Men's BROOKS GHOST 3 :: Newly updated for the ultimate in fit, feel and performance the Brooks® Ghost 3 will make you shiver with delight! Generous cushioning gives the shoe a spring-back bouncy feeling without sacrificing stability, the upper is designed to envelope your foot so the shoe feels like it was custom-made just for you, and the shoe now comes in widths to give you the perfect fit you want. When you wear the Ghost 3, you'll know that great runs aren't just a figment of your imagination. 11.1 ounces
I've been running in this shoe for a few months. I've probably completed 12 runs in them by now, between three and eight miles per run. I also have Zoots, Nike Vomeros, and some Saucony trail shoes. In the past I've run in Asics Cumulus, which is the shoe that I think the Ghost reminds me of the most.
Compared to the Vomeros, my main squeeze, the Ghost is bulky, rigid, and lacks road feel. All of those are negative qualities for me, but may be different for you.
The Vomeros feel more like you're running barefoot on a comfortable surface, while the Ghosts feel more like a firm, fitted glove. If you need arch support, this is probably a good thing.
I was surprised how firm these shoes actually are. I think they might even be harder than my racers - Zoots.
The only true problem I have with them is that they cause my right heel to hit sooner or differently than all of my other shoes (the bulk?). As such, my right ankle gets a little tender, as the miles add up.
I think I should have ordered a wide too. It's always close, but the toe box is tight.
So far, the Ghosts have held up great. They look brand new and there's little wear.
I was (am) tempted to send these back, but I will keep them because 1) I wanted a *different* mid-mileage runner and 2) they were dirt cheap compared to my other shoes.
I've found there is life after NB abandoned me when they stopped making the 827 several years ago.
This shoe is a tad heavier, but make no mistake it feels pretty darn light for an 11oz shoe, it actually feels like a 10 oz trainer. This is no clunker, it looks a bit chunky in pictures but it's a "performance trainer" all the way.
Soft but responsive ride, nicely cushioned in the forefoot. When you run in this shoe you can tell there was some thought put into the engineering of it, they didn't just slap this thing together. It just works well.
You can do twenty mile runs or 5k's comfortably, it's a go to trainer, put it on and forget about it.
As somebody with a wide foot, my choices are more limited than most, just glad they decided to make this one in widths. The one "quirk" is that it seems to run 1/4 size bigger than other brands that I've used over the years (NB & Saucony). It wasn't too much to make me return the shoe, but it was noticeable. Your mileage may vary on that.
And as an added bonus, it's a really great looking shoe!
New Haven, CT
I like this shoe because of its light weight and good "road feel". Your feet get good feedback from the road to help you run with your natural stride. Not that I believe a shoe can make you faster but I do seem to run a faster pace whenever I run in this shoe. The shoe is comfortable and looks like a real runner's shoe.
Lives up to its Heritage
I am an avid endurance runner with 3 Pikermis under my belt and am training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Had bought a Ghost 2 on the recommendation of my running shop and ran the Shamrock, Marine Corps Historic Half, and MCM CrossRoads in them. Picked up a pair of Ghosts 1's on clearance since I loved the shoes so much. When I saw the adds for the Ghost 3 I had to try them. Glad I bought them because they have everything the previous models had and more! It is a more substantial shoe, but didn't change weight much (0.3 oz is nothing!). Ran a tempo run the day after buying them and love the roll, cushioning, and looks. This will be the shoe I run the Marine Corps Marathon with. Just call me Ghost Hound!
We Have a WINNER!!
This shoe fits and feels like a glove. Very light, springy and responsive. Runs are effortless in these shoes. Feels like a part of your foot. Great cushioning all around. I am coming from the Mizuno Wave Rider 13's which were great and I think these are even better. The Wave Rider 14's just suck compared to these. I tried the Saucony Progrid Ride 3's, Asics Cumulus 13's and these and the Ghost 3's were my favorite. The ride 3's felt stiff and heavy, the asics were good, but maybe a bit heavier than the Ghosts, so I went with these and I could not be happier. I am a 5'9" 150lb male neutral (normal-high arch) runner. 1st Brooks sneaks in about 5 years and these are the best ever.
This Ghost is here to say
5'10" 150 Lightweight with bowed legs, high arches, supinator to neutral. Other shoes: Wave Riders, DS trainers. Heel fit was nice and snug with no ankle rub, Midfoot felt good, forefoot is a little wider which is perfect for me. WaveRider 13's narrowed their forefoot where they don't fit me anymore. Transition felt smooth and fast. Shoe feels light but cushions well. Felt like my cadence picked up due to lightweight and transition. Have put 1 long run and numerous shorter runs and they have been great. Only minor gripe was that the overlay that runs behind the ball of the foot rubs a little. This never became a serious problem and seems to have smoothed out. My new favorite shoe...
