Saucony Omni 15 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Saucony Omni 15 provides a very supportive ride with a good amount of cushioning. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provides lots of stability and a smooth ride that is not too soft or too firm.

NEW! Saucony Omni 15 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

The Saucony Omni 15 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are both running shoes that provide tons of stability and support to overpronators.

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The overlays that wrap the midfoot of the Saucony Omni 15 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com run similarly by fanning out from the saddle toward the midsole on both sides of the upper.

This allows both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Omni 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com to provide a good amount of support around the midfoot.

However, because the Saucony Omni 15 uses stitched-on overlays, which are more supportive than the no-sew overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, the Saucony Omni 15 offers a bit more support than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The no-sew overlays of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 continue running over the toe box and have shown in lab tests to provide tightness in the forefoot.

The Saucony Omni 15 also has no-sew overlays running over its toe box, but its forefoot is quite open due to the pulling back of the sturdier overlays around the midfoot, and the bunion window is also a bit more spacious than the one on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 comes with some stitches in the overlays at the back to increase the amount of support, whereas the Saucony Omni 15 has stitched-on overlays in combination with a Support Frame that cups the heel.

All in all, you should be able to get a bit more support from the upper of the Saucony Omni 15 compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is not supposed to be a very cushy running shoe, although it provides a good amount of cushioning that is not too soft nor too firm.

The Saucony Omni 15, however, is supposed to be a very cushy stability running shoe, according to its manufacturer.

This is also evident from running shoe lab tests, which show that the Saucony Omni 15 is overall more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for both men and women.

The difference in cushioning is especially large for men, where the Saucony Omni 15 turns out to be quite cushy in both the heel and the forefoot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 displays an above average amount of forefoot cushioning for men but a heel that might feel a bit firm.

While the difference in softness is also quite visible in the women's versions of the running shoes, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 displays a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning that is just a small bit above average.

The Saucony Omni 15 for women turns out to be very cushy in both the forefoot and the heel.

One big similarity between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Omni 15 is that both running shoes have medial posts that provide a good amount of pronation control.

The medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is quite long, consists of several densities at the back to make the pronation control more gradual, and is reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side.

The medial post of the Saucony Omni 15 is also long and has an elevated section just under the arch to increase the amount of support. And unlike the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, the Saucony Omni 15 provides full ground contact under the arch, which also increases the amount of support.

While both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Omni 15 come with a crash pad under the heel, the crash pad of the Saucony Omni 15 runs till the midfoot, while that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 runs along the entire length of the midsole on the lateral side.

This allows the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 to not only smoothen your ride, but it increases the amount of stability that the running shoe provides.

While the Saucony Omni 15 comes with softer foam that runs along the length of the top of the midsole that also helps with softness and stability, it does not have the same effect as the full-length crash pad in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

In addition, the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is well separated under the crash pad and elsewhere in the outsole. This adds to the smoothness of your ride.

The outsole of the Saucony Omni 15 is also well separated but does not have as many small rubber pods as the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

However, it should also be able to provide smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

Running shoe lab tests show that the two running shoes are equally flexible for men and that the Saucony Omni 15 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for women. However, both running shoes lie toward the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), while the Saucony Omni 15 for women weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams), and the Saucony Omni 15 for men weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams).

If you are looking for a very stable and supportive running shoe that provides a good amount of pronation control, you could choose either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the Saucony Omni 15.

Note that the Saucony Omni 15 has just a tiny edge over the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 when it comes to the amount of support provided and the lightness of the running shoe.

And if you want to up the amount of softness of your ride, the Saucony Omni 15 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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