ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are stability running shoes for runners who moderately overpronate.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 differ quite a bit in that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with more overlays than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 consists for a large part of engineered mesh with some underlays and the ASICS logo forming a no-sew overlay on the lateral side.

In contrast, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with a good few no-sew overlays that uniformly pull the saddle toward the midsole.

Therefore, you should expect to get a better lockdown around the midfoot from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 than you would from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, although the latter might feel a bit more comfortable.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with no-sew overlays and some stitches at the back for additional support and durability, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with a sturdy external heel counter that wraps around the heel to not only lock it down but also prevent some heel rotation from taking place as you overpronate.

Therefore, you can expect to get more support at the back of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 than at the back of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

All in all, both running shoes provide a good amount of support through their uppers, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has it centered around the midfoot, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has it centered around the heel.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is known as a running shoe that provides quite a bit of support with a moderate amount of cushioning, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is known to provide a moderate amount of support with a large amount of cushioning.

This is partly true, because running shoe lab tests have identified the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 as delivering a lot of forefoot cushioning, but its amount of heel cushioning is below average and far below what you can expect to get from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The cushioning profile of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is more evenly distributed, but you should not expect to get a maximum amount of cushioning, because its midsole does come with a firmer and more responsive layer at the bottom. Your ride should be soft but not super soft.

The amount of support delivered by the two running shoes differ, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 being identified by running shoe lab tests as the one that provides a large amount of stability and support.

This amount of stability and support comes from the long post on the medial side of the midsole, the full-length crash pad on the lateral side, and the good amount of ground contact that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides.

In contrast, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole well under the midfoot, and it has a support system on the medial side.

But this support system does not go all the way up, because it has a second layer of softer foam just under the foot.

Therefore, after everything is considered, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is the one that delivers the most stability and support.

This is also corroborated by the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has been listed by ASICS as a running shoe that can also be worn by neutral runners, and because such runners do not need much support, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 delivers a moderate amount to suit both neutral runners and mild overpronators.

The rubber outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are well separated for shock absorption and dissipation.

However, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with large rubber compartments, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has smaller rubber pods and more ground contact so might be better able to smoothen your ride.

Running shoe lab tests rate the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 to be more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, though. This is perhaps due to the good amount of flex grooves that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for women also weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 being the lighter one.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft and comfortable ride, you could look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

But if you know that you will be needing lots of stability and support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 might be a better option 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.

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


This review falls under: ASICS | Brooks

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