Brooks Addiction 13 vs. Brooks Beast 18 / Brooks Ariel 18 review

Brooks Addiction 13 provides a secure fit and stability to runners who need lots of support. Brooks Beast 18 delivers maximum pronation control and comfort to bigger runners...

The Brooks Addiction 13 and the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 are motion control running shoes from Brooks for runners who severely overpronate.

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The Brooks Addiction 13 has a more durable upper than the Brooks Ariel 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com / Brooks Beast 18, because the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 features no-sew overlays around the midfoot instead of stitched-on overlays like the Brooks Addiction 13 does.

The Brooks Addiction 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also has more overlays running on its toe box, but these are no-sew overlays.

The Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not have any overlays running on its toe box, but it does have one running along the upper edge of the midsole in the forefoot.

Therefore, one could say that the Brooks Addiction 13 provides more support and a better hold from midfoot to forefoot, while the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 delivers enough support around the midfoot and comfort in the toe box.

Both running shoes come with a stitched-on toecap so offer durable support at the front of the running shoes.

Where the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 offers more support than the Brooks Addiction 13 is around the heel.

The Brooks Addiction 13 has stitched-on overlays around the heel and exposes some mesh, while the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 has an external heel counter at the back, which locks in the heel and helps start pronation control in the upper.

All in all, the Brooks Addiction 13 delivers more durable support through its upper, but the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 delivers more support at the back and comfort at the front.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 and the Brooks Addiction 13 differ in that the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 comes with a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole.

This crash pad delivers shock absorption at heel-strike and smooth transitions to toe-off thereafter. It also adds stability to the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18.

The Brooks Addiction 13 does not come with a crash pad on the lateral side, but its midsole is well segmented near the outsole, and it delivers a good amount of ground contact, so you can also get smooth heel-to-toe transitions from it as well as an increased amount of stability.

However, the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 might offer more softness than the Brooks Addiction 13 on the lateral side.

On the medial side, both running shoes come with a long medial post that is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The difference here is that the post of the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is reinforced by a midfoot shank that hooks up into the post to offer a stronger degree of pronation control.

However, because the post of both running shoes cover a large area, they make the running shoes suitable for the same type of runners who tend to turn in their feet under their heels or somewat later during the gait cycle.

The Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is just the one that offers more support when you combine the external heel counter in the upper with the medial post and the midfoot shank.

The running platform of both running shoes is quite broad and straight, which is a good indication that these two running shoes are suitable for runners who have broad or flat feet.

While both running shoes have small rubber pods in their outsoles, the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is the one that comes with a few more deep flex grooves than the Brooks Addiction 13.

The Brooks Addiction 13 has mostly cuts in the rubber and some small flex grooves at the edge of the outsole on the lateral side and behind the heel, while the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 has the same but then with a few deep flex grooves on the lateral side under the forefoot.

Nonetheless, do not expect these running shoes to be very flexible, because stiffness is typically what bigger runners require, and it adds stability to such running shoes.

The Brooks Addiction 13 for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), while the Brooks Ariel 18 for women weighs approximately 11.8 oz (335 grams).

The Brooks Addiction 13 for men weighs approximately 13.3 oz (377 grams), and the Brooks Beast 18 for men also weighs 13.3 oz (377 grams).

If you are a bigger runner or a runner with flat feet who requires tons of stability and support, you could turn to either the Brooks Addiction 13 or the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18.

The Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is generally placed a bit higher than the Brooks Addiction 13 in the support category, and it offers a stronger degree of pronation control, more comfort, and a softer ride than the Brooks Addiction 13.

However, the Brooks Addiction 13 is less clunky and a bit lighter for women.

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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