Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and support with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a very soft ride to neutral runners...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are two entirely different types of running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 meant to provide support to overpronators and the Brooks Glycerin 13 cushioning to neutral runners.

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The upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differs quite a bit from that of the Brooks Glycerin 13.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with a broad overlay that wraps the midfoot on both sides of the shoe. This overlay has some stitches in it, but should provide runners with a good amount of support around the midfoot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot and they are not as broad as those on the Brooks Glycerin 13.

In addition, the Brooks Glycerin 13 has more no-sew overlays than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 running in its entire upper to provide structure.

The bunion window is a bit restricted in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and while it is not free of overlays in the Brooks Glycerin 13, the latter may provide a more comfortable fit in that area.

Finally, both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel, but if I had to choose a winner for providing support in the upper, it would be the Brooks Glycerin 13.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 provide heel-to-toe cushioning, but in different degrees and types.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 has a midsole that is supposed to provide 25% more cushioning than the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 due to the type of cushioning used.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is known to provide cushioning that is not too soft nor too firm, since it is meant to provide stability and support to overpronators.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is very cushy compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men, especially in the heel.

However, the amount of cushioning provided by both running shoes come close to each other in the women's versions of the shoes, with the Brooks Glycerin 13 being just a tad more cushy in the heel and forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The big difference between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 is the amount of stability and support provided through the midsole.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 has a good support system in place on the medial side of the midsole with its long piece of firmer foam to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 does not offer such support, since it is intended to be worn by runners who do not need such kind of stability and support.

Instead, the Brooks Glycerin 13 tries to make your ride more comfortable by having a rounded heel that reduces stress on joints and encourages better alignment, separate pressure zones in the outsole to distribute pressure, and full ground contact for a touch of stability and a smoother ride.

It should be noted though that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 also has the potential to give you a smooth ride due to its large segmentation in its rubber pods in the outsole and its full-length crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole.

So while the Brooks Glycerin 13 does provide some stability and support, it is not as much as that provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Running shoe lab tests show that both running shoes are quite stiff for women, but that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is way more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams) and the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs about 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are an overpronator who needs lots of stability and support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 would suit you better than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

However, if you need a little bit of stability and support, in addition to a soft, smooth, and comfortable ride, then the Brooks Glycerin 13 is definitely worth looking into.

Heel-strikers would also benefit more from the Brooks Glycerin 13 than from 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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This review falls under: Brooks

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