Review: The highly popular Adrenaline GTS is Brooks’ ‘go-to’ stability shoe. It’s highly cushioned and highly durable making it the ideal high mileage daily training shoe. But, it’s also responsive enough for shorter runs too, hence its ‘go-to’ status.
For the stability factor, it uses GuideRails which Brooks claim provide ‘holistic support’ resulting in a smooth ride and protecting the knees from overpronation.
Available in wide sizing.
12mm drop is well suited to heel strikers.
Good for long distances.
Roomy toe box.
Narrow heel fit.
These are the best Brooks running shoes for pronation with plenty of comfortable cushioning and stability.
Review: The Brooks Beast 20 is a men’s motion control shoe meaning it provides the maximum amount of stability possible along with a super comfortable, plush, cushioned platform. This makes it the go-to shoe for people with problem feet such as plantar fasciitis or flat feet.
An engineered mesh upper provides a spacious forefoot fit while GuideRails are employed to provide stability from heel strike to toe-off. A segmented crash pad provides shock absorption and the Omega Flex Groove provides flexibility right where you need it.
DNA Loft cushioning.
Wide sizing available.
12mm drop is good for heel strikers.
Ideal for flat feet.
Newly employed GuideRails don’t provide as much stability as previous versions.
These are the best Brooks running shoes for men with severe overpronation issues and the best Brooks running shoes for flat feet.
Review: The Ravenna 11 is a really popular lighter weight and faster alternative to the Adrenaline GTS. It’s still got great stability but its firmer cushioning makes for a more responsive and energized ride.
It still has a 10mm drop so it’s still a better option for heel strikers than forefoot or midfoot strikers, but it’s an overall fresher, lighter, faster ride.
GuideRails support system.
Midfoot Transition Zone.
Good for snappy, medium distance runs.
Lightweight mesh upper.
Good for narrow feet.
Upper is a little stiff.
This is a lightweight and responsive shoe with a nice level of cushioning, ideal for tempo runs.
Review: The Launch 7 is a less cushioned but more responsive alternative to all the highly cushioned shoes above.
It’s slightly lighter weight and designed for speed, with a sleek design and Midfoot Transition Zone aimed at promoting a quick heel to toe transition. However, unfortunately, it might end up feeling a little too stiff and firm for some people.
Designed for quick transitions.
Sleek and lightweight.
A little stiff and firm feeling.
Higher drop encourages heel striking but there may not be enough cushioning for this.
An affordable option for short, fast runs, especially if you’re a lighter runner or have access to some softer surfaces than asphalt to run on.
Review: The PureCadence 7 is an even more lightweight, low drop alternative making it the shoe of choice for forefoot and midfoot strikers.
It’s a more minimalist option with a good amount of flexibility and good ground feel. But, it’s still a stability shoe so if you’re prone to overpronation but aim for a more natural running style, this shoe is a great choice.
BioMoGo DNA midsole.
The PureCadence 7 is a lightweight tempo shoe for neutral runners who appreciate a low drop.
Review: A super lightweight racing flat with stability features, the Asteria is pretty unique when it comes to competition shoes. It offers a GuideRail system to keep mild overpronators comfortably supported while remaining impressively well cushioned and responsive for such a lightweight shoe.
The cushioning can handle heel strikers, midfoot strikers and forefoot strikers, as well as races or training runs from 5km right through to marathon distance.
Versatile 8mm drop.
Very light weight.
The Asteria is a super popular racing flat offering a unique combination of stability and cushioning in a crazy lightweight package.
Review: A little less cushioning and stability than the Asteria, the Hyperion is a neutral race shoe with plenty of responsiveness and a good amount of comfort.
It’s suitable for 5km through to half marathon distance, after that the cushioning gets a bit on the thin side.
Brooks has actually recently brought out two new versions of this shoe that aren’t yet widely available, the Hyperion Elite and Hyperion Tempo.
The Elite is pricey, and has a super short life span, but if ultra-lightweight is what you’re after, you might be interested. The Tempo is more of a lightweight and responsive up-tempo training shoe for fast workouts.
