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A reliable neutral daily trainer built for high mileage comfort, the Brooks Ghost 3 offers moderate cushioning and a semi-firm ride.

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Editor's ChoiceThe Ghost 3 from Brooks is perfect for the neutral runner looking for a shoe that can deliver the goods. The upper on the Ghost 3 offers a custom midfoot feel that keeps the runner secure, even on cambered surfaces, and offers excellent breathability. The Caterpillar crash pad on the lateral heel side provides the runner with a smooth heel-toe transition during their gait cycle. So whether it’s your daily run or weekend long haul, the Ghost 3 will let you move smoothly across the pavement. 

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Weight: 11.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (30mm), Forefoot (18mm)

How It Fits (based on width D) Width B=Narrow, Width D=Medium, Width 2E=Wide

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: July 2010
  • Model discontinued: May 2011
  • Model update: June 2011, Ghost 4
  • Heritage: Ghost 2

INTRODUCTION

The Ghost 3 is a moderate feature, moderate neutral shoe designed for daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-curved shape.

CUSHIONING

  • Hydroflow ST is located in the heel and is cushioning device which consists of a chamber filled with viscous fluid. Hydroflow ST is designed to attenuate shock, dampen impact forces and provide added heel stability.
  • Forefoot Hydroflow is located where the metatarsal head region of the foot rests in the shoe. Forefoot Hydroflow is designed to attenuate shock and dampen forces.
MIDSOLE
  • BioMoGo is Brook's premium midsole material. BioMoGo is designed to offer resilient cushioning and extends the full length of the midsole. BioMoGo is also environmentally friendly, as it will biodegrade 50 times faster in a landfill compared to traditional foam midsoles.
  • DRB Accel is located at the bottom of the midsole in the midfoot. DRB Accel is an injected thermoplastic polyurethane unit which is intended to balance support and torsional rigidity with responsiveness for smooth and fast heel-to-toe movement.
  • Cush Pod Configuration is a midsole/outsole design pattern intended to set the foot up for an efficient, balanced position from heel to toe. The focus of this design is on maximum cushioning and flexibility.
UPPER
  • Element Mesh is a moisture-managing, breathable mesh that covers large expanses of the upper.
  • Synthetic Overlays are strategically located with the purpose of providing a secure fit.
  • Element Linings lie along the underside of the upper to aid in moisture transfer and comfort.
  • Profile Sockliner sits underfoot and is made of BioMoGo for cushioning and forms a contoured support sensation.
  • Cushole S-257 Last utilizes a full length layer of advanced foam to provide cushioning and flexibility.
OUTSOLE
  • HPR Plus is a form of high abrasion-resistant rubber and is located in the heel.
  • Blown Rubber is located in the forefoot to provide responsiveness and flexibilty.
  • Cush Pod Configuration is a midsole/outsole design pattern intended to set the foot up for an efficient, balanced position from heel to toe. The focus of this design is on maximum cushioning and flexibility.

Comments: If you are used to running in heavier trainers I'm sure these shoes probably feel great.  I decided to give these shoes a try when I found out about a couple of hernias that I needed to have repaired but wanted to wait until winter to have done.  Before purchasing these I was rotating with the brooks launch, nike lunaracer 2, brooks green silence, adidas adios, and k-swiss blade.  This being said, these shoes do have quite a bit of cushion which is fine if you are out on a recovery run but even then I found these shoes to be clunky and slow.  In addition, I noticed that the shoes didn't last very long at all.  My racing flats that I train in typically last about 250-300 miles and the launches can go 350-almost 400 miles.  These were wearing out for me around 300 miles.  I could have pushed them longer but disliked running in them so much that I retired them.  If you want to transition from a heavy neutral trainer (nimbus, glycerin, etc.) to a lighter shoe I'd recommend the launch or asics gel ds sky
speed.  If you want an even lighter shoe for daily training/recovery then the adidas ace or  sticking with the launch are both great choices, imo.  I'm 5 ft 8 inches and weigh between
165-170 lbs and run 70-80 miles/wk.
From: Jeremy, Carmel, IN, USA

Comments: I got my first pair of these back in the summer of 2010 for cross country trainers. They worked great! But after about 2 months of wearing them for running only their cushion had worn out. I had maybe 350 or 400 miles in them at that point. I decided to try to get the normal 500 out of them but they were so far gone that before I reached 500 miles in them I was cursed with a stress fracture. Once I got better I went out and got a new pair. They lasted great until I got to about 350 or 400 miles again. Besides the durability in the long run, these are great trainers to put a lot of miles in. 
From: Chris, Lambertville, MI, USA

