Brooks Ghost 14 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Stabile, responsive, good blend of support and cushioning
Cons: Higher heel drop, less breathable upper
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|Pros||Stabile, responsive, good blend of support and cushioning||Responsive cushioning, breathable upper, lightweight||Lightweight, great cushioning, comfortable upper||Responsive, excellent lightweight upper, cool colorways||Responsive, fast, lightweight, affordable|
|Cons||Higher heel drop, less breathable upper||Minimal support and stability||Less responsive, lacks rubber outsole||Stiff, minimal ground feel, narrow||Minimal support, lacks outsole rubber|
|Bottom Line||A responsive blend of cushioning and stability that is quick and never feels overly rigid||Excellent cushioning that provides great energy transfer with an extremely comfortable, performance fit upper||These lightweight shoes have top landing comfort and maximum cushion with a great upper||This shoe has excellent responsiveness to propel you forward and is perfect for long-distance tempo runs and racing||This affordable ultralight model allows for maximum turnover which provides a snappy and quick feeling|
|Rating Categories||Brooks Ghost 14||Saucony Endorphin S...||Hoka One One Mach 4||Nike Zoom Fly 4||Saucony Kinvara 13|
|Cushioning and Landing Comfort (25%)|
|Upper Comfort (20%)|
|Lateral Stability and Support (15%)|
|Specs||Brooks Ghost 14||Saucony Endorphin S...||Hoka One One Mach 4||Nike Zoom Fly 4||Saucony Kinvara 13|
|Weight (per shoe, size 9.5)||10.1 oz||8.3 oz||8.1 oz||10.0 oz||7.3 oz|
|Heel to Toe Drop||12 mm||8 mm||5 mm||8 mm||4 mm|
|Midsole Material||DNA Loft||PWRRUN||PROFLY||React foam||EVA|
|Sole Rubber||Rubber||XT-900||Rubberized EVA||Rubber||Rubber|
|Upper Material||Engineered air mesh||Engineered mesh||Engineered mesh||Mesh, Flyknit||Engineered Mesh|
|Width Options||Normal, wide, extra wide||Normal||Normal||Normal||Normal|
|Sizes Available||7 - 15||7 - 15||7 - 14||7 - 15||7 - 15|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Compared to the competition of top-notch running shoes for men, the Ghost 14 provides the great stability and support that Brooks is known for in a reasonably lightweight design. This shoe has a 12-millimeter heel-to-toe drop, which we think is a bit high given that it weighs under 10 ounces (men's size 9.5). There is good cushioning and responsiveness that has a firm and planted feel. We are impressed with the rigidity and durability of this model without the shoe feeling overbuilt or sluggish.
Cushioning and Landing Comfort
This seems to have been a priority when developing the Ghost, with its moderate cushioning that feels stable and supportive. Also, being a tad lighter than some of the supportive models we've tested produces an energetic feel that makes you lighter on your feet. While there isn't a ton of compression, this is suitable for maintaining a supportive design which is great for longer runs and some shorter efforts. We find that the 12mm produces a comfortable footstrike keeping less stress through the lower leg but can reduce the ground feel and dull responsiveness when toeing off.
This model has a more traditional, less compressive higher density foam that we generally prefer for a more stable design. There is minimal compaction under load, but the shoe has a nice springy feel during impact and take-off. Power transfer felt sufficient, but we wouldn't mind a bit less drop to really engage all of the muscles in our lower legs. The shoe continues its responsive feel by coming in at under 10 ounces, which allows for smooth turnover and easier running. We found similar responsiveness to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21, though some may find the Ghost 14 is a bit snappier and responsive due to the drop in weight.
The upper material feels durable and comfortable, providing good heel comfort and nice arch support. This shoe features a standard padded tongue design with a separate seamless upper. Brooks uses thicker upper fabrics than some other modern shoes, which we appreciate for their durability, but this leads to less breathability and longer drying times in wet conditions. We found the fit of the Ghost 14 to have a more comfortable toe-box compared to the older Ghost 13.
Lateral Stability and Support
This shoe excels by providing excellent overall support and stability, which Brooks is known for. The upper provides high amounts of rigidity through the heel, which helps make your lower legs and knees feel planted. The upper has nice arch support, which helps provide good lateral stability through the midfoot. A 12-millimeter heel-to-toe drop helps maintain a cushioned, well-supportive feel that eases tension on your Achilles and lower legs. This is a model we would feel comfortable taking on natural surfaces and more uneven terrain. Those looking for a lighter-weight trainer but often do not find the support they need in today's ultralight offerings should consider this model.
With the durability of this model and the supportive design, which has moderate amounts of cushioning, we were impressed with its weight. Coming in at 10.10 ounces in a men's size 9.5, there are many heavier models without the durability and stability that you find in the Ghost. We think this is a good weight for those looking for a quicker model without sacrificing some of the durability and supportive benefits of a heavier shoe.
Should You Buy the Brooks Ghost 14?
The Brooks Ghost 14 would be great for those looking for supportive features but also want to lower the shoe weight to move faster and feel more responsive turnover. If you're looking to transition from a heavier model but don't want to lose some of the benefits, then check out this model. We think it's a great middle-ground between ultralight trainers and heavier, more rigid models. The durable upper and outsole should provide you with plenty of miles, which we always love to see.
What Other Running Shoes Should You Consider?
Depending on your running goals, if stability holds the greatest importance to you, we suggest checking out the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21. This contender is supportive and stable (slightly better than the Ghost) with a great upper and durable outsole.
— Matthew Richardson
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