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

Brooks Beast 16 provides a ton of stability and support to severe overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers stability with cushioning that is not too firm or too soft.

NEW! Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 fall in the stability category of running shoes, with the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 being a motion control running shoe.

The latter means that the Brooks Ariel 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com / Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is meant to provide more support than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which is why the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is meant to be worn by severe overpronators and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 by overpronators who require a lot of stability and support but not to the extent of needing a motion control running shoe.

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The Brooks Beast 16 and Brooks Ariel 16 look very much like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com when you first look at them.

But as you look closer, you will notice subtle differences.

For starters, both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 come with no-sew overlays in their uppers to increase the amount of comfort you get.

They are not completely seamless, but a large part of their uppers is. The Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 has just a couple of stitches more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 in places where they would not cause much irritation anyway.

The Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 implements thick no-sew overlays like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, but it also has thinner no-sew overlays amidst the thicker ones to provide more support.

Those thinner no-sew overlays are missing from the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, so it naturally has less overlays in its upper.

What is also different is that the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 comes with an external heel counter at the back that increases the amount of support behind the heel.

All in all, the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 provides more support through its upper than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

When you look at the midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16, they look very similar, especially on the lateral side.

This is mainly due to the fact that they both come with a full-length crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe around the lateral side to the front of the shoe.

This crash pad increases the stability of both running shoes in addition to providing you with a soft and smooth transition from heel to toe.

When you turn the shoes to look on the medial side of the midsole, you will see a long medial post in both running shoes. This medial post is to control overpronation.

The length is about the same in both the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, and they both also come with different densities of foam at the back to make the process of stopping your foot from rolling in too far more gradual.

The medial posts also run high in both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16. What differs is the midfoot shank implemented by the running shoes.

The midfoot shank is located on the medial side in both running shoes and hooks into the medial post to reinforce it.

But while the midfoot shank of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 remain just under the midfoot, that of the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 has a section that flattens out and moves toward the back of the shoe to provide a structure in the medial post to reinforce it even more.

This is a good indication of the amount of support you can expect to get from the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 implement two different types of cushioning, with the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 having the more premium and softer version of Brooks DNA cushioning.

However, this does not mean that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 cannot provide runners with a soft ride. The amount of cushioning you can expect to get from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is just above average.

Both men and women can expect to get a good amount of cushioning in the forefoot. However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 might feel a bit firm to men; the women's heel provides a good amount of cushioning, though.

Similarities between the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 continue in the outsole, where both running shoes provide a large amount of separation and implement small and plentiful rubber pods.

This should benefit shock absorption and also the smoothness of your ride. Both running shoes also provide a good amount of ground contact to increase the stability and benefit heel-to-toe transitions.

The main difference between the outsoles is the fact that the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 has a straighter and broader platform than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

This is a good indication that the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is a good running shoe for runners who have flat or broad feet.

The Brooks Ariel 16 for women weighs approximately 11.4 oz (323 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for women weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The Brooks Beast 16 for men weighs approximately 13.6 oz (386 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men weighs approximately 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support without the heaviness of a motion control running shoe, you can look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

However, if you know you need a lot of stability and support to the amount provided by a motion control running shoe, you may want to look into the Brooks Beast 16 / 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.

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