Men's BROOKS® GHOST 4 :: Summon your best with eerily comfortable DNA cushioning and Omega grooves for natural- feeling flexibility that'll have you practically floating through your next run! Don't be scared, the Brooks® Ghost 4 is an incredibly versatile shoe meeting a wide range of running needs. 11.3 ounces
Maybe it's just me, but I don't seem to run well in the Ghost 4's. I typically run 20-30 miles/week and sometimes up to 40. I've been running in the Ghost 3 for the last year and LOVE them. Bought the Ghost 4 with high expectations, but noticed I simply don't run well in these shoes! It seems as though my feet start to "slap down" after 7-8 miles and I developed knee pain after running 8-10 miles (something new to me). I tried them severeal times and then returned to the Ghost 3 without problems. Bought a new pair of Ghost 3 and did a 20 miler without any pain. Ran a 8 miler in the Ghost 4's today and knee started hurting again. Comfortable to walk in, but doesn't work for me on the long runs.
East Bay, CA
Good bye Kayano! Hello Ghost!
I have been using Asics exclusively for years and I still like them, but I wanted to try a different brand to see if I may be missing something.
I routinely log about 30+ miles a week and usually use the Asics Kayano, but my last shoe was the Kinetics. I was looking for more mid-foot cushioning that is not too squishy. I wanted something that won't hold me back on faster runs, but will provide good cushioning for long runs. After discovering I have a bit of a high arch and rigid flexibility, I tried the Ghost 4 in the store and immediately noticed a nice light feel to them. I tried them on the treadmill and hit the 6 minute mile pace with ease, which is faster than I usually run. I felt I could have gone on at that pace for quite a while.
My first street run in these shoes was 10 hilly miles and I felt like I was soaring through it. I discovered at the end of the run, my speed was about 45 seconds faster than it has been with the Kinetics.
I've had them for about a month now and have not had any problems. These are good shoes that will handle any run I put them through. I've been able to obtain a faster pace regularly with less effort than I did with the Kayanos or the Kinetics. I also bought the Ghost 5 and they are just as good, but I'm saving the wear and tear on those for a hopeful BQ in January.
San Diego, CA
Ghost 3 is Better
I'm 5'8" 160lbs, between the Ghost3 and 4, Ghost3 provides more cushion on the long run. After every use I feel lower back pain. I run between 25 to 30 miles a week.
When I first tried on the shoe I thought it wasn't particularly comfortable, it wasn't flexible enough, the width might be an issue, and overall probably not a great replacement for the Mizuno Wave Rider 12. I decided that before returning the shoe i would do a short run to see if I could justify not going through the hassle of returning them. To my surprise as soon as i started running the shoe seemed to mold to my feet, the width was no longer an issue, and my pace dropped about minute and half below my average pace for the last month. By the end of the run i can say the forefoot is very flexible and the heel and mid foot section of the shoes is firm and prevents any slipping. I am a heavier runner and am unsure how a 15+ mile run would feel on the forefoot, and only time will tell. I will not be returning these shoes as they just feel great for pushing the pace.. by the end of my late night run I was running @ a 6:15 pace for the last 1/3 of a mile with ease.... As for replacing the Mizuno Wave Rider 12s... they are at the top of my potential replacement list but are not nearly as flexible in the mid foot as the Mizunos.
Elliot the Streaker (USRSA)
Great update to the Ghost 3.
Although I found the Ghost 3 to be an overall solid neutral shoe, I find the Ghost 4 responds much better when I quicken the pace. The use of "Brooks DNA" eliminates the dampening caused by too much cushioning that is found in the Ghost 3. Overall a great improvement.
Comfy, but not durable.
I am very hard on my shoes, so I realize that my experience may be atypical.
I am a forefoot runner who supinates. I destroyed the outsole of this shoe. After a little less than 30 miles I had already worn through the colored rubber outsole in the area around the ball of the foot, pinky toe side. I run on sidewalk and road all of the time, so obviously that affects the durability, too.
I also think that the toe box for these may be a little wide. I have wide feet and bought these in a standard width and still felt like I had a bit too much movement in the toe area.
That being said, the shoes are very comfortable. They are very cushioned in the forefoot.
