Brooks Addiction 13 vs. ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 review

Brooks Addiction 13 provides a secure fit and stability to runners who need lots of support. ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 provides a good amount of support and a smooth ride...

The Brooks Addiction 13 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 are stability running shoes for runners who severely overpronate.

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While it is difficult to find published data for the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, we can still have a look at the running shoes to see how they stack up against each other.

The uppers of the Brooks Addiction 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 differ somewhat in construction, with the Brooks Addiction 13 having more stitched-on overlays than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

For example, while the Brooks Addiction 13 has broad overlays around the midfoot that contain some stitches, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has no-sew overlays around the midfoot, with the medial side having more overlays than the lateral side, where there is more structured mesh.

Therefore, the Brooks Addiction 13 is expected to deliver somewhat more support around the midfoot than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, although the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 delivers enough support where overpronators need it most, so on the medial side.

The mesh of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 is more structured than that of the Brooks Addiction 13, so while the Brooks Addiction 13 comes with no-sew overlays on the toe box, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 uses its mesh to deliver most of the support in the forefoot, except for one no-sew overlay that runs on top of the toe box on the medial side.

Because this overlay has been put on top of the toe box, the bunion window of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has been kept open for big bunions.

The bunion window of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 also provides some room to big bunions and the amount of space can be said to be about equal in the two running shoes.

Both the Brooks Addiction 13 and the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 come with a stitched-on toecap so provide durable support at the front of the running shoes.

The mesh of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 is quite closed around the heel, and it comes with a no-sew overlay on the lateral side and a stitched-on overlay around the heel on the medial side to provide support.

The Brooks Addiction 13 has stitched on overlays at the back to provide support, and the overlays at the sides of the heel wrap the heel better than those on the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13.

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 Addiction 13 would be the one that delivers a bit more support through the upper.

However, the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 might feel less constricted than the Brooks Addiction 13, especially around the upper edge of the midsole in the forefoot.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and the Brooks Addiction 13 are running shoes that are more focused on delivering support rather than cushioning.

Therefore, while you should be able to get enough cushioning to feel comfortable on the road, the cushioning delivered will not be super soft.

The Brooks Addiction generally delivers a moderate amount of cushioning, with the possibility of the heel feeling firm to some runners, so the forefoot is generally a bit cushier than the heel.

The same thing can be said of the ASICS GEL-Foundation, that is, it delivers a moderate amount of cushioning that might feel firm to some runners.

If you are choosing either the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 or the Brooks Addiction 13, you will be choosing them for the amount of support they deliver, not the amount of cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 has one main layer of foam that becomes thinner under the heel on the medial side to make way for somewhat firmer foam that runs from the midfoot till the back of the heel. It also comes with a top layer of softer foam, and the sockliner is moulded to the shape of a foot to give your foot a good bed to sit in.

The Brooks Addiction 13 also has one main layer of foam that is interrupted by a long piece of firmer foam on the medial side that is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The support area of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 differs from that of the Brooks Addiction 13 in that it does not go all the way up like the medial post of the ASICS Addiction 13.

The support area in both running shoes go far back to cover a part under the heel at the back.

Another difference between the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 and the Brooks Addiction 13 is that the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 comes with a midfoot shank that is quite long and hooks up into the support area to increase the degree of pronation control.

This midfoot shank connects the two sides of the midsole under the midfoot to increase the amount of stability and support you get right under the midfoot.

The Brooks Addiction 13 does not come with a midfoot shank but does deliver a good amount of ground contact. The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 also provides a good amount of ground contact, despite having a midfoot shank.

Therefore, although the medial post of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 does not go all they way up, the reinforcement of the midfoot shank might help it to deliver almost as much pronation control as the Brooks Addiction 13 does.

However, the degree of pronation control might still be a bit stronger in the Brooks Addiction 13 due to the fact that the post is more rectangular, so it covers a larger area of support from midfoot to heel.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look different in that the Brooks Addiction 13 has a more all in one midsole than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13.

The Brooks Addiction 13 also displays more segmentation on the lateral side than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, which should benefit the smoothness of your ride. The segmentation is a bit more plentiful under the heel than under the midfoot and the forefoot to dissipate shock at heel-strike.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 comes with a little crash section under the heel that should also be able to isolate impact well.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 only has two side-to-side flex grooves and half a flex groove in the forefoot, while the Brooks Addiction 13 does not have any deep flex grooves but comes with a good amount of cuts in its rubber outsole that should benefit flexibility.

However, neither running shoe is expected to feel very flexible under your feet, although the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 is likely to feel more flexible than the Brooks Addiction 13 due to its deep flex grooves and moderate amount of cushioning.

One last important difference between the outsoles is that the outsole of the Brooks Addiction 13 has a broader platform than that of the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13, which is somewhat broad but also follows the natural curve of a foot, so the Brooks Addiction 13 might be more suitable for runners who have flat or broad feet, although the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 should also be able to accommodate runners who have medium and flat arches.

If you are a severe overpronator who requires a large amount of stability and support, you could choose either the Brooks Addiction 13 or the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13.

The ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 is a running shoe that can be worn by moderate to severe overpronators, while the Brooks Addiction 13 would be better for severe overpronators who are a bit heavier or who have flat feet, because it delivers a bit more support than the ASICS GEL-Foundation 13 through its upper as well as its midsole.

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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