Brooks running shoes reviews

Reviews of Brooks neutral, stability, and motion control runnings shoes with how they compare against ASICS, Mizuno, New Balance, and Saucony.

Running ShoeCategory
Brooks Launch 5Neutral
Brooks Ghost 11Neutral
Brooks Glycerin 16Neutral
Brooks Ravenna 9Support
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18Support
Brooks Transcend 5Support
Brooks Addiction 13Max Support
Brooks Ariel 16Max Support
Brooks Beast 16Max Support

Brooks Launch 5

Category: Neutral Cushioning

The Brooks Launch 5 is a lightweight neutral cushioning running shoe that is ideal for runners who want to feel fast yet still have enough comfort and cushioning during their runs.

The Brooks Launch 5 has a BioMoGo DNA midsole and its midsole provides a good amount of ground contact for smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

Its outsole has been set up in a way to get faster heel-to-toe transitions, so it is a good running shoe for fast-paced runners.

The upper of the Brooks Launch 5 is comfortable and consists mostly of structured mesh for support and to prevent irritation.

Note however that the midsole of the Brooks Launch 5 delivers a moderate amount of cushioning, so it might feel firm to runners who are used to running in very soft running shoes.

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Brooks Ghost 11

Category: Neutral Cushioning

The Brooks Ghost 11 is a neutral cushioning running shoe that is ideal for lighter runners who want a good amount of cushioning and a smooth ride.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS but then for neutral runners instead of overpronators.

It has the same type of cushioning as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS, a crash pad under the heel, and a well-segmented outsole that delivers a smooth ride.

One of the big strengths of the Brooks Ghost 11 is that it is a pretty stable running shoe despite being a neutral cushioning running shoe.

It achieves this through its crash pad combined with the good amount of ground contact that it provides.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has a mostly seamless upper, which should be able to keep your long runs quite comfortable and free from irritation.

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Brooks Glycerin 16

Category: Neutral Cushioning

The Brooks Glycerin is to heavier runners what the Brooks Ghost is to lighter runners. The Brooks Glycerin 16 provides lots of cushioning, so you can expect to get an overall very soft ride from this running shoe.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 also provides a close-to-foot fit and keeps the upper around the midfoot in place with printed overlays, so you should be able get a very comfortable feeling against your foot without your foot feeling too constricted or tight. In fact, its toe box could feel too roomy to some runners.

While it is not a stability running shoe, the Brooks Glycerin 16 comes with some stability features in the full ground contact that it provides, its segmented midsole to absorb shock, and its rounded heel to reduce stress on joints.

The transition from heel to toe should feel very smooth in the Brooks Glycerin 16 due to its well-segmented outsole that is meant to distribute pressure and the good amount of ground contact that it provides.

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Brooks Ravenna 9

Category: Stability and Support

Brooks Ravenna 9 is another performance running shoe from Brooks that is kind of like the Brooks Launch but then for runners who moderately overpronate.

The Brooks Ravenna is like the Brooks Launch in that it has an outsole that is set up in a way to promote faster heel-to-toe transitions.

In addition, it exposes a lot of mesh through its upper to deliver as much comfort as possible, but it also comes with some no-sew overlays for additional support around the midfoot and the heel.

What separates the Brooks Ravenna from the Brooks Launch is that it comes with a medial post that helps stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The Brooks Ravenna 9 delivers a moderate amount of cushioning and has been kept lightweight to help you go faster, so it is a good running shoe for fast-paced runners who need some extra support.

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

Category: Stability and Support

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is a stability running shoe that provides an excellent amount of stability and support to moderate overpronators who require lots of stability but do not want or need a true motion control running shoe.

Stability features include a well-segmented midsole that delivers a good amount of ground contact for a smooth ride and a medial post that progressively stops overpronation as your foot starts to roll inward after heel-strike.

The amount of cushioning in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is supposed to be moderate, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has been found to deliver a good amount of cushioning that should feel soft under your foot.

The upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 contains a minimum amount of stitches to provide as much comfort as possible, but it still comes with enough no-sew overlays to give you the amount of support you need as an overpronator.

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Brooks Transcend 5

Category: Stability and Support

Brooks Transcend 5 falls in the support category but is not your typical stability running shoe. It can be seen as a neutral cushioning running shoe that is geared towards heavier runners and that provides stability and support to runners who overpronate.

Stability and support in the Brooks Transcend 5 come in the form of a broad forefoot and midfoot, full ground contact, a well-segmented outsole for shock absorption and a smooth ride, good arch support, and a good supportive upper with a heel counter that locks the heel in place.

But the most innovative stability feature is the Guide Rails that run along the top edge of the midsole on the lateral and medial sides. Their purpose is not to correct your stride but rather to let your body correct itself. One may be skeptical about how effective they are, but many runners say they actually work!

The Brooks Transcend 5 is all about providing in-shoe comfort and a well-cushioned and smooth ride.

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Brooks Addiction 13

Category: Maximum Support

Brooks Addiction 13 is an entry-level motion control running shoe from Brooks. The Brooks Addiction 13 is good for runners who have flat feet or wear orthotics or both.

It is a pretty heavy running shoe that is also meant to be worn by heavier runners who would not mind the weight of such a shoe.

The base of the Brooks Addiction 13 is linear, flat, and provides full ground contact, making it one of the most stable shoes on the market. Despite its flat outsole, it is a pretty flexible running shoe for its size.

The upper of the Brooks Addiction 13 fits comfortably and provides lots of support to keep your foot on the platform.

The Brooks Addiction 13 offers cushioning that won't feel super soft under you foot. When you are looking for support, you typically want the cushioning to be firm and not too soft. The amount of cushioning in the Brooks Addiction 13 is just enough to give you enough protection from the road.

The Brooks Addiction 13 is the little brother of the Brooks Beast or the little sister of the Brooks Ariel. So if you know you need lots of motion-controlling features and midfoot support from a shoe without the heavier tooling of the Brooks Beast / Brooks Ariel, then the Brooks Addiction 13 might be worth looking into.

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Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16

Category: Maximum Support

Brooks Beast 16 for men and Brooks Ariel 16 for women are considered top motion control running shoes that provide boatloads of stability and support.

But this amount of stability and support comes at a cost. The Brooks Beast 16 and the Brooks Ariel 16 are some of the heaviest running shoes on the market.

But in return you get a lot of protection from the road, since the cushioning in the Brooks Beast 16 and the Brooks Ariel 16 runs along the entire length of the shoe.

Another thing that is top in these running shoes is the amount of pronation control provided through the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar on the medial side of the midsole.

And the well-segmented crash pad on the lateral side of the shoes should not only provide you with excellent shock absorption but also give you a smooth ride from heel to toe.

The Brooks Beast 16 and the Brooks Ariel 16 are pretty flexible for their size and provide a firm lock down around the midfoot while keeping the forefoot free from irritation by implementing no-sew overlays over the toe box.

If you need true motion control, these would be the shoes to turn to.

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