feet. They have tons of support and keep me from being wobbly. They have tons of cushion yet are super light. I am in awe of these shoes, just wonderful.
- These do not give me the knee pain the 10s did when I did my half marathons. After 50 miles in these, I have to say they are the best and most comfortable shoes ever. I have a wide foot and these accommodate every centimeter.
- These prevent my feet from fatigue. I wear them daily and they are so stable and cushioned.
- This 11 has way more cushion than the last models. It is a really nice upgrade. I loved the others but these are fantastic. They are cushioned and really accommodate my wide feet. They sure are pricey though but you won’t be disappointed.
- I am a Nike convert. I didn’t know shoes were made with this much cushioning and support. I am so grateful I found these, I am enjoying my runs again.
- These look really nice, I am surprised. Tey are extra all over: comfort, stability, support. Everything about this shoe is great . I cannot believe they made a great shoe even better.
- These are cushioned really nicely and the shoe is actually the size is offers. They do not swallow my heel and create knee pain, they just support and cushion. I will be buying these again.
- I am in awe with Brooks, they did it again. This shoe is amazing and supportive and extra comfortable on my runs.
- I can’t believe how much pain these caused. My feet were slipping around in the and I couldn’t get them to tightened properly. These are not like the 10s at all. My toes were all in the mesh, so uncomfortable.
- The 10s worked great with my scary painful bunion. These are tighter in the toe box and crush my foot. I am not fit for the 11 obviously.
- The right shoe was so much smaller fitting that the left. Everything looked nice and was there that the 10s had, they just fit really strange and it was uncomfortable.
- These are supposed to be cushy but they were a bit tp firm and thick. They didn’t have a deep arch and the design kicks up on the toes and doesn’t feel right on my feet.
- These hurt my feet with just a 5 mile run. They lack cushioning that other Brooks have. Not the best one I have had by far.
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Brooks running ghost 11 review: top to bottom, effective detailing and tuning of a classic daily trainer.
- a better fitting but in many ways similar engineered mesh upper,
- a new softer yet responsive foam DNA Loft midsole foam insert located only in the lateral heel crash pad while the rest of the midsole retains the same firmness of BioGoMo DNA foam as the Ghost 10 with tweaked midsole side wall geometries,
- a tuning of the outsole lugs surface areas flattening them and focused on increased contract and smoothness.
Great review. Would you say sizing is similar to the Ghost 10? (i.e. could I purchase the same size as I did in previous version)? Thanks!
HI Keep_Moving09, Yes true to size and same size as Ghost 10 as stated in review under fit and first impressions. Sam, Editor Thanks for reading Road Trail Run! See our page with links to all shoe and gear reviews HERE . You can also follow RoadTrailRun on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram where we publish interesting run related content more frequently as well as links to our latest reviews. Shopping through links on articles help support RoadTrail Run and is much appreciated
I like Brooks Men's Shoes,Beautiful shoes, comfortable to wear, thank you for sharing.
Did you notice any sliding in the back of the shoe? I tried on the 11, and noticed that my heels slid up and down more than they did in the 10.
Thanks for the review! Just got my pair of Ghost 11s, and they are a great shoe, and I've never been a Brooks fan! They feel like the old Nike Pegasus line before they messed them up by making them firmer, tighter, and 10mm drop. I think this is my favorite daily trainer since the old Pegasus! Slightly softer and more comfortable than the Saucony Ride Iso-like you said. The 12mm drop works better for me being a heel striker too- than the 8mm of the Iso. Too bad Brooks don't honor your RTR10. :( I still tagged it on though. :)
Great read...I just did my first run in these after leaning on the Bondi 5s probably more than I should. You are spot on as far as responsiveness. As a heel striker do you find these inferior to the Bondi 6?
Thanks daniFRESH, The Ghost 11 is a fine shoe for a heel striker. Plenty of cushion decently stable too. The Bondi if you are an extreme heel striker would have more cushion and might be a better choice due to its rigidity if you suffered from certain foot issues such as Plantar's. Sam, Editor
Simply cannot wait for the 12. Having been an avid Ghost wearer since the 3, the 11s are as terrible as the model 4. Thankfully the 5 was a gem and I'm hoping the 12 will be the same. July 2019 cannot come soon enough! I've muddled through with just one pair of 11s as it's such a disappointment. The upper fit is so much tighter than the 10, and the ride simply does not give after many, many miles. Previously, I was used to simply slipping on a pair of Ghosts and heading out. The 11 needs breaking in! Very old school! I'm desperately seeking women's Ghost 10s, US size 9, if anyone comes across them. Not sure mine will hold out until the launch of the 12 in July. Really hoping the new model is a better reflection of the Ghost stable.
