November 19, 2020

Brooks Running Shoes Review with Killian Byrne

At Intersport Elverys, we understand what is happening in the world of sport and running as one of them continue to grow in numbers – as more people are running, run more frequently and run for longer. We thought it would be good to share Killian Byrne’s of Irish Runner Magazine latest reviews of the Brooks Ghost and Glycerin running shoes, which featured in the latest Irish Runner Magazine issue. These are great running shoes  and a good chance for you, the runner to get some insight into how they performed when put into action. Some of Killian previous reviews have included the Nike React , the Asics Cumulus Knit and Hoka Speedgoat and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS

For those of you who don’t know, Killian is a Operation Transformation leader and a health and fitness advocate. He is a long time runner completing a number of personal triumphs including a 70.3 Ironman. Read about his experiences below.

Brooks Ghost 13

The Ghost 13, described as the ultimate ‘middle-of-the-road’ shoe, wants to please everyone by providing everything it can, and it doesn’t really disappoint.

Neutral, cushioned, responsive, and stable are some of the buzz words I would use to describe the Ghost 13. Although I found the overall cushioning to be less than you’d find in the Glycerin 18 or Brooks Adrenaline, after an initial ‘clumpy’ feel, I got very used to the firmness these shoes bring. A well-made upper provides plenty of ventilation and, with variants for narrow and wide feet, the Ghost 13 will appeal to many more people than similar shoes. The sole of these shoes is made from the ubiquitous DNA Loft foam and the Ghost 13 has a well-defined ‘tread’ in its outsole rubber giving a very solid run both on and off road. The Ghost 13 is a good shoe, less exciting than I’d hoped but very dependable. Male and female shoes available.

3 Brooks Ghost Running Shoes

Brooks Glycerin 18

I looked through my Glycerin 17 review before putting pen to paper here and it was like meeting a long-lost friend – the one you haven’t seen for years but can always depend on. Unlike the Ghost 13 (also reviewed in this issue), the Glycerin 18 seems softer, springy, more flexible, lighter and fast. In saying all that, I don’t think it’s any better a shoe, but it offers the wearer a different experience.

There’s a lot of comfort in the Glycerin 18 – it is plush with more midsole foam than its predecessor and a stiff heel cup offering a lot of protection when out on the road. The softer sole allows a good amount of flexibility and, as a result, some more spring that you might not find in other ranges or brands. They feel fast, light and comfortable, meaning you get a shoe to run a strong 5km but the same shoe will bring you out for a half marathon and more with little effort. I was never conscious of my shoe when out on the road but on grass, I certainly felt a lack of grip. I also felt the Glycerin 18 wasn’t as breathable as other shoes but the tight-knit seamless upper meant I always felt secure. It’s more of the same in the basic areas but what small changes were made have improved what was already a good trainer. Male and female shoes available.

3 Brooks Glycerin Running Shoes

What did you think of Killian’s product reviews? Have you tested any of these for yourself? Keep an eye out for more reviews from Killian Byrne.

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