ASICS GEL-Forte vs. Brooks Addiction 11 review

ASICS GEL-Forte provides maximum support with a secure but comfortable fit. Brooks Addiction 11 is a motion control running shoe that provides lots of stability and support...

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The ASICS GEL-Forte and the Brooks Addiction 11 both fall in the maximum support category of running shoes, but are made by two different manufacturers.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Forte and the Brooks Addiction 11 are pretty traditional with mesh and stitched-on overlays.

They both provide a good wrap around the midfoot and keep the heel in place either with a heel counter (Heel Clutching System) like on the ASICS GEL-Forte or sturdy overlays like on the Brooks Addiction 11.

The biggest difference in the uppers is that the Brooks Addiction 11 has wider overlays on the medial side of the shoe, while the overlays are pretty symmetrical on both sides of the ASICS GEL-Forte.

Another perhaps minor difference is that the Brooks Addiction 11 has overlays running along the upper edge of the midsole and an overlay that runs over the bunion window, while the ASICS GEL-Forte is more open in that area without overlays on its midsole edge.

So while both running shoes should provide you with a firm lock down on the running platform, the ASICS GEL-Forte should allow for a bit more room to accommodate your foot.

The midsoles of the two running shoes differ in technologies used to provide cushioning as well as support and pronation control. The Brooks Addiction 11 has a BioMoGo midsole with anatomical Brooks DNA for cushioning, while the ASICS GEL-Forte implements a double density midsole with GEL for cushioning.

Pronation control comes in the form of a medial post in the Brooks Addiction 11 – a Progressive Diagonal Rollbar that progressively stops overpronation as your foot rolls in after touchdown.

The ASICS GEL-Forte implements a Dynamic DuoMax Support System to enhance support and stability, and a midfoot shank for midfoot structural support and integrity.

Because the Brooks Addiction 11 provides full ground contact and the ASICS GEL-Forte does not, the Brooks Addiction 11 is expected to be a bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Forte.

Note that the ASICS GEL-Forte sits 2.1 mm higher off the ground in the forefoot than the Brooks Addiction 11, but 1.7 mm lower in the heel in the women's version. There is no heel height difference in the men's version, but the forefoot heights do differ by 1.5 mm with the Brooks Addiction 11 bringing your foot closer to the ground than the ASICS GEL-Forte.

So the ASICS GEL-Forte is expected to provide you with a little bit more protection from the road in the forefoot, but a similar amount of cushioning in the heel.

The rubber outsoles of both running shoes are pretty wide in the heel and in the forefoot, but the Brooks Addiction 11 is wider than the ASICS GEL-Forte in the midfoot. The ASICS GEL-Forte almost looks like a traditional running shoe if it wasn't for its wide heel.

Both running shoes also have a separate rubber lug at the back under the heel to absorb initial shock, although the rubber lug of the Brooks Addiction 11 is more separated, so should provide you with better shock absorption.

The rest of the outsoles are very different with the Brooks Addiction 11 having an all-in-one midsole and the ASICS GEL-Forte having a rearfoot and a forefoot area separated by a midfoot shank. This means that the Brooks Addiction 11 should provide you with a smoother transition from heel to toe.

However, the ASICS GEL-Forte has the Impact Guidance System and Guidance Line in place to help you achieve an efficient stride.

The Brooks Addiction 11 has small rubber lugs in the forefoot that are well separated with two main flex grooves that run from side to side and more rubber lug separation on the lateral side of the shoe, while the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Forte consists of large rubber compartments with flex grooves in between.

Based on the layout of the rubber on the outsoles of the two running shoes, the Brooks Addiction 11 should feel more flexible on your foot than the ASICS GEL-Forte. But heavier runners generally benefit from some stiffness, so this is not necessarily a bad thing.

The women's versions of the ASICS GEL-Forte and the Brooks Addiction 11 do not differ in weight, while the men's versions of the shoes differ by 0.1 oz (3 grams) with the Brooks Addiction 11 being the "heavier" one.

The ASICS GEL-Forte and the Brooks Addiction 11 come pretty close to providing a similar running experience with the ASICS GEL-Forte being the more cushy but stiffer one in the forefoot, and the Brooks Addiction 11 being the more stable one that provides a smoother ride.

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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