Michigan City, IN
The real deal
I was not surpised by the new Runners World "Editors Choice" selection to the Ghost 4. I have never used Brooks before but this shoe is probably my favorite of all time. The cushioning in the heel and forefoot is perfect. There is no slippage back in the heel area. Also, the upper is very comfortable. I am currently training for a fall marathon and will use this as an everyday trainer for short runs and long runs. I suggest that for those looking at neutral shoes, you definitely should try on a pair of these bad boys.
Little Rock, Ar
Need a Neutral Shoe? This is it !
Started running again 2 years ago after a long layoff. Have run in Asics 2100's Adrenaline 10 &11 but after loosing 40 lbs. my stride mechanics changed from over pronator to straight and the Adrenaline's have a bit too much correction. The Ghost4 is a wonderful shoe with smooth transition to toe off and nice cushioning (not too much, not too little)throughout the sole. This is now my go to shoe and I plan to run the Hartford Marathon in them. You will want to try this shoe!!
Ghost 3 vs 4
Ok, this is only a critique of the ghost 4 vs 3. I loved the Ghost 3 and happily purchased the 4. I noticed performance issues right away. first, strain in my calf and soreness of my feet. But as I'm over 50, I can't always tell if it's the shore or me. I then ran with my old 3's and felt great. I just finished a half marathon yesterday in the 4s and wow. Lower back is killing me and feet are dead.
I ran a marathon in June in my 3s and did not feel this bad. Again, not sure if its all shoe, but I did notice a big difference.
great for urban running
I bought these the recommended 1/2 size up, but I think my regular size would have been fine. They are plenty wide in a 2E, I might not even have needed the wide shoes. I switched from a stability shoe to this, and I really like the additional cushioning for sidewalk runs. These shoes weigh less than my other shoes, and less is better. I haven't been on any runs longer than 6 miles in these, but for these runs the shoes are perfectly comfortable with no hot spots.
San Francisco, CA
I ran a 5k graded trail race right out of the box. I am a midfoot striker but had a slight suponate. When they started to wear I turned then into my "run the beach" shoes(I live at the beach). Two years and counting..I love them..but I switch to my Asics for my half or longer runs because of the cushening.
Morro Bay, CA
I never ran in Brooks before and a friend recommend this shoe, i have to tell you out the we went for a 8 mile test and she past with honors. I'm using this shoe for short and long runs, great response and support. I purchase another pair that's how much i love these shoe also i'm in the military so i run alot.
Best running shoes i have ever had
I run on a cross country team and these sneakers are phoenominal. They are pretty lightweight and cushion your impact very well. I also purchased the custom insoles at the store and that really puts an edge on the sneaker. They might not be that nice looking but for the casual runner they are excellent.
This shoe really feels good while running. I've fought shin splints for several years and this pair of shoes seems to help. I was just in the wrong shoe before, I was in a stability shoe and have now gone to a neutral shoe. This shoe was just more comfortable than the others I tried on.
Best Shoe Ever Worn for Running
I'm training for a half-marathon and wanted a professional grade shoe that would carry me along. I ran my first 4 miles today and am greatly pleased with the performance. The quick spring back after the foot striking the ground makes running a breeze. Highly recommend this shoe.
Running on pillows.
I wanted something with a traditional drop and lots of cushioning for my long runs and when I increase my mileage and my legs feel like craap. These fit the bill! Super soft and a little support allows me to pound out miles with ease. Will definitely be a miles eater.
These are an awesome pair of shoes. I have trained for, and completed two tris in my pair. I ran them on the road, trails, and everything in between. They are exceptionally comfortable, while still not being incredibly heavy. I will be buying another pair.
Good Marathon Shoe
Just an update to my earlier review. I ended up using these for the Detroit marathon in the fall and they were terrific. No shoe related pain at all throughout the race. I still find them uncomfortable to wear casually so i wore flip flops before and after the race... but they are great running shoes.
Elliot the Streaker (USRSA)
I'm a beginner runner who runs less than 10 miles per week. I run in HS track. I like the comfortable feeling of the shoe on my feet.
Great training shoes
I'm a beginner's runner. I run three times a week about 3 miles per day. I run on HS track.
Best Brooks shoe ever made. Looks great
Great cushioning and flexibility. Runs great right out of the box.
gig harbor wa
Very comfortable shoes with a lot of support.
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