Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 vs. New Balance 860v9 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 delivers discrete support and a smooth ride to overpronators. New Balance 860v9 delivers tons of support and a responsive ride to moderate overpronators...

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 and the New Balance 860v9 are stability running shoes for runners who moderately overpronate.

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The uppers of the New Balance 860v9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 are similar in that both provide lightweight support.

Most of the support they deliver through their uppers will come from the structure of the mesh.

They both have no-sew overlays, but they are not plentiful. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has them running from halfway midfoot towards the heel, while the New Balance 860v9 has some around the heel and one along the saddle that connects to the midsole near the forefoot.

Therefore, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 can be said to be more open from forefoot to midfoot and provide more room in the toe box than the New Balance 860v9.

All in all, you can expect to get a good amount of comfort from the uppers of the New Balance 860v9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 with enough support to keep your foot on the running platform.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 and the New Balance 860v9 are similar in that they are meant to deliver a responsive ride with enough cushioning to keep you comfortable on the road.

However, their midsoles are set up slightly different, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 having a crash pad under the heel on the lateral side, while the New Balance 860v9 has a more all-in-one midsole on the lateral side.

The crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is meant to deliver softer cushioning than the main midsole material, so the crash pad delivers shock absorption at heel-strike and connects well to the forefoot at the midfoot for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

The New Balance 860v9 delivers a good amount of ground contact just like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19, so both running shoes are capable of delivering smooth heel-to-toe transitions. The transitions might just be a bit smoother in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 due to the good segmentation in the midsole and the outsole.

The biggest difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 and the New Balance 860v9 lies in the way they deliver pronation control.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 makes use of Guide Rails, which are elevated sections along the upper edge of the midsole to deliver support.

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These Guide Rails do not force your feet to move in a certain way so one cannot really say that they deliver pronation control. They are just a more discrete way of delivering support and mostly meant to help your body find its own way in how it wants to move.

The New Balance 860v9 still makes use of a more traditional way of delivering stability and support through the implementation of a dual-density post on the medial side of the midsole.

This post is quite long in the New Balance 860v9 and covers an area that would serve moderate to severe overpronators, average overpronators, and runners who turn their feet in either early or late during the gait cycle.

In addition to the medial post, the New Balance 860v9 has a midfoot shank on the medial side under the midfoot to deliver midfoot integrity and support.

Therefore, you can expect to get lots of stability and support from the New Balance 860v9 and even much more than what the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 would deliver, but then again, it is hard to compare two different systems of providing support, with one meant to stop your feet from rolling too far inward and the other mainly to help your body move and prevent knee injuries.

The outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 and the New Balance 860v9 have only one main thing in common: two flex grooves that run from side-to-side in the forefoot. Therefore, you should not expect to get a lot of flexibility from either running shoe.

The outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 displays overall more separation and segmentation than that of the New Balance 860v9, which is good for increasing the smoothness of your ride.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is a bit lighter than the New Balance 860v9 for men, but the two runnings shoes have a similar weight for women. The difference in weight between the two running shoes is minimal.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a comfortable ride, you could choose either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 or the New Balance 860v9.

The New Balance 860v9 makes use of a trusted, old-fashioned way of delivering support and delivers lots of it to the extend older versions of the Brooks Adrenaline did, so if you are a moderate to severe overpronator, you may want to look into the New Balance 860v9.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 makes use of a more modern way of delivering support, but the amount of support is not over-the-top, so it could theoretically even be worn by neutral runners.

Brooks claims that the support system of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 was changed to help tackle knee injuries, so if you suffer from knee pain, you might want to give the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 a try.

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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