Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. Brooks Ghost 8 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and support with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft. Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable and smooth ride.

NEW! Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. Brooks Ghost 9

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ghost 8 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Ghost 8 meant to provide cushioning to runners who do not need stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are very similar in that they both consist of mesh with no-sew overlays.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has one more overlay than the Brooks Ghost 8 wrapping the midfoot, but one could say that both running shoes provide lightweight support around the midfoot.

Both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 have some stitches at the back of the shoes, and the Brooks Ghost 8 also some at the front.

They both provide a good amount of support behind the heel, but the Brooks Ghost 8 may feel a bit more secure in that area than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Another difference is that unlike the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, the Brooks Ghost 8 has a minimum of very light welded-on overlays running over its toe box, and it provides structure through its mesh, therefore making the fit that it provides somewhat looser, but perhaps also more comfortable, especially around the bunion window.

After considering everything, one could see the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ghost 8 as providing a similar degree of support in their upper with the fit of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 being a bit tighter than that of the Brooks Ghost 8.

The midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ghost 8 make use of the same type of cushoning, but the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is a little bit thicker than that of the Brooks Ghost 8.

Another similarity is that both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 have crash pads that run from the back of the shoes along the lateral side all the way to the front.

This allows both running shoes to provide you with a soft touchdown, followed by a smooth transition to toe-off.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that the amount of forefoot cushioning come close to each in the two running shoes for both men and women.

The big difference can be found in heel cushioning, where the Brooks Ghost 8 has a much more cushy heel than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for both men and women, with men probably noticing the difference more than women.

So if you are a heel-striker, the Brooks Ghost 8 might suit you better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The big difference in the midsole comes in the form of a long piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which is meant to prevent your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Brooks Ghost 8 does not come with such a post, since it is a neutral cushioning running shoe for those who do not need any kind of stability and support.

However, due to its full-length crash pad, and the good ground contact that it provides, it does offer some stability to runners.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 looks very similar to that of the Brooks Ghost 8 with both consisting of small rubber pods and displaying a great degree of separation.

Separation is good for shock absorption and flexibility. However, running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are quite stiff.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams) and the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs about 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 8 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

The Brooks Ghost 8 is a surprisingly stable running shoe for its category, and provides cushioning that should feel responsive and protective, especially under the heel.

But if you are an overpronator who needs lots of support and stability, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 would be the one to consider more than the Brooks Ghost 8.

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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