The Brooks Ghost is a shoe model that is nothing short of adored in most of the running community. Seriously, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who tries on a pair to be displeased.
I have been a Ghost runner for well over 8 years. So this review has its fair share of honest opinions.
As a neutral daily-trainer, the Brooks Ghost 13 provides a level of comfort that always seems to out-do itself in quality and value.
When you combine a soft, yet snappy midsole with a supportive upper and durable traction, then how can you not get excited to run?
The Brooks Ghost 13 comes in with a lot to live up to. Does it actually deliver the goods? Let’s find out!
Noble drops some great insight on the Brooks Ghost 13 in the video below.
UPPER - Materials and Lockdown
Brooks did a nice job with this upper overall, as it locks your foot down without constraining your foot excessively. The tongue and lacing system work well together and give just the right amount of cushioning without being excessive.
The upper is constructed primarily of an engineered mesh material that is similar to what we have been seeing out of most daily trainers coming out from Brooks lately.
It is breathable, supportive and the internal liner makes it feel like you could go sockless for your runs (although I would not recommend that).
There are shoes that compare to the Ghost but the ghost is the by far the best choice between them.
The heel counter in the Ghost 13 actually feels similar to the counter in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21, although without any guide rails on the medial and lateral side of the shoe this does not provide any real pronation stability it will still keep your ankle locked in and secure for just about any run type.
POSITIVE: Comfortable Heel Collar
DRAWBACK: Toe box feels a little narrower than other Brooks Models
MIDSOLE - Soft and Snappy
The midsole here gets you a great combination of some protective cushioning along with a surprisingly snappy toe-off. It feels soft enough to get in any kind of recovery run, but it is firm enough in the forefoot to aid in picking up the pace if you are feeling zesty.
This has a lot to do with Brooks DNA Loft foam, which delivers plush and luxurious cushioning while maintaining responsiveness and durability.
The DNA Loft will feel different depending on the shoe model you are using from Brooks, but it is implemented well in the Ghost 13.
For a smooth transition, the Ghost 13 boasts well-placed Omega Flex Grooves to optimize forefoot flexibility without compromising cushioning.
Aiding further in the ride is the Segmented crash pad, which flexes with the foot, offering customized cushioning and stability for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
POSITIVE: Plush with responsiveness
DRAWBACK: Firm forefoot may feel too firm for some.
- THIS SHOE IS FOR: The Ghost 13 is for runners looking for a reliable shoe that's soft and smooth. The Ghost 13 offers improved transitions for zero distractions so you can focus more on what matters most: your run.
- SUPPORT AND CUSHION: The neutral support type provides high energizing cushioning. Ideal for road running, cross training, the gym or wherever you might want to take them! Predecessor: Ghost 12
OUTSOLE - Simple and Durable Traction
The outsole is simple, and delivers on the goods!
The Blown Rubber pretty much covers up most of the bottom of the shoe, which will aid in traction, durability, and a responsive transition. Other than that, not much else to say except that it gets the job done!
Durability Prediction - 500-600 Miles
Speaking of that outsole, it will definitely increase the lifespan of this shoe for most users. It is thick and comprehensive enough to preserve the shoe for a long time.
I think the midsole foam is strong enough to keep you rolling for at least 500-600 miles of high-quality running. It may wear down after around there, but for some, it could go longer.
Durability has a lot to do with running mechanics as well, which is pretty individual for most athletes, but no matter who you are I am sure you will be able to “go the distance” in a pair of Brooks Ghost 13s.
Bottom line, you are going to get plenty out of the Brooks Ghost 13, more than most shoe models for sure. So rest easy knowing you’re in good hands.
Best Uses - Recovery Runs, Daily Training, Steady Runs, Long Runs
The Ghost 13 should pretty much do it all for you. It will be a stand out as a recovery day shoe and then also as a daily trainer, but you could use it for just about any type of run other than fast reps on the track (and I bet most could even use them for this too).
You will find comfort and performance in no matter what you use this shoe for, so you can purchase it knowing that it will be able to handle (and maybe enhance) anything you throw at it!
Conclusion - The Poster Child of Reliability
The Brooks Ghost 13 is a great shoe. In fact, it may even be more of a “go-to-shoe” than the Adrenaline GTS 21 just because it feels slightly more versatile for all runners (albeit there is less stability for overpronators).
With the comfort, cushion, durability, versatility, and reliability, it seems as though the Brooks Ghost 13 hits just about every positive buzzword on the market for me, and I think it will for you too!
Should You Get The Brooks Ghost 13?
Just about anyone could rock a pair of these for a certain occasion, and most could wear them for just about any occasion.
I would say if you’re into versatile standard daily trainers then this is a great option to at least try on. However, if you prefer something more lightweight and responsive then this probably isn’t the one for you.
Last update on 2021-04-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API