Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 vs. Brooks Glycerin 14 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride. Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Glycerin 14 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 differ quite a bit due to the fact that the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with broad stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot as well as thinner stretchy no-sew overlays that run throughout the entire upper.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not come with stitched-on overlays around the midfoot but rather implements no-sew overlays in that area.

So in that respect, the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides a more secure fit than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, but the overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are positioned in such way that they provide a nice uniform pull between the saddle and the midsole.

The only stitches in the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 can be found at the front and back of the shoe.

The back of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is also more open than that of the Brooks Glycerin 14, which comes with an overlay right behind the heel.

Overall, one could argue that the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides more support through its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 does.

However, the layout and setup of the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 should prevent irritation points and thus increase the amount of comfort you get.

While the Brooks Glycerin 14 was built with providing lots of cushioning to runners in mind, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 was built with providing lots of support in mind.

These two different goals are also clearly visible when you look at the results from running shoe lab tests, which show that the Brooks Glycerin 14 is much more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

This cushiness manifests itself especially in the heel of the two running shoes, with the heel of the Brooks Glycerin 14 being very cushy and that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 on the firm side.

There are smaller differences to be noted in the amounts of forefoot cushioning of the two running shoes.

For men, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 have almost an equal amount of forefoot cushioning, with both having a very cushy forefoot.

For women, the differences are a bit larger, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 still provides an above average amount of forefoot cushioning.

Whether you are a man or a woman, you should be able to get an overall very soft ride from the Brooks Glycerin 14.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, on the other hand, provides a good amount of forefoot cushioning, but its heel might feel firm to some runners, especially heel-strikers.

However, you should still be able to get a smooth ride from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, mainly thanks to its crash pad that runs from heel to toe on the lateral side of the midsole.

On the medial side of the midsole, you will find a long medial post that provides quite a bit of support and pronation control.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 does not come with such a medial post because it is meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such kind of support or correction.

Therefore, you will also see that running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 as providing almost a maximum of stability, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 falls just above average.

The amount of stability in the Brooks Glycerin 14 is mainly thanks to the amount of ground contact it provides, which also helps smoothen your ride.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, but while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a midfoot shank on the medial side, the Brooks Glycerin 14 does not have any and thus provides full ground contact under the midfoot.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 have a good amount of separation between the rubber pods in their outsoles. This should help with shock absorption and flexibility.

As far as flexibility goes, the Brooks Glycerin 14 turns out to be much more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is not very stiff either.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for women also weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are looking for a smooth and comfortable ride from a running shoe, either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 or the Brooks Glycerin 14 could provide that. The main difference between the two running shoes lies in the type of runners they serve.

If you are a neutral runner, you may want to look into the Brooks Glycerin 14, because the amount of stability and support provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 might get in your way.

And if you are an overpronator, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 would be the one to consider.

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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