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What is your favorite Running Shoe?
First there was the Nike Pegasus running shoe for me and I ran several marathons and half-marathons using the Nike Pegasus, but somehow my love for the Nike shoes has gone cold. The main reason is that they simply do not last long enough and when you run 40-50 miles a week the cost of buying new shoes all the time is just prohibitive. I briefly had a love affair with the New Balance 880 running shoe, but these are hard to find locally or at my favorite online running shoe retailers and I hate paying full retail for running shoes. Then I tried the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and 18, but I now hate them with passion. This is the one and only shoe company that seems to be out trying to hurt me. Then I went to my local running shoe store and tried out the Brooks Ghost 8 and what a difference. The Brooks Ghost 8 seems like it was made just for me. I am already on my 3rd pair of the Ghost and I know that will not be the end – hopefully for quite a long time.
Why do I like the Ghost 8 so much?
For me the shoe fits like a glove. I seem to have enough room even on very long runs without having the fear of getting blisters. The mileage I can put on these shoes – it is pretty much double compared to the Nike Pegasus. Even when retiring them from running I have been using them as my day to day walk shoes and trust me – I walk a lot on top of running. I have a 2 year old Labrador Retriever and that dog loves to exercise (=go for a walk). The rubber sole of my current (walk) Ghosts is totally worn up as you can see on the picture. While that happened to my other running shoes as well – it usually happened way earlier during the life-span of those shoes + even when walking in them my feed started hurting a lot. That has yet to happen with the Brooks Ghost 8 to me. The Ghost performs well on pavement, dirt trails and ice and snow. Traction has been very good, but of course you lose some of it when on really icy surfaces. I tried Yaktrax, but found that I can run better without them.
The Ghost 8 is not perfect
While I have been talking about how much I like the Ghost, there are certainly some parts that could be improved. The rubber sole becomes more stiff in colder temperatures. I do not remember the New Balance 880 or the Nike Pegasus soles to change that much. I live in Colorado and at least my weekday runs are done at around 4.30 AM in the mornings – when the days are at their coldest temperatures. Many of my runs are done with temperatures in the low 20s and low 10s. I run on snow and ice, too. I think that’s an area where I would like to see the Ghost running shoe to improve. I am not using the Gore-Tex version of the Ghost, so I do not know if that one would act differently in colder weather. On the very first pair of the Ghost I have some external material being ripped. Not sure if that came from when running in snow and ice or if it is simply weak material giving up after a while?! At least to me it seems like the Ghost is not protecting your feet from wet conditions. I know it is not weather-proof, but for me it feels like I get wet easier when running in snowy conditions compared to other running shoes. Brooks sells the Ghost with a Gore-Tex upper, but the price is much higher compared to the normal version. I would love to see the normal Ghost to be less susceptible to moisture. I will have to substitute this weakness by using water repellent spray on the shoe next wet weather comes around.
Overall I really enjoy running and walking using the Brooks Ghost running shoes. I have easy access to this popular shoe model locally and online – which has been the main reason for me to abandon the New Balance 880. Being able to go 350-400 miles with a pair before retiring it, not only saves me money, but is also better for the environment. I am definitely looking forward to run my first ultra-marathon using the Ghost. You can buy the Ghost 8 at Amazon.com and also read the review there to see how other people feel about that shoe.
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