Shoes similar to Brooks Adrenaline

The Brooks Adrenaline provides a smooth and supportive ride with cushioning that is just right. Learn which running shoes are similar to the Brooks Adrenaline and in what way.

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The Brooks Adrenaline is a premier stability running shoe from Brooks that is known for its cushioning that is not too soft or too firm, and its excellent pronation control through a medial post in its midsole.

So to find one or more running shoes that are similar to the Brooks Adrenaline The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, we must look at stability running shoes from other manufacturers.

These running shoes must deliver tons of stability and support as well as a smooth ride, since the full-length crash pad and large degree of segmentation in the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline are features that really smoothen your ride.

There aren't many running shoes that are like the Brooks Adrenaline, but we can find a few that come very close to what the Brooks Adrenaline offers.

New Balance 860

The New Balance 860 is probably the only running shoe that comes closest to the Brooks Adrenaline due to its features and cushioning profile that are similar to that of the Brooks Adrenaline.

The softness and smooth transition that is achieved through the full-length crash pad of the Brooks Adrenaline can be achieved by the shock absorbing cushioning in the midsole of the New Balance 860 on the lateral side of the shoe.

The stability that the Brooks Adrenaline achieves through its long medial post can be achieved through the medial post of the New Balance in combination with its wide forefoot and asymmetrical heel counter.

The midfoot shank of the New Balance 860 is also much larger under the midfoot to add more stability.

What is also similar is the fact that the New Balance 860 has a double density midsole that helps regulate pronation control just like the multiple densities of foam used in the Brooks Adrenaline.

What the New Balance 860 cannot beat the Brooks Adrenaline in is the amount of segmentation in the outsole. The Brooks Adrenaline is just too segmented and this benefits the smoothness of your ride.

However, the New Balance 860 has a much more supportive upper with good sturdy overlays in all the right places.

You can read more about the differences and similarities between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the New Balance 860v6 here.

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey

The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is another one of those stability running shoes that comes very close to the features and cushioning profile of the Brooks Adrenaline.

The upper of the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is also similar to that of the Brooks Adrenaline, since they are both no-sew. The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey has a knitted mesh upper with bands that connect the laces to the midsole around the midfoot to keep your foot in place over the platform and give you support where you need it most as an overpronator.

And unlike the Brooks Adrenaline, the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey comes with an external heel counter for added support behind the heel.

The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey provides cushioning similar to that of the Brooks Adrenaline in that the cushioning the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey provides is not too soft or too firm. In fact, it is quite balanced.

Another big similarity is that the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey uses several densities of foam in its midsole to provide stability and support, but unlike the Brooks Adrenaline that has a medial post that runs from the back till under the arch, the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey provides support along the entire medial side of the midsole with three different densities of foam.

The end result is that the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey turns out to provide a similar amount of support as the Brooks Adrenaline does.

And finally, the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey sits lower on the ground and is lighter than the Brooks Adrenaline so good for runners who are looking for a fast-paced run. But the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey has a larger tag price and is $30 more expensive.

Saucony Omni

While the Saucony Omni does not look anything like the Brooks Adrenaline, the amount of support it provides comes close to that of the Brooks Adrenaline.

The biggest difference between the Saucony Omni and the Brooks Adrenaline can be found in the upper where the Saucony Omni provides more support than the Brooks Adrenaline through the use of stitched-on overlays on the medial side and around the heel.

The Saucony Omni 14 also has a sturdy external heel counter that the Brooks Adrenaline does not have.

While there is a huge difference between the amount of forefoot cushioning provided by the two running shoes with the Saucony Omni being very cushy in its forefoot, the amount of heel cushioning delivered by the two running shoes comes closer to each other.

The Saucony Omni has a heel that is not too soft or too firm, similar to the type of cushioning provided by the Brooks Adrenaline.

What the Saucony Omni is missing, however, is a full-length crash pad and a large degree of segmentation and separation in its outsole to allow it to deliver a smooth ride like the Brooks Adrenaline does.

You can read more about the differences and similarities between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Saucony Omni 14 here.

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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