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Brooks Mens Ghost 11 Running Shoe
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- SHOE SIZE: "D" = Medium width, "EE" = Wide width
- FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with a medium to high arch looking for neutral support.
- BALANCED, SOFT CUSHIONING: BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a just-right softness underfoot without losing responsiveness and durability—yet it feels lighter than ever.
- SMOOTH, STABLE RIDE: The Segmented Crash Pad is designed to adapt to each foot fall, so no matter how your foot lands, you’ll enjoy the smoothest ride possible.
- SOFT, SECURE FIT: The newly engineered mesh upper practically disappears on foot with strategically placed stretch and structure where you need it most.
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- Product Dimensions : 12 x 6 x 14 inches; 11.04 Ounces
- Item model number : 1102881D006
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- Date First Available : May 10, 2018
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Brooks Ghost 11 vs 12: Who's the Ultimate Winner? 
When you need a cushy yet affordable option for your daily running, undoubtedly, Brooks Ghost is your station!
Brooks is frequently launching new lines while adding new features and technologies to improve user experience. Likewise, Ghost 11 and Ghost 12 are two of their most popular models.
But when it comes to choosing one, you’re most likely to get confused about which one will best suit you.
Don’t worry. As a shoe freak, I’ve explored the ins and outs of Brooks Ghost 11 and 12 and put together this well-researched comparison.
After reading this comparison, you’ll know everything about Brooks Ghost 11 and 12 and will be comfortably able to pick the best one for your usage in no time.
So hang tight till the end.
An Overview of Brooks Ghost 11
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Before digging deep into the comparison between Brooks Ghost 11 and 12, let’s get to know the models individually-what they are, how they function, and what materials are used to build these shoes.
Ghost 11 got a huge shoutout from the runners when it launched for the first time.
The Brooks’ engineers left no stone unturned to design this Ghost model. They’ve added maximum cushioning while providing the most lightweight midsole.
Without compromising the softness, they were still able to maintain the balance. The 12mm heel drop made Ghost 11 very comfortable for running a longer distance.
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The Ghost series from Brooks is very popular among runners.
A year after the release of Ghost 11, Brooks unveiled the updated model, Ghost 12.
But when I compared these two shoes, I didn’t find any significant difference in features.
The same soft yet well-balanced structure with the same lightweight midsole was found in both models.
But when you’re paying some extra bucks, you should get some add-ons, right?
Keeping this in concern, Brooks got rid of some loads from Ghost 12.
For those who prefer a lighter version of running shoes on the go, the extra bucks for Ghost 12 will be worth it.
Brooks Ghost 11 vs Ghost 12- What are the Similarities?
When brands launch a series of shoes, the possibility is you will find more similarities in them than differences. Likewise, there are some identical features both Ghost 11 and Ghost 12 have in common.
Here are some of the similarities between Brooks Ghost 11 and Ghost 12:
So, the build quality of both Ghost 11 and 12 is pretty much similar. Both of these shoes have soft cushioning and a decent heel drop.
Both Ghost 11 and 12 used the DNA Loft and BioMoGo DNA Foam to build a perfect midsole. This cutting-edge technology is able to provide an effortless transition from heel to toe and absorb the shock while landing.
Brooks used the mesh fabric made of nylon or polyester yarn, which makes it super breathable.
Both 11 and 12 have this fabric in their building materials. Using mesh made the Ghost series very attractive looking yet super comforting.
Moreover, it helps to keep the dirt away.
With the addition of updated DNA Loft and BioMoGo DNA Foam, both Ghost 11 and 12 have a softer mid and outer sole. The nice, soft, and springy midsole and blown-rubber outsole will make you fall in love at first wear!
Both Ghost 11 and 12 were built with such materials that made both the shoes user-friendly.
As a result, any pair of shoes you pick will be soft, breathable, and full of comfort in terms of usage while running.
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Both Ghost 11 and 12 have 12mm heel drop. It gives you the maximum level of grip on the ground, so you don’t have to worry about balance while running an extra mile.
If comfort is your main priority, then both of these shoes would be amazing. The sturdy yet soft cushioning made both models well-balanced and flexible.
With exceptional building materials and high-end finishes, Ghost 11 and 12 can give you the coziest feeling whether you go for a long run or a power run.
In terms of durability, both Ghost 11 and 12 are top-of-the-line stuff. The materials used in those shoes are top-notched. Using blown and carbon rubber on the outer sole made these shoe sturdy.
When it’s the question of durability, both of these models are solid winners!
What is the difference between Brooks Ghost 11 and 12?
