Brooks Ghost 15 Introduction
The Brooks Ghost has 2 essential, defining options: its luxuriously snug higher and its excessive heel-to-toe offset. These 2 options are what set the Ghost aside. The plush higher makes it really feel such as you’re getting bang in your buck whereas the excessive 12 mm drop doesn’t stress the Achilles of newbie runners.
The Ghost is barely on model 15 and on this comparatively quick interval, it has matured to be one of the standard trainers on the planet. It’s standard with runners simply beginning out in addition to seasoned, sub-3-hour marathon runners.
I’ve now run in 4 totally different variations of the Ghost thus far and what I’ve seen is that the distinction between every Ghost model is extra minimal than another working shoe collection available on the market. Which means that what you’re going to get once you purchase a Ghost and in addition what you’re not going to get as a result of it’s so predictable.
After I examined the Ghost 14 final 12 months I discovered it to be a very reliable workhorse with wonderful stability. For me it excelled most on relaxed lengthy runs. I discover it attention-grabbing that a lot of the feedback underneath our evaluation of the Ghost 14 are detrimental 1 or 2 star opinions.
Prospects have complained of knee ache, blisters, and low sturdiness points. Even on Working Warehouse, the Ghost 14 has a decrease ranking than the newest variations of the Pegasus, Cumulus, 880 and Journey (Saucony & Skechers).
Within the mid-range, each day coach class, a lot of the manufacturers have come to the celebration this 12 months. The Nike Pegasus, Saucony Journey, and Skechers Journey have all been wonderful with the Skechers Journey 10 being the standout performer for me to this point.
The normal mid-range each day coach (such because the Ghost) can be underneath risk from the trendy, light-weight trainers which can be utilized for each day mileage: trainers such because the Insurgent v3, Mach 5 and Novablast 3 all have cushioned, participating rides and are lighter than the typical each day coach. They’re additionally equally priced.
This 12 months’s Ghost 15 has a model new DNA Loft v2 midsole foam which they state is a mixture of air, rubber and EVA. It weighs 10.1 oz (286 g) which is 0.2 oz (6 g) heavier than the Ghost 14. Sadly, its value has gone up by $10 and it’ll now set you again $140 which is on the upper finish for a mid-range, impartial each day coach.
Brooks Ghost 15 First Impressions
The primary time I noticed the Ghost 15 was at a Brooks preview occasion about 5 months in the past and once I tried it on on the occasion, it felt nearly precisely the identical because the Ghost 14. The factor that I used to be most enthusiastic about have been the placing new colourways.
My first run was a straightforward 22-kilometre Sunday future, precisely 1 week after I had run the Kuala Lumpur marathon so my legs weren’t absolutely recovered but. The Ghost 15 nonetheless felt nice on that first run: it felt well-cushioned, easy, and pure.
The primary couple of kilometers, I may discover the excessive 12 mm drop however after some time, I bought used to it and stopped noticing it. The one distinction was the ride- it felt ever so barely firmer than the Ghost 14.
The higher of the Ghost 15, as traditional, was snug from the get-go and cocooned my toes with pillowy softness all through the run.
Brooks Ghost 15 Higher
The higher is the Ghost 15’s energy and never a lot has modified from model 14. It has the extent of high quality that you just normally get from a a lot larger priced, max-cushioned coach and this is without doubt one of the essential the reason why the Ghost is so standard.
The heel tab, collar and tongue are all generously padded so consolation across the ankle and Achilles is prime notch. An inside heel counter and a brand new smooth, skinny exterior one present wonderful heel lockdown.
There’s nonetheless no gusseted tongue which is the one enchancment that may be made to the Ghost 15’s higher. It’s additionally a heat higher which absorbs sweat due to the padding so it’s not ideally suited for working in excessive temperatures.
The Ghost 15 suits true to dimension with an accommodating midfoot, forefoot and toe-box. There are reflective patches on the edges of the toe-box in addition to on the heel counter for higher visibility when it’s darkish.
