Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and support with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a soft ride with a secure fit...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 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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The upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is mostly no-sew with overlays that are pretty symmetical around the midfoot.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com implements stitched-on overlays on the medial side where support is generally needed most, and a broad overlay on the lateral side.

While not symmetrical, the amount of support you get around the midfoot from the ASICS GT-2000 4 is greater than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The toe box of the ASICS GT-2000 4 is pretty open with very light welded-on overlays running over it. This openness extends to the bunion window, which should provide comfort to those who have large bunions.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 on the other hand, has overlays that run toward the sides of the toe box, thereby decreasing the space provided to the little toe and bunion, so the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 might feel a bit tighter in the toe box than the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Finally, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 continues with its no-sew overlays and a couple of stitches at the back of the shoe, the ASICS GT-2000 4 implements a sturdy external heel counter to really give you a good amount of support behind the heel.

All in all, the upper of the ASICS GT-2000 4 provides slightly more support than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles, but to different degrees.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 tends to have cushioning that is not too soft nor too firm, while the ASICS GT-2000 4 tends to have an overall cushy profile.

Running shoe lab tests show that for women, there is not a big difference in the amount of heel cushioning provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and by the ASICS GT-2000 4, but that the ASICS GT-2000 4 has a slightly more cushy forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

In fact, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 turns out to be above average cushy for women. However, for men, the ASICS GT-2000 4 turns out to be way more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 in both the heel and the forefoot.

The heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 could be preceived as being a bit firm for men. The forefoot cushioning is above average and generally what is expected from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

One big difference in the midsole is the fact that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a well-segmented crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe, around the lateral side, all the way to the front of the shoe.

This allows the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 to deliver a very smooth ride to overpronators. The ASICS GT-2000 4 does not have a full-length crash pad, neither does it provide as much ground contact as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does.

On the medial side of the midsole, there is a medial post to prevent your foot from rolling too far inward. Both running shoes have such a post, but the implementation is slightly different.

The medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 runs further toward the back of the shoe than that of the ASICS GT-2000 4. It also consists of several densities of foam. However, this is somewhat similar to what the ASICS GT-2000 4 provides, since it has a softer layer of foam closer to the foot.

The medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 goes higher than that of the ASICS GT-2000 4, so is expected to provide you with a slightly stronger degree of pronation control.

And finally, both have a midfoot shank that hooks into the medial post, but the midfoot shank of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is only located on the medial side, while the ASICS GT-2000 4 has a midfoot shank that runs from the medial to the lateral side, and that is connected, so which also increases the stability of the running shoe.

The outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 differ greatly in construction and layout, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 displaying a much greater degree of separation and segmentation in its outsole.

This should add to the smoothness of the ride provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 has a more traditional outsole with large slabs of rubber that should last long.

Running shoe lab tests show that both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are on the stiff side for both men and women, but that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is a tiny bit more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 4 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), while the ASICS GT-2000 4 for women weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 4 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the ASICS GT-2000 4.

If you want more support where overpronation is concerned, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 might be a better choice. And for more support in the upper, the ASICS GT-2000 4 might be the better option.

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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