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Brooks Ghost 14 Review

A responsive blend of cushioning and stability that is quick and never feels overly rigid
Brooks Ghost 14
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Pros:  Stabile, responsive, good blend of support and cushioning
Cons:  Higher heel drop, less breathable upper
Manufacturer:   Brooks
By Matthew Richardson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 15, 2021
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#8 of 10
  • Cushioning and Landing Comfort - 25% 7
  • Responsiveness - 25% 6
  • Upper Comfort - 20% 6
  • Lateral Stability and Support - 15% 8
  • Weight - 15% 6

Our Verdict

We like the Brooks Ghost 14 for its supportive design that nicely balances cushioning and stability. More rigidity through the heel leaves the shoe feeling sure-footed and stable compared to many of today's soft and squishy foams. Moderate cushioning leads to a responsive feel that is great for uptempo efforts. This is a model which focuses on a blend of cushioning and stability but also comes in a lighter package which we enjoyed. Brooks does a good job of providing for those that desire more rigidity but also doesn't leave the shoe feeling overbuilt or sluggish. Durability should not be a concern given the substantial rubber outsole and heavier materials throughout the upper.

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Pros Stabile, responsive, good blend of support and cushioningResponsive cushioning, breathable upper, lightweightLightweight, great cushioning, comfortable upperResponsive, light, fast affordableResponsive cushioning, smooth heel-to-toe rocker, durable
Cons Higher heel drop, less breathable upperMinimal support and stabilityLess responsive, lacks rubber outsoleMinimal support, lacks cushioning, lacks outsole rubberLoose heel cup, support under heel lacking
Bottom Line A responsive blend of cushioning and stability that is quick and never feels overly rigidExcellent cushioning that provides great energy transfer with an extremely comfortable, performance fit upperThese lightweight shoes have top landing comfort and maximum cushion with a great upperA model that makes you feel quick, fast, and light that provides maximum energy transfer and forward momentumA rockered design with responsive cushioning keeps legs feeling powerful and fresh into longer efforts
Rating Categories Brooks Ghost 14 Saucony Endorphin S... Hoka One One Mach 4 Saucony Kinvara 12 New Balance Fresh F...
Cushioning And Landing Comfort (25%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
Responsiveness (25%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Upper Comfort (20%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Lateral Stability And Support (15%)
8.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Weight (15%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Specs Brooks Ghost 14 Saucony Endorphin S... Hoka One One Mach 4 Saucony Kinvara 12 New Balance Fresh F...
Weight (per shoe, size 9.5) 10.1 oz. 8.3 oz. 8.1 oz. 7.7 oz. 9.4 oz.
Heel to Toe Drop 12 mm 8 mm 5 mm 4 mm 8 mm
Midsole Material DNA Loft PWRRUN PROFLY PWRRUN Fresh Foam
Sole Rubber Rubber XT-900 Rubberized EVA Foam with rubber inserts Ortholite
Upper Material Engineered air mesh Engineered mesh Engineered mesh Mesh Synthetic, mesh
Width Options Normal, wide, extra wide Normal Normal Normal, wide Narrow, normal, wide, extra wide
Sizes Available 7 - 15 7 - 15 7 - 14 7 - 15 6 - 20

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.

Performance Comparison


The Ghost 14 weighs right at 10 ounces and offers surprisingly great...
The Ghost 14 weighs right at 10 ounces and offers surprisingly great support and stability.
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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.

Firm cushioning creates a stable and supportive ride on all surfaces.
Firm cushioning creates a stable and supportive ride on all surfaces.
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Responsiveness


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 lighter weight model offers a more responsive feel over some of...
The lighter weight model offers a more responsive feel over some of the heavier models which put an emphasis on support and stability.
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Upper Comfort


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.

Support and stability are highlights with the Ghost 14.
Support and stability are highlights with the Ghost 14.
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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.

Higher durability leads to less breathability and slower drying times.
Higher durability leads to less breathability and slower drying times.
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Weight


With the durability of this model and the supportive design, which has moderate amounts of cushioning, we were impressed with the 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.

A durable rubber outsole is provided and a nice feature even with a...
A durable rubber outsole is provided and a nice feature even with a lower weight than some of the competition.
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Value


Getting a shoe this well-built and with this many features under 10 ounces provides a great value. We appreciate that Brooks was able to implement these supportive and durable features while maintaining a lightweight shoe that feels lively and responsive.

Conclusion


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.

Great support and stability in a lighter package make the Ghost 14 a...
Great support and stability in a lighter package make the Ghost 14 a great all-around trainer.
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