Brooks Addiction 13 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Brooks Addiction 13 provides a secure fit and a stable platform to runners who need lots of support. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride.

The Brooks Addiction 13 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 fall in the same category of stability running shoes, but the Brooks Addiction 13 is seen as a motion control running shoe, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is not, although it has features that makes it come close to one.

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The difference in support delivered by these two running shoes is immediately evident from their uppers.

The upper of the Brooks Addiction 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with broad stitched-on overlays around the midfoot, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 implements mostly thin no-sew overlays in its upper.

In addition, the overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are more pulled back and run from about half of the midfoot towards the back of the running shoe around the heel.

The Brooks Addiction 13 also comes with no-sew overlays in its upper, but these are mostly located at the front of the running shoe on and around the toe box.

The toecap itself is a stitched-on overlay and so are the overlays that wrap the heel, whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has thin no-sew overlays as a toecap and broader no-sew overlays at the back.

The toe box of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has been kept pretty open and free from overlays, so it should feel a bit looser and thus also a bit more comfortable than the toe box of the Brooks Addiction 13.

All in all, you should be able to get more support from the upper of the Brooks Addiction 13 than from the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers a bit more comfort through its upper than the Brooks Addiction 13 does.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Brooks Addiction 13 make use of the same type of midsole material and cushioning.

While both running shoes have a long medial post that is used to control pronation, the medial post of the Brooks Addiction 13 is just a tad longer towards the back but comes about as far forward as the medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does.

The medial post of the Brooks Addiction 13 also has a different structure and does not have a small midfoot shank sticking into it like the one of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

Because the medial post of the Brooks Addiction 13 goes far back, it is a good running shoe for runners who tend to turn their heels inward or who tend to land on the insides of their heels first.

In addition, because the medial posts of both running shoes go far forward, they are also good running shoes for runners who turn their feet inwards late during the gait cycle or more towards their toes.

The process of pronation control might be more gradual in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 than it is in the Brooks Addiction 13, because the former has different densities of foam in its midsole.

Both running shoes display a good amount of segmenation on the lateral side of their midsoles, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is slightly more segmented than the Brooks Addiction 13 so is also expected to deliver smoother heel-to-transitions.

However, both running shoes are set up well for smooth heel-to-toe transitions and a good amount of stability right under the midfoot thanks to the amount of ground contact they provide.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Addiction 13 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are well segmented with small rubber pods.

However, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is the one that has deep flex grooves, while the Brooks Addiction 13 only has separation in its outsole so its flexibility would be determined by the flexibility of the rubber.

The outsole of the Brooks Addiction 13 is also broader than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 as a good indication that it is good for bigger runners and runners who have flat feet.

The women's version of the Brooks Addiction 13 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for women weighs about 8.3 oz (235 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 13.3 oz (377 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 being the lighter one.

While the Brooks Addiction 13 is not a very heavy running shoe for women, it is a running shoe that would suit heavier runners who can deal with the weight of a running shoe.

If you are a severe overpronator who requires a large amount of stability and support or if you have flat feet, you may want to look into the Brooks Addiction 13 before you look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 provides a good amount of pronation control but its upper is more geared towards comfort than support, so you might want to take that into consideration when making a decision about what is important to you.

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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