Brooks Beast 14 vs. 16 review

Brooks Beast 14 provides maximum support to severe overpronators. Brooks Beast 16 increases the amount of comfort in the upper and the stability and smoothness of your ride.

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is the updated version of the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14, which is a running shoe that is geared toward runners who excessively overpronate.

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Everything that applies to the Brooks Beast 16 also applies to the Brooks Ariel 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, which is the female counterpart of the Brooks Beast 16.

The Brooks Beast 16 has changed its look a bit compared to the Brooks Beast 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The amount of no-sew overlays has been increased in the Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

While the Brooks Beast 16 still has a couple of stitches in the saddle, at the back, and at the front of the shoe, Brooks has done away with the broad stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot in the Brooks Beast 14.

This should increase the amount of comfort you get and decrease the chance of irritation taking place.

It also reduces the amount of midfoot support you get through the upper compared to the amount you get from the Brooks Beast 14, but it should still be enough because the Brooks Beast 16 comes with quite a few no-sew overlays around the midfoot.

Another change is that the Brooks Beast 16 comes with an external heel counter that reinforces the amount of support you get behind the heel.

The Brooks Beast 14 just has overlays for additional support behind the heel in addition to the standard heel cup, of course.

The Brooks Beast 16 comes with a Super DNA midsole just like the Brooks Glycerin so is intended to provide quite a bit of cushioning to heavier runners.

The Brooks Beast 14 has the standard BioMoGo DNA midsole just like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS, which provides an above average amount of cushioning.

What has not changed, however, is the presence of a full-length crash pad. However, the crash is broken up at the midfoot in the Brooks Beast 14, while it is not in the Brooks Beast 16.

The crash pad in the Brooks Beast 16 looks very much like the crash pad in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which runs uninteruptedly from the back of the shoe to the front on the lateral side.

The crash pad is well segmented to smoothen your ride and provide a large amount of stability.

The Brooks Beast 16 also has a slightly different medial post compared to the Brooks Beast 14.

However, the length of the medial post is about the same and there are still different densities of foam at the back to give a more gradual control of overpronation as your foot rolls in.

The medial post is reinforced by a midfoot shank, which comes high up in the midsole of the Brooks Beast 14.

The midfoot shank is less noticeable in the Brooks Beast 16 and does not go across the whole midfoot like in the Brooks Beast 14.

And the piece that comes up into the medial post is more flattened out in the Brooks Beast 16 than it is in the Brooks Beast 14.

This might have a small impact on the amount and type of pronation control provided by Brooks Beast 16 compared to the Brooks Beast 14.

The look and layout of the outsole of the Brooks Beast 16 has also changed compared to that of the Brooks Beast 14.

The outsole of the Brooks Beast 16 looks more like that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, which displays a good amount of separation and a large amount of small rubber pods, which should not only help to dissipate shock but also provide a bit of flexibility.

What has not changed is the platform, which is linear and good for runners who have large, broad, or flat feet.

The Brooks Ariel 16 for women weighs approximately 11.4 oz (323 grams) and the Brooks Ariel 14 for women weighs about 12.0 oz (340 grams).

The Brooks Beast 16 weighs approximately 13.6 oz (386 grams) and the Brooks Beast 14 weighs 13.8 oz (391 grams).

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is an overall nice update of the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14 with newer and more modern materials.

The Brooks Beast 16 delivers more comfort in the upper and also increases the amount of stability and smoothness of your ride.

However, the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14 might still turn out to be a tiny bit more supportive than the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 due to the type of overlays used in the upper and the type of midfoot shank used in the midsole.

It is just a matter of trying them out to see which one works for you and you like best.

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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This review falls under: Brooks

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