Brooks Addiction 13 vs. Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 review

Brooks Addiction 13 provides a secure fit and stability to runners who need lots of support. Brooks Beast 16 provides a ton of support to severe overpronators.

NEW! Brooks Addiction 13 vs. Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18

The Brooks Addiction 13 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 are two of the most stable and supportive running shoes that you can get from Brooks.

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They both fall in the motion control running shoes category and can be worn by bigger runners or by runners who have flat feet.

The uppers of the Brooks Addiction 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 are similar in that they have overlays around the midfoot and on the toe box.

The overlays around the midfoot and on the toe box of the Brooks Ariel 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com / Brooks Beast 16 are no-sew overlays, while the Brooks Addiction 13 has no-sew overlays on its toe box and stitches in some parts of the overlays around the midfoot.

The overlays around the midfoot of the Brooks Addiction 13 are also broader than those on the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, but those on the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 flare out more towards the midsole.

In the end, both running shoes might provide a similar amount of support around the midfoot, with the Brooks Addiction 13 providing somewhat more durable support.

Because the overlays on the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 flare out towards the midsole, they tend to cover the bunion window more than on the Brooks Addiction 13.

Therefore, the Brooks Addiction 13 might feel a bit more comfortable in the toe box than the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16.

Both running shoes have a durable stitched-on toecap at the front and have stitches at the back, although the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is the one that provides extra support behind the heel in the form of an external heel counter.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, but the Brooks Addiction 13 might feel a bit less tight in the toe box compared to the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16, while the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 provides a good wrap around the entire foot from back to front.

The Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 uses a type of midsole material that is meant to be somewhat cushier than that of the Brooks Addiction 13.

They have a good amount of segmentation on the lateral side, but the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is more segmented with its full-length crash pad on the lateral side.

Most of the support takes place on the medial side, where both running shoes come with a long medial post that runs from under the heel to a bit past the midfoot.

The post runs high in both running shoes, but the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is the one that comes with an extra midfoot shank that hooks into the medial post to reinforce it and deliver a bit stronger degree of pronation control.

Therefore, the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 can be seen to be more stable and supportive than the Brooks Addiction 13, but both running shoes are good for runners who tend to turn in under their heels or at a later stage during the gait cycle.

The running platform of both running shoes is quite broad as a good indication that they are suitable for runners who have wide or flat feet.

The rubber outsoles of both the Brooks Addiction 13 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 are well segmented with small rubber pods, although the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is the one that displays a bit more separation and segmentation in its outsole. This should help well with shock dissipation and giving you a smoother ride.

The Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 also has more deep flex grooves than the Brooks Addiction 13, which has a good amount of cuts in its rubber, but they do not reach the midsole.

Despite its all-in-one outsole and lack of deep flex grooves, the Brooks Addiction 13 still tends to be not too stiff, perhaps due to the flexibility of the rubber itself.

However, because these two running shoes are meant to support heavier runners, they generally aren't super flexible running shoes and tend to be on the heavy side.

The women's version of the Brooks Addiction 13 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), and the Brooks Ariel 16 for women weighs about 11.4 oz (323 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Addiction 13 weighs about 13.3 oz (377 grams), and the Brooks Beast 16 for men weighs approximately 13.6 oz (386 grams).

If you are a severe overpronator, an overpronator who has flat feet, or an overpronator who is a bit on the heavy side, you could look into either the Brooks Addiction 13 or the Brooks Beast 16 for men or the Brooks Ariel 16 for women.

The degree of pronation control and amount of support you get would be overall more in the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 than in the Brooks Addiction 13, but the Brooks Addiction 13 is a good option if you want somewhat more comfort in the upper while still getting a secure fit and lots of stability and support.

The Brooks Addiction 13 is also a little bit lighter than the Brooks Ariel 16 for women but not by much compared to the Brooks Beast 16 for men.

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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