Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Brooks Adrenalince GTS 15 provides lots of stability and support with cushioning that is not too soft or too firm. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a very soft ride to neutral runners...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are two entirely different types of running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 meant to provide support and the Brooks Glycerin 13 cushioning.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ quite a bit.

While both have a largely no-sew upper, the Brooks Glycerin 13 still has some stitches in the broad overlay that wraps the midfoot on both sides of the shoe.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 on the other hand, has broader no-sew overlays on the medial side of the upper to provide extra support to overpronators there.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 also has 3-D Fit Print overlays running through its entire upper to provide structure. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 does not have this. And finally, both running shoes have stitched-on pieces at the front and the back.

While the Brooks Glycerin 13 may provide a little bit more support than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 in its upper, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides enough support in all the right places to keep your foot on the running platform.

The biggest differences between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 can be found in the midsole, where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a BioMoGo DNA midsole and the Brooks Glycerin 13 a Super DNA midsole.

Super DNA provides 25% more cushioning than BioMoGo DNA, so one would expect the Brooks Glycerin 13 to be more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests confirm this. However, you must keep in mind that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is geared towards runners who need support, and generally cushioning that is too soft does not provide much stability and support.

Therefore, the cushioning in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is just right – not too soft or too firm – for overpronators requiring support.

Another difference in the midsole is the medial post in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 that is meant to stop your foot from rolling too far inward after heel-strike and the full-length well-segmented crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 is meant to provide cushioning and not stability, so it does not implement a medial post for overpronators.

Another point of difference between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 is their outsoles. The configuration and layout of the outsoles differ quite a bit.

Both have well-segmented outsoles, but the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 displays more segmentation and deep flex grooves than that of the Brooks Glycerin 13.

In addition, the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is separated into three sections to take care of distributing pressure under the foot for a smoother ride.

And also, the heel of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is more rounded than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 to take stress off joints.

Finally, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a small midfoot shank on the medial side to reinforce the medial post, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 provides full ground contact under the midfoot.

While both running shoes should provide you with a smooth ride, they differ in the amount of flexibility offered. For women, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 turns out to be more flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 13, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 is more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs about 8.9 oz (252 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

Making a decision between the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is not a difficult one. If you are an overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be the one to look into.

And if you are a runner looking for lots of cushioning and smooth heel-to-toe transitions, but who do not need stability and support, then the Brooks Glycerin 13 might be the one for 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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