Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 vs. ASICS GT-2000 3 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides a smooth ride with lots of support and stability. ASICS GT-2000 3 delivers a plush ride with a secure fit to moderate overpronators. Learn more...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 fall in the same category of stability running shoes for runners who moderately overpronate with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 intended to provide lots of support close to a motion control running shoe.

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The ASICS GT-2000 3 has a very supportive upper that consists mainly of sturdy stitched-on overlays in contrast to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, which has mainly no-sew overlays running across the midfoot.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 provides a good lockdown right across the top of the midfoot and around the heel, while keeping the forefoot very open and spacious with no-sew overlays running on the lateral side of the shoe.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides more support on its medial side where support is needed most. And its no-sew overlays are light enough to help your foot stay comfortable.

But if you are really looking for lots of support in an upper, the ASICS GT-2000 3 would deliver that more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is known for its cushioning that is supportive, yet not too soft or too firm, so it is very easy for the ASICS GT-2000 3 to "outcushion" the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15. And it does.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 has two layers of midsole foam with the one closest to the foot being the softest. And then in between the two layers, there is GEL cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

So when compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, the ASICS GT-2000 3 should feel super soft under your foot, both in the heel and in the forefoot and both for men and for women.

If you are a heel-striker looking for a stability running shoe, the ASICS GT-2000 3 would be a better option than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The disadvantage of the softest layer of foam closest to the foot in the ASICS GT-2000 3 is that it prevents the medial post that controls overpronation to reach as high as the medial post in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 does.

Therefore, you can expect to get a stronger degree of pronation control from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than from the ASICS GT-2000 3.

In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a well-segmented caterpillar crash pad that runs through the midsole from the back of the shoe on the lateral side to the front.

This should provide you with good shock absorption throughout the entire gait cycle instead of just at heel-strike as the GEL cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 3 is intended to do.

The first difference in the outsoles of the two running shoes is the midfoot shank that provides structural integrity under the midfoot. This shank runs from side to side in the ASICS GT-2000 3, while it is only located on a small part of the medial side of the midfoot under the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

Therefore, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides more ground contact than the ASICS GT-2000 3, making it the more stable running shoe of the two, and also the one that is likely to provide a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

There is good separation between the rubber compartments under the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, so shock dissipation is well taken care of.

Deep flex grooves are also present in the forefoot of the two running shoes to increase flexibility. And when compared to each other in the lab, they turn out to be almost equally flexible.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 match up well against each other. But if you are looking for lots of pronation control, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be the way to go. And if a very soft ride is your thing, then the ASICS GT-2000 3 would be the answer.

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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