Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 vs. Brooks Beast 16 / Ariel 16 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride. Brooks Beast 16 provides maximum support to severe overpronators.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 fall in the support category of running shoes from Brooks, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 being for moderate to severe overpronators and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 for severe overpronators.

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Everything that is written here about the Brooks Beast 16 for men also applies to the Brooks Ariel 16 for women.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Beast 16 look very much alike these days in the technologies they use.

In fact, one can go as far as to say that the Brooks Beast 16 is the more supportive brother of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The upper of the Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 come with thick no-sew overlays that fan out from the saddle toward the midsole to give you a good hold around the midfoot.

The difference is that the Brooks Beast 16 comes with thinner no-sew overlays that cover the toe box to increase the amount of support there.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 come with a stitched-on toecap at the front for durable support there.

At the back, they have their overlays wrapping around the heel, but the Brooks Beast 16 throws in an extra external heel counter to increase the amount of support behind the heel.

All in all, one could say that the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 provides a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, and that both running shoes aim to provide overpronators with a comfortable shoe to run in.

The midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Beast 16 also look very much alike.

They both provide full ground contact and have a full-length crash pad running along the lateral side of the midsole.

These two features help runners get a softer touchdown and smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

Where the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 differs somewhat is on the medial side, where there is a long medial post in both running shoes that help stop your feet from rolling too far inward.

This medial post is backed by several densities of foam to help the process of pronation control be more gradual.

The difference between the midsoles lies in the fact that the midfoot shank has a broad extra piece in the Brooks Beast 16 that hooks into the medial post under the heel to reinforce it, whereas the midfoot shank in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is discrete, small, and remains right under the midfoot.

This is a good indication of the amount of extra support the Brooks Beast 16 provides compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

Note that in both running shoes, the midfoot shank is only located on the medial side so does not prevent the shoe from touching the ground on the lateral side where the crash pad is located.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is considered to be a very stable running shoe, according to running shoe lab tests, and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 can only exceed this amount of stability.

In terms of cushioning, the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 makes use of a type of midsole material that provides more cushioning than the midsole material used by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, so the Brooks Beast should provide a soft and comfortable ride.

Note that running shoe lab tests have found that the amount of heel cushioning is on the low side in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, so its heel could feel firm to some runners. It comes with a good amount of forefoot cushioning, though.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 display a similar pattern with small rubber pods and the same amount of flex grooves in the forefoot.

The difference is that the platform of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is wider and straighter than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 as a good indication that the Brooks Beast 16 can be worn by bigger runners who have large or flat feet.

The Brooks Ariel 16 for women weighs approximately 11.4 oz (323 grams) , while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The Brooks Beast 16 weighs approximately 13.6 oz (386 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 are very stable and supportive running shoes that provide runners with a smooth and comfortable ride.

Making a decision between these two running shoes is easy if you know how severe your overpronation is.

If you have a moderate degree of overpronation but feel you need a lot of support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 might be worth looking into. It is also good for runners who want something lighter on their feet.

And if you know that you have flat feet or that your overpronation is very severe, you can try the Brooks Beast 16 or the Brooks Ariel 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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Brooks

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