Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 vs. 17 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support to moderate overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 adds a bit more comfort and softness to your ride...

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is the updated version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, which is a running shoe that offers lots of support to moderate overpronators.

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The main changes in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 have been in the upper, where ovelays have been removed from the forefoot and partly from the midfoot.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a good amount of no-sew overlays that uniformly pull the saddle towards the midsole.

These overlays cover the sides of the forefoot and might feel tight to some runners.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com makes use of engineered mesh that provides some structure and support without using overlays.

Therefore, the tightness that you may have experienced in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 should be gone in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, and you should get a much softer feel in that area.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has also lost a lot of the overlays that cover the midfoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, and the support has been shifted more towards the back of the running shoe around the heel.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a stitched-on toecap that has been replaced on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 by thin no-sew overlays.

The back of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 also looks a bit different compared to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has a more open heel at the back, where the overlays wrap around the heel, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 provides support directly behind the heel with an extra overlay.

All in all, you should be able to get a more secure and supportive fit from the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is more focused on having enough to keep your foot on the running platform, while increasing the amount of comfort you get from the upper.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 make use of the same type of midsole material that provides a moderate amount of cushioning to runners.

The midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has changed a bit in construction compared to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has a crash pad that runs from the back of the running shoe around the lateral side of the midsole all the way to the front.

This has changed somewhat in the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, where the crash pad has been more integrated into the midsole.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of separation in the midsole and a good amount of ground contact for stability and smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

As far as cushioning goes, men should get an above average amount of forefoot cushioning, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivering just a tiny bit more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

Women should have a similar experience, according to running shoe lab test results, which show that the the amount of forefoot cushioning is also above average, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivering just a tiny bit more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

However, running shoe lab tests display a big difference in heel cushioning between the two running shoes.

Whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provided a below average amount of heel cushioning to both men and women, with the possibility of the heel feeling a bit firm to some runners, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 provides an above average amount of heel cushioning and displays a nice balance between forefoot and heel cushioning for both men and women.

Therefore, both men and women should be able to get an overall softer ride from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, according to running shoe lab test results.

On the medial side of the midsole, there have been some changes too.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 come with a long medial post that is backed by different densities of foam to make the process of controlling overpronation more gradual.

They are also both reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side. This midfoot shank looks different on the two running shoes, but it should perform the same function of increasing midfoot integrity.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is a very stable running shoe, and that has not changed much in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The outsoles of both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 display a large degree of separation and use small rubber pods to deliver shock absorption and dissipation.

The rubber pods under the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 seem to be better aligned, although the amount and placement of flex grooves has not changed much.

This should benefit the flexibility of the running shoe a little bit, although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS does not tend to be a highly flexible running shoe. The amount of flexibility is generally on the average side.

Because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has dropped some of the heavier and more plentiful overlays used on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, it turns out to be somewhat lighter than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for both men and women.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs about 0.3 oz (8 grams) less for women and 0.7 oz (19 grams) less for men.

If you are a moderate overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support from a running shoe, you could consider running in either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides a more secure and supportive fit than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 provides a more comfortable fit and an overall softer ride than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

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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