Brooks Addiction 12 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 review

Brooks Addiction 12 provides a stable platform to bigger runners who need lots of support. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride.

The Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 fall in the stability running shoes category, with the Brooks Addiction 12 being considered a motion control running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Addiction 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are somewhat similar in that both tend to provide a uniform pull from the saddle toward the midsole although the pull is more uniform in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 than it is in the Brooks Addiction 12.

In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com implements no-sew overlays around the midfoot, whereas the Brooks Addiction 12 implements stitched-on overlays.

Stitched-on overlays are generally more supportive and durable than no-sew overlays, so in that respect, the Brooks Addiction 12 has a more supportive upper.

However, because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides a good coverage with its no-sew overlays, it can also be considered to be quite supportive in its upper.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a stitched-on toecap and has some stitches at the back for additional support.

The Brooks Addiction 12 provides the same but has more overlays in those places than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

If you have large feet, the Brooks Addiction 12 would clearly be able to handle those better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 due to the sturdiness of the materials used in the upper of the Brooks Addiction 12.

Neither the Brooks Addiction 12 nor the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is meant to provide an excessive amount of cushioning, because they focus on providing lots of support to overpronators.

In terms of cushioning, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 might provide much more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Addiction 12, but in terms of heel cushioning, they might fall on a similar level or come very close to each other, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 providing just a tiny bit more.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides an above average amount of forefoot cushioning but a below average amount of heel cushioning.

Therefore, if you are a heel-striker, the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 could feel a bit firm to you.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Addiction 12 come with a medial post that is quite long and backed by foam of different densities to make the process of pronation control more gradual.

The medial post of the Brooks Addiction 12 seems to extend just a bit more into the forefoot than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and is not reinforced by a small midfoot shank like the one of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is.

However, unlike the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, the Brooks Addiction 12 provides full ground contact just under the arch, so also a bit more stability.

However, unlike the Brooks Addiction 12, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of its midsole that not only provides smoother heel-to-toe transitions but also provides some stability to your runs.

In the end, both running shoes can be seen as very stable running shoes and are also rated as such by running shoe lab tests, but because the platform of the Brooks Addiction 12 is straighter and a bit broader, it is better suited for runners who have flat feet and who are somewhat bigger.

When you look at the outsoles, you can see that both outsoles are well separated with small rubber pods, but that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has more rubber pods and flex grooves than the Brooks Addiction 12.

Neither running shoe is very stiff or very flexible. Because both are meant to provide support, stiffness is a good thing in this case.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), and the Brooks Addiction 12 for women weighs approximately 11.9 oz (337 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams), and the Brooks Addiction 12 for men weighs 13.5 oz (383 grams).

If you are a severe overpronator, the Brooks Addiction 12 would generally be the recommended running shoe, and if you are an overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 would probably be better due to its lighter weight.

The Brooks Addiction 12 is also better for larger or heavier runners and runners who have large or flat feet or who are just looking for a very stable shoe to run or walk in. Brooks lists the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 as being good for runners with flat or medium arches.

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.


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