Neutral. Brooks has done it again with the amazing Brooks Ghost 5. This neutral running shoe takes the best of past Ghost designs and built upon what's already working for runners worldwide. This shoe hits the sweet spot for a wide range of Neutral runners with a finely crafted Caterpillar Crash Pad and anatomical Brooks DNA.
Upper: Padded tongue and heel collar for added comfort. Moisture managing Element mesh upper keeps your foot dry. Synthetic overlay materials for extra support.
Midsole: Anatomical Brooks DNA responds to your every step, dispersing impact and providing ideal comfort and protection as the pace and surface change. Full-length BioMoGo encourages anaerobic microbes to munch away 50 times faster once your shoes hit an active, enclosed landfill. DRB Accel is a shank-like thermoplastic device that provides torsional rigidity to the midfoot, enhancing support while allowing the heel and forefoot to act independently. Full length S-257 Cushsole is Brooks' exclusive midsole that decreases breakdown by 15% while providing excellent energy return and cushioning with every stride. Heel and midfoot Caterpillar Crash Pad customizes your lay down with just the right amount of cushion and stabilization, giving you a smooth heel to toe transition. Omega Flex Grooves enhances the flexibility of the midsole and provides an effortless forefoot ride while still offering great cushioning and midsole integrity. The unique shape of an Omega Flex Groove allows it to flex dynamically without compromising cushioning. When at rest, it supports the shoe, when it's flexing the groove opens up to allow greater flexibility.
Outsole: HPR Plus is a higher durability, abrasion-resistant rubber that wears longer. Forefoot Cush Pod Construction sets the foot in an efficient, balanced position from heel strike to toe off. Blown Rubber Forefoot for increased durability and traction.Runner's World Editor's Choice.
"The Ghost is spooky good. For the third straight Fall Guide, it has garnered our top honor. We like that little has changed from the fourth version of the shoe. The Ghost remains fairlylightweight with a soft heel and relatively firm forefoot, which gives wearers a fast feel. 'I didn't have that squishy feeling I sometimes experience with cushioned shoes,' says Chris Garges, 37, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, who has a 2:47 marathon PR. To adapt to more footstrike patterns, the segmented heel has been extended forward along the outer edge of the foot. It also helps smooth the heel-to-toe transition."