San Jose, CA
Great midfoot striker shoe
I am 190 pound midfoot striker with a mild overpronation problem in my left foot which I wear an orthotic for. Was wearing a Mizuno Rider 13 in size 8.5 2e..had to go up to 9 2e in the Ghost. My actual foot size is an 8 2e as measured on a Brannock device in a specialty running shoe store. It has exceptional cushioning for a shoe this light and the transition is above average,too. I think my Riders are better at dissipating heat but these aren' that bad. If you strike midfoot like I do you should love this shoe...but I would be careful on the sizing...as you can see with the reviews already posted ,sizing has been an issue with some..
Potsdam New York
Light, fast and great fit!
The new Ghost 3 is as light as I can go and still get the cushioning I need from a trainer. I'm 6'2" and 170 pounds and treat these shoes as my racing flats! Great fit and lacing system and cushioning as expected from a light shoe. I use mine for all around running and on many occasions run trail with them. Very good style also; a really attractive shoe with graphics and color. I have quite a few miles on mine and they're still holding up well.
This shoe has more cushioning than the Ghost 2. It seems to find a sweet spot between being light-weight, but also giving good cushion for longer runs. I alternate this shoe with the Mizuno Wave Rider. The Ghost is not as flexible, and a little heavier, but it does provide me with more cushioning. A person at Brooks described the new Ghost as a cross between the Defyance and the Ghost 2. I think that's a pretty good description. I really like it so far.
Never thought that I would change from my other brand but this shoe surprised me with the cushioning and performance.
Right on Brooks!
Float Like a Ghost
Until my first pair of Ghost 3 shoes I had been using the Defyance line. Several years ago I had tried on a pair of Ghost shoes and was unimpressed. They didn't seem to have much cushioning and were flimsy feeling on my feet. Well, that has vastly improved with the current version! It provides adequate cushioning for road work, in addition to remaining light and responsive to movement. I'm curious to see how they wear over the long haul. So far, so good.
La Habra, CA
I bought these shoes for my High School's XC program. Our varsity squad runs at least 100 miles a week. We runs trails every day and these shoes handle perfectly on all surfaces. The padding's excellent and the shoe remains super light (only a tiny bit heavier than the Ghost 2's)
I have found no problems with these shoes and dont expect to find any. I am very happy with the Ghost's.
San Francisco, CA
My Favorit Shoe!
Love these shoes. I decided to move to a lighter shoe than I had been running in. A friend suggested Brooks Ghost. I ordered a pair and now they are my favorite shoes. The name is fitting since it is almost as if they weren't there. When I first tried them on I was worried since the transition was quite different from the shoes I had been running, but after my first real run I really appreciated it. Fit my feet perfectly true to size and just plain cool.
Lake Orion, MI
My new favorite shoe
i bought the Ghost 3 a couple of months ago and like it so much that I bought a second pair recently. I run about 5-6 miles during the week over very hilly terrain, and these shoes provide the right amount of cushioning without being too bulky. They are particularly good on my longer weekend runs. I'm starting to increase mileage in the lead up to a half-marathon, and these are the perfect shoes for that mileage range. My favorite shoe, period.
Hong Kong, China
Love this shoe...just bought a 2nd pair
Ghost 3 has been an excellent shoe for me...med-high arch, 6'1", 178 lbs, fairly efficient runner. I use them both to train and to race in 5K-10K's, and they performed very well during my last few races (they are a bit lighter than some of my other trainers). I'm looking forward to try them in a 1/2 marathon this spring. So far I love them - they are light, have good support & cushioning, and seem to wear about as well as Adidas and Nike.
Comfortable but feels flat on long runs
This is only my second pair of Brooks running shoes but the best I've had. It's light and fast but still has good cushioning. Plenty of room in the toe box and the it feels wonderfully. My only complaint is it starts to feel flat on long runs but it may just be me cause I've had that issue with Brooks in the past. It's great for tempos and shorter runs, just not my go to shoe for a long run
Outer Banks, NC
I run about 10 miles a week. 5'9 175 lbs I like my shoes snug. wear a 9 in asics and nike, I had to go with a 9 1/2 in these shoes. They are light and comfortable. they do not have as much cushion as the asics nimbus, but they run really well. i bought these shoes for ocassional runs of 2 miles.they seem to bee doing great right now. i only have about 20 miles on them now.
