Brooks Beast 14 vs. 12 review

Learn what the differences and similarities are between the Brooks Beast 14 and the Brooks Beast 12, so that you can decide which motion control running shoe is best for you.

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The Brooks Beast is a top-of-the-line motion control running shoe that was built with comfort, stability, and maximum support in mind.


It took Brooks a while to release an update of this running shoe, but they finally did with the Brooks Beast 14.

The Brooks Beast 12 and 14 are not expected to be that different, since they are the same running shoe model, coming from the same manufacturer.

But since there is a bit of the price difference between the two, we should at least expect to see some improvements in the Brooks Beast 14.

This review applies to the Brooks Beast 12 and the Brooks Beast 14 for men, but in general, the same things would apply to the Brooks Ariel 12 and the Brooks Ariel 14 for women.

The first apparent difference between the Brooks 14 and 12 lies in the uppers of the two motion control running shoes. While Brooks maintained the wrapping of the overlays over the midfoot, Brooks has added more overlays in the forefoot area.

The Brooks Beast 14 has extra overlays over the bunions and the little toe than the Brooks Breast 12 does. This means that the Brooks Beast 14 might feel a bit tighter in the forefoot area than the Brooks Beast 12.

They call it a glove-like fit. Some runners may prefer such a fit and some runners may not. You need to decide for yourself what you prefer.

Personally, I prefer a loose fit. As a side-note: ASICS did something similar by introducing their FluidFit technology in the upper of their high-end running shoes.

Many runners did not like this tightness, especially in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 20, so ASICS loosened up that FluidFit a bit in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 21. This only goes to show that too tight is not always a good thing...

Another difference in the upper of the Brooks Beast is the overlay that went from the midsole to the top of the back of the heel. This overlay has been removed in the Brooks Beast 14, so that should relieve some tightness and pressure off the heel.

In addition to the somewhat changed overlays, the upper consists of moisture-managing mesh. This together with the sockliner, should keep your feet nice and dry.

The midsole of the Brooks Beast has not changed much when going from the Brooks Beast 12 to the Brooks Beast 14. The Diagonal Rollbar is still present for midfoot support and pronation control.

However, the Brooks Beast 14 should provide you with pronation control in addition to smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off with its Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar.

The midsole of the Brooks Beast still consists of the environmentally friendly material called BioMoGo.

And the adaptable cushioning in the form of the full-length Brooks DNA in the midsole is also still present to provide you with maximum personalized comfort and stability.

The outsole of the Brooks Beast 14 has pretty much remained the same as that of the Brooks Beast 12. The segmented crash pad is still there to provide you with shock absorption under the heel when landing, and the flex grooves in the forefoot should give you the same amount of flexibility during toe-off.

It is nice to see that Brooks chipped off some of the weight of the running shoe to make it lighter, since the Brooks Beast (for men) and the Brooks Ariel (for women) are known to be relatively heavy and stiff shoes.

The running shoe weight difference in the women's version of these motion control running shoes is 0.3 oz (9 grams) with the Brooks Ariel 12 weighing approximately 12.3 oz (349 grams) and the Brooks Ariel 14 weighing approximately 12 oz (340 grams).

The running shoe weight difference in the men's versions of the sneakers is 0.2 oz (6 grams) with the Brooks Beast 12 weighing 14.0 oz (397 grams) and the Brooks Beast 14 for men weighing 13.8 oz (391 grams).

If you are a heavy runner who needs lots of support and maximum pronation control, you can choose either the Brooks Beast 14 or the Brooks Beast 12.

The Brooks Beast 14 is good to go with if you want a slightly lighter version of this Brooks running shoe model with added cushioning, a slightly tighter fitting upper, and better transitioning from heel-strike to toe-off.

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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