Brooks Addiction 12 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Brooks Addiction 12 provides a stable platform to bigger runners who need lots of stability and support. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and a smooth ride...

The Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are stability running shoes from Brooks, with the Brooks Addiction 12 being a motion control running shoe and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 a normal stability running shoe that lies at the top end of the stability category.

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Support starts in the upper, where the Brooks Addiction 12 comes with sturdy stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot well.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with no-sew overlays instead of stitched-on overlays, so the amount of support provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is a bit less than that of the Brooks Addiction 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does come with some stitches in its upper, but these are located at the back and front of the shoe. The rest of the upper has been kept stitch-free as much as possible to increase the amount of comfort.

The Brooks Addiction 12 has stitched-on overlays all over its upper and is more concerned with keeping your foot firmly on the platform.

The bunion window of the Brooks Addiction 12 is also more open than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which would be something to consider if you have large bunions.

Neither the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 nor the Brooks Addiction 12 are meant to provide an excessive amount of cushioning, because both running shoes are focused more on providing support.

The cushioning profiles of these two running shoe tend to be on the average side although running shoe lab tests shows that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provides a slightly above average amount of cushioning to women.

In addition, you can expect to get more cushioning from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 than you would from the Brooks Addiction 12.

The midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Addiction 12 look alike on the medial side, with both having a long medial post that controls overpronation.

This medial post is backed by foam that has other densities to provide a more gradual process of controlling overpronation.

The medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side.

The Brooks Addiction 12 does not come with a midfoot shank, but its medial post has a structure built into it that increases the amount of support it provides.

In addition, the Brooks Addiction 12 provides more ground contact, especially under the midfoot, than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which also slightly increase the amount of support.

However, what the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has that the Brooks Addiction 12 does not is a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole.

Such a crash pad not only slightly increases the stability of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 but also helps increase the smoothness of your ride from heel-strike to toe-off.

The running platforms of the two running shoes differ in that the Brooks Addiction 12 has a linear platform that is straight and broad to accommodate broad, large, and flat feet.

This is clearly visible when you look at the outsoles of the two running shoes, where the Brooks Addiction 12 remains broad around the midfoot, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 narrows a bit as a normal foot does.

What is also visible in the outsole is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provides quite a bit of separation in its outsole.

This increases the amount of shock absorption and dissipation, which in turn helps smoothen your ride.

The Brooks Addiction 12 also provides a good amount of separation and flex grooves, which should benefit the flexibility of the running shoe.

The women's version of the Brooks Addiction 12 weighs approximately 11.9 oz (337 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 13.5 oz (383 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 being the lighter one.

If you are a severe overpronator who is looking for a large amount of stability and support, or if you are a runner who is heavy and have flat or large feet, you may want to consider the Brooks Addiction 12 more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

In all other cases, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 would be suitable for overpronators that need quite a bit of stability and support, but who are still looking for comfort, softness, and smoothness in their ride.

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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