Brooks Launch 4 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 review

Brooks Launch 4 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride.

The Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are geared towards different types of runners, with the Brooks Launch 4 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 a stability running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Launch 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differs from that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 in that it does not come with overlays on the toe box.

Most of the overlays on the Brooks Launch 4 run from the midfoot towards the back of the running shoe.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, on the other hand, has overlays that uniformly pull the saddle towards the midsole.

These overlays also cover part of the toe box so would produce a tighter fit in the forefoot than the Brooks Launch 4.

Both running shoes come with a stitched-on toecap so provide a bit of durability at the front.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a couple of stitches at the back, but the amount of overlays is similar to that of the Brooks Launch 4, so the amount of support should also be comparable.

All in all, while both running shoes are geared towards providing runners with comfort, the Brooks Launch 4 is the one that is likely to provide a somewhat looser and thus more comfortable fit than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, which provides a secure fit around the midfoot, exactly what overpronators need.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Launch 4 make use of the same type of cushioning in their midsoles, and this shows up somewhat in the cushioning profiles obtained from running shoe lab tests.

Overall, both the Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 seem to provide a below average amount of heel cushioning, which means that their heels might feel a bit firm to some runners, especially heel-strikers.

The Brooks Launch 4 seems to provide just a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, but the difference is barely noticeable.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Launch 4 deliver an above average amount of forefoot cushioning, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivering more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Launch 4 to both men and women.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 can be said to have a cushy forefoot, while the forefoot of the Brooks Launch 4 is somewhat cushy yet responsive.

The two big differences that can be found in the midsoles are on the medial side, where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a long medial post but the Brooks Launch 4 does not, and on the lateral side, where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a full-length crash pad but the Brooks Launch 4 only has a small crash zone under the heel.

These differences make the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 be much more stable than the Brooks Launch 4, and running shoe lab tests results corroborate this.

The Brooks Launch 4 delivers a below average amount of stability, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers almost a maximum amount.

This is fine, though, because the Brooks Launch 4 is meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need much stability and support, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is meant to be worn by overpronators who need lots of stability and support.

The outsoles of the two running shoes display a large degree of separation, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 having smaller rubber pods than the Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Launch 4 having more flex grooves than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

These flex grooves, together with the fact that the Brooks Launch 4 has somewhat less forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, help the Brooks Launch 4 to be a very flexible running shoe, according to running shoe lab tests.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is on the stiffer end of the spectrum for both men and women but is not extremely stiff.

Another difference between the outsoles is that the rubber under the midfoot of the Brooks Launch 4 forms an X so that the shoe can deliver faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 4 weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for women also weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Launch 4 weighs about 9.2 oz (261 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

The features of the Brooks Launch 4 indicate that it was made for neutral runners who want to feel light and go fast, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is for the overpronator who wants and needs a lot of stability and support.

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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