Though there is more than a single similarity between Ghost 11 and 12, some major differences are there for you to assess.
Here are the major differences between Brooks Ghost 11 and 12:
Obviously, Brooks changed the design and outlook of Ghost 12, which is more updated. In terms of looks and exterior design, Ghost 11 and 12 have major differences.
The Design Patterns and printed overlays of these two shoes are totally different.
While some of us loved and adored the older design, Ghost 12 became so popular among runners for its sleek, modern look and attractive design.
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When it comes to the weight, Brook’s engineers got rid of some extra loads and made Ghost 12 a little bit lighter than the previous model.
The weight of the Ghost 11 was 10.90 oz, making the 9.3 oz Ghost 12 the lighter option.
A major concern with the Ghost 11 model is that it has a narrower upper heel that can make you feel uneasy if you have wider feet.
In that case, Ghost 12 came up with a stretchier upper that will give you a sock-like fit. It also has an additional heel cup that gives 12 an edge over the earlier one.
Though the narrower function in 11 was added to enhance stability and balance, some users may find it uncomfortable on the move. But if you’re a regular like me, it’ll feel nothing on your feet at all!
Initially, when launched, Ghost 11 was priced at $120 back in 2018. And then they released the Ghost 12, which was priced at $130. For $10 more, the updated features you would get were decent.
If the price were the same as the original, I’d go for Ghost 12. But nowadays, due to the unavailability of Ghost 11, the price of this model has risen a little.
For a pair of men’s Ghost 11, you’ll have to spend $149. And there is very limited stock only on amazon. So if you must buy a Ghost 11, you better hurry!
Pro Tip: You can get a pair of Ghost 12 at as low as $110 since a sale is going on various platforms!
Pros And Cons Of Brooks Ghost 11 And 12
No matter How good a product can be, it always carries some drawbacks and some edges. Likewise, I have found some specific pros and cons of Brooks Ghost 11 & 12.
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Read below to know what’s good and what’s bad about Brooks Ghost 11 and 12:
- » The dynamic cushioning system with the latest DNA Loft and BioMoGo DNA foam.
- » Perfect heel drop for a comfortable landing.
- » Better traction and grip.
- » It’s highly durable.
- » Mesh fabrics for adding a good look and breathability.
- » A narrower upper heel might raise concerns.
- » Brooks no longer makes Ghost 11.
- » Nearly out of stock right now.
- » Soft and comfortable riding with better cushioning.
- » Stretchier upper that can adjust the widest parts of your feet.
- » Perfect heel drop.
- » Ghost 12 is very lightweight.
- » Firm structure for better traction and grip.
- » Ghost 12 is also a highly durable and long-lasting running shoe.
- » It can be a little more expensive than similar kinds.
- » Difficulties on rough surfaces.
Both of the Ghost models are from the same Brooks company, so the similarities were inevitable. But there are some things we should take a closer look at while picking one for the final purchase.
After having a detailed discussion, we now know that Ghost 12 has the same features as Ghost 11.
However, the updated model has some improvements, like a stretchier upper heel, updated engineering in the midsole, well-designed mesh fabrics, and so on.
Also, the price has changed since the first release of both models. The earlier model has a little price hike than the later version.
So if we take all these factors into consideration, Ghost 12 should be the ultimate winner!
Also, I’m happy to let you know that Brooks has recently been launching some of their best Ghost models with top-notch functionality and some special tweaks.
Ghost 11 and 12 are comparably older models as there are already 13 and 14 out there. So if you’re someone who’s always looking for the latest model, you can explore Brook’s latest models. I’m sure you’ll love them as well!
If some of you are super excited about the Ghost 11 and passionate about its design, you definitely will buy this pair.
What are you waiting for? Hurry up! You don’t want to miss the last pair on amazon!
Are Ghost neutral running shoes?
Yes, Brooks Ghost is one of the best neutral running shoes out there for regular runners.
Does Brooks still make Ghost 11?
Unfortunately, Brooks stopped making Ghost 11 after releasing 12. And currently, it’s almost out of stock on amazon.
Is Ghost 11 any good on wet surfaces?
Yes, Ghost 11 is well-suited for wet surfaces as it can grip well in light mud and wet grasses. It also can handle the grits very well.
What is the drop on Brooks Ghost 11?
Both for the Ghost 11 & 12, the measurement of heel drop is 12mm.
Is Ghost 12 worth the money?
Yes, Ghost 12 comes with all the features as the previous one, plus some additional improvements.
Are Ghost series good for covering long-distance running?
Yes, the Ghost series is good for covering long distances as it has both comfortable and durable materials.
Is Ghosts ideal for training and running marathons?