Comments: This is a great shoe for tempos and fast training.  Has great cushioning and plenty of toe box room.  Very comfortable.  My only complain is it feels flat on long runs, like the cushioning goes away but it could just be me since I've had that issue with Brooks in the past.
From: Tyler, Outer Banks, NC, USA

Comments: Second pair of Brooks I have tried, but for whatever reason they just do not feel comfortable to me. I know Brooks is a good shoe, but not right for me. The cushion is good, the arch support is good, but I think the forefoot is just too tight. I do not have this problem with Asics, Pearl, or Mizuno which I switch out everyother run. I have normal archs, so I am not sure why I cannot find a Brooks shoe that works.  
From: Greg, Dacula, GA, USA

Comments: I use these for my 80-90 mile weeks. So far I've got 400 miles on two pairs and they are still going. I think they are a good high mileage trainer because they have good cushioning and durability and even though they weigh 11oz they feel almost like lightweight trainers.
From: Rich, Freehold, NJ, USA

Comments: When I got this shoe I really loved the feel and ride of the shoe, but two and a half months later I started having problems with my calves. I checked out the shoe and it was really worn down. I switched shoes and my calf problems went away. Maybe I'm being picky but I heard the Glycerin was having similar durability issues. I loved the shoe I just wish could have gotten a little more from it.
From: Jeremy, NY, USA

Comments: Was running in Nike Free with a barefoot running style, but ended up with plantar fasciitis and iliotibial band problems. Was worried about my marathon training schedule...  I started doing some therapeutic icing and strengthening exercises and cut way back on the mileage. Got a stride analysis and was recommended the Ghost 3. Three long runs later and I feel better each time. Feel secure, not over cushioned. Weight seems fine, the tradeoff with the solidity and support is well worth it. 6ft, 170 lbs, doing 15 mile runs at this point.
From: Phil, Media, PA, USA

Comments: I am a competitive runner for local races mostly concentrating on 2-mile runs.  My training does consist of running at least six miles three times a week.  I had only worn New Balance and Puma for competition but finally decided to venture out to seek another shoe brand and after intense research, I finally chose the Ghost 3.  First day I received the shoes I did my 4 X 1 mile repeats off the track.  I have to say the shoes blew me away!  The Ghost 3 shoes are incredibly responsive, stable, excellent snug fit, and so comfortable.  No hesitation what so ever in my speed training and no heavy feel in the shoes they are light enough to run at a fast pace and long distances.  I am definitely a Brooks Ghost 3 advocate and I recommend the shoes to those competitive runners looking for the type of shoe and feel I just described.  The bonus was the Running Warehouse excellent customer service with the quick ordering process and shipping, and finally the great price for the shoes!  
From: J, Fresno, CA, USA

Comments: I use this shoe mostly for walking or in the gym. I am 6'2' 185lbs. and this is not my first pair of running shoes. The left shoe feels great, but the right shoe feels like I am walking on a brick. I talked to Brooks customer service and the guy told me the Ghosts take a few days to break in. I have had them for a month and the right shoe is feeling better, but still causes pain. I have owned several Brooks shoes in the neutral and stability types and have never felt this in a pair of shoes. These shoes cause pain even just walking around the house.
From: Earl, USA

Comments: Great snug, cushy fit, similar to the Nike Vomero. Very soft, yet responsive.  Only problem is a paper-like material under the mesh in the toebox that crinkles very loudly when you walk or run. Returning mine.  Anyone else miss the Radius?
From: Neil, Carlisle, PA, USA

Comments: Have had 3 runs in the Ghost 3 in a size 9...my normal size....am going to go to 9 wide as I had just a little pinching feel on the lateral side of my slighter larger foot. I do like the shoe very much. It is as advertised..nice balance even on cambered surfaces..compared to my other trainer the Rider 13..it is a slightly softer feel than the Rider which may or may not be to your liking. Nothing dramatic though. I weigh 190 , 61 years old, been running 31 years. Am a midfoot striker which this shoe is an excellent choice for with this biomechanic. Currently run 20 miles a week..sometimes a little less..sometimes a little more. Wear an orthotic in my left shoe and even in the D width ,it is accomodated with no problem. If you have a true normal width foot..the D should be fine but if you are borderline wide, I would go to the 2e. Overall, it is a four to four and a half star shoe.
From: Derry, Postdam, NY, USA

Comments: WOOOOOW !!! Nite and day from the Ghost 2's. These are great, springs under your feet, and propulsion forward with awesome cushion. Great shoe for heavy long road runs. I have high arches and my ortho's zipped rite in perfect. I would recommend these little gems to anyone. Oh ya my first run with these rite out of the box was 16 miles, and felt broke in already !! Way 2 go Brooks !
From: Mike, USA

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+