Brooks Launch 5 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Brooks Launch 5 is a light neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride to overpronators...

The Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 being a stability running shoe for overpronators and the Brooks Launch 5 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Launch 5 are similar in that they expose quite a bit of mesh and have a forefoot that is wide open and free from overlays.

Most of the support come from the structure of the mesh itself, and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 comes with extra overlays along the saddle and that run halfway from the midfoot towards the back of the running shoe.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 also has an overlay behind the heel for additional support, while the back of the Brooks Launch 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com only has mesh and an overlay around the collar.

The uppers of both the Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 have been kept light and have been built with comfort in mind.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is exptected to deliver somewhat more support through its upper than the Brooks Launch 5, but most of this support is located around the back part of the running shoe.

The Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 make use of the same type of midsole material and neither is meant to deliver a super cushy ride.

However, lab tests have found that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does deliver an overall cushy ride to both men and women, with men getting just a bit more cushioning than women.

The Brooks Launch is a running shoe that typically has a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning and a heel that could feel firm to some runners, but the amount of cushioning has been kept on the moderate side to help the running shoe remain responsive.

Because the Brooks Launch 5 is a neutral running shoe, it does not come with a device to control overpronation like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has a long post on the medial side to control overpronation and to help stop the feet of runners from rolling too far inward.

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This medial post is reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side and is backed by several densities of foam that help make the process of pronation control more gradual.

The midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is also more segmented than that of the Brooks Launch 5 on the lateral side, which adds stability to the running shoe but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

However, because the Brooks Launch 5 also delivers a good amount of ground contact, it can also help you achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

All in all, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is a running shoe that delivers much more stability and support than the Brooks Launch 5.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look different, but both display a good amount of separation and have a good amount of flex grooves, although the Brooks Launch 5 has more than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Launch 5 also comes with an X rubber pattern right under the midfoot to help you achieve faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has been found to be somewhat stiff for both men and women, and the Brooks Launch 5 is expected to be more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 due to its moderate amount of forefoot cushioning and good amount of flex grooves.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 5 weighs approximately 7.5 oz (212 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for women weighs 8.3 oz (235 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9 oz (255 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Launch 5 being the lighter one.

Almost everything on the Brooks Launch 5 has been set up in a way to help you go faster while still feeling comfortable on the road.

If you are a neutral runner who is into uptempo rides, the Brooks Launch 5 would be the one to look into. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers way too much pronation control for neutral runners and would get in their way.

If you are a moderate to severe overpronator who is not only looking for a lot of stability and support but also a soft ride, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 would be the one to consider.

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.


This review falls under: Brooks

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