Brooks Ghost 15 Sole Unit
The brand new DNA Loft v2 midsole foam feels remarkably much like foams of earlier years. Whether or not it’s DNA Loft v1, v2 or BioMogo within the Ghost 10, 5 years in the past, the foams all really feel 95% related to one another.
DNA Loft v2 within the Ghost 15 offers a really cushioned, medium-soft journey which is padded however in no way bouncy. The dense foam doesn’t compress very a lot so there isn’t a lot rebound in comparison with a number of the different midsole foams available on the market. This attribute makes the Ghost 15 not suited to tempo runs when you find yourself attempting to run quick.
The froth is somewhat firmer than final 12 months so it feels a bit extra environment friendly than the Ghost 14. It additionally doesn’t really feel as snug on lengthy runs as a result of the journey is much less plush, nonetheless it’s nonetheless a superb lengthy, slow-run shoe due to how a lot cushioning it has.
The journey of the Ghost 15 is probably probably the most conventional of all of the each day trainers. It’s not a shoe that I get excited to run in as a result of it doesn’t have an thrilling journey. It has a really simplistic, no-frills journey which will get the job carried out, comfortably.
I discovered that I didn’t just like the Ghost 15 for simple paces and I loved it much more at (barely quicker than simple) reasonable paces between 5 minutes and 5:30 per km (8:03 – 8:52 minutes per mile). I would like the midsole foam to be barely softer for my simple paces. I believed the Ghost 14 had the proper stability when it got here to cushioning softness.
I by no means run in excessive 12 mm drop trainers besides once I’m testing the Ghost or the Wave Rider however I’ve to confess that I benefit from the excessive drop. It feels just like the shoe is aiding me by transitions, making runs really feel simpler than lower-drop footwear. I’m a heel striker so the excessive drop works with my mechanics however I feel that midfoot/forefoot strikers may discover the 12 mm drop annoying.
The Ghost has a particularly supportive journey attributable to how little its midsole compresses so even slight overpronators will discover the Ghost 15 secure sufficient. Of all of the each day trainers, the Ghost might be probably the most secure.
A lot of the outsole of the Ghost 15 is roofed with thick, smooth rubber. There’s solely a really small a part of the midfoot and the centre of the heel which aren’t lined. That is what weighs the Ghost 15 down.
The outsole rubber of the Ghost 15 is softer than the typical, so landings really feel extra padded than different each day trainers. The speed of outsole put on can be larger than the typical each day coach due to its softness. After 80 kilometers of testing, I’ve seen vital put on on the outer lateral heel. That is additionally a results of the excessive 12 mm drop.
Brooks Ghost 15 Conclusions
I wouldn’t say that the Ghost 15 is an enchancment over the Ghost 14. I truly favor the 14 as a result of it had a softer journey which felt higher on simple runs. The Ghost 15 additionally weighs extra and prices greater than the 14.
I feel that quick runners who can run a sub 3-hour marathon will favor the Ghost 15 as a result of their simple tempo is beneath 5 minutes per km (8:03 minutes per mile) so the Ghost 15 will really feel extra environment friendly, nonetheless I feel nearly all of runners will favor the softer 14 over the 15.
A whole lot of runners complained that their knees damage after working within the Ghost 14 however the Ghost 15 has a fair firmer journey so I feel there will likely be much more complaints. If I labored for Brooks, I’d be somewhat anxious in regards to the consumer opinions of the Ghost 15.
I didn’t expertise any ache whereas working within the Ghost 15 and it’s nonetheless probably the most supportive journey with probably the most snug higher on any mid-range, impartial each day coach however for me, its journey is missing power and cushioning softness. If Brooks provides the supercritical DNA Loft v3 to the midsole of the Ghost 16, that may make a giant distinction to the journey.
Because it stands, the journey of the Ghost 15 is outperformed by different mid-range each day trainers and I’d suggest one other lighter, versatile trainers such because the Insurgent, Mach, and Novablast over the Ghost that are the identical value or cheaper.