Updated: June 3rd, 2012

The Brooks Ghost 5 has all of the features that have made it so popular with runners, with a few minor updates. Answering the call for a lighter package, Brooks has shaved half an ounce from the women’s, and a full ounce from the men’s edition. Otherwise, Brooks strove to maintain all of the elements that made the earlier versions a hit, while using small changes to make it more appealing to a wider range of runners.

The biggest change to the Ghost 5 is the extended caterpillar crash pad. The crash pad is constructed of high-density rubber and blown rubber on the outside with deep grooves to allow for flexibility. In previous versions, the crash pad was only present on the heel of the shoe, providing great cushioning for heel strikers, but did not provide the same shock absorption for midfoot strikers. The Ghost 5 allows midfoot strikers to benefit from the additional cushioning and shock absorption, making for a softer ride. With a full review on the way, have a look at the latest version of this crowd-pleaser from Brooks

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