Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoe
Year in and year out, you can always rely on the world to deliver something you can look forward to. Football fans will always have the Super Bowl, smartphone junkies are sure to see a new iPhone or Galaxy, and runners can typically look forward to Brooks designing and releasing a new version of their Ghost Running Shoe.
Today that is what we want to talk about as we take a much closer look at the Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoe. What is most comforting about Ghost 11 is that it takes a lot of inspiration from its predecessors. In other words, if you have run in different iterations of the Ghost, then you are sure to enjoy this running shoe. If you want to check other models of Brooks running shoes, make sure you click here.
At the same time, Brooks also added and implemented new technologies. One of which is the revamped midsole. In addition to providing a much lighter feel than previous midsoles, it does not sacrifice bounce or softness. However, with new technologies and features always comes with its controversy. Some runners will think that the Brooks Ghost 11 is a step down as it is slightly less structured and less stable than previous versions. With that said, it is still another impressive entry in the Ghost series of running shoes.
The mesh upper almost disappears on your foot
Designed with a segmented crash pad
It has been revamped with a brand-new midsole
It can be used as a road running shoe
The outsole remains unchanged and performs quite well
Overall, it is an incredibly durable shoe
It comes in a ton of different colors
Not quite as stable as other iterations
The main difference is the newly-designed structured mesh upper. This upper has been engineered to virtually disappear on your foot and provide enhanced security in the process. It is quite stretchy, and it is optimized to fit snug through your midfoot and heel.
At the same time, some testers have commented on the narrower fit that this upper provides (especially when compared to the Ghost 10). Of course, this shoe is not narrow when it comes to its toe box. It is quite generous in this department (maybe too generous for some runners).
The good news, though, as noted, is that this shoe is available in narrow widths if you do not need a ton of room in the toe box. Due to the extra room that this shoe provides in that area, it is recommended to go with small sizes if you do not have wide feet.
Unlike the original DNA material that was used for some of Brook’s other shoes, this new DNA Loft cushioning not only promises a lighter feel but also enhanced softness and responsiveness. Some testers even felt that it added an extra spring to their step when compared to previous iterations of the shoe.
Of course, in addition to the new midsole, the Brooks Ghost 11 also sports a fantastic crash pad. Known as their Segmented Crash Pad, this is basically an integrated system of shock absorbers and it cushions every blow and strides you take while running. Additionally, this crash pad is going to disperse impact more evenly which is only going to make your runs smoother. Indeed, let’s just say that the Ghost 11 nails this department.
Additionally, for the record, this is a neutral running shoe, and it is not going to be the best option for those of you who overpronate. This means that when you run, you roll too far inward. Ghost 10 also offers neutral support, so this is not too much of a surprise.
However, even though both of these shoes do offer neutral support, some reviewers did feel that Ghost 10 was still better in the stability department. Again, overall, the Brooks Ghost 11 does offer a ton of support; it is simply not the most stable running shoe on the market.
If you know anything about mesh then you know that it promotes breathable, ventilation and airflow. It is a popular material for shoe uppers so it is no surprise that it is present here. It is going to allow air in while keeping dirt and various debris out.
There is something else that enhances the breathability of this running shoe, though. Going back to the new midsole, the Ghost 11 manages to shed some of the heavier overlays that were present on the Ghost 10. The result is a running shoe that is much lighter by comparison. In addition to feeling better, these weight savings will also allow for better breathability overall. Let’s just say that this shoe is ready to accommodate your sweaty foot.
A lower drop will promote forefoot striking while a higher drop will promote heel striking. But, what area does the Brooks Ghost 11 fall into? With a midsole drop of 12 millimeters, this is considered to be a high-drop shoe. What this means is that it is going to promote heel striking, as was just outlined.
However, what exactly is heel striking, and how do you know if you do it? In the simplest of explanations, a heel strike is when you make contact with the ground (while you are running) heel first. As the heel of this shoe sits higher off of the ground, it is easier to heel strike in.
This may not be your running style, though, and if you prefer forefoot striking, then you may or may not feel comfortable in this running shoe. It is just something you need to think about is all.
Now, when compared to the Ghost 10, this iteration pretty much brings along with it the same outsole. If you were a fan of the manner in which the Ghost 10 gripped then you will find the same delight with this running shoe. Many users and testers have even commented on their experiences when running in the rain with this shoe.
Most agree that it provides suitable traction in such conditions and is not slick or slippery at all. The true joy of the outsole is the deep tread that it sports. Due to this, it allows the Ghost 11 to be suitable on different surfaces such as light mud, gravel, and even wet grass. This will certainly come in handy on your runs.
You also have to realize that this is a road running shoe. Due to the abrasive nature of these types of surfaces (whether its gravel, concrete, dirt, etc.), the Brooks Ghost 11 is going to wear down quicker than a trail running shoe would. Basically, much like any other shoe you ever buy, it is not going to last forever.
At the same time, it is not unrealistic to expect around 400 to 500 miles out of this shoe. Then again, various outside factors such as your weight and the style at which you run will play additional roles. As crazy as it sounds, this running shoe may last someone else longer than it will you.
What is all this getting at? It is simple; Brooks designed their Ghost 11 in a plethora of different colorways. They also sell the shoe for both men and women and each variation has different types of color options available.
Everyone’s tastes are going to be different so that is why it is nice that the Brooks Ghost 11 has such an epic variety of styles. From light colors to darker colors to even colorways that are more vibrant in appearance, you are sure to find an option that suits you.
In general, this shoe also allows you to add a bit of personality to your running wardrobe. Look, sometimes it is the simple things in life that hold the most meaning so you can’t fault Brooks for this.
Not only that but it also is going to be a go-to model for so many different types of runners out there. After all, it is a neutral running shoe that promotes heel striking and provides support for users with mid-to-high arches. This is not even mentioning all the new and improved technologies that have been implemented (such as the upper and the midsole).
For some of you, though, the Brooks Ghost 11 may actually be somewhat of a step down from previous versions. It is not quite as stable and the upper is a bit narrower. Even if you believe these issues will play a role for you, it is still hard to not call this an incredible running shoe overall. This shoe also looks great and is going to last you for several miles. For most of you, though a little steep in price, the Ghost 11 is going to be worth every single penny you pay for it.