Saucony Omni 16 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Saucony Omni 16 provides a very stable and supportive running experience. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride.

The Saucony Omni 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are stability running shoes that are located at the higher end of the support category so are for runners who moderately to severely overpronate. They fall just below motion control running shoes in the stability category.

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The uppers of the Saucony Omni 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 differ in that the Saucony Omni 16 has more overlays in its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com offers a forefoot that is largely free from overlays and this area extends halfway towards the midfoot, so you can expect to get quite a bit of comfort in the forefoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Saucony Omni 16, on the other hand, also exposes mesh in the forefoot but is less open than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

In addition, the Saucony Omni 16 comes with a good amount of no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot and the heel to give you a secure fit.

The no-sew overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are located more around the heel and are not that plentiful compared to the Saucony Omni 16.

Both running shoes offer an adequate amount of support behind the heel and cannot be said to top one or the other in support.

All in all, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 might feel a bit looser and thus more comfortable on your feet, but the Saucony Omni 16 delivers the amount of support overpronators would need.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is not meant to be a cushy running shoe, the Saucony Omni 16 is intended to be cushy.

Traditionally, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has been known to deliver lots of support with cushioning that is not too firm or too soft.

Things changed a bit when the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 was introduced. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 can be said to be an overall cushy running shoe according to test data.

Both the Saucony Omni 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 have a cushy forefoot, but the amount of forefoot cushioning is just a tad more in the Saucony Omni 16 than in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The amount of heel cushioning is more moderate, though, in the Saucony Omni 16, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers an above average amount of heel cushioning so is more suitable for heel-strikers than the Saucony Omni 16 is.

Where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Saucony Omni 16 are similar is in the fact that both come with midsoles that have a long post on the medial side.

The posts run high in both running shoes, but the post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 consists of several densities of foam to make the process of overpronation more gradual.

It also comes with a small midfoot shank on the medial side, while the Saucony Omni 16 does not have any.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact so should be able to deliver smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

According to test data, the Saucony Omni 16 is a bit more stable and supportive than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, which I would agree with judging by how the two running shoes are constructed.

However, both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Saucony Omni 16 are very stable and supportive running shoes so can get the job done.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Omni 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 look quite different but display a large degree of separation, although the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is more separated than that of the Saucony Omni 16.

They both have a good amount of flex grooves but still wind up to be quite stiff running shoes.

The flexibility of the two running shoes is in a similar range, with the Saucony Omni 16 being just a tiny bit more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the Saucony Omni 16 for women weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs about 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the Saucony Omni 16 for men weighs 10.1 oz (286 grams).

If you are a moderate to severe overpronator who is looking for not only a good amount of support but also a good amount of cushioning that is not over the top, you could choose either the Saucony Omni 16 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Saucony Omni 16 offers a more secure fit, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 offers more comfort and might be a bit better for heel-strikers compared to the Saucony Omni 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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Brooks | Saucony

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