Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. Saucony Guide 9 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is stable and supportive with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft. Saucony Guide 9 provides a very cushy, smooth, and comfortable ride to runners.

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Guide 9 are both stability running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 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 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Guide 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ in that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 implements a largely no-sew upper around the midfoot.

The Saucony Guide 9 still has sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side of its upper where overpronators tend to need the most support.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com continues with no-sew overlays in the forefoot that go down far on the big toe and little toe, while the Saucony Guide 9 has light no-sew overlays running over its toe box.

The bunion window is more open on the Saucony Guide 9 than it is on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, so the Saucony Guide 9 may provide some more comfort in that area than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Both running shoes have stitches at the back, but whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 continues using no-sew overlays to wrap the heel, the Saucony Guide 9 uses sturdy stitched-on overlays to do so.

All in all, the upper of the Saucony Guide 9 turns out to be a bit more supportive than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provides a secure symmetrical fit around the midfoot.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Guide 9 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning. However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is known not to be too cushy, nor too firm.

In addition, the Saucony Guide 9 comes with a topsole of softer material to really soften your ride more.

Running shoe lab tests confirm that the Saucony Guide 9 is a much more cushy running shoe that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 by a whole lot, especially for men.

For women, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 comes closer to the amount of cushioning provided by the Saucony Guide 9, but still not enough to rival it.

If you are looking for a very soft ride, the Saucony Guide 9 would be able to give you that more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16. And note that for men, the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may feel a bit firm.

Both running shoes have a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings. However, the crash pad under the Saucony Guide 9 runs till the midfoot, while that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 runs along the entire outer length of the midsole.

This, combined with the fact that the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is quite segmented, should allow the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 to provide you with a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The big similarity between the Saucony Guide 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is that both running shoes provide pronation control by using firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 takes this a step further by using several densities of foam to provide a more gradual effect.

However, both medial posts run high and are quite long, although the pronation control is centered more toward the back of the shoe in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and more under the arch in the Saucony Guide 9.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a piece of plastic that hooks into the medial post to provide reinforcement. Therefore, it does not completely touch the ground under the arch.

The Saucony Guide 9 does not have a midfoot shank, but instead, is filled down to the ground, thereby increasing the stability of the shoe and the potential to deliver a smooth ride.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit in configuration and layout, but what they have in common is that they are both quite well segmented for good shock absorption and dissipation.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is perhaps a bit more segmented than the Saucony Guide 9, especially in the forefoot.

But this does not have a huge effect on the flexibility of the shoe, since running shoe lab tests show that both running shoes are almost equally stiff with some minor differences.

For men, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 turns out to be a little bit more flexible than the Saucony Guide 9, while for women, it is the other way around.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), while the Saucony Guide 9 for women weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams), and the Saucony Guide 9 for men weighs about 10.0 oz (283 grams).

If you are an overpronator looking for a good amount of support and stability from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the Saucony Guide 9, thereby keeping in mind that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is seen as the slightly more supportive one as far as pronation control goes.

However, if you are looking for a very soft ride in addition to a good amount of stability and support, then the Saucony Guide 9 would be the one to consider above 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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