Brooks Addiction 12 vs. Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 review

Brooks Addiction 12 provides a stable platform to bigger runners who need lots of support. Brooks Ariel 16 / Beast 16 provides a ton of stability and support to severe overpronators.

The Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 are motion control running shoes from Brooks for runners who need a maximum amount of support.

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Everything that is written here about the Brooks Ariel 16 for women also applies to the Brooks Beast 16 for men.

The uppers of the Brooks Addiction 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 differ in that the Brooks Addiction 12 comes with stitched-on overlays, while the Brooks Ariel 16 comes with no-sew overlays.

Stitched-on overlays are typically more supportive and durable than no-sew overlays, but the Brooks Ariel16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com implements quite a bit of no-sew overlays around the midfoot that fan out from the saddle to the midsole to keep your foot in place.

No-sew overlays reduce possible irritation that stitches may cause. The only stitches are at the front and back of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

At the back, the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 also comes with an external heel counter that the Brooks Addiction 12 does not come with. This is for additional support behind the heel.

All in all, you should be able to get a tighter fit from the upper of the Brooks Addiction 12 and a bit more comfort from the upper of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 although the bunion window is a bit more open in the Brooks Addiction 12 than it is in the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16.

Both the Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 are in the Cushion category of Brooks.

However, the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 uses a midsole material that delivers more cushioning than the midsole material used by the Brooks Addiction 12.

The type of midsole material used by the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is similar to that used by cushioning running shoes like the Brooks Glycerin.

And the type of midsole material used by the Brooks Addiction 12 is similar to the one used by the Brooks Adrenaline, which is known to be not too soft or too firm.

Brooks also lists the Brooks Addiction 12 as being for runners who have a flat arch, while the Brooks Ariel 16 is good for runners who have either a flat or a medium arch.

The running platform used by both running shoes is linear, so they should be able to accommodate bigger runners who have large or flat feet well.

The straightness of the platform is clearly visible when you look at the outsoles of the running shoes.

Both the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 and the Brooks Addiction 12 are for runners who severely overpronate, and use a long medial post to control overpronation.

This medial post is more rounded at the back and front of the Brooks Addiction 12 than it is at the back and front of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16, where it is squarish.

But both medial posts are backed by several densities of foam to make the process of pronation control more gradual.

The medial post in the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is reinforced by a midfoot shank that hooks up into the medial post under the heel.

The Brooks Addiction 12 does not come with a midfoot shank, so in that respect, the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 might provide a stronger degree of pronation control.

Another difference between the midsoles can be found on the medial side, where the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 comes with a full-length crash pad and the Brooks Addiction 12 does not.

The Brooks Addiction 12 has a crash section under the heel but it does not stretch the full length of the midsole like in the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16.

The full-length crash pad helps increase the stability of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 and also helps runners achieve smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

What also helps with smoothness is the fact that the outsole of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is so well separated. It also has more flex grooves in the forefoot than the Brooks Addictions 12, which should help with flexibility.

The women's version of the Brooks Addiction 12 weighs approximately 11.9 oz (337 grams), while the Brooks Ariel 16 for women weighs approximately 11.4 oz (323 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 13.5 oz (383 grams) and 13.6 oz (386 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Addiction 12 being the lighter one.

Note that the Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 are relatively heavy running shoes compared to other stability running shoes.

Therefore, they are good for bigger runners who can handle such weight. Lighter runners would suffer by wearing such shoes.

So if you are light and need a lot of support, try looking into lighter but supportive running shoes such as the Brooks Adrenaline or the Brooks Transcend. You can also take a look at this table to see how running shoes compare in weight and/or find other alternatives.

Both the Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 are good for severe overpronators, but if you are also looking for comfort and a softer and smoother ride, you may want to look into the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 more than the Brooks Addiction 12.

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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