Saucony Omni 16 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 review

Saucony Omni 16 provides a very stable and supportive running experience. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride.

The Saucony Omni 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are stability running shoes for overpronators and are generally placed at a similar level.

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The uppers of the Saucony Omni 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 differ in that the Saucony Omni 16 provides more space at the front of the running shoe.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has overlays that wrap the midfoot and that spread outwards towards the midsole. Therefore, they also cover part of the bunion area and restrict some movement there.

This is not the case with the Saucony Omni 16, which implements engineered mesh on its toe box without overlays.

The overlays have been placed further back on the Saucony Omni 16 and cover only the midfoot and part of the heel.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Saucony Omni 16 make use of no-sew overlays to increase the amount of comfort you get.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with some stitches at the front and back of the shoe to increase durability and support in those areas.

However, the Saucony Omni 16 comes with a no-sew toecap and throws in an external heel counter to increase the amount of support at the back.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, but the Saucony Omni 16 might be the one that provides a better balance between support and comfort.

The Saucony Omni 16 provides slightly more ground contact than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, but both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact on the lateral side.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 does this through the use of a crash pad that runs from the back of the running shoe to the front. This softens and smoothens your ride in addition to providing stability.

The Saucony Omni 16 also delivers a smooth and stable ride but does not make use of a full-length crash pad like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

In terms of cushioning, the two running shoes are quite similar for men by having a cushy forefoot and a heel that is somewhat firmer although the Saucony Omni 16 provides a bit more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

Women will get an overall much softer ride from the Saucony Omni 16 than they would get from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, according to running shoe lab tests.

While the Saucony Omni 16 provides a moderate amount of heel cushioning to women, the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 could feel firm to some runners.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Saucony Omni 16 come with a long medial post to control overpronation.

This post is different in the two running shoes, with the one in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 being backed by cushioning of different densities and being reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side.

The Saucony Omni 16 does not come with a midfoot shank but rather provides full ground contact under the midfoot.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Saucony Omni 16 provide almost a maximum amount of stability, so you could go either way if you want lots of stability and support.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ but are well separated for shock absorption and dissipation.

In terms of flexibility, running shoe lab tests rate the two running shoes to be almost equally stiff for men, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is somewhat more flexible than the Saucony Omni 16 for women, which also turns out to be stiff.

The women's version of the Saucony Omni 16 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), while the Brooks Adrenalinen GTS 17 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Omni 16 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for men weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are an overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support, you could choose either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 or the Saucony Omni 16 because both are very stable and supportive running shoes.

However, the Saucony Omni 16 might be slightly better suited for heel-strikers because it provides a little bit more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

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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