Durable for a race flat.
Nicely cushioned for such a light weight shoe.
Blown rubber outsole and propulsion pods create extra spring.
Versatile and comfortable seems to be the name of the game with all Brooks shoes but especially the Hyperion.
Only Running Shoes
Brooks is focused on running. They produce only running shoes and running-related apparel meaning they’re not dividing their attention between other sports or lifestyle shoes.
Their running shoes are known for their comfort, stability and cushioning, making them a go-to brand for many people.
However, in line with the industry as a whole, Brooks is moving away from traditional stability shoes and categorizing their shoes according to stability.
Instead, they’re categorizing their shoes based on the ride.
Stability Versus Ride
Brooks shoes are now divided into four categories: Cushion, Energize, Connect and Speed.
These are fairly self-explanatory.
Shoes in the Cushion category are a little heavier and more robust but with maximum plush cushioning for an extremely soft, pillowed ride. All of Brooks’ cushioned shoes are excellent for runners with problems such as runner’s knee, shin splints and plantar fasciitis.
Shoes in the Energize category are a little less cushioned and more responsive making them a good choice for slightly faster runs.
Connect are less cushioned and lighter again. These shoes have a lower drop and are more designed for runners looking for a good ground feel and natural running style.
Speed shoes are exactly that, built for speed and little else. They’re not cushioned enough for training but they’re as lightweight as it gets giving you a fast ride for when it matters.
Stability shoes are still available in each of the above categories, but they provide a different kind of stability now with GuideRails instead of the traditional medial post.
This may not be enough for some people who prefer the more robust arch support of medial posts.
But, something tells me that for better or worse, the number of options for traditional stability shoes is going to continue to decrease as the industry finds a middle ground between the Born to Run barefoot movement and traditional corrective approaches to running style.
Regardless, Brooks still includes great options for people with overpronation issues. Their Beast and Ariel are some of the best motion control running shoes on the market and are also an excellent choice for flat-footed runners. The new GuideRails system is likely to be highly popular with people who underpronate or supinate as well.
Brooks’ DNA midsole technology is the mainstay of its running shoes. It’s a non-Newtonian material which means that rather than following Newton’s laws of physics, it reacts differently depending on the amount of force applied.
DNA is adaptive to each runner’s footstrike. This means that runners can experience more cushioning during easier parts of their run, and more responsive energy return when they choose to run faster.
It’s kind of amazing!
DNA Loft foam is the softest version of DNA out.
It’s used in all of Brooks’ cushioned shoes and in smaller amounts in the other running shoes.
DNA Flash and DNA Zero
DNA Flash and DNA Zero foam are the two latest releases. DNA Flash is designed to be lightweight but super responsive by including little bubbles of Nitrogen in the foam.
DNA Zero is designed to be as lightweight as possible. They are used in the Hyperion Tempo and Hyperion Elite.
BioMoGo and Sustainability
The BioMoGo component is the other great innovation of Brooks and scores massive points from an ethical and environmental perspective.
BioMoGo is naturally biodegradable meaning that unlike other midsole materials that take up to 1000 years to break down once in the landfill (that’s right – every pair of running shoes you have chucked away are still sitting in a landfill somewhere and will be for another thousand years or so), BioMoGo takes only 20 years to break down.
AND, perhaps the most impressive part of this, is that Brooks haven’t patented this technology because they want other running shoe brands to use it and be more sustainable. I’m sold!
A Women’s Specific Shoe
There aren’t loads of options out there when it comes to truly women’s specific shoes, but Brooks has one!
The Ariel is the women’s version of the Beast and is a highly stable, highly cushioned motion control shoe that is super comfortable and great for a range of runners including women with flat feet or plantar fasciitis.
Hopefully, there are more women’s specific shoes in the making!
What is the Most Comfortable Brooks Running Shoe?
The Glycerin is arguably the most comfortable Brooks running shoe due to its maximal cushioning.
Which Brooks Shoes are Best for Running?
All of Brooks’ running shoes are excellent for running. The best shoe for you will depend on what you want to get out of your run.
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