Brooks Ariel / Beast 16 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Brooks Beast 16 provides a ton of stability and support to severe overpronators. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth and cushy ride.

NEW! Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 fall in the stability category of running shoes, but the Brooks Beast 16 for men and Brooks Ariel 16 for women are motion control running shoes while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is not.

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The upper of the Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com / Brooks Ariel 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com resembles the upper a previous version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS had.

While the overlays around the midfoot of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 are no-sew overlays, they fan out to provide a secure fit around the midfoot.

The overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are also no-sew but do not wrap the midfoot. They run almost parallel to the midsole and from the saddle to the heel, so the fit is not as secure as in the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16.

In addition, the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 comes with an external heel counter at the back to really increase the amount of support around the heel whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 only has overlays partially covering the heel.

The overlays at the front of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com have also been reduced to no-sew overlays and very sparingly, while the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 comes with a durable stitched-on toecap at the front.

All in all, it is clear that the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 was built with comfort in mind, while that of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 was built with support in mind.

The midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 look quite similar in the way they have been constructed.

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 makes use of a somewhat cushier type of midsole material than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, but both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot for stability and smoother heel-to-toe transitions and are well segmented on the lateral side, which helps increase the stability as well as the smoothness of your ride.

On the medial side of the midsole, they both come with a long medial post to help stop your feet from rolling too far inward.

The medial post is a bit longer in the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and while both have a midfoot shank hooking into the medial post, the midfoot shank of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 spreads out under the medial post to really reinforce it.

This means that you can expect to get a stronger degree of pronation control from the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 than you would get from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

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Note that the midfoot shanks in both running shoes are only located on the medial side and do not reach the lateral side.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is surprisingly cushy in both the heel and the forefoot when you look at lab test results and compare it to previous versions of the running shoe.

While there are no lab test results available for the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16, it is meant to deliver a soft ride.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 looks very much like that of previous versions of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has a slightly different setup and construction in its outsole, but its outsole is as well separated as the outsole of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16, with small rubber pods and good segmentation on the lateral side.

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 have the same amount of flex grooves, but the flex grooves in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are slightly longer and it also has some vertical sections.

Nonetheless, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is somewhat stiff for both men and women, so it would be surprising if the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 were not also stiff.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), and the Brooks Ariel 16 weighs 11.4 oz (323 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the Brooks Beast 16 weighs 13.6 oz (386 grams).

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is a heavy running shoe that can be dealt with by bigger and heavier runners who can handle such weight.

If you are a moderate to severe overpronator who does not require a motion control running shoe, you could look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

However, if you are a bigger runner who pronates severely, 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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