Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 vs. New Balance 1540v2 review

Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 provides maximum support and a smooth ride to severe overpronators. New Balance 1540v2 provides rearfoot stability and support...

The Brooks Beast 16 (or the Brooks Ariel 16 for women) and the New Balance 1540v2 are motion control running shoes for runners who severely overpronate. They are the most supportive running shoes that you could ever find.

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The uppers of the Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com / Brooks Ariel 16 and the New Balance 1540v2 are quite different in that the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 consists of mostly no-sew overlays, while the New Balance 1540v2 has a combination of stitched-on and no-sew overlays.

Stitched-on overlays are more supportive and durable than no-sew overlays, but no-sew overlays reduce the chance of irritation.

So while the New Balance 1540v2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com may provide a bit more support, the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 might feel a bit more comfortable.

The New Balance 1540v2 also has sturdy overlays at the back for additional support. The Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 increases the amount of support at the back through the use of an external heel counter.

The bunion window is more open and free in the New Balance 1540v2 than it is in the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, so if you have large bunions, the New Balance 1540v2 might accommodate them better.

Overall, both the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and the New Balance 1540v2 provide enough support through their uppers to keep your foot on the platform although the New Balance 1540v2 might provide a slightly more secure fit.

Both the New Balance 1540v2 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 are in the business of providing runners with a very supportive ride and lots of pronation control.

They do this through the use of differing densities of foam in the midsole and the use of shanks. However, the type of pronation control differs between the two runnings shoes.

Whereas the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 tries to stop your foot from rolling too far inward, the New Balance 1540v2 does the same but also tries to correct any rolling of the foot outward.

The New Balance 1540v2 does this through the use of a plastic piece that is centered under the heel and has pieces that are visible on both sides of the midsole.

On the other hand, the correction device of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is only visible on the medial side of the midsole.

The medial post is long in both running shoes, but whereas it tapers off a bit toward the back of the New Balance 1540v2, it remains high in the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and is backed by several densities of foam to make the pronation control more gradual.

Whereas the New Balance 1540v2 has its correction device also on the lateral side, the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 comes with a crash pad that runs along the entire lateral side of the midsole to not only provide you with softer landings but also smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

Both the New Balance 1540v2 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 provide a good amount of ground contact, so have the potential of providing you with smoother heel-to-toe transitions in addition to increasing the amount of support they provide.

But the crash pad in the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 just makes things a bit smoother and more stable for you.

This is further enhanced by the fact that the outsole of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is well separated and more separated than that of the New Balance 1540v2.

The separation in the outsole helps disperse impact so also the vibrations that may occur. Consequently, you get a much smoother ride.

Both the New Balance 1540v2 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 make use of a straighter running platform than other running shoes to accommodate runners with flat fleet or broad and large feet.

Such runners are typically also heavier, which is why these runnings shoes are also heavier compared to other running shoes. Heavier runners can handle the weight of these running shoes and typically also appreciate it.

The New Balance 1540v2 for women weighs approximately 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Ariel 16 for women weighs about 11.4 oz (323 grams).

The New Balance 1540v2 for men weighs approximately 14.6 oz (414 grams), and the Brooks Beast 16 weighs 13.6 oz (386 grams).

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and the New Balance 1540v2 are geared toward the same crowd of severe overpronators, so you could go with either one if you fall in that category.

However, because the New Balance 1540v2 provides more heel centering than only overpronation control, you may want to consider the New Balance 1540v2 if you are someone who has motion issues on both sides of your feet.

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is more of a standard motion control running shoe that provides an overall comfortable and smooth ride to severe overpronators.

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

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