Saucony Redeemer vs. Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 review

Saucony Redeemer offers maximum pronation control and a very plush ride to severe overpronators. Brooks Beast 16 adds comfort, stability, and smoothness to your ride.

The Saucony Redeemer and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 are stability running shoes that fall in the motion control category so are geared toward runners who severely overpronate.

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At first sight, both the Saucony Redeemer and the Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com / Brooks Ariel 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com look like sturdy running shoes that can accommodate runners who have large feet or who are heavy.

The uppers of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and the Saucony Redeemer The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are quite different in that the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 tends to reduce the amount of stitches in its upper by providing no-sew overlays instead of stitched-on overlays.

Stitched-on overlays tend to be more supportive and more durable than no-sew overlays, and the Saucony Redeemer provides quite a bit of stitched-on overlays in its upper.

In fact, its overlays wrap the midfoot but also go around the back of the shoe to increase the amount of support from the middle to the back.

However, stitched-on overlays can feel tighter and cause irritation, which is why the Saucony Redeemer also has some no-sew overlays on its toe box.

The bunion window is not very exposed in either running shoe, but because the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 has lighter overlays than the Saucony Redeemer, it is more likely to provide more comfort than the Saucony Redeemer in that area.

Both the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and the Saucony Redeemer come with an external heel counter for additional support at the back of the shoes.

The Saucony Redeemer and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 are meant to provide quite a bit of cushioning to runners.

The Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 comes with a Super DNA midsole that is meant to provide 20% more cushioning than Brooks' standard BioMoGo DNA midsole.

The Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 implements the same type of material in its midsole as Brooks' top-of-the-line cushioning running shoe, the Brooks Glycerin.

On the other side, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Saucony Redeemer provides quite a bit of cushioning to both men and women.

While the amount of forefoot cushioning is almost to the max, the heel cushioning lags just a small bit behind but not by much. So overall, the Saucony Redeemer is very cushy.

Such an amount of cushioning is quite surprising for running shoes that are meant to provide tons of support.

Speaking of support, both the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 and the Saucony Redeemer come with a pretty long post on the medial side of the midsole to control overpronation.

The medial post of both running shoes is also reinforced by either a midfoot shank in the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 that hooks up into the post, or by plastic pillars that hook up into the medial post in the Saucony Redeemer.

The medial post of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is further softened at the back with different densities of foam to provide a more gradual degree of pronation control.

On the lateral side, both running shoes come with a crash pad. But while the crash pad of the Saucony Redeemer runs till the midfoot, that of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 runs along the entire lateral side.

This allows the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 to not only provide a bit more stability but also smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

And finally, both the Saucony Redeemer and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 provide a good amount of ground contact, which should also benefit the smoothness of your ride and increase stability a bit.

The outsoles of the two running shoes are well separated but the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 displays a bit more separation than the Saucony Redeemer by implementing smaller rubber compartments and pods.

The amount of separation should benefit the smoothness of your ride by dissipating shock.

The Brooks Ariel 16 weighs approximately 11.4 oz (323 grams), and the Saucony Redeemer for women weighs approximately 10.7 oz (303 grams).

The Brooks Beast 16 weighs about 13.6 oz (386 grams), and the Saucony Redeemer for men weighs 12.7 oz (360 grams).

If you are a severe overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support, you could choose either the Saucony Redeemer or the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16.

The two running shoes are quite similar to each other in what they offer.

The main distinction point lies in the amount of comfort and ride smoothness provided. In that case, the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 might score a few points more than the Saucony Redeemer.

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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