8.7 Excellent Overall a great shoe. It performs well, looks great, lasts long, and it isn’t asking for you to break the wallet. Not much else to say for this one, give it a shot neutral runners!
The Ghost 9 is one of the staple go-to shoes for neutral runners. It gives an overall package that hits all the required categories; performance, design, and price. This year’s iteration brought with it several changes, some to the sole and many to the upper.
The upper has been fully revamped for this iteration and with it comes a slew of appreciated changes. First, the upper is now fully seamless meaning supreme comfort , especially for those that enjoy going sock-less. Moreover, the toe box has been expanded which is a definite bonus for one’s toes splaying out naturally and helping with breathability. The Ghost 9 has extreme breathability thanks to its wide and numerous perforations in the synthetic mesh upper, which translates into amazing coolness during runs.
The sole unit has its midsole made up of Brook’s DNA technology that provides a very cushioned and responsive ride, while the outsole is made up of blown rubber that provides great traction and durability against road surfaces. The crash pad that’s meant to soften the impact for heel-strikers also runs the entire length of the shoe which helps for a smoother transition during runs. The one draw-back to the shoe is the high heel-to-toe differential that really causes one’s foot to fully extended during the running gait.
The look and feel of these shoes is definitely premium. Brooks spared no expense is using the best materials possible towards both the upper as well as the sole. That said, it doesn’t scream out sleekness and crazy aesthetic appeal but you shouldn’t really be expecting that either when it comes to the Glycerin line-up.
At an MSRP of $120, the Ghost 9 is priced very reasonably. The super comfy and formfitting upper paired with the cushy and durable sole unit stand to reason that this shoe will last that much longer than others one would own. When you take into account the miler-per-use against the total amount spent, it’s actually a greatly priced shoe!