Of course! The Brooks Ghost was specially made for running and light training. Both 11 and 12 are very comfortable yet well-balanced running shoes, perfect for running marathons even!
Both Brooks Ghost 11 and 12 are well-balanced shoes in terms of running and everyday training. It also came up at a fair cost!
So if you wanna have such all-in-one running shoes at reasonable prices, then the Brooks Ghost series is for you.
I hope you have found this article helpful and made your decision undoubtedly.
Which one would you choose between Ghost 11 and 12? Let me know in the comments.
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Brooks Ghost 11
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• Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA cushioning • Segmented Crash Pad for added shock absorption • Brooks’ DNA Loft cushioning & crash pad • Breathable upper
The upper in the Ghost 11 has been re-engineered to provide an even more lightweight-feeling fit that feels more like a second skin than a pair of shoes. The new structured mesh found in the 11 wraps your foot securely and is designed to fit snugly through the midfoot and heel. This adds extra support where you need it and gives your foot more flexibility to move where it needs to. The mesh is stretchier in this version and also helps to provide the runner with a more breathable running shoe. Compared to the Ghost 10, the mesh on the newest version is not only smoother and seamless, but it really helps to keep the dirt out, too. The material found on the rear of the upper is woven a little differently, providing a denser weave for added support in the midfoot area. The dual layer of mesh is supposed to wrap around the foot without causing any irritation. That said, however, one reviewer mentioned that it felt like their small toe was pushing on the material of the upper as if there wasn’t enough room in the toe box. This same reviewer said that they’ve never required wide fit shoes in the past which makes us here at RunnerClick wonder if the sizing is inconsistent for all of the Ghost 11 shoes. Another negative comment we read about the upper was that it seems to lack the structure that the previous Ghost models offered. The midfoot overlays that helped to hug the foot and lock it in during their runs are missing in this new iteration. On the positive side, the heel counter in the 11 helps to support the heel and keep it locked in place. There is one tongue glide loop present on the tongue of the shoe which is a nice feature to have as it helps to keep the tongue in the correct place during the entirety of your run.
The midsole of the Brooks Ghost 11 features the brand’s BioMoGo DNA technology. This is Brooks’ adaptive cushioning system. It takes your weight, pace and the terrain you’re running on into account to help provide a stable and responsive ride. The BioMoGo DNA really gives each wearer a unique running experience. Not only does it help to make you run better, further and faster, but it provides 30% more cushioning than other midsole materials on the market today. Instead of a thick layer of DNA foam inside the 11, Brooks has opted for their newer DNA Loft foam technology. This material is supposedly not only more comfortable and responsive than the original material, but it’s light and not going to sink under your weight. It’s made with a gel base that allows it to respond uniquely to the force that it receives. What does this mean in layman’s terms? If you’re a larger runner, your shoe would provide you with a firmer cushioning or if you’re able to run at a fast pace already, the shoe will provide you with a greater bounce back.
The outsole of this shoe is comprised of two separate crash pads. The first of which is the DNA Loft technology that is strategically placed at the heel of the shoe. Also found on the outsole of the Ghost 11 is Brooks’ typical segmented crash pad. This is comprised of shock absorbers to not only add extra cushioning and comfort but also provide a smoother heel-to-toe transition. The outsole is still made from a blown rubber material on the forefoot, as in the previous versions of this shoe, and will still offer the runner a grippy and flexible ride, especially during the toe-off phase of their run. The heel of the Ghost 11 features a durable carbon rubber that is meant to ensure a long lifespan for your new kicks.
The redesigned engineered mesh upper present in this shoe helps to provide a breathable top-foot coverage that runners have come to expect from the Ghost models. This material is dual-layered to ensure that air can get in, keeping your feet dry and comfortable during your runs while keeping dirt from getting inside the shoes.
The Ghost 11 fits true-to-size when it comes to the length and width of the shoe. It is available in different width profiles, which is a fantastic way to really be able to feel that you can customize the fit of your shoe. Men can choose from narrow, medium, wide and extra wide while women have the option for narrow, medium and wide for their shoe.;Many of the reviews we read online praised the comfort level. As mentioned above, the BioMoGo DNA that is featured in the Ghost 11 provides a gel base that really ups the comfortability of the shoe. Some reviewers, however, were not fans of the updated upper. One reviewer mentioned that their toes dug into the mesh part of the shoe, causing them great discomfort until they decided to return them for a different running shoe option. Others mentioned that the toe box in the Ghost 11 feels smaller than in its predecessor.
