Brooks Addiction 11 vs. Brooks Ariel 12 review

Brooks Addiction 11 and Brooks Ariel 12 provide maximum support to severe overpronators with Brooks Ariel 12 being a premium motion control running shoe. Learn more...

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Both the Brooks Addiction 11 and Brooks Ariel 12 are sneakers that are made to control overpronation and/or for runners who may have flat feet and a medium to large body build.

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One thing to keep in mind when comparing these two Brooks running shoes is that the Brooks Ariel 12 is Brooks' top-of-the-line motion running shoe, so is expected to have better features and be slightly more expensive.

Both the uppers of the Brooks Addiction 11 and the Brooks Ariel 12 consist of breathable mesh with overlays.

The difference between the two is that some of the overlays on the Brooks Addiction 11 consist of suede, while the overlays on the Brooks Ariel 12 are purely synthetic, so the Addiction 11 is a bit more stylish, you could say.

Another difference is that the overlays on the Brooks Addiction 11 are a bit more dispersed than on the Brooks Ariel 12, meaning that the Brooks Ariel 12 gives a more tighter wrapping around the midfoot.

In addition, the bunion window is more "open" in the Brooks Ariel 12 than it is in the Brooks Addiction 11, so if you have big bunions, the Brooks Ariel should feel a bit more comfortable in that area than the Brooks Addiction 11.

Both the Brooks Addiction 11 and the Brooks Ariel 12 have a midsole that consists of the biodegradable material called BioMoGo. And cushioning and shock absorption has been added in the form of Brooks DNA.

However, the Brooks DNA in the Brooks Addiction 11 is placed strategically (where it is needed most according to human anatomy) in the midsole to provide a customized ride to runners of all sizes and speeds, while the Brooks Ariel 12 has Brooks DNA throughout the full length of its midsole, so is expected to provide you with a more cushioned ride.

Both Brooks motion control running shoes have a medial post to control overpronation. In the Brooks Addiction 11 it provides progressive pronation control for a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off, while in the Brooks Ariel 12 it does not only provide progressive pronation control, but also adds rigidity to the forefoot and enhances midfoot support, while giving your forefoot and rearfoot freedom of movement.

The Brooks Ariel 12 has a midfoot shank that extends into the medial post to add extra rigidity and support. However, because the Brooks Addiction 11 provides full ground contact under the entire shoe and does not have a midfoot shank, its stability does not lag behind that of the Brooks Ariel 12. Both are stable shoes, also thanks to the wide linear platform they are built on.

So while the degree of pronation control might be a bit stronger in the Brooks Ariel 12, the Brooks Addiction 11 provides almost as much stability as the Brooks Ariel 12.

The amount of separation and flex grooves in the rubber of the outsole of the Brooks Addiction 11 should make it feel pretty flexible on your feet. However, a little bit more thought went into the placement of the rubber lugs on the outsole of the Brooks Ariel 12.

So the Brooks Ariel 12 is expected to provide better shock absorption and dispersion in the rearfoot and a good amount of flexibility in the forefoot despite the heavy pronation tooling being used in the shoe.

Having said that, the Brooks Addiction 11 has good rubber compartment separation under the heel that should absorb and disperse enough shock as you land and not let that affect your stride.

The Brooks Addiction 11 weighs approximately 11.9 oz (337 grams) while the Brooks Ariel 12 weighs 12.3 oz (349 grams), which is 0.4 oz (11 grams) heavier than the Brooks Addiction 11.

The Brooks Addiction 11 offers relatively lightweight support and stability at an affordable price. If you are not looking for the extra cushioning, flexibility, and shock absorption that the Brooks Ariel 12 provides, then the Brooks Addiction 11 might be just for you.

However, if you want maximum support with a good dose of cushioning, and do not mind the extra weight or dollars, then the Brooks Ariel 12 is worth looking into.

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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