Brooks Ghost 9 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability and support with cushioning that is not too firm nor too soft. Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft ride with a touch of stability.

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The Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Ghost 9 a neutral cushioning running shoe that is not meant to provide stability and support but does to a certain degree.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are similar in that they are largely seamless, with the Brooks Ghost 9 being more seamless than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

A big difference lies in the type of mesh used. The mesh of the Brooks Ghost 9 is more open than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, and it also has some structure in it that partially replaces the need for overlays.

The no-sew overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are slightly thicker than those on the Brooks Ghost 9, especially around the midfoot, so the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may provide a better hold in that area.

Both running shoes have overlays that wrap around the heel to increase the amount of support there. And while the Brooks Ghost 9 does not have overlays running directly on the toe box, the overlays wrapping the midfoot come far forward, which may give a tighter fit around the bottom of the saddle.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 also has overlays running from the saddle to the sides of the forefoot and that provide a tighter fit in the forefoot area.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 may have more overlays and stitches than the Brooks Ghost 9, but the Brooks Ghost 9 still provides enough support in all the right places.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ghost 9 implement a similar type of cushioning that is not too soft or too firm.

This is especially evident when you look at running shoe lab tests, which indicate that the amount of forefoot cushioning come close to each other in the two running shoes.

Both the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 provide above average forefoot cushioning that should not impede you to run fast, while still giving you a soft toe-off.

The difference in forefoot cushioning is minimal, with the Brooks Ghost 9 having just a tiny bit more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for both men and women.

The big difference in cushioning can be found in the heel, where the Brooks Ghost 9 tends to have a very cushy heel.

The amount of heel cushioning in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is on the average side for women and somewhat firm for men.

So if you are a heel-striker who is looking for a good amount of cushioning, the Brooks Ghost 9 would be the one to turn to instead of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Another similarity between the midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ghost 9 is the fact that they both come with a full-length crash pad that runs from the back of the heel around the lateral side all the way to the front.

Such a crash pad increases the stability of a running shoe, which is also why the Brooks Ghost 9 scores high in running shoe lab tests in the stability department. But it does not score higher than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Nothing beats the extra support that comes with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 on the medial side in the form of a long post that helps stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This medial post consists of several densities of foam to make the process more gradual and is reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side under the midfoot.

So if you are an overpronator who needs a good amount of support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 would be the one to turn to instead of the Brooks Ghost 9.

The outsoles of the Brooks Ghost 9 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are very similar in that they consist of small rubber pods and display a large degree of separation.

The large degree of separation should allow both running shoes to provide you with smoother rides, and their good amount of ground contact with smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

While the Brooks Ghost 9 has more cuts in the rubber in its outsole, which results in smaller rubber pods, it does not help the running shoe be more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, according to running shoe lab tests.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are on the stiff side, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 turns out to be just a tiny bit more flexible for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs about 9.0 oz (255 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 9 for men weighs 10.5 oz (298 grams).

If you are a neutral runner looking for a very soft ride from a running shoe that provides a good amount of stability without being a stability running shoe, you may want to look into the Brooks Ghost 9.

However, if you are an overpronator who needs a good amount of support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 might be the one for you.

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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