Saucony Omni 14 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Saucony Omni 14 provides tons of stability in a surprisingly lightweight package. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provides lots of stability and a smooth ride that is not too soft.

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The Saucony Omni 14 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are both running shoes that provide tons of stability and support without being heavy and clunky like real motion control running shoes.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Omni 14 differ in that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a minimal amount of stitches in its upper, while the Saucony Omni 14 has sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side and wrapping the heel.

This allows the Saucony Omni 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com to provide more support than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and give you a really good hold, especially where you need it most.

However, the no-sew upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 allows it to feel more comfortable around the midfoot without causing irriation points.

But because the sturdy overlays in the upper of the Saucony Omni 14 have been pulled back to open up the forefoot and have lighter no-sew overlays provide structure in that area, the Saucony Omni 14 should feel pretty comfortable in the forefoot.

To top off the support, the Saucony Omni 14 comes with a Support Frame at the back that really cups the heel well and keeps it in place.

All in all, you can expect to get more support from the upper of the Saucony Omni 14 than you would get from the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Omni 14 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles but to different degrees.

The Saucony Omni 14 tends to have a very cushy forefoot and a heel that is not too soft or too firm.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 tends to deliver cushioning that is overall not too soft or too firm. However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the heel in the men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may feel a bit firm.

Running shoe lab tests further reveal that the forefoot of the Saucony Omni 14 is super cushy and way more cushy than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for both men and women.

The heel cushioning is almost the same with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivering just a tad more than the Saucony Omni 14 for women. But for men, the Saucony Omni 14 wins in the heel cushioning department.

While both running shoes have a crash pad, the crash pad of the Saucony Omni 14 runs till the midfoot instead of along the entire length of the midsole on the lateral side as the full-length crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does.

In addition, the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is well segmented to help deliver a much smoother ride.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Omni 14 are geared toward overpronators who need lots of support. They deliver this support through a long medial post that stops your foot from rolling too far inward.

The medial post goes a bit more toward the back in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and consists of several densities of foam unlike that of the Saucony Omni 14.

But the Saucony Omni 14 offers ground contact under the arch, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a midfoot shank that hooks into the medial post to reinforce it but prevents full ground contact under the arch. More ground contact means more stability.

The outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Omni 14 differ in that the Saucony Omni 14 has larger rubber compartments and less segmentation than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is very well segmented for good shock absorption and dissipation, which should help smoothen your ride.

It also has flex grooves that run from side-to-side in a much more favorable manner than the flex grooves of the Saucony Omni 14, but this does not affect the flexibility of the running shoe much because running shoe lab tests have shown that the two running shoes are almost equally stiff.

The Saucony Omni 14 is just a tad more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men, but for women, the difference is minimal between the two running shoes.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), while the Saucony Omni 14 for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams), and the Saucony Omni 14 for men weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for lots of stability and support from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the Saucony Omni 14, since both are very stable.

However, if you like your running shoe to have a soft forefoot and feel light on your feet, you may want to consider the Saucony Omni 14 more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

And if a smooth ride is your thing, you may want to look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 more than the Saucony Omni 14.

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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