Brooks Ghost 12 - Women's Review
Cons: Stiff, shallow
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Ghost 12 is the latest expression of a forever favorite. Runners who love a supportive and stable shoe should look no further because this one is top shelf. We feel that with this shoe, it truly comes down to personal preference. Brooks continuously delivers durable runners, so you can't go wrong by purchasing this one.
The heel to toe transition on the Ghost 12 is really great. The amount of energy you put into this shoe is met with an equal response, which makes this a perfect race day propeller. Brooks constructed the Ghost 12 to be comfortable while also responsive, and on that front, they nailed it. This high scoring pair of shoes provides responsiveness across hundreds of miles and truly earned its high score in our test.
We put our little piggies through hell (and a lot of miles), but with the DNA BioMoGo midsole to absorb the impact, we were able to spare our joints some wear and tear. The Ghost 12 is a classic, 12mm drop sidekick that is responsive and suitable for any running needs. The midfoot base is comprised of an absorbent crash pad material that holds up over the long term (marathons, ultras, daily runs, whatever). Though not as comfy-cozy as its close relatives, the crash pad offers a protected landing. Additionally, the sole of this shoe ever quits. The lugs are deeper than those of other Brooks models, and that contributes greatly to their insane durability. The 3D FitPrint molds to fit the natural curvature of its wearer's feet without losing its cushion prematurely.
The Ghost 12 is yet another Brooks model weighing in in the middle of the pack. We unanimously agree, however, that the comfort and responsiveness of this shoe are much more noticeable. Honestly, it's difficult to tell the difference between an ounce or two when you're focused on running. And, at the end of the day, we respect what Brooks is doing. A supportive shoe that doesn't weigh us down as our legs fatigue? Yes, please! With high scores in all other areas, this particular shoe's weight is par for the course. We never felt weighed down by these, that's for sure.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Brooks delivers the best of the best as far as durability is concerned. Our team of runners were really impressed with this latest iteration of the Ghost. We do not know how, but these shoes never lost their luster. The cushioning stays plush from training to race day and beyond. The aggressive lugs also wear down more slowly than the lugs of typical pavement pounders, which earns these puppies a solid A+ in this category. That said, the excellent durability and stability seem to come at the cost of some cushion. This is unfortunate for some, and a non-issue for others.
The engineers at Brooks understand that runners' feet swell as they warm up. They continuously design toe boxes that accommodate expanding feet without feeling like clown shoes. The toe boxes are not quite as wide as other offerings, but they are spacious and don't sacrifice function. The collar and tongue of the Ghost 12 are generously cushioned as well, which keeps them snug and comfortable on long-distance days. We subtracted only one point in this metric because the heel collar is slightly shallow. Depending on each individual's ankle anatomy, this might not fit quite right. We do, however, love the lower profile!
This rendition of the Ghost isn't as breathable as other shoes we tested, but it's decent. The durable structure takes away from a bit of airflow, but we still rated them far above average. When worn with moisture-wicking socks, we were surprised by how comfortable our tootsies felt running in the scorching California sun. The more breathable shoes we tested tended to score lower in other metrics, so be sure to consider what climate you will be running in and what aspects are most important to you personally.
For a long-lasting pair of Brooks, the price point of the Ghost 12 is spot on. The pricing and performance are both super competitive, so we feel these represent an excellent value, especially for a durable, and likely beloved, pair of shoes.
The women's Ghost 12 is a neutral runner's dream and a responsive powerhouse of a sidekick to boot (pun totally intended)! This is an immaculately cushioned pair of kicks that is perfectly shaped and super comfortable. Despite the high mileage and abuse we put these shoes through, they held up with no issues. Our testers adore the seamless feel and the sole-to-ground contact; both features aid in the responsive comfort of this tried-and-true model. This time around, a few other shoes outperformed the Ghost, but overall, it's a truly a reliable choice. If a stable, long-distance running sidekick is what your heart desires, look no further than this iteration of the Ghost.
— Ally Meller