- Super comfortable
- Great cushioning system
- Flexible, breathable upper
- Solid lockdown
- Great daily running shoes for short, medium & long distances
- Tiny pebbles can get stuck in flex grooves on outsole
- Midfoot slightly less secure than 9s due to thinner overlays
The Brooks Ghost 10 are one of the best neutral running shoes available
The Ghost series is probably Brooks’ most popular neutral running shoe – although some people may actually prefer the Glycerin line. Regardless, people seem to love the Ghost running shoe series, which has garnered quite the loyal following over the last several years. And I’m happy to report the 10th iteration of the Ghosts definitely do not disappoint.
Changes From Brooks Ghost 9
Once again, Brooks has improved the upper on the shoe. You still get the engineered mesh in the forefoot, which is really nice – it’s breathable, flexible and comfortable. But where it differs from the Ghost 9s is in the back half of the shoe. The Ghost 10s now utilize what Brooks calls its 3D FitPrint material, which makes for much thinner overlays in the back half of the shoe.
It’s also worth mentioning here that the 10s have much thinner lace eyes and a smaller toe cap compared to the 9s as well. These changes are definitely somewhat responsible for the 10s being slightly lighter than previous models. The 10s are a whopping 0.2 ounces lighter the 9s – I’m not sure it’s really a big enough difference to get excited about but still people usually like to hear when improvements have been made that result in lighter shoes. Overall, the upper is awesome. It was good on the 9s and I’d say its been slightly improved with the 10s. Thumbs up there.
Moving on to the midsole – the Ghost 10s now have two layers of foam compared to just one in the previous models. This is designed to give your heel a softer landing as it strikes the ground. In addition to the two layers, Brooks also added a new cushion under the heel on the outsole of the shoe, which is also supposed to result in a much softer ride. And in all honesty, I’m not really sure the heel cushion actually does much since it doesn’t actually sit flush with pods on the outsole but I can’t really argue with the results at the end of the day. The Ghost 10s are one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever put on. My first word was literally “Wow” when I put them on. And I still feel that way even after running in them several times. Bottom line – the new midsole and heel cushion result in a super comfortable running experience.
Getting back to the outsole – Brooks also added a couple more pods on the bottom of the shoes as well as made the flex grooves between the pods a little deeper. I get why they made the change – Brooks was trying to add a little more traction and flexibility. However, I did notice that little pebbles would get stuck in the flex grooves, which can be kind of annoying. And rounding out the changes are a couple smaller items. The first is that there is now two guiding eyelets on the tongue of the shoe to help with lockdown and lacing. Lockdown really wasn’t a problem with the 9s so I’m not sure if that’s really a big deal but hey I can’t really complain – the tongue moving around on running shoes is one of my biggest peeves so anything to help keep the tongue up and in-place is good in my book. And lastly, you now have round laces compared to flat laces – another minor point but thought it was worth mentioning.
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Brooks Ghost 10 – What Else Do I Need To Know?
Other than the changes above, the 10s do keep the same foundation so to speak as their previous version. The 9s are still solid shoes after all so Brooks wasn’t really motivated to make any major overhauls. The shoes still have Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA Foam, which provides excellent energy return and is super comfortable as I mentioned above. They still have the same outsole design for the most part – You’ve got the crash pad and the segmented forefoot for flexibility. The shoes have solid traction overall – no complaints in that department.
The 12mm drop also stayed the same as previous years. And finally, initial pricing is the same. The Ghost 10s retail for $120 [see on Amazon], which is the same as what the 9s were originally priced at. Yes, expensive, but honestly, that’s not as bad as a lot of other premium cushioned running shoes out there. The Ghost 10s will be workhorses for you so from that perspective they actually are a pretty decent value. Of course, now that the 10s have been released, the 9s are being heavily discounted. We’ve seen them as low as $70 lately [check price on Amazon].
So I think you probably get it by now. The changes Brooks did make to the Ghost 10s are small but I think they did make the shoes better overall. A lot of times with popular running shoe lines, the respective companies will make slight changes to the new models that I wouldn’t necessarily classify as improvements. But that’s not the case here – the thinner overalys, the two-layer midsole and added heel cushion make for a smooth ride and extremely comfortable running experience. I’m confident you’d end up loving these shoes but really you can’t go wrong grabbing the Ghost 9s on discount either.