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Okay, so if you’re reading this post, my guess is either (1) you have the Ghost 9s and are thinking about upgrading or (2) you’re thinking about making the switch to the Ghosts and can’t decide between spending up for the 10s or saving some money with the 9s. Well, that’s what we are covering today – we are going to focus on the differences between the two models and hopefully make your buying decision a little easier.
What’s New With The Ghost 10s
Brooks has once again made a slight change to the upper with the Ghost 10s. They left the forefoot alone – it’s still the breathable, flexible engineered mesh you’re used to. But the 10s now have what Brooks calls its 3D FitPrint material for the back half of the shoe. This results in much thinner overlays compared to the 9s. In addition to the overlays, the 10s have thinner lace eyes and a smaller toecap compared to the 9s. The change to the toe cap is actually a little underrated as that was one of the things that bothered me a little about the Ghost 9s. Overall though, the upper is great – it was good on the 9s [see on Amazon] and I think it has been slightly improved with the 10s.
Like The Smaller Toe Cap On The 10s
Brooks also made a slight change to the cushioning system with the Ghost 10s. The shoes now have two layers of foam as opposed to just one in prior Ghost models. Brooks made this change in order to give your heel a softer landing as it strikes the ground. In conjunction with this, Brooks added a small cushion under the heel on the outsole of the shoe. You can definitely feel how soft the cushion is but I’m really not sure it actually does much since it sits below the pods (traction) on the outsole.
New DNA Cushion Under Heel
Still, I can’t complain about the end result, which is a super soft ride. The Ghost 10s are one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever put on.
Those are the two primary changes. The other changes Brooks made are pretty minor. You’ve got more pods on the bottom of the shoe and deeper flex grooves, which honestly may or may not be a good thing – I noticed little pebbles kept getting stuck in the flex grooves between the pods. Beyond that, the tongue now has two guiding eyelets to help with lockdown and lacing – kind of a non-factor in my eyes since the lockdown on the 9s was already pretty decent. And lastly, Brooks went with round laces instead of flat laces – whoop-de-do.
Yes, this is the 10th iteration of this shoe so we weren’t expecting any major changes from previous models and that’s definitely the case but I will admit I am a fan of the small changes Brooks did make. I like the change to the upper – it made the shoe slightly lighter and the large toe cap is no longer an issue, which is an upgrade. The Brooks Ghost 9s were already pretty comfortable but the two-layer midsole and new heel cushion add even more to that. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a more comfortable running shoe. Overall, if money is not an issue and you have to have the best – go with the Ghost 10s.
So now you know what the major changes are year-over-year. Are they that big of a deal to warrant upgrading and/or paying the extra cash? One could certainly make the case they’re not. The Ghost 9s and Ghost 10s definitely share the same core foundation. Both shoes have Brooks’ well-known BioMoGo DNA Foam, they both have the same outsole and upper for the most part and a 12mm drop. At the end of the day, both models are super comfortable, provide great bounce back and are all-around awesome daily running shoes for short, medium and long distances. You really can’t go wrong either way. But perhaps the biggest difference between the Ghost 10s and 9s lies in the price tag. Once the 10s were announced and started to ship, the 9s started being heavily discounted – we’ve seen them as low as $70 before [check price on Amazon]. So basically, you can get almost the same exact shoes as the 10s (sans a few minor upgrades) for $50 less! Sign me up. I’m sure a lot of other price conscious people out there feel the same.