ASICS GT-2000 6 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride. ASICS GT-2000 6 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs...

The ASICS GT-2000 6 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are stability running shoes for moderate overpronators who need a good amount of stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GT-2000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 have been kept light and expose quite a bit of mesh.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has 3D-printed overlays running from the saddle towards the back of the running shoe and keeps the forefoot pretty open and free from overlays.

The ASICS GT-2000 6, on the other hand, has no-sew overlays that come more forward around the midfoot than those on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, implements extra straps in the saddle for a more secure fit, and has thin welded-on overlays running on its toe box for extra support.

Because the sides of the toe box of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are more open than those of the ASICS GT-2000 6, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is expected to deliver more comfort than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 has a well-covered area around the heel, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is a bit more open but still provides enough support behind the heel.

The toecap of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is also a bit more open than that of the ASICS GT-2000 6.

All in all, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers more lightweight support through its upper and should also feel a bit more comfortable than the ASICS GT-2000 6, while you can expect to get a secure fit around the midfoot and the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The midsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 differ in that the ASICS GT-2000 6 has two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers.

However, the bottom layer of midsole foam is more responsive and thus also a bit firmer than the top layer of foam, which is supposed to provide a soft bed right under your foot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has one main layer of foam in its midsole that is well segmented on the lateral side and provides more ground contact than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

These two features should help the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 feel a bit more stable and help you achieve faster and smoother heel-to-transitions than in the ASICS GT-2000 6.

In addition, lab tests have found that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is an overall cushy running shoe for both men and women, so the ASICS GT-2000 6 might feel a bit more responsive than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 come with a reinforced area of midsole foam on the medial side that is meant to stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

Both running shoes also have a midfoot shank, but whereas the midfoot shank of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is small and only located on the medial side, the midfoot shank of the ASICS GT-2000 6 connects both sides of the midsole to provide a good amount of midfoot integrity and support.

While it is unclear how much of the area on the medial side of the midsole of the ASICS GT-2000 6 provides support to overpronators, the ASICS GT-2000 6 provides a high amount of stability and support but generally not more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, which has a very long medial post.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 look quite different, with the ASICS GT-2000 6 having large areas of rubber and a good amount of flex grooves, including a vertical flex groove for gait efficiency.

However, the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is more segmented with smaller rubber pods and also a good amount of flex grooves but still turns out to be on the stiff side for both men and women, according to lab tests.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 6 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for women weighs 8.3 oz (235 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.5 oz (298 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a very stable and supportive ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the ASICS GT-2000 6 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 tends to have a somewhat more supportive upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 tends to have a somewhat more supportive midsole than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

So if you need a somewhat stronger degree of pronation control, you may want to look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 before you look into the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 might also be better at delivering an overall softer feel on the road, which includes comfort in its upper as well as 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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