Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 vs. 16 review

Brooks Adrenalince GTS 15 provides lots of stability and support with cushioning that is not too soft or too firm. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has had its upper changed, but there is more...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is the updated version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, which is a stability running shoe that is well-known for providing boat loads of stability and support to moderate overpronators.

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The biggest change has been to the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, where overlays have been repositioned on or removed from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

While both running shoes still have a largely no-sew upper to prevent irritation points, the somewhat broad overlay of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 on the medial side of the shoe has been removed in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are now more symmetrical on both the medial and lateral sides of the shoe.

Another change has been to the overlays running on the toe box. These overlays have been brought down a little bit in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 to open the top part of the toe box.

This also means that these overlays have now been brought closer to the big toe and little toe, thereby making the space provided to the bunion window smaller, despite having removed the overlays that ran along the upper edge of the midsole in the forefoot.

So if you have big bunions or wide forefeet, the overlays could make the toe box feel a bit tight in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has stitched-on overlays at the front and the back of the shoe. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has removed some stitches from the front of the shoe, but there are still good supportive stitches at the back of the shoe.

All in all, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provides enough support in all the right places, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 may still prove to be a bit more supportive in its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is known to provide cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft with a good balance between the amount of heel and forefoot cushioning.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has upped the amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot for women, with the forefoot cushioning seeing a bigger jump than the heel cushioning.

For men, the forefoot cushioning is about the same in both running shoes. However, the amount of heel cushioning has dropped almost by half in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

So the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may feel a bit firm if you are a male heel-striker. If you are a woman, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may feel overall softer than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 under your foot.

Brooks has kept the stability features that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has come to be known for, in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 intact, starting with a full-length well-segmented crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe along the lateral side to the front of the shoe.

This should help you smoothly transition from heel-strike to toe-off and minimize shock that could affect your stride.

On the medial side of the midsole, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 still has the same medial post to provide overpronators with motion control and make the stopping of overpronation gradual through the implementation of several midsole foam densities.

And finally, while the midfoot shank is still present in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, it has become a bit squarish instead of roundish like in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 have a similar setup and configuration. Both have a large degree of separation and small rubber lugs in the forefoot.

However, there has been a small change to the size and configuration of the rubber lugs on the medial side of the forefoot. The rubber lugs are larger on the outer edge than more towards the inside.

If nothing else, this change should make the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 be a little bit more durable in that area than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

In terms of flexibility, running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are relatively stiff running shoes, but that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is a little bit more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are an overpronator looking for a very supportive running shoe that can provide you with lots of stability and support in addition to a smooth ride, then you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

If you are a woman looking for a soft ride, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may suit you better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15. And if you are a man looking for the same, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 may be better to give you this than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

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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