Love these shoes!!!!
I tried the Nike Free shoes which made my ankles hurt very bad when running on the pavement. I bought these shoes hoping for pain relief and ability to run the Silver Strand Half Marathon. I was able to accomplish both with these shoes. I love them. I am able to run on all surfaces and they are comfortable on my feet. I recommend them to everyone, even my wife who just bought a pair.
Exceptional Product Exceptional Price
Never wore Brook shoes before and have always been happy with Nike except they always wear out to quickly. Decided to give Brooks a shot after I saw that the Ghost had gotten the Editor's Choice Award. The shoes are extremely light weight, comfortable, and the support my high arch very well. I am now a committed Brooks customer. I run between 50-70 miles per week.
Nice, but not for me.
This shoe had the perfect cushion, in my opinion, very comfortable, very smooth transition. The cushioning was plush but not too soft, not "marshmellow-y". I have had many Brooks shoes thru the years, however their move to having the "sprung toe" last has made it more & more difficult for me. These shoes had a fairly pronounced sprung toe and that caused problems for me. If you do not have a problem with that, I do recommend these shoes.
Jury still out on Brooks Ghost 3
In first short run (3 miles), I thought it was a little stiff. On next 6 miles, it shortened and I was happy. On the 3rd long run (15 miles) I developed a blister on the ball of both feet, something that never happened to me before. I have not trust them enough to use them in the past two weeks since. I will probably try them once more before giving up on them. They are still comfortable around the house, so we will see...
Tim the power walker
Better than new Glycerin
I returned a pair of Glycerins after being somewhat disappointed in them (not as comfy cushy for me as for others) and figured I'd give these a try. Pretty comfortable out of the box. Heel feels pretty high to me, but I didn't notice it running. I could also feel where the tongue meets the toe box, but again, forgot about this as I got going. Overall, happy so far, final verdict will come with a few more miles on them.
South Portland, Maine
nice and light, poor wet traction
I like these shoes a lot! They seem to be close what the Glycerin used to be. They have reasonably good cushion for my 3-5 miles 3-4 times/wk, but aren't over-built and feel light on the foot. My only complaint is that on wet pavement, they really have VERY poor traction compared to any other Brooks or Ascics shoe that I've used in the past 10 years.
Menlo Park CA
Perfect for training or race day!
I'm 6'1, 170, training for HM and full marathon in spring. I have high arches with narrow feet. I have been searching for a shoe like this with the perfect compliment of cushion and weight. These are great for almost any run. I have been pleased up to this point. This is my first Brooks as i have switched from Asics. Solid shoe.
Fun Run Champ
Good shoe so far
This is a nice-looking, well-designed shoe. It is comfortable around the arch It's too early to judge its durability, but I can already tell that it is less than my pair of Asics Gel Nimbus 11. Time will tell.
The material is soft and breathable and the shoe as a whole provides comfort and reasonable speed.
These shoes are great! I had been running in Brooks Trance series shoes for the past few years and decided to give the Ghost 3's a try. It is an all-around more comfortable shoe than the later Trance models that are out and less expensive as well. Went for a 10 mile run right out of the box and my feet and legs felt fine afterward.
San Diego, CA
Favorite road running shoe
For long time I used "Brooks Defyance 2". I tryed "Brooks Ghost 2" but they was to light (not enough amortization).
But in version 3 both of them moved to more heavy side. So Brooks Ghost 3 quite light, but still good for long road runs, the working great on NW rainy weather. Easily surviving 400+ miles on road.
great all-round shoe
the shoe is a mix between light enough to do fast runs but gives also cushion for longer runs. The shoe also allows to run in the rain. it provides sufficient resistance to slipping. I train up to 6 times a week and like most to wear the Ghost. Only for quieter training I switche to a different model of Brooks: the Defyance
Is it the shoe or the training?
My best running in 7 years and at 59 that is good to say. Cushoning is good but still low enough to the ground to get an even foot strike, no more heal running. Cutting out nagging injuries has enabled me to maintain higher mileage and faster times. In my mind the Ghost has been a big factor.
I've ran in Nike, Asics, and New Balance over the past few years. I tried the Brooks Ghost 3 after having good luck with Brooks trail running shoes. The Ghost 3 is the best road running shoe I've tried to far. Comfortable, perfect cushioning, and no hot spots during long runs. These are great!
Mens Brooks Ghost 3 Running Shoe
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