Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 vs. 16 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and support with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 adds a bit more flexibility to your ride...

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is the updated version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which is a stability running shoe that provides a lot of support to overpronators.

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The upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has changed a bit compared to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

A stitched-on piece has been added to the front of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com only has some no-sew overlays at the top with stitches at the side of the front of the shoe.

This change has probably been implemented to increase the durability of the front of the running shoe.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has maintained the no-sew overlays around the midfoot just like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, the location and layout of the overlays have changed a bit.

The overlays around the midfoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are geared toward maximizing the pull from the midsole to the saddle to really strap your foot in.

The back of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has also changed compared to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has less overlays and more mesh showing than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 at the back.

All in all, you should be able to get a similar amount of support from the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 perhaps delivering a better hold around the midfoot and some increased durability at the front of the shoe.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is known as a running shoe that delivers cushioning that is not too soft or too firm, because the running shoe is more concerned with delivering a stable ride rather than a super soft one.

While the type of cushioning has not changed in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, there are a couple of differences to be noted between the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes.

Running shoe lab tests show that for women, both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 deliver a similar amount of forefoot cushioning, with both delivering an amount that is above average.

However, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers almost the same amount of heel and forefoot cushioning, the amount of heel cushioning in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is low, so it might feel a bit firm to women.

This firmness in the heel can also be noted in the men's versions of the running shoes, but in the men's case, both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 display firmness in the heel, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivering just a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

In terms of forefoot cushioning, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 seems to have a very cushy forefoot and way more cushy than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which delivers an above average amount of forefoot cushioning.

So one could conclude that if you are a heel-stiker, you may want to look into another running shoe than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17. Female heel-strikers could still get enough protection from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, though.

What has not changed, though, is the heel-to-toe crash pad that is present in the midsoles of both running shoes. This adds stability and smoother heel-to-toe transitions to your ride.

What has also not changed much is the long post on the medial side of the midsole that provides a good amount of pronation control and tries to do so progressively with different densities of foam.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 as being almost equally stable, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 displaying just a tiny bit more stability than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The general layout of the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has also not changed much compared to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Both running shoes display a great amount of separation between their small rubber pods so are good to dissipate shock to smoothen your ride even more.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for both men and women. Note that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is a bit on the stiff side for both genders.

While the flexibility between the two running shoes is not very big for men, it should be noticeable for women.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 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 Adrenaline GTS 17 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is a slightly lighter and more flexible version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and provides a slightly more secure wrap around the midfoot.

However, if you are an overpronator who is looking for tons of stability and support, you could go with either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, because both running shoes can deliver that.

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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