Brooks Beast 16 vs. 18 review

Brooks Beast 16 provides a ton of stability and support to severe overpronators. Brooks Beast 18 maintains support but increases the amount of comfort and breathability in the upper.

The Brooks Beast 18 is the updated version of the Brooks Beast 16, which is a motion control running shoe for severe overpronators and runners who have flat feet.

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The female version of the Brooks Beast 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is the Brooks Ariel 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, and what is written here in this article applies to both the Brooks Ariel 18 and the Brooks Beast 18.

The main changes to the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 have been made to the upper.

The Brooks Ariel 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com / Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a good amount of no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot and also running on the toe box.

These overlays tend to flare out from the saddle towards the midsole to give a good distribution of support from front to back.

This has changed in the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18, which also comes with no-sew overlays around the midfoot, but these overlays pull the saddle back towards the heel to open up the forefoot for comfort.

There are still no-sew overlays running along the upper edge of the midsole in the forefoot, but they are not big enough to cover the bunion window, which is more open in the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 than it is in the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16.

Both the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 and the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 come with a stitched-on toecap at the front, so you still get a good amount of durability in that area.

While both the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 come with an external heel counter for extra support behind the heel, the heel counter differs somewhat in the two running shoes.

The external heel counter of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 tends to wrap and cup the heel more fully than that of the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18.

The mesh has also been updated in the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18.

All in all, the amount of support delivered by the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is a bit more than in the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18, but the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 should feel a bit more comfortable than the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16, especially in the forefoot.

By the looks of it, the midsole of the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 has not changed compared to that of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16.

Both running shoes come with a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole. This crash pad is well segmented to not only deliver shock absorption but also help you achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The long post on the medial side of the midsole has not been changed in length and neither has the midfoot shank that hooks into the medial post to reinforce it.

Both the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 and the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 make use of the same type of midsole material, and these running shoes are meant to not only deliver tons of support but also a good amount of cushioning.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes have not changed either compared to each other. The outsole of the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is an exact copy of that of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 down to the small rubber pods and amount of flex grooves.

While the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is not expected to be an extremely flexible running shoe, because this running shoe is for heavier and bigger runners who need a bit of stiffness in their shoes for support, any flexibility you experienced in the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 should be pretty much the same in the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18.

The Brooks Ariel 16 for women weighs approximately 11.4 oz (323 grams), while the Brooks Ariel 18 for women weighs approximately 11.8 oz (335 grams).

The Brooks Beast 16 for men weighs approximately 13.6 oz (386 grams), and the Brooks Beast 18 for men weighs 13.3 oz (377 grams).

If you are a severe overpronator who needs a lot of stability and support, you could choose either the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 or the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18.

There haven't been enough changes made to the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 to make the running experience you got from the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 feel completely different.

However, the changes that have been made to the upper of the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 might make it feel a bit less tight and thus more comfortable than the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16, but you do give up some of the extra support you got from the upper of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 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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