Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. 14 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and support and a smooth ride. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provides a good balance between cushioning and stability...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is two versions newer than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 but both fall in the stability category of running shoes from Brooks. They are expected to differ greatly because of their age difference.

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Differences start in the upper where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 consists almost entirely of no-sew overlays and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 has a mixture of traditional stitched-on overlays and no-sew overlays.

Traditional overlays tend to be more sturdy, supportive, and last longer. And the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 has these overlays right over the midfoot to wrap it on both sides.

In addition, on the medial side, the overlays have a bit more coverage so offer more support, which is exactly what overpronators need.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no-sew overlays connecting the saddle to the midsole across the midfoot and then wrapping the outsides of the forefoot.

The no-sew overlays running over the toe box of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 are very light and the bunion window is a bit larger than in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, so it should feel a bit more comfortable.

And finally, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 has a sturdy stitched-on overlay at the back to provide extra support behind the heel whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a couple of stitches in its no-sew overlays at the back.

All in all, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 offers a more secure and supportive fit than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

While both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provide heel-to-toe cushioning, Brooks cushioning has evolved over the years, so the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is expected to provide you with better cushioning.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is known for its cushioning that is not too soft nor too firm, and this was already evident in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, which offers average and below average cushioning, but cushioning that is very balanced in the heel and the forefoot.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 offers above average cushioning for women with a very balanced profile between heel and forefoot cushioning, and it outcushions the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

For men, however, the cushioning profiles lie closer to each other with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 providing just a tad more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 providing more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The cushioning profile of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is more balanced than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men, and the amount of cushioning offered by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is average.

While both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 have a crash pad under the heel, the crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 runs till the midfoot, while that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 runs along the entire outer length of the midsole.

So you can expect to get smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 than you would from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is known for the amount of support it provides to overpronators through its medial post that helps stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This medial post has evolved over the years, but the concept has remained the same. It runs a little bit futher toward the back in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 than it does in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, but the pronation control they deliver should not differ much from each other.

Both consist of several densities of foam to give you a more gradual effect and both run high.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS is another thing that has evolved during the years, but what has not changed is the segmentation, especially under the heel and crash pad.

The segmentation and separation is a bit different in the forefoot with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 having smaller and more squarish rubber pods than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

This should help greatly with shock absorption, but running shoe lab tests show that it does not help much with flexibility because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 turns out to be the more flexible running shoe of the two for both genders.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for women weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 weighs about 11.2 oz (318 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides tons of stability and support, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, since both are very supportive running shoes.

However, if you are looking for a more securely fitting upper and a slightly more flexible running shoe that is not necessarily more cushy, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 would be a good option.

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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