ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides lots of support and stability, and cushioning that is not too soft. ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is for moderate to severe overpronators with wide feet.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 fall in the same category of stability running shoes with the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 being for runners who moderately to severely overpronate and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for runners who moderately overpronate.

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However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 lies at the upper end of its stability category, so on the border of motion control, so provides lots of stability and support.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differs from that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in that it contains more sturdy stitched-on overlays than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

So you can expect the upper of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 to be a bit more supportive than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a broad overlay on the medial side where you need the most support and which helps wrap the midfoot well, so it does provide enough support in all the right places.

And finally, the bunion window of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is more open than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, so may feel more comfortable in that area if you have big bunions.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are similar in that both provide pronation control in the form of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole.

The medial post consists of several densities to gradually stop your foot from rolling too far inward. However, this control is implemented differently in the two running shoes.

The medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 goes till under the foot and is long. The medial post of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is also long, but stops about two-thirds up before it reaches the foot.

Therefore the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 may provide you with a stronger degree of pronation control. However, the medial post of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 is reinforced by a midfoot shank that goes one-third up into the post.

A piece of this post can also be found on the lateral side of the midsole. The latter does not apply to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, which has a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole.

In addition, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 provides more ground contact than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 especially under the midfoot.

So all in all, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 may be as supportive as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, but in a different way by adding both medial and some lateral stability to your runs.

The lateral stability in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS comes in the form of a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole to provide you not only with a soft landing, but also a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

This is not to say that the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 does not provide a smooth transition, since it provides good ground contact on the lateral side too and its outsole is well-segmented.

But when you compare the outsoles of the two running shoes, you'll see that that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is much more segmented and has much smaller rubber pods than that of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12, so should deliver smoother transitions than the ASICS GEL-Foundatoin 12.

The outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 also looks more like a traditional running shoe with a normal foot shape.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 on the other hand, provides you with a wider base to stand on, since it is broader than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in the midfoot, so if you are someone who has wide feet, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 might suit you better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

While the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 has GEL cushioning in both its heel and forefoot, it does not expose any of it through the midsole as an indication that the amount of cushioning it provides might not be too soft or too firm, so kind of like what the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides, and which is what runners who are looking for support actually need.

I personally run in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS running shoes and know that while running shoe lab tests may say that its cushioning is somewhere in the middle, I enjoy the amount of softness delivered by the running shoe.

Heavier runners who are moderate to severe overpronators with somewhat bigger or wider feet or who need to wear orthotics may benefit from running in the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12.

While Brooks does recommend the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for runners who have medium to flat arches, it may be better suited if you have a less heavier build and are looking for a running shoe that provides lots of stability and support as well as a smooth 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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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