Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 vs. Saucony Guide 8 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 delivers a lot of stability with cushioning that is not too soft or too hard. Saucony Guide 8 is a very stable and supportive running shoe with a cushy ride.

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Saucony Guide 8 are both stability running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 being at the top end of its category, so more towards motion control. It is not a motion control running shoe, though.

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The uppers of the Saucony Guide 8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 differ in that the Saucony Guide 8 has more traditional stitched-on overlays than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

Traditional overlays serve better to keep the foot in place, which is what overpronators tend to need, while no-sew overlays tend to provide structure and support without being too tight or causing irritation.

But since the no-sew overlays are broad on the medial side of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, it should still provide enough support to overpronators.

The only stitched-on overlays are at the front and at the back of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, while the Saucony Guide 8 has them wrapping the midfoot, cupping the heel, and then it has lighter no-sew welded-on overlays running over the toe box to provide structure there.

So all in all, the Saucony Guide 8 should provide a little bit more support and a more secure fit than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Saucony Guide 8 provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their midsoles.

But the cushioning in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 tends to be a bit firmer, since it is also geared towards somewhat heavier runners who generally need cushioning that is not too soft.

Therefore, you can expect the Saucony Guide 8 to be much softer than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in both the heel and the forefoot. So if you are looking for a cushy running shoe, the Saucony Guide 8 would be the one to go with.

Another difference between the midsoles lies in the crash pad. While both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Saucony Guide 8 have a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe via the lateral side, the crash pad in the Saucony Guide 8 stops at the midfoot, while that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 runs till into forefoot.

In addition, the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is much more segmented than that of the Saucony Guide 8, so you can expect to get a smoother heel-to-toe transition from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than from the Saucony Guide 8.

The final difference lies in the medial post that controls overpronation. This post is much longer in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and has an extra layer of foam with a different density, so the pronation control should be not only stronger in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 but also more gradual.

Basically, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is meant for runners who overpronate a lot, but who do not need a motion control running shoe. The Saucony Guide 8 is good for runners who overpronate just a bit but not excessively.

The outsole of the Saucony Guide 8 is very similar to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in that they both provide almost full ground contact.

They both have a small piece of plastic at the midfoot that hooks into the medial post for extra reinforcement and a lateral side that fully touches the ground for a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The biggest difference between the midsoles lies in the segmentation of the rubber. The outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has many more flex grooves and rubber segmentation than that of the Saucony Guide 8.

And while they both have blown rubber in their forefoot for added flexibility and cushioning, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 turns out to be the more flexible running shoe of the two.

This may also have to do with the fact that the Saucony Guide 8 has a thicker midsole in the forefoot (1.8 mm for men and 1.5 mm for women thicker) than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 . Thicker midsoles generally provide more cushioning, but also generally turn out to be stiffer.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the Saucony Guide 8 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Saucony Guide 8 for men weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams).

If you are looking for a lightweight stability running shoe that provides lots of stability and support, feels very cushy under your foot, and has a secure upper, then the Saucony Guide 8 might be worth considering.

And if you are looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support without being too heavy or specifically a motion control running shoe, combined with cushioning that is not too soft or too firm, a smooth ride, and good flexibility, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 might be the one for you.

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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