ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 vs. Brooks Beast / Ariel review

Learn about the differences between ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and Brooks Beast / Ariel to know which motion control running shoe is best for you and your feet.

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The Brooks Beast (for men) or Brooks Ariel (for women) is considered one of the best motion control running shoes on the market today, while the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 with its newly added features and comfort is slowly gaining in popularity.

Note that ASICS dropped the GEL-Evolution line of running shoes in favor of the ASICS GEL-Forte. And there are newer versions of the Brooks Ariel out in the Brooks Ariel 12, the Brooks Ariel 14, the Brooks Ariel 16, and the Brooks Ariel 18.

In addition, the Brooks Beast / Ariel is said to be equivalent to the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, so they should not differ that much from each other. Let us take a closer look and compare them feature by feature.

Starting with the uppers, both running shoes consist of the usual combination of mesh for breathability and synthetic overlays.

While both the Brooks Beast / Ariel and the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 have a similar overlay wrapping around the heels, so should provide similar stability in that area, the Brooks Beast / Ariel has more overlays around the midfoot than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, so should provide you with better stability in that area and should keep your feet firmly planted on the platform.

Both the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and the Brooks Beast / Ariel provide a wide and open toe box area, so both should feel roomy around the toes.

Moving onto the midsole... the pronation control device is similarly placed in both running shoes and also runs over a similar length from heel to midfoot in both the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and Brooks Beast / Ariel. So the amount and degree of pronation control should be similar when your feet are transitioning from the outsides to the insides.

The biggest difference between the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 and Brooks Ariel / Beast is noticeable in the outsoles. Starting with the heel area, where the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 has 3 lugs with the medial lug being the largest, the Brooks Beast / Ariel has 4 separate lugs with the medial lug also being the largest.

However, the emphasis on shock absorption seems to be slightly different in the two running shoes. Whereas the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 will absorb shock if you are a heel-striker who lands on the back of your heels, the Brooks Beast / Ariel also absorbs shock in the area, but offers a tad more shock absorption on the outsides of the heels than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6; an area that is highly likely to be struck by overpronators who tend to land on the outsides of their heels and roll their feet inward.

Moving onto the forefoot area, we can see that the Brooks Beast / Brooks Ariel has more horizontal flex grooves than the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6, which means that it should provide you with more flexibility in this area.

What is missing from the Brooks Beast / Ariel however, is the vertical flex groove that the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 has and which should provide you with smoother lateral movement in addition to improving your gait.

The ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 weighs approximately 11.2 oz (317 grams), while the Brooks Ariel weighs approximately 12.3 oz (349 grams) where the women's version of the running shoes are concerned, which is 1.1 oz (31 grams) heavier.

If you're looking for a lightweight, but heavy-duty motion control running shoe that provides good cushioning, stability, comfort, and lateral flexibility, the ASICS GEL-Evolution 6 might fit the bill.

If you do not mind the weight of a running shoe and are looking for a heavy-duty motion control running shoe that provides cushioning, exceptional stability, and room, the Brooks Beast / Ariel might be the running shoe for you.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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