Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 vs. Brooks Ghost 7 review

Brooks Adrenalince GTS 15 provides lots of stability and support with cushioning that is not too soft or too firm. Brooks Ghost 7 is all about getting a comfortable and soft ride...

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The Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Ghost 7 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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However, because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Ghost 7 are from the same running shoe manufacturer, they have a lot of similarities.

Similarities in the upper include mesh with no-sew overlays. No-sew overlays are good to prevent irritation points, while keeping a running shoe light.

What the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 also have in common is a stitched-on overlay that pulls the midfoot towards the heel to provide a good amount of support at the back of the shoe.

The main difference is that the overlays are thicker and wider on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, especially on the medial side of the shoe.

But this is understandably so, since the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is meant to provide support to overpronators, while the Brooks Ghost 7 is for runners who do not need much support.

Similarities continue throughout the midsole where both the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 have a BioMoGo midsole with Brooks DNA cushioning.

The main difference is the way the cushioning has been laid out and which causes the Brooks Ghost 7 to feel much softer under your feet than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, it still does not outcushion the Brooks Ghost 7.

But the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is meant to provide support to overpronators, who also tend to need a bit firmer foam than that offered by neutral cushioning running shoes.

The next similarity in the midsole is the crash under the heel. While the crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 7 has a similar function as that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, which is to soften your landing, they are laid out differently.

The crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 7 has a horshoe shape with a piece on the lateral side and another section on the inner side. In addition, the crash pad runs till the midfoot.

The crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, however, runs only on the lateral side of the shoe, but runs for the full length of the shoe to provide you with a very smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The reason why it does not wrap to the inside of the midsole is because there is a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole that stops overpronation, which is the main function of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

The outsoles of the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 look very similar in the amount of separation they provide with very small squarish lugs in the forefoot.

But the Brooks Ghost 7 provides full ground contact whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 still has a little plastic shank on the medial side of the shoe, which prevents full ground contact there.

But all in all, you should get a smooth ride from either running shoe. And as far as stiffness goes, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is a little bit stiffer than the Brooks Ghost 7, but this again has to do with providing support and stability.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Brooks Ghost 7 weighs about 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

If you require a running shoe that provides lots of support and stability with cushioning that is not too soft or too firm, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is definitely worth looking into.

However, if you do not need any kind of support and stability features in a running shoe, but are rather looking for a very soft and comfortable running experience, then the Brooks Ghost 7 might fit the bill.

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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