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The Brooks Ghost 6 is an excellent high mileage shoe for the neutral runner. Most reviews of the Brooks Ghost 6 are quite complimentary and some are down right adoring. Runners World recently awarded the Ghost 6 running shoe, “Editors Choice,” for its Fall 2013 Shoe guide. This is the third year in-a-row that the Brooks Ghost series has been awarded Editor’s choice by Runner’s World.
Brooks made a few changes when it designed the Ghost 6. Most notably, Brooks removed the plastic mid foot shank, enhanced the heal crash pad, and included a breathable form-shaping tongue. These changes are not overly dramatic and seem to expand upon the feel and personality of the Ghost 5.
While no shoe is going to be the perfect fit for everyone, the Brooks Ghost 6 is an excellent offering for the neutral runner. The Ghost 6 comes in Men’s and Women’s models and is listed at $110. There is also a waterproof version of the Brooks Ghost 6 called the Ghost 6 GTX
Brooks Ghost 6 Review: Product Specifications
- Weight: Men’s size 9, 10.7oz/Women’s size 7, 8.8oz
- Midsole Drop: 12 mm
- Shoe Category: Neutral
- Pronation: None/Normal
- Surface: Road/Track
- Arch: Medium/High
- Body Build: Small/Medium/Large
- Launch Date: June 1, 2013
Brooks Ghost 6 Review: Features
No more plastic shank. Brooks replaced the plastic midfoot shank in the Ghost 6 with foam and rubber. The new midfoot filling gives the Ghost 6 continual ground contact from heal to toe. This midfoot design shift is an effort to provide superior cushion and improved foot transition from heal to toe. Besides a smooth ride, the midfoot filling helps produce a quite running shoe. Apparently, plastic shanks can produce a bit of a slapping sound when running.
Does the shoe still offer enough arch support without the plastic shank? Having researched the Ghost 6 through many reviews at various sites (review sites and customer feedback) I didn’t come across any prevalent arch issues being reported.
Crash Pad. In a short product video for Running Warehouse, Brooks Rep. Scott Young, says the Brooks team “…enhanced the Caterpillar crash pad and broke off the heal section of the shoe. This will provide the Runner with a softer landing and spread out the forces of impact at foot strike. It also provides for a better lay down as the runner transitions through the foot strike phase.” In simple terms, the design of the heal section helps deliver a smooth and comfortable ride.
The tongue. The Ghost 6 tongue is made from form fitting foam. Runner’s World really appreciated this tongue and commented on its thickness and breathability. Runner’s World also pointed out that the tongue features offset lace loops which hold it securely in place. A nice feature as we recently came across a slipping tongue when reviewing the excellent Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+.
Overlays. The Brook Ghost 6 features no sew overlays in the forefoot which reduces potential friction spots and helps to structure the fit.
Brooks Ghost 6 Review: Performance
Overwhelmingly, people like the way this shoe performs. Here are few notable comments:
Running Shoe Guru reports, “The Ghost 6 reminded me why I loved my Ghost 4’s and 5’s for so long. It boasts a soft, smooth, and bouncy ride that kept my legs feeling fresh even on longer runs.”
Running Times states, “Our test team found that the plush performance made it an ‘every person shoe,’ also described as a ‘strong, mileage workhorse that isn’t too spongy or stiff.'”
Ultra Runner Richie Cunningham says of the Ghost 6, ” The best part about the Ghosts? Comfort for sure, they just seemed to be as light and responsive as you could get without wearing a pair of racers. They also seemed to have just the right amount of cushioning for me…I’ve got a pretty wide foot too and these had enough room up front to keep my toes comfortable for the duration of the race. I also wear an orthotic and these had plenty of room so that I could slot it in and not notice any difference.”
Also, if you were to spend time looking through tons of customer reviews (which I did) you would find mostly positive feedback in regards to performance.
Brooks Ghost 6 Review: Concerns
There aren’t any major red flags to bring to your attention. Of course I found complaints and issues browsing hundreds of reviews. However, there wasn’t enough consistency to really mention them here. Often one complaint contradicted another.
- The most consistent customer complaint I found was that the the Ghost 6 wears quickly. At least 17 out of 148 reviews specifically mention this on the Brooks website.
Brooks Ghost 6 Review: Bottom Line
The Brooks Ghost 6 running shoe delivers a great ride for the neutral runner. The shoe is suited for every day training and for high mileage runs. The Ghost 6 comes in Men’s and Women’s models and has a list price of $110. There is also a waterproof version of the shoe called the Ghost 6 GTX.
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Brooks Ghost 6 Review: Runner’s World Review
Brooks Ghost 6 Review: Brooks Rep, Scott Young