Gear & Technology

Brooks shoe comparison: is the Ghost right for you?

Close-up of two runners’ legs running on a surface paved with patterned tiles.

From dehydration to the dreaded bonk, running is full of challenges. But discomfort shouldn’t be one of them. Your gear should always support and enhance your miles.

That’s why a lot of runners go for the Ghost. Neutral support, balanced cushioning, and a smooth, easy ride make the Ghost one of our best-selling shoes. But is it right for your run?

A little background before you hit the ground

The newly released Ghost 13 still has the most-loved features of the Ghost 12, including a balance of soft DNA LOFT and responsive BioMoGo DNA cushioning, a segmented crash pad underfoot, and a breathable mesh upper.

But in the Ghost 13, we stretched out the good stuff — DNA LOFT technology now extends beyond the heel, all the way to the forefoot, for even smoother transitions. And BioMoGo DNA now offers improved responsiveness for a better overall ride. Finally, the Engineered Air Mesh upper provides a more secure fit. The updates all come together to make this model the Ghost with the most.

Close-up of hands tying a blue and grey Ghost 13.

Ghost 13

Comparing the Ghost to other Brooks shoes

To figure out whether the Ghost is a good match for you, see how it stacks up against other shoes in our Cushion category. The defining feature of this category is underfoot softness — think running on clouds. If that sounds like the stuff of your running dreams, check out the fit, support, and ride you want, below.

  • Ghost – Loved by runners for its smooth ride, the Ghost is all about balance. It has just enough give to cushion each step, while staying responsive for a quick toe-off. And the upper hits the sweet spot between roomy and secure.
  • Adrenaline GTS – As smooth as the Ghost but made for runners who prefer support. The Adrenaline GTS has soft, responsive cushioning and a balanced upper, plus GuideRails® Support Technology to keep excess movement in check.
Two runners wearing blue Adrenaline GTS 21 running shoes in front of a blue wall.

Adrenaline GTS 20

  • Glycerin – The Glycerin is what you’d get if you cranked the cushioning on the Ghost and added a plush liner for a softer, snugger fit. Consider this the Mama Bear of running shoes — if “too soft” isn’t in your vocabulary, the Glycerin will feel just right.
  • Transcend – The supreme softness of the Glycerin meets industry-leading support. That same super cushioned feel and cozy interior liner combine with GuideRails® technology to offer runners extreme comfort. 

Brooks running shoe comparison chart

See how the Ghost stacks up.

Chart comparing all Brooks Cushion shoes. Neutral, very cushioned: Glycerin 18. Neutral, balanced cushion: Ghost 13. Support, very cushioned: Transcend 7. Support, balanced cushion: Adrenaline GTS 21.

Shoes your own adventure

Already running in the Ghost? Whether you want to try out something similar or broaden your horizons, we can help. To meet your exact needs, our Shoe Finder tool is a great resource. And you may find your match outside the Cushion category entirely — our Energize, Speed, and Trail collections are full of options for those craving a different on-the-run experience. Check out our whole line, come in for a test run, and get gear that will have you running a little happier.