Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 vs. New Balance 1260v4 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides a stable and smooth ride to overpronators. New Balance 1260v4 delivers stability and support with a good amount of cushioning.

NEW! Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. New Balance 1260v5 and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. New Balance 1260v6

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the New Balance 1260v4 are both stability running shoes that provide a lot of support to overpronators.

ADVERTISEMENTS

Support starts in the upper where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the New Balance 1260v4 have something very similar going.

The New Balance 1260v4 has a no-sew upper that really wraps the midfoot well. And in addition to that, there are bands that run under the mesh to provide more support around the midfoot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 also has no-sew overlays around the midfoot with more of them on the medial side than on the lateral side. But the overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are less broad than those on the New Balance 1260v4.

Both running shoes have traditional stitched-on overlays that wrap the heel to give you a good lockdown at the back of the shoes.

What differs however is that the heel counter of the New Balance 1260v4 is asymmetrical being higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side to give you more support as your foot rolls inward. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 does not have such a heel counter.

Considering the amount and type of overlays used, one could say that the New Balance 1260v4 has a more supportive upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, but that your foot might feel more comfortable in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than in the New Balance 1260v4.

The New Balance 1260v4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 both provide heel-to-toe cushioning, although the cushioning in both differ quite a bit.

The New Balance 1260v4 has 3 types of cushioning in its midsole with the one in its crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot being the softest.

The cushioning in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 tends to be firm when compared to other running shoes, and this is also the case when you compare it against the New Balance 1260v4.

The New Balance 1260v4 is somewhat more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in both the heel and the forefoot, and for both men and women.

Just like the New Balance 1260v4, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a crash pad under the heel for shock absorption and cushioning at heel-strike.

However, unlike the crash pad of the New Balance 1260v4, the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 runs along the entire length of the shoe on its lateral edge.

This means that you can expect to get a very smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-of from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

This is not to say though that the New Balance 1260v4 does not deliver that, because it also provides full ground contact on the lateral side of the shoe.

For pronation control, both running shoes have a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole. And this medial post is of similar length in both running shoes.

However, the transition to stopping your foot from rolling inward might be more gradual in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than it would be in the New Balance 1260v4, since the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 implements several densities of foam before the firmer foam is reached.

The New Balance 1260v4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provide good ground contact making them very stable running shoes.

Both also have a midfoot shank, but this is placed differently. In the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 it is more a small piece of plastic that reinforces the medial post on the inside, while in the New Balance 1260v4 the shank is centered and sandwiched between the outsole and the midsole. Both should get the job done of providing midfoot stability and integrity.

The rubber compartments in the two running shoes differ in that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is much more segmented with deep cuts and flex grooves, which certainly help the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 be more flexible than the New Balance 1260v4.

The women's version of the New Balance 1260v4 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for women also weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.2 oz (318 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 1260v4 being slightly lighter.

The New Balance 1260v4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 stack up really well against each other. So if you are looking for lots of stability and support from a running shoe, either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 or the New Balance 1260v4 would do, because both provide a top amount of stability and support.

However, if you are after a softer ride, then the New Balance 1260v4 might be the better option to go with.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Brooks | New Balance

Disclaimer: This running shoe review on www.motioncontrolrunningshoe.org is based on personal research and analysis of data that has been made publicly available by running shoe manufacturers and other companies that are dedicated to serving runners, and is not claimed to be accurate, complete, or up to date. While the information presented in this review is intended to help you better understand the differences between running shoes, we shall not be held liable for any purchasing decisions you make based on this information. Please use your own good judgment before making a purchase. The owner of this website receives a small compensation whenever you buy a product after clicking a product link on this website. Read our full disclaimer and privacy policy.