Two of the most popular running shoe brands on the market. Both Saucony and Brooks are known for making great trail and road running shoes. And today we’ll be looking at the latter, comparing two of the brands top selling road models. With a surprising amount of similarities, by the numbers there is good reason to compare the Saucony Triumph vs Brooks Ghost. We’ll break down the specs, pics, and go into a bit more of a detailed review. So let’s get to running!
Saucony Triumph vs Brooks Ghost
- Both are neutral road running shoes. Meaning they will work for the majority of runners.
- The Saucony Triumph is the slightly heavier of the two shoes. With the men’s model weighing 0.03oz and the women’s weighing 0.01oz more than Brooks Ghost.
- Heel stack height on the Triumph is 32.5mm. Compared to 31mm on the Ghost.
- While the drop on the Brooks Ghost is 12mm. And the Triumph has a drop of 8mm.
- Both shoes are listed as “more cushion” by their brands. Making for a more comfortable ride compared to minimalist shoes.
- The Brooks Ghost has a more aggressive tread. Compared to a typical tread you would expect from a road runner on the Triumph.
- Both shoe profiles and top views are very similar in design. See the photos below!
Walking into any running shoe store and you are going to see these two brands. And with their popularity, these two models will most likely be recommended. With very similar comparables it’s really understandable to look at the Saucony Triumph vs Brooks Ghost. But there are a few differences worth paying attention to. Below is a more in depth breakdown of each shoe.
The Saucony Triumph have been around for a long time, and is one of the brand’s most popular running shoes. With a ton of color options, a lot more than most brands it’s really hard not to find one that you like. My first impression when unboxing the Triumphs is that they feel light and the upper Form Fit build looks to be comfortable. I was excited to go for my first run in them.
On the feet the Triumphs feel comfortable yet supportive. And just as I hoped the upper build conforms to your foot. Making it really comfortable. When hitting the road I was impressed with the cushioning, damping, and response of the ride. For being as light as they are, they take a ton of the road shock out of your runs. And that the form fit upper proved to be really breathable on warm and humid days.
Overall I was impressed by these shoes. And can say the Saucony Triumph would be a great shoe for both logging big miles. Or would be a great choice for both running and power walking. If you like more room in the toe box or have wider feet you will most likely want to half to full size up.
The Brooks Ghosts have been around a long time. First released in 2008, with many iterations leading to the refined and polished running shoes that the Ghost is today. I’ve run in the Ghosts before but this will be my first time in the newer model. So I was excited to test them out. I’m a big fan of the updated design and color options. The Ghost is a good looking shoe. But will it perform as well as it looks?
Trying on the Ghosts they feel light and fast. That may have to do with the 12mm drop which is a bit higher than I’m used to. And they definitely give you that propelled forward feel. The toe box feels roomy for the fit of the shoe. But you still may want to half size up if you want roomy feel. My one point would be the arch support. If you need more arch support, the Ghost may be a little lacking. But for low to medium it should feel great.
On the road the Ghosts feel fast, and the cushion is noticeable. Taking a good amount of the road shock off your legs. The upper build is comfortable and secure but could be more breathable. Ghosts feel fast. And would be a shore for up to the 10k distance. The traction also feel like something I would love on wet roads. For me though, the 12mm drop feels better suited for short faster distances than logging the large amount of training miles that I do every week.
Below is a side by side image comparison of the Saucony Triumph vs Brooks Ghost. You can see how similar the profile design is. With the added lug size on the Ghost.
Saucony Triumph Profile
Brooks Ghost Profile
Again, from above the two shoes look incredibly similar in shape. You will notice the difference in upper build material.
Triumph Top View
Ghost Top View
The soles of the Ghost have noticeably more more traction.
Saucony Triumph Soles
Brooks Ghost Soles
Conclusion – Saucony Triumph vs Brooks Ghost
Both Saucony and Brooks have a lot of shoe options to look at. But when it comes to a lightweight design with enough cushions. The Triumph and Ghost account for a large number of both of their brands total sales. And for good reason. They are both great shoes. But the difference in drop, traction, and upper design could be a deciding difference.
Which road running shoe to buy?
You really can’t go wrong with either of these running shoes. They both are in the top 10% of shoes when it comes to overall design and comfort on the road. And deciding on which to buy would come down to a few factors.
If you are logging a lot of miles and running half marathons plus in distance. Then to me the Triumph, with the lower drop and slightly more cushion would be the better choice. But if you are looking to go fast for distances of 10k or less quickly. The Ghosts fit the bill. With 12mm drop and traction for days, they will get you moving.