ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provides lots of stability and a smooth ride that is not too soft.

NEW! ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 fall in the same category of stability running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 being on a higher end of stability and support than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are similar in that both try to minimize the amount of stitches in the upper to provide your feet with a soft and irritation-free environment to run in.

They still have some stitches, but these are located in areas that are unlikely to bend too much to cause irritation, such as at the front, back, and saddle of the shoe.

One big difference between the uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is the fact that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 comes with more no-sew overlays than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

This is mainly due to the fact that the mesh of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides structure to the upper and wraps your foot pretty much like overlays but then with somewhat lighter support.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 still comes with no-sew overlays in the form of the ASICS logo that wraps the midfoot.

Another difference is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with an external heel counter, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does not. You should still be able to get enough support behind the heel, though.

All in all, both running shoes provide a good wrap around the foot although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 might feel a bit tighter, especially at the sides of the forefoot.

While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is meant to provide a very plush running experience, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is meant to provide just enough cushioning for a comfortable ride with lots of stability and support.

This difference in intent is visible in running shoe lab tests, where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is easily the more cushy running shoe of the two for both men and women.

However, the cushioning of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for women does not differ much from that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 in the forefoot. Both running shoes have a cushy forefoot for women.

But while the amount of heel cushioning provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is slightly above average, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 excels in providing women with a lot of heel cushioning.

The latter is probably due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 comes with an extra 3 mm of height in the heel to take stress off the Achilles tendons of women.

Both running shoes provide somewhat less cushioning to men compared to the women's versions of the shoes.

Overall, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides slightly above average cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot. The amount of forefoot cushioning is just a tad more than the amount provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

However, the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 might feel a bit firm to men, according to running shoe lab tests.

While both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are stability running shoes that have a support system in place on the medial side of the midsole to control overpronation, the effect of pronation control is expected to be greater in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 than in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

ASICS lists the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 as a running shoe that can also be worn by neutral runners; not only overpronators.

So one can expect the amount of support delivered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 to be on the moderate side, which is also evident from running shoe lab tests, which indicate that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provides almost a maximum amount of stability and support, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides a slightly above average amount.

The latter is probably due to the fact that the medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is quite long and consists of several densities of foam to give you a more gradual pronation control.

In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 comes with a full-length crash pad on the lateral side that not only smoothens your ride from heel to toe but also increases the amount of stability delivered by the running shoe.

The smoothness of your ride is further enhanced by the large amount of separation in the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is well separated for shock absorption but not as separated as that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which has small but plentiful rubber pods.

The large separation in the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does not help it to be more flexible, though, because running shoe lab tests indicate that it is on the stiff side for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, on the other hand, displays a good amount of flexibility for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.1 oz (315 grams) and 11.5 oz (326 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could consider the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

But if you know that you need a lot of stability and support, you may want to look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

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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