Brooks Addiction 11 vs. Saucony Stabil CS3 review

Brooks Addiction 11 provides maximum support to the severe overpronator. Saucony Stabil CS3 offers stability and support with lots of cushioning. Learn more about their differences...

The Brooks Addiction 11 and the Saucony Stabil CS3 are motion control running shoes that are geared towards severe overpronators.

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The uppers of the Brooks Addiction 11 and the Saucony Stabil CS3 are very similar in that both have overlays running along the upper edge of the midsole.

They also both wrap the foot well around the midfoot, although the main supportive overlay on the Saucony Stabil CS3 lies a bit higher up the saddle than on the Brooks Addiction 11.

So the Saucony Stabil CS3 has the tendency to want to open up the forefoot more than the Brooks Addiction 11.

The Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Brooks Addiction 11 also have a similar heel counter at the back of the shoes. In the Saucony Stabil CS3 it is called a Support Frame and consists of two symmetrical overlays at the sides of the heel. These overlays are completely closed.

The Brooks Addiction 11 also have a symmetrical structure going on at the back of the shoe, but then the overlay on the medial side of the shoe – so where support is needed most – is closed and sturdy.

All in all, both motion control running shoes should provide you with a secure fit both around the midfoot as well as around the heel.

The Saucony Stabil CS3 and the Brooks Addiction 11 are also very similar in the midsole where both have a medial post to stop your foot from rolling too far inward. The medial post is pretty large and takes up a large part of the midsole running from the back of the shoe till slightly past the arch, so both should provide a similar degree of pronation control.

The main difference in the midsoles can be found in the cushioning used. The Brooks Addiction 11 uses Brooks DNA for cushioning and has it laid out in an anatomical way in the midsole, while the Saucony Stabil CS3 provides cushioning along the full length of its midsole through PowerGrid technology.

Therefore, the Saucony Stabil CS3 should feel much softer under your foot than the Brooks Addiction 11, especially in the forefoot where the Brooks Addiction 11 places 23 mm of midsole foam between your foot and the road, and the Saucony Stabil CS3 places almost 3 mm more than the Brooks Addiction 11.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Addiction 11 and the Saucony Stabil CS3 provide full ground contact in addition to being wide in the forefoot and in the rearfoot, so both motion control running shoes are very stable.

While the layout of the rubber compartments differ, both running shoes have a separate area under the heel to absorb and dissipate shock at heel-strike. In addition, this area belongs to an SRC impact zone in the midsole of the Saucony Stabil CS3, which is specifically designed to soften your landings.

The outsole of the Saucony Stabil CS3 has blown rubber in the forefoot for added cushioning and flexibility. However, because of the layout of the rubber and flex grooves in the forefoot, the Brooks Addiction 11 might feel a bit more flexible than the Saucony Stabil CS3. This also has partly to do with the amount of midsole cushioning that the Saucony Stabil CS3 provides in the forefoot.

The weight difference between the women's version of the Brooks Addiction 11 and the Saucony Stabil CS3 is approximately 0.9 oz (26 grams) with the Brooks Addiction 11 being heavier. The men's versions of the running shoes differ by 1.5 oz (43 grams) with again the Brooks Addiction 11 being heavier.

If you are a heavier runner looking for an entry-level motion control running shoe that provides a good amount of stability and support, that is not too soft and can accommodate flat feet and orthotics, then the Brooks Addiction 11 might be the one for you.

If on the other hand you are looking for lots of cushioning in a motion control running shoe that can provide you with a stable, soft, and smooth ride, then the Saucony Stabil CS3 might be worth looking into.

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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