Ghost 7, $120, has replaced the Ghost 6. Keeping all the best features from the previous Ghost, the newest Brooks Ghost 7 still comes loaded. It gives us the same super comfy Caterpillar Crash Pad, BioMoGo biodegradable midsole, and silly comfortable ride that provides full ground contact just like the Editors' Choice Winner of last year, the Brooks Ghost 6. Three minimal upgrades have been made on this version, and we are pleased with every one of them. The upper now has more synthetic welded overlays, shedding some weight. The outsole uses larger nubs on the forefoot which makes for a more responsive ride, though we have yet to feel a significant difference. Also, Brooks drops 0.3 ounces in the Ghost 7, which is now 10.4 ounces. There are still many miles to be run in the 7 before we come out with our full detailed review, but we believe the it will continue to be a contender for our Editors' Choice Award for this new year. Competitors should still fear the Ghost and everything it has to offer. It is also available in a waterproof version, the Ghost 7 GTX.
Brooks created the perfect balance of comfort, weight, durability, flexibility, and responsiveness in the Ghost 6 to make it an unrivaled shoe. Brooks revamped the Ghost 6 from the previous award winning Ghost 5 by making a few refined changes to the structure of the midsole and the upper. Brooks decided to nix the old midfoot trusstic completely, which now creates full contact with the ground during landing, a more natural heel to toe transition, and an even smoother ride. This might sound like a drastic change to faithful Ghost users, but trust us, don't fear this updated model. After researching feedback from users who logged miles in both the Ghost 5 and 6, they frequently stated this change is only slightly noticeable and is only for the better. If you're an over-pronator and need more support than the Ghost 6 offers, but have good luck using Brooks, take a look at our review of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 which now features a comfy Caterpillar Crash Pad like the Ghost 6.
Now, let's go back to how remarkably smooth the ride is in the Ghost 6. Brooks uses an innovative Caterpillar Crash Pad for the midsole. This segmented landing pad is unique in the way that it distributes the weight and landing pattern of each person independently. The perfectly cushy crash pad is polished off by nubs on the outsole that offer plenty of traction in all road conditions. Also, we think the Ghost 6 is a great starter shoe for over-pronators who want to make the transition towards a more minimal shoe. We just recommend you start slowly and alternate between your current shoe and the neutral Ghost 6.
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