The new Brooks Ghost 8 was made for road runners. The latest version of the best-selling Ghost series is incredibly comfortable, and yet it still feels zippy. This lightweight, neutral shoe is designed for pavement runners with medium to high arches.
I am very careful about the shoes I run in, and the surfaces I run on. After my stress fracture last summer, I try to run on soft surfaces when I can. But, I find myself on the roads most of the time. So, the least I can do is try to protect my feet by wearing a shoe that will provide good cushioning. The Brooks Ghost 8 does that without feeling bulky or pillowy the way some other shoes do.
The Ghost 8 features a new full-length segmented crash pad for ultra-smooth heel-to-toe transitions while it still boasts Omega Flex Grooves for optimized flexibility. The outsole is made of a rugged rubber tread that will keep you grounded and stable as you run through wet leaves, acorns, and whatever Mother Nature throws at you.
The stylish looks, superior craftsmanship, and attention to detail make the Brooks Ghost 8 a real head-turner. 3D Fit Print technology provides lightweight structure to the mesh upper, and the inside liner gives runners a breathable, comfortable fit.
Road Test: Brooks Ghost 8
I put these shoes to the test on the trails and the roads. The rail trail by my house is by no means technical, but it has loose gravel and knee-high weeds in many spots. The Brooks 8 held up well by providing cushion over the loose rocks.
On the roads, the Brooks Ghost 8 was a joy to run in. My post-injury soreness and lingering plantar fasciitis really made me apprehensive about returning to the pavement, but marathon training requires it. So, I set out on my first few runs with my fingers crossed.
The shoes did their job. As a neutral runner with high arches and a history of sore heels, the Brooks Ghost 8 really shined. I’ll continue to run in these shoes until I get fast enough to grab my Brooks Launch 2 for speed work.
These shoes were sent to me for review.