Saucony Guide 7 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 review

Saucony Guide 7 delivers a good balance of cushioning and stability, while Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 offers a bit more support at the same price. Find out more about their differences.

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The Saucony Guide 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 fall in the same category of stability shoes, but the Saucony is considered a light stability or guidance shoe.

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The uppers of both the Saucony Guide 7 and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 consist of breathable mesh with synthetic overlays, and most of the overlays are thick and sturdy on both shoes.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 has more overlays around the midfoot, but less overlays on the toe box than the Saucony Guide 7.

So while you may get a secure fit from both running shoes, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 would be the one to give you more room in the toe box, since the overlays are very light on the toe box in contrast to those on the Saucony Guide 7.

The big difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and the Saucony Guide 7 lies mainly in the mechanism used to control pronation and in the type of cushioning.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and the Saucony Guide 7 have a crash pad on the lateral side under the heel to absorb shock. This crash pad extends further towards the midfoot in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 than it does in the Saucony Guide 7.

The crash pad is also more segmented in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 than it is in the Saucony Guide 7, so the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is expected to better disperse shock at heel-strike. Whether the landing will be softer is debatable, since the Saucony Guide 7 has more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 has three densities of foam of progressively increasing hardness to stop pronation during the heel-strike to rolling in phase, while the Saucony Guide 7 has one firm post on the medial side of the midsole to perform the same action. So the pronation control is expected to be stronger in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 than in the Saucony Guide 7.

The Saucony Guide 7 has a PowerGrid midsole that provides cushioning, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 uses a BioMoGo midsole with anatomically laid out Brooks DNA for cushioning. The Saucony Guide 7 should feel softer under your heel and forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

And because the outsole of the Saucony Guide 7 in the forefoot area consists of blown rubber, you get extra cushioning from it in the forefoot. So the forefoot of the Saucony Guide 7 should feel extra soft compared to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

The outsoles of both the Saucony Guide 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 consist of durable rubber under the heel. The Saucony Guide 7 also has strategically placed injection blown rubber in the forefoot for extra cushioning, responsiveness, and to keep the shoe light.

While both outsoles are well segmented, the outsole under the heel of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is more segmented than that of the Saucony Guide 7, so should provide you with a smoother landing.

Both the Saucony Guide 7 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provide good ground contact from heel to toe with the midfoot touching the ground on the lateral side of the running shoes. So both shoes should provide you with good stability and a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The forefoot of both running shoes are also well segmented and consist of many rubber lugs and flex grooves. They should provide a similar amount of flexibility in that area.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 for women weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 11.2 oz (318 grams), respectively. So the Saucony Guide 7 is lighter than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

If you are looking for a stability running shoe that provides excellent forefoot cushioning and that is very light, the Saucony Guide 7 would match those requirements.

And if you are looking for a bit more support from a running shoe that is soft enough for long runs but firm enough that the shoe remains stable under your foot, then you may want to look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

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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