New Balance 860v6 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft. New Balance 860v6 provides a lot of support, balanced cushioning, and is durable.

The New Balance 860v6 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are both stability running shoes that provide a lot of support to overpronators.

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The New Balance 860v6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 look very much alike in their properties and what they provide to overpronators.

However, there is a big difference between their uppers with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com having an almost completely no-sew upper and the New Balance 860v6 having an upper that is a combination of no-sew and stitched-on overlays.

Stitched-on overlays are much more supportive than no-sew overlays and the New Balance 860v6 has these in all the right places, that is, on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support, and wrapping the heel on both sides of the shoe.

The no-sew overlays are mostly located on the lateral side and over the toe box to increase comfort.

What is also different is that the New Balance 860v6 has an asymmetrical heel counter that is higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side, so that pronation control starts in the upper, not in the midsole.

So while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has enough overlays to keep your foot in place and provide support, the upper of the New Balance 860v6 can be seen as being more supportive than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the New Balance 860v6 provide heel-to-toe cushionig through their midsoles and implement cushioning with different densities.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a crash pad that runs along the entire outer length of the shoe to provide you with a soft landing and then smooth transition to toe-off thereafter.

The New Balance 860v6 implements shock absorbing cushioning on its lateral side to achieve the same effect as that provided by the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes are quite similar with both providing cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft.

For men, the New Balance 860v6 turns out to be slightly more cushy in the forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, and way more cushy in the heel. The amount of heel to forefoot cushioning is quite balanced in the New Balance 860v6.

For women, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a more cushy forefoot than the New Balance 860v6, but the New Balance 860v6 has a more cushy heel than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

So for either gender, the New Balance 860v6 turns out to be the better running shoe if you are a heel-striker.

On the medial side, both running shoes have a fairly long post to control overpronation, although the post runs futher toward the back in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 than it does in the New Balance 860v6.

And both medial posts are topped at the back by a layer of foam with a different density before reaching the normal foam of the midsole, so both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the New Balance 860v6 can achieve a gradual pronation control effect.

The New Balance 860v6 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 also have midfoot shanks that hook into the medial post to reinforce it and provide midfoot structural integrity.

However, the midfoot shank of the New Balance 860v6 covers a larger area under the midfoot than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which is more located on the medial side. So again, the New Balance 860v6 ups the amount of stability it provides with this feature.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the New Balance 860v6 provide a good amount of ground contact, and the New Balance 860v6 has a pretty wide forefoot that increases the stability of the running shoe.

The outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is more segmented than that of the New Balance 860v6, since it has smaller and more plentiful rubber pods and the flex grooves are less impeded by rubber.

However, this does not have a big impact on the flexibility of the running shoe, because running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are almost equally stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the New Balance 860v6 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for women weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.0 oz (312 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 860v6 being the lighter one.

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the New Balance 860v6, since both are very stable running shoes.

However, if durability and a more secure fit is also on your wish list and you are a heel-striker, then the New Balance 860v6 might suit you better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

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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