ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 provides a good amount of support and a smooth ride. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a soft and smooth ride...

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are stability running shoes for overpronators. They can compete well with each other, because they are both very supportive running shoes.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 differ in their purpose.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is more geared towards delivering lots of comfort with support only where you need it, while the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 tries to find a good balance between comfort and support.

Both the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 have a forefoot that is open to accommodate wide feet and big bunions.

However, the forefoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is entirely free from overlays, while the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has some overlays running on its toe box on the medial side that make the bunion window a bit smaller.

Therefore, you might get more comfort from the toe box of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 compared to that of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has one no-sew overlay on the lateral side of the midfoot and two on the medial side, which should be able to give you a good amount of support where you need it most.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has overlays that are more pulled back and that run more from the saddle towards the back of the running shoe instead of directly across the midfoot.

Therefore the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 offers a bit more support directly across the midfoot compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has mesh that is more closed from midfoot to heel, and this also adds some support to the upper.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has overlays around the heel that should deliver a good amount of support.

The heel of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 delivers more targeted support by having a stitched-on overlay on the medial side and a no-sew overlay on the lateral side, but overall, it is more open than the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, so the latter wraps the heel better.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort and support from the upper of either running shoe, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 might feel more comfortable from midfoot to forefoot, while the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 delivers a good balance in comfort and support where you need it most.

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The midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 are similar in that they provide a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot, which is good for stability as well as smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has one main layer of foam, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 comes with a main layer and a top layer of softer foam that is meant to provide bounce back and decrease the breakdown of the midsole.

However, despite this, the ASICS GEL-Foundation is not a running shoe that typically delivers a very soft ride but rather a moderately-cushioned ride that could feel firm to some runners.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, on the other hand, has been found to deliver an overall soft ride to both men and women.

The midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 also displays more segmentation on the lateral side, which is good for absorbing shock and giving you much smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Both the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 have a support system on the medial side of their midsoles.

The support system of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 does not go all the way up to the foot, but it is reinforced by a midfoot shank that hooks up pretty high into the support area and is quite long under the heel.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 differs in that its medial post goes all the way up and is reinforced by a small midfoot shank that does not hook up very high into it, but the medial post is backed by several densities of foam to make the process of pronation control more gradual.

While the degree of pronation control might be a bit stronger in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 covers an area under and at the back of the heel that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does not cover.

Therefore, the area of support is slightly longer in the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and would suit runners who turn their feet in a lot under their heels.

The area of support in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 would suit normal overpronators who need lots of pronation control but who do not require a motion control running shoe.

The rubber outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 differ quite a bit in construction and layout.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has an outsole that displays more segmentation and separation and that has small rubber pods, so it is set up well for absorbing and dissipating shock.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 is set up for delivering durability by having large areas of rubber, and it is a bit broader under the midfoot compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 so should be able to house large, wide, or flat feet.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has more flex grooves in its forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, it has been found to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has less flex grooves than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, so is not expected to be very flexible either, but because it delivers a more moderate amount of cushioning, it might feel a bit more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

If you are a moderate to severe overpronator who is looking for a good amount of support from a running shoe, you could turn to either the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers lots of stability and support in addition to comfort and a smooth ride and would suit medium to heavy runners.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 delivers a somewhat more secure fit and a good amount of support to those who need support more under their heels and would suit heavier runners.

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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