Saucony Omni 13 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Saucony Omni 13 provides tons of stability in a surprisingly lightweight package. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides a smooth and stable ride to overpronators. Learn more...

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The Saucony Omni 13 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are both running shoes that provide tons of stability and support without being heavy and clunky like real motion control running shoes. However, they do differ quite a bit.

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Starting with the uppers, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a mainly no-sew upper with traditional stitched-on overlays wrapping the heel and the front part of the shoe.

This should add to your comfort by minimizing irritation. But a no-sew upper also tends to be somewhat looser fitting, although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has broad overlays on the medial side of the shoe where you would need the most support.

However, nothing beats traditional stitched-on overlays when it comes to providing lots of support.

And the Saucony Omni 13 offers that in its upper, especially around the midfoot and the heel.

In addition, it has a Support Frame at the sides of the heel to keep your foot firmly in place during the gait cycle and Arch-Lock on the medial side of the midfoot to provide a snugger fit there.

And finally, the overlays that run over the toe box have been kept light and no-sew to allow your foot to feel comfortable in that area.

So all in all, you can expect to get a more secure fit from the Saucony Omni 13 than from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Saucony Omni 13 differ in technologies used, but have a similar construction when it comes to providing support.

The cushioning used in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 tends to be somewhat firmer when compared to other running shoes of similar caliber, and also because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is meant to provide good support, which is what firmer cushioning tends to achieve.

The same applies to the Saucony Omni 13 when it comes to providing support through the firmness of the cushioning.

Both running shoes provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles, and both running shoes should deliver a similar softness or firmness – depending on how you look at it.

But because the Saucony Omni 13 has a thicker midsole in the forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, it also winds up having a much more cushy forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for both men and women.

The amount of heel cushioning in the two running shoes is similar with the Saucony Omni 13 being just a little bit softer.

As far as pronation control goes, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a well-segmented crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe under the heel to the front of the shoe on the lateral side to not only give a soft landing, but also a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

The Saucony Omni 13 also has a crash pad, but it runs till the midfoot. Nonetheless, you should also get a smooth transition from the Saucony Omni 13, since the rearfoot joins the forefoot at the midfoot.

The second stage of pronation control begins immediately after heel-strike when your foot starts to roll in. For this the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has several densities of foam in its midsole that progressively become firmer until your foot hits upon the firmest foam on the medial side of the shoe that stops it from rolling too far inward.

The Saucony Omni 13 also has such a piece of firmer foam of similar length as the one in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, but the Saucony Omni 13 is missing the varying densities of midsole foam.

Therefore, while you should get a similar degree of pronation control from both running shoes, the pronation control would be a bit more gradual in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than in the Saucony Omni 13.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Saucony Omni 13 provide good ground contact and a stable platform to run on. However, because the Saucony Omni 13 does not have a midfoot shank, it completely touches the ground under the arch, making its base slightly broader than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a piece of plastic to reinforce the medial post just under the arch, so does not completely touch the ground there.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Omni 13 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are well-segmented with a good amount of flex grooves for flexibility and blown rubber in the forefoot for added cushioning. So both running shoes should dissipate shock well and provide you with a smooth ride.

And running shoe lab tests have shown that the flexibility between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Saucony Omni 13 does not differ that much.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the Saucony Omni 13 for women weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Saucony Omni 13 for men weighs about 10.4 oz (295 grams).

If you are looking for a relatively lightweight running shoe that provides boat loads of stability, a very supportive and secure upper, and a smooth ride with a cushy forefoot, then the Saucony Omni 13 might be the one for you.

And if you are looking for a running shoe that could feel a bit more responsive than the Saucony Omni 13, while still providing you with boat loads of stability and support, but then without that cushy forefoot, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 might be worth considering.

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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