The Ghost 11 is an attractive looking shoe. Taking a look at the upper, one will see that it is woven differently towards the rear of the shoe. This is strategically done so that the more dense fabric found in the midfoot region is able to properly support the foot. It does add a cool style element to the shoe, as well. The panel that holds the laces and eyelets appears to be reflective, adding another nice visually appealing aspect. The women’s version is available in five different colorways: pink/black/aqua, navy/gray/blue, all black, gray/silver/white or white/pink/black. The men’s version is also available in five colorways including gray/silver/blue, all black, ebony/gray/silver, navy/red/white or black/silver/orange.
As mentioned earlier in our review, the outsole features two different types of rubber – carbon and blown – for long-lasting durability. We didn’t read any negative reviews from consumers during our research about the shoe falling apart or not withstanding long, grueling runs. It seems that the strong outsole really plays a part in the longevity of the Ghost 11.
It seems like Brooks really hit a home run here. The Ghost 11’s updated midsole has a better crash pad than its predecessor which helps to disperse the impact when you land, sending you into the next step of your run seamlessly. The outsole, with its two different types of rubber components, will help protect runners who choose to take it to the streets during rainy weather. This shoe really held up well in a number of different weather situations without issue due to its superior traction. Runners who are heel strikers will love this upgrade in the Ghost 11 as it will feel as if their heel-toe transitions are quicker. Folks who are midfoot or forefoot strikers will find that this model is more cushioned and responsive for their runs.
Thanks to Brooks’ DNA Loft foam they introduced in this iteration of the Ghost shoe, runners should find that they get a ton of responsive cushioning and soft comfort during their runs. The midfoot to toe-off phase of your stride will feel particularly responsive in this model. Most of the reviews we came across really praised the under foot feeling of this shoe. One reviewer, a midfoot striker, found that the Ghost 11 wasn’t a very responsive shoe for them. That said, they still liked the shoes and chose to wear them for recovery and longer runs. This version of the Ghost does seem to ride a bit firmer than the previous models.
The Ghost 11 is a neutral running shoe, perfect for folks who don’t need any additional arch support for their runs. It’s best for runners who have normal, medium or higher arches. That said, a few comments we read online said that the Ghost 11 worked for their supination or pronation just fine despite there being no extra support or posting present. This might be a preference thing so if you are a known over or under pronator, you may want to consider giving these a test run! Reviews online mentioned that this shoe felt soft around their ankles, giving them enough support to make it feel that they were ‘locked in’ to their shoe. One reviewer mentioned that, as a heel striker, the added cushioning on the heel was a bonus for them.
The Ghost 11 is a road running shoe. This means that it’s meant to be taken on paved roads and light gravel. That said, some of the reviews we encountered during our research claimed to have taken these shoes on trails without any issue at all.
The MSRP for the Brooks Ghost 11 is $120. This iteration of the Ghost shoe is brand new as of publication time, having only been released in July 2018. Because this is such a new model, it isn’t available for much lower than the MSRP. You can find it slightly cheaper on Amazon, however, as both the men’s and women’s models are priced at $115.
The drop for both the men’s and women’s version of this shoe is 12mm. This is the same drop as featured in the previous version of the Ghost. The significant heel-to-toe drop is great for runners who heel strike.
The Brooks Ghost 11 provides a rather smooth and stable ride. This smoothness is due in part to the Brooks’ Segmented Crash Pad that they integrate into a lot of their running shoes. This technology is actually a system of little shock absorbers that provide cushioning during your entire gait cycle.
The Ghost 11 is an extremely flexible running shoe. The forefoot area of the outsole features a blown rubber material as well as a new lug pattern that not only adds flexibility but responsiveness and longevity as well. There are Omega Flex Grooves present in the midsole that help to make the sole more flexible. As mentioned earlier in our review, the upgraded mesh fits around the foot securely and snugly but allows for some wiggle room whenever your foot needs to flex.
As previously mentioned, the outsole of the Ghost 11 is made of a blown rubber material that provides runners with just enough grip. It performed well on wet surfaces and different types of terrains. Product testing was done during heavy downpours and on slick blacktop, lightly muddy surfaces, and wet grass and the Ghost 11 outperformed the expectations of the testers. The deep tread on these shoes is to thank for the fantastic traction it provides. It should be noted that the 11 doesn’t have as much grip as its predecessors, however. One reviewer mentioned that the reduction of grip was actually a ‘pro’ for them as previous models had too must grip that ended up fatiguing their knees.
Brooks just keeps raising the bar with the Ghost model. This 11th iteration was generally well-received by consumers. This is a great choice for an everyday trainer with just enough cushioning and protection to take you most distances during different types of weather conditions. While they’re not the cheapest option out there, we believe these shoes are well worth their modest price point.
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