Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. New Balance 1260v5 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft. New Balance 1260v5 provides a lot of support and a responsive ride...

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

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the New Balance 1260v5 are both stability running shoes that provide a lot of support to overpronators.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the New Balance 1260v5 are very different in that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has an almost entirely no-sew upper.

There are just a couple of stitches at the front and at the back of the shoe, but in general, the hold you get from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has been implmented through no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot and the sides of the forefoot.

The New Balance 1260v5 is different in that it has stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot toward the bottom of the saddle and then higher up, it has no-sew overlays to provide more structure and hold.

The New Balance 1260v5 also has a stitched-on piece that wraps the heel in addition to the fact that it provides an extra stability feature in its asymmetrical heel counter.

The heel counter of the New Balance 1260v5 is higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side to help stop your ankle from rolling too far inward, so pronation control starts in the upper instead of the midsole.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does not have an asymmetrical heel counter, and all in all, you should be able to get a more secure and supportive fit from the New Balance 1260v5 than from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Both the New Balance 1260v5 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provide heel-to-toe cushioning that tends to be not too soft nor too firm.

The New Balance 1260v5 was built to be responsive so most of the cushioning it uses in the midsole is responsive cushioning.

The big differences in the midsoles can be found on the medial and lateral sides of the two running shoes.

While the New Balance 1260v5 has a crash pad under the heel with shock absorbing foam instead of responsive foam, it does not run along the entire outer length like the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does.

The well-segmented crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does not only allow you to touch down softly, but also transition smoothly from heel-strike to toe-off.

The second difference in the midsoles is the piece of firmer foam on the medial side. Both the New Balance 1260v5 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provide pronation control by using a medial post.

The medial posts are of a comparable length, but that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 goes higher than the one of the New Balance 1260v5.

In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has several densities of foam above its medial post at the back of the shoe to produce a more gradual effect when stopping your foot from rolling too far inward.

While you can expect to get a stronger degree of pronation control from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, you must not forget that the New Balance 1260v5 starts its pronation control in the upper, which together with its medial post, might achieve similar results as that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The rubber outsoles of the New Balance 1260v5 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 differ in that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is more segmented with smaller rubber pods than the New Balance 1260v5, which has larger hexagonal rubber pods under it.

The large degree of segmentation in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 can help with shock absorption and dissipation so also with providing you with a smoother ride.

Under the New Balance 1260v5 you may notice a yellow section in the forefoot. This is a patch of more responsive foam that helps you toe off faster.

The women's version of the New Balance 1260v5 weighs approximately 10.2 oz (289 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for women also weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 12.3 oz (349 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 being the lighter one.

If you are an overpronator looking for a stable ride, you could get that from either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the New Balance 1260v5.

If you want a more secure fitting and supportive upper, you may want to consider the New Balance 1260v5 over the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

And if you want more pronation control together with a smoother ride, you may want to look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 more than the New Balance 1260v5.

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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