Brooks Beast 14 vs. Brooks Addiction 12 review

Brooks Beast 14 provides maximum support to severe overpronators. Brooks Addiction 12 provides a stable platform to bigger runners who need lots of stability and support.

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The Brooks Beast 14 and the Brooks Addiction 12 fall in the motion control running shoe category so are meant to provide lots of stability and support to runners. Everything written about the Brooks Beast 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com in this article also applies to the Brooks Ariel 14 for women.

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Support starts in the upper, where both the Brooks Beast 14 and the Brooks Addiction 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com have sturdy overlays wrapping the midfoot.

But while the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no-sew overlays in mainly the front part of the shoe, the Brooks Addiction 12 only comes with stitched-on overlays in its upper.

The overlay that wraps the midfoot is also broader on the Brooks Beast 14 than the overlays around the midfoot of the Brooks Addiction 12.

The latter also applies to the stitched-on overlay at the back of the shoes, where the Brooks Beast 14 covers a larger area.

While the forefoot of the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14 may not cause much irriation due to the no-sew overlays used in that area, the Brooks Addiction 12 provides support on a basic way in all the right places, so both running shoes deliver a good amount of support through their uppers.

Both the Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Beast 14 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

The main difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Beast 14 and the Brooks Addiction 12 can be found on the lateral side, where the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14 has a full-length, well-segmented crash pad to provide soft landings with smooth transitions to toe-off thereafter.

The Brooks Addiction 12 does not have a full-length crash pad. Its crash pad is located as a small triangular area at the back under the heel.

Because both running shoes are stability running shoes, they have a device to provide pronation control to severe overpronators. This device is located on the medial side of the midsole and they look pretty similar.

The medial post of both the Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14 are topped at the back by different densities of foam to make the pronation control more gradual as your foot rolls in.

The main difference between the medial posts is that the medial post of the Brooks Beast 14 is reinforced by a midfoot shank that hooks into the foam to create a supportive web.

The Brooks Addiction 12 does not have a midfoot shank that hooks into the foam. Nonetheless, you should get a large amount of pronation control from the Brooks Addiction 12, since its medial post is quite long and large.

Not having a midfoot shank also allows the Brooks Addiction 12 to provide more ground contact than the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14, which adds to the stability of the running shoe and the smoothness of transitions.

The fact that the Brooks Addiction 12 provides more ground contact also makes its rubber outsole look somewhat different from that of the Brooks Beast 14.

Both running shoes have a fairly linear platform that make them suitable for runners who have flat or large feet. However, the midfoot and heel of the Brooks Beast 14 tend to be a bit broader than those of the Brooks Addiction 12.

The outsoles of both running shoes are well segmented for shock absorption and dissipation, and they have a good amount of flex grooves for flexibility.

However, the flex grooves of the Brooks Beast 14 run straighter from side to side than those of the Brooks Addiction 12, which should encourage easier movement in the shoe.

The Brooks Addiction 12 for women weighs approximately 11.9 oz (337 grams) and the Brooks Ariel 14 for women weighs about 12.0 oz (340 grams).

The Brooks Addiction 12 weighs approximately 13.5 oz (383 grams) and the Brooks Beast 14 weighs 13.8 oz (391 grams).

If you are a severe overpronator who is a bit on the heavy side or who requires lots of stability and support from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Addiction 12 or the Brooks Beast 14 / Brooks Ariel 14.

The Brooks Beast 14 might provide smoother, more supportive, and more comfortable rides than the Brooks Addiction 12, but the Brooks Addiction 12 provides all the basics that you need in a motion control running shoe.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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