Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 vs. Ghost 7 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provides a good balance between cushioning and stability, while Brooks Ghost 7 is all about balance and cushioning in a lightweight package. Learn more about their differences and similarities.

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and Brooks Ghost 7 fall in two entirely different running shoe categories.

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is a stability running shoe, while the Brooks Ghost 7 is a neutral running shoe.

Since they are made by the same running shoe manufacturer, they should not differ that much where technology used in concerned.

But they should where features are concerned with the GTS 14 expected to exhibit more stability features than the Brooks Ghost 7.

Let's take a look at how these two Brooks running shoes are similar and how they differ...

The uppers of both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and the Brooks Ghost 7 consist of lightweight and breathable mesh, combined with synthetic overlays for structural support.

Both running shoes have a combination of stitch and stitch-free overlays, however the Brooks Ghost 7 has more of the stitch-free overlays than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 does.

The no-stitch overlays of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 run primarily from the midfoot to the forefoot and from the midfoot towards the back of the running shoe, while no-stitch overlays on the Brooks Ghost 7 run across towards the top of the midfoot as well as from front to back.

What this means is that the Brooks Ghost 7 has less chance of irritating your feet and should feel more comfortable than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, especially across and over the midfoot.

I guess it is more a matter of whether you like a snug fit or a loose fit. In any case, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 should provide you with a snugger fit across and over your midfoot than the Brooks Ghost 7 would.

The midsoles of both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and the Brooks Ghost 7 consist of BioMoGo and Brooks DNA for cushioning.

The Brooks DNA is cushioning material that adapts to your stride, weight, pace, and provides you with the necessary impact protection, while the BioMoGo is an environmentally-friendly, durable, and plush midsole material.

The main differences between the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and that of the Brooks Ghost 7 is that there is tooling to control pronation in the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and that the Brooks DNA has been blended in with the BioMoGo to form a BioMoGo DNA midsole in the Brooks Ghost 7 that provides better and softer cushioning.

The Brooks Ghost 7 is said to be more plush and soft than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, because it has more cushioning under the heel as well as in the forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 does.

The Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PRDB) in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 consists of three densities of foam that help stop your foot from rolling in too much during the gait cycle.

Because the Brooks Ghost 7 is a running shoe for runners with a normal gait, there is no need for pronation control, which is why any form of such a mechanism is absent in the midsole.

While both the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 have a caterpillar crash pad under the heel that extends towards the midfoot and makes both running shoes touch the ground under the midfoot, this ground contact is only on the lateral side of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, since the PRDB is on the medial side and thus prevents full ground contact there.

This means that the Brooks Ghost 7 provides full ground contact under the midfoot. This full ground contact helps provide a very smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

However, this does not mean that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provides any less of a smooth transition, since it also touches the ground on one side under the midfoot; the side where overpronators tend to land.

The outsoles of both the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 consist of a combination of blown rubber in the forefoot and durable rubber in high-wear areas, but the blown rubber in the Brooks Ghost 7 also supplies light cushioning and grip.

The forefoot of both running shoes consists of flex grooves that provide multi-directional flexibility to encourage natural foot movement.

However, the lugs in the Brooks Ghost 7 are somewhat larger and more widely spaced to give you a more responsive ride, while the closely spaced and well-segmented lugs in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 might give you a bit more flexibility in the forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 7.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 weighs about 11.2 oz (318 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

So the Brooks Ghost 7 is a very light running shoe compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14. This is understandable, though, because of the extra pronation tooling the GTS 14 has.

If you have a normal gait cycle (so do not overpronate) and are looking for a lightweight, cushiony running shoe, then the Brooks Ghost 7 might do the trick.

And if you are an overpronator who needs a moderate amount of stability in a running shoe that is pretty flexible with just the right amount of cushioning, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 might be the one for you.

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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