New Balance 860v8 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

New Balance 860v8 delivers tons of support and a responsive ride to overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a soft and smooth ride...

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the New Balance 860v8 are stability running shoes for overpronators who need a good amount of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance 860v8 are similar in that they both come with engineered mesh.

While the forefoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is wide open and free from overlays, the New Balance 860v8 has thin no-sew overlays running on its toe box and at the sides of its midfoot.

The uppers differ in that the New Balance 860v8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has more stitches in its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does.

While the overlays tend to pull the top of the saddle backwards towards the heel in both running shoes, the New Balance 860v8 has a combination of stitched-on and no-sew overlays to do the work, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has no-sew overlays, so the New Balance 860v8 is expected to deliver a bit more support than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The back of the New Balance 860v8 is more closed than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, and the New Balance 860v8 comes with an asymmetrical heel counter that is higher on the medial side than it is on the lateral side, so pronation control starts in the upper of the New Balance 860v8.

The front of the New Balance 860v8 is also more closed than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, so the former might also prove to be a bit more durable at the front.

All in all, you can expect to get a good amount of comfort from both running shoes, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is expected to deliver more comfort, while the New Balance 860v8 offers more support through its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the New Balance 860v8 make use of different types of midsole material and offer slightly different running experiences.

The New Balance 860v8 is described by New Balance as a running shoe that delivers responsive cushioning and reliable support, which means that you can expect it to be not too cushy.

The New Balance 860 is a running shoe that typically delivers enough cushioning to make your ride comfortable with a heel that feels soft but a forefoot that is more moderately cushioned and that could feel somewhat firm to some runners.

However, the New Balance 860v8 comes with blown rubber in the forefoot, and blown rubber generally adds softness to your ride.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is a running shoe that delivers an overall soft ride to both men and women, so you might find it to be a bit cushier than the New Balance 860v8.

The lateral side of the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is also a bit more segmented than that of the New Balance 860v8, so the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 might deliver smoother heel-to-toe transitions, although both running shoes are capable of that due to the good amount of ground contact they both provide.

The amount of ground contact is slightly more in the New Balance 860v8 than it is in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, and it adds extra stability to both running shoes.

Both the New Balance 860v8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 come with a long medial post to control overpronation.

This medial post runs high in both running shoes and covers a large area from under the heel till a bit past the midfoot.

This means that both running shoes should be able to deliver an equal degree of pronation control and serve runners who turn their feet in under their heels or at a later stage during the gait cycle.

The medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is backed by different densities of foam to make the process more gradual, and it is reinforced by a midfoot shank.

The New Balance 860v8 also comes with a midfoot shank that is not visible on the medial side but that does cover a larger area under the midfoot than the midfoot shank of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes display a good amount of segmentation and separation, although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is slightly more segmented and separated than the New Balance 860v8.

There is a good area of shock isolation under the heel, and both the New Balance 860v8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 come with a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, although the New Balance 860v8 has more of them.

However, the flex grooves under both running shoes do not all run from side to side, and there is an area on the medial side that has more rubber than flex grooves.

This means that while both running shoes might feel moderately flexible on the lateral side, they might feel stiff on the medial side under the forefoot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has been found to be somewhat stiff for both men and women, and while the New Balance 860v8 has a potential of being a bit more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, you should not expect it to be super flexible.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), and the New Balance 860v8 for women weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 being the lighter one.

The New Balance 860v8 is a much heavier running shoe than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is, but in return you get tons of stability and support.

One could say that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the New Balance 860v8 are comparable running shoes, but the New Balance 860v8 is a tad more supportive than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is good for overpronators who want to feel light, have a comfortable running shoe on their feet, and who want to get a soft and smooth ride from a very stable running shoe.

The New Balance 860v8 is good for overpronators who need tons of stability and support, who do not mind wearing a somewhat heavier running shoe, and who are looking for a somewhat more responsive ride.

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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