Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 vs. ASICS GT-2000 5 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride. ASICS GT-2000 5 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 fall in the same category of stability running shoes and are for overpronators who are looking for a good amount of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 5 differ quite a bit.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with no-sew overlays around the midfoot and has stitched-on overlays wrapping the heel.

On the other hand, the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is quite wide open and free from overlays from the midfoot to the forefoot.

The couple of no-sew overlays that it has in its upper are located more towards the back of the running shoe at the sides of the heel.

Therefore, you are likely to get a more secure fit from the ASICS GT-2000 5 than from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The level of comfort might be greater in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, though, due to the structured mesh and lack of overlays in the forefoot.

Where the ASICS GT-2000 5 also provides more support than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is at the back of the running shoe, where it has a sturdy external heel counter, whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 only has overlays for extra support.

The last difference is at the front of the running shoes, where the ASICS GT-2000 5 comes with a stitched-on overlay on the toecap and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has no-sew overlays.

All in all, the upper of the ASICS GT-2000 5 might prove to be a bit more durable and supportive than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 also display many differences in the construction of their midsoles.

The midsole of the ASICS GT-2000 5 consists of two layers of foam, with the one closest to the foot being the softer one and the one closer to the ground the more responsive one.

The midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 consists of one main layer that displays a good amount of segmentation on the lateral side.

Running shoe lab test results show that the ASICS GT-2000 5 provides an above average amount of heel and forefoot cushioning to women.

Its forefoot is a bit cushier than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, but its heel is a bit firmer.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 also provides an above average amount of heel and forefoot cushioning to women and displays a better balance in cushioning.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 delivers an above average amount of forefoot cushioning to men, but its heel could feel a bit firm to some male runners.

On the other hand, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for men also delivers an above average amount of cushioning, but it does so in both the heel and the forefoot and displays a better balance between the amount of forefoot and heel cushioning.

In conclusion, the ASICS GT-2000 5 can be said to have a cushy forefoot, but its heel cushioning is lagging compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, which can be seen as overall cushy and well balanced.

Another distinction point between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the ASICS GT-2000 5 is in how they provide pronation control.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has a long medial post that consists of several densities of foam to make the process of pronation control more gradual. It also has a small midfoot shank on the lateral side and provides full ground contact under the midfoot.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 comes with a support system on the medial side that is also reinforced foam, but the area of support does not go as high as in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 due to the softer layer of foam preventing it to.

In addition, the midfoot shank is much larger than in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and connects both sides of the midsole, thereby preventing the ASICS GT-2000 5 to touch the ground under the midfoot.

When you look at all elements of stability and support in the midsole, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 comes out on top. Both running shoes are very stable running shoes, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 just has more stability features than the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The outsoles of the two running shoes also differ quite a bit, with the ASICS GT-2000 5 having large slabs of rubber and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 having smaller rubber pods with a lot of separation.

Both running shoes have an equal amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, but according the running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GT-2000 5 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

Both running shoes deliver a below average amount of stability to men and women, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is just a bit stiffer than the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 5 for women weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 11.2 oz (318 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for lots of stability and support, you could choose either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 or the ASICS GT-2000 5.

The ASICS GT-2000 5 is good for runners who are looking for a more secure fit, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is good for those who want an overall soft and smooth ride in addition to lots of stability and support.

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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