Saucony Hurricane 16 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and Saucony Hurricane 16 deliver a similar amount of stability, but one is more cushiony than the other. Learn more about their differences...

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While the Saucony Hurricane 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are stability running shoes, they are not said to be each other's counterparts.

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For that you would have look into the Saucony Omni 13, which provides a little bit more stability than the Saucony Hurricane 16. Nonetheless, let's take a look at these two running shoes to see how they stack up against each other.

Starting with the uppers, we can see that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has less overlays than the Saucony Hurricane 16 and that a lot of the overlays on the Brooks Adrenline GTS 15 are no-sew overlays.

While the Saucony Hurricane 16 has a couple of welded-on overlays on the lateral side connecting the heel to the top of the midfoot, most overlays contain stitches. This is much more evident on the medial side, where the overlays on the Saucony Hurricane 16 are more plentiful and broad than on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 to give you that good lock down onto the platform.

This also goes for the support frame on the Saucony Hurricane 16, which locks your heel down onto the platform.

So the Saucony Hurricane 16 has a much more supportive upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The other side of the coin is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 should give you a more comfortable fitting upper without smothering your foot or causing irritation.

There is a medial post in the midsole of both running shoes to control overpronation. The difference is that the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 consists of three densities, which means that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would deliver a more progressive control of overpronation and thus also a smoother transition from heel-strike to the stopping of pronation than the Saucony Hurricane 16 would.

Another big difference in the midsole is the crash pad, which extends the whole length of the shoe in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 but only under the heel till the midfoot in the Saucony Hurricane 16. This means that again you would experience a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The Saucony Hurricane 16 wins where forefoot cushioning is concerned, but its heel cuhioning is about the same as in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15. And the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 wins in having an eco-friendly midsole.

The outsoles of the Saucony Hurricane 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 both provide full ground contact, although the Saucony Hurricane 16 provides more ground contact than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 directly under the arch, so you should get better support in that area from the Saucony Hurricane 16.

The general layout of the rubber lugs are very similar. However, because the rubber lugs under the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are more squarish, smaller, and there are many flex grooves in between them, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 should feel more flexible on your foot than the Saucony Hurricane 16.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the Saucony Hurricane 16 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Saucony Hurricane 16 for men weighs about 11.2 oz (318 grams).

The Saucony Hurricane 16, while not being the direct counterpart of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 comes surprisingly close and matches it on many points. Except for its stiffness – which shouldn't be a problem for heavier runners – it offers as much stability and support, and much more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

If you are a moderate overpronator looking for lots of stability in addition to cushioning and a secure fit, then the Saucony Hurricane 16 might be worth looking into.

And if you want a shoe that is a bit more flexible and provides smooth heel-to-toe transitions, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 could provide that.

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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