Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 vs. ASICS GT-2000 2 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provides comfort with excellent stability and support. ASICS GT-2000 2 provides protection and enough stability without feeling too clunky. Learn more...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and the ASICS GT-2000 2 are stability running shoes with the ASICS GT-2000 2 being for mild overpronators and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 for runners who are at the top end of moderate overpronation.

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The ASICS GT-2000 2 provides a similar wrapping as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 with overlays that hug the midfoot, so both should feel pretty secure around the midfoot.

The support around the heel differs a bit, but both running shoes have the tendency to want to pull the heel towards the midfoot.

The only big difference in the uppers is on the toe box, where the overlays of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 are lighter than those on the ASICS GT-2000 2, so the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 might give you a bit more room to move in the toe box.

The bottom line is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provides a secure fit where it is needed most, and the ASICS GT-2000 2 does that too, but throws in a couple of extra overlays to give the upper more support from back to front.

The biggest difference in the midsoles can be found in the amount of cushioning.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 has an environmentally friendly midsole with Brooks DNA cushioning laid out anatomically. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 typically delivers cushioning that is not too soft or too firm, but just right to give you enough cushioning with the amount of support needed by overpronators.

The ASICS GT-2000 2 has a midsole that has bounce back and cushioning properties of its own, in addition to GEL cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

And then on top of that the ASICS GT-2000 2 has a softer layer of midsole foam that runs along the entire top of the midsole. So not surprisingly, the ASICS GT-2000 2 should feel much softer under your foot.

Both running shoes use firmer densities of foam on the medial side of the shoe to stop overpronation. However, the medial post extends till the top of the midsole in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14. It cannot do that in the ASICS GT-2000 2 due to the softer layer of foam directly under the foot.

So you can expect to get a stronger degree of pronation control from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 than you would from the ASICS GT-2000 2.

While the ASICS GT-2000 2 does not have a well-segmented crash pad under the heel to soften the impact and start the foot stabilization process, it does have lots of heel cushioning to take care of that.

However, the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 runs till the midfoot providing full ground contact there well into the forefoot on the lateral side, which means that you should get a much smoother ride from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 than you would from the ASICS GT-2000 2, which has a full separation between the forefoot and the rearfoot.

Having said that, the ASICS GT-2000 2 does implement ASICS' Impact Guidance System and Guidance Line vertical flex groove in the outsole to help enhance your gait from heel-strike to toe-off.

The rubber outsoles of the two stability running shoes differ quite a bit in that the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is more segmented and has more flex grooves in the forefoot to add to that smooth ride and flexibility.

But while the rubber compartments in the forefoot of the ASICS GT-2000 2 are quite large, they have many cuts in them running from side to side and from back to front, which should make the ASICS GT-2000 2 feel much more flexible under your foot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

The rubber lugs under the ASICS GT-2000 2 are also quite thick, so this shoe should last you a while before it wears down.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 2 for women weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.2 oz (318 grams) and 11.0 oz (312 grams), respectively.

If you are a mild overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides lots of protection from the road in the form of cushioning, and enough stability and support for long runs, then the ASICS GT-2000 2 might be worth considering.

And if you need lots of support and stability in a running shoe that provides a comfortable and a smooth ride, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 might be suitable 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.

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