Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 vs. Saucony Guide 9 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 delivers a lot of stability with cushioning that is not too soft or too firm. Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to runners...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Saucony Guide 9 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 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Saucony Guide 9 are similar in that they both have a combination of stitched-on and no-sew overlays in their uppers.

However, the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has its stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe where support is generally needed most, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 wraps the heel with stitched-on overlays.

On the medial side, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has broad no-sew overlays to give support.

And while both running shoes have no-sew overlays running over the toe box, those of the Saucony Guide 9 are lighter and perhaps somewhat less supportive, but more comfortable. The overlays of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in the forefoot provide a tighter fit.

At the back, both running shoes have sturdy stitched-on overlays to give you enough support behind the heel.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support in the upper from either running shoe.

Both the Saucony Guide 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is known for its cushioning that is just right, that is, not too soft nor too firm.

This is clearly evident from running shoe lab tests that show that the Saucony Guide 9 is almost twice as cushy as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

So if you want a super cushy running shoe for overpronators, the Saucony Guide 9 would definitely be the one to look into.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Saucony Guide 9 have a crash pad under the heel.

The crash pad of the Saucony Guide 9 runs till the midfoot, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a well-segmented crash pad that runs along the entire outer length of the shoe.

Therefore, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 increases its potential dramatically to provide you with a smoother ride.

Because these two running shoes are stability running shoes, they have a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole.

This medial post is much longer in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than it is in the Saucony Guide 9, and consists of several densities of foam to provide you with more gradual pronation control.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is expected to provide a much stronger degree of pronation control due to the length of the medial post.

However, the medial post of the Saucony Guide 9 touches the ground under the arch, while that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a midfoot shank that prevents this, but adds reinforcement to the medial post.

Therefore, the Saucony Guide 9 does not lag too far behind in the amount of stability and support it provides, since more ground contact generally means a more stable running shoe.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerable in construction and configuration, but both are well segmented for shock absoprtion and dissipation.

The outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has smaller rubber pods and more separation, which should benefit the flexibility of the running shoe.

Both provide a good amount of ground contact with the Saucony Guide 9 providing full ground contact, so both should also help you achieve smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe off.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is the more flexible running shoe of the two with the Saucony Guide 9 falling a bit on the stiff side, but is not ultra stiff.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Saucony Guide 9 for men weighs about 10.0 oz (283 grams).

If you are looking for a running shoe that provides enough stability and support, a very cushy ride, and is light, you may want to look into the Saucony Guide 9.

And if you need lots of stability and support, do not care much for a super soft ride or about the heaviness of a running shoe, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be the one to consider.

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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