Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. ASICS GT-2000 3 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and support with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft. ASICS GT-2000 3 delivers a plush ride with a secure fit...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 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 16 intended to provide lots of support close to a motion control running shoe.

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While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a discrete amount of no-sew overlays wrapping its midfoot, the ASICS GT-2000 3 provides sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side where support is generally needed most.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 also has an external heel counter to really lock your heel down onto the platform. While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has some stitches at the back, the amount of support provided is slightly less.

What both running shoes have in common is that they keep the top of the toe box quite open and overlay-free.

However, while the overlays on the toe box of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 dip down toward the midsole, the overlay of the ASICS GT-2000 3 on the medial side, keeps the bunion window pretty open, so should feel more comfortable in that area than in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

All in all, the ASICS GT-2000 3 comes with a much more secure and supportive upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 provide heel-to-toe cushioning, but to different degrees.

The cushioning of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 tends to be somewhere in the middle, being neither soft nor firm.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 provides cushioning through its two layers of midsole foam with GEL cushioning in between those two layers.

So one would expect the ASICS GT-2000 3 to outcushion the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Running shoe lab tests confirm this. The ASICS GT-2000 3 turns out to be an overall very cushy running shoe for both men and women.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 displays an average amount of cushioning for women with the forefoot tending toward being cushy. However, for men, the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 might feel a bit firm.

The big similarity between the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is that both running shoes provide pronation control by using firmer foam on the medial side of the shoe.

This area of firmer form runs more toward the forefoot in the ASICS GT-2000 3 than in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16. In the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, the emphasis lies at the back of the shoe.

The medial post runs higher in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and consists of several densities of foam starting from the back of the shoe, so the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is expected to give a slightly stronger and more gradual degree of pronation control than the ASICS GT-2000 3.

The big difference in the midsole is the crash in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 that runs from the back of the shoe all the way to the front on the lateral side of the shoe.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 only has GEL cushioning in the heel along with foam to soften your landing.

The full-length crash pad in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is also well-segmented, which should help you achieve a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The rubber outsole of the ASICS GT-2000 3 consists of large slabs of rubber, which should make the running shoe durable.

However, it does not display as much segmentation and separation as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which again should help smoothen your rides.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GT-2000 3 is the more flexible running shoe of the two, but not by a whole lot. Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 tend to be on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 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 16 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for men also weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are an overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides a good deal of stability and support, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the ASICS GT-2000 3.

However, if you are looking for stability with lots of cushioning, then the ASICS GT-2000 3 would be the one to consider above the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

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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