- Can also be worn casually
- Breathable, soft knit upper
- Solid lockdown
- Moderately priced
- Moderate bounce back
- Not as flexible as the Ghosts
- Ghosts offer more cushioning
We like the Brooks Revel, but for only a few dollars more we like the Ghosts better.
The Brooks Revel are neutral running shoes that are also designed to be worn casually. They look pretty good in my opinion. They come in a few different colors and I can easily see people wearing these around on the weekend, running errands, etc. But what about performance and shoe construction? Well, think of the Revels as the Brooks Ghost Lite. They perform well and they are similar to the Ghosts in several aspects. Let’s take a deeper dive.
The Revel have a knit upper that is pretty nice. It’s lightweight, it’s breathable and it’s fairly soft. Brooks also added a thin bootie on the inside of the shoe so the top of your forefoot actually doesn’t touch the knit but it’s still pretty comfortable and I didn’t have any issues with my feet overheating.
Now moving up the shoe a little, the tongue has quite a bit of padding, which is nice. I didn’t have any issues with pressure points or anything like that lacing them up. Around the heel, there’s also quite a bit of padding, which makes for a comfortable experience. And just in general, lockdown was solid. I always felt that my mid-foot was secured and my heel never slipped – big thumbs up there.
For the midsole, Brooks went with their special DNA cushioning system that you’ve seen with the Ghost series. We are big fans of their cushioning system as is everyone it seems like. The Revels are definitely very comfortable but honestly, they don’t come close to the Ghosts in terms of cushioning and responsiveness. It was pretty apparent even within the first quarter mile.
Lastly, the outsole has pretty solid traction for road running. And I do think the shoes will be pretty durable over the long haul. However, the outsole does not have a fully segmented crash pad like you see with the Ghosts. That would have been nice as the outsole on the Ghosts definitely make for smoother transitions. Also, although the Revels do have horizontal grooves under the forefoot, the shoes just aren’t as flexible as the Ghosts either.
Other things you may want to know – the Revels have a 12mm drop and weigh around 10 ounces so pretty lightweight.
Overall, I like the Revel running shoes. They remind me of the Ghosts in a lot of ways. They’re certainly not the best running shoes I’ve ever tested but that’s not what Brooks was going for. They were going for a moderately priced performance running shoe that can serve dual purposes.
And at first glimpse, the Revels do have a reasonable price tag of $100. But if you dig a little deeper, I’m not sure that’s the case. Considering these are just basically Brooks Ghost lites, the $100 price tag seems a little high. You can get the Brooks Ghost 10 for only $20 more [see on Amazon] or the Ghost 9 for as low as $70 [see on Amazon]. As such, the Revels seem about $20-$30 high for me but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them drop in price over the coming months.
Bottom line – we like the Revels – they are solid running shoes that you can also wear around town but at the end of the day we like the Ghosts better.
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