After a long wait, the Brooks Ghost 3 has finally been updated to the Brooks Ghost 4. This is a cushioning shoe that works best on people with neutral to under-pronation. This high mileage trainer uses well known Brooks technology to create a shoe that is very soft and promotes a smooth ride. If you are a high mileage runner, then the Brooks Ghost 4 may be the shoe for you.
The slightly redesigned shoe sees Brooks replacing the HydroFlow packets seen in previous incarnation with the Brooks DNA cushioning. Like human DNA, this material forms to the individuals foot to provide customized cushioning a support to runners of all sizes, foot shapes, and speed levels. It is highly responsive continuing to protect the foot through various changes in pace.
Brooks DNA is place in both the rearfoot and forefoot and designed to work with BioMoGo. This is a full length midsole made from Brooks’ characteristic environmentally friendly material. In addition to providing additional cushioning, the sole will degrade quickly when the shoes are placed in an active landfill. If you are looking for shoes that give support while letting you be good to the Earth, then Brooks Ghost 4 may be your shoe.
A thermoplastic unit called the DRB Accel is placed in the midfoot to promote balanced torsional rigidity and support while heel to toe transition is setup efficiently by the Cush Pod Configuration. A Caterpillar Crash Pad flexes with the foot to deliver custom cushioning and smooth transitions.
The upper part of the shoe was designed to maximize airflow so feet remain cool and dry. The element mesh effectively manages moisture in a variety of weather conditions while the Element Linings help wick moisture away for foot comfort. BioMoGo foam is used to create a profile sockliner with adds contoured support. Synthetic Overlays are placed strategically to keep the foot snug in the shoe.
Most of the reviews focus on the midsole where Brooks made many updates. They like the environmental aspect of the sole even though some expressed skepticism that the shoe would actually biodegrade.
Runners felt the arch support in the shoe was great and the cushioning at just the right level for a good run. The toe box provided plenty of room to keep the toes happy without feeling awkward. A few reviews felt the changes in the cushioning actually made the shoe less firm and reduced ankle support.
The shoe seems to fit true to size and is available in men and women’s styles. The price of shoe sits at the midway point. However, many reviewers felt the Brooks Ghost 4 were worth the investment.