Who should buy the Brooks Ariel 16

The Brooks Ariel 16 offers maximum stability for runners while providing a luxurious look and feel. This is the perfect running shoe for you if:

  • You want a highly cushioned running shoe that can help stabilize your severe overpronation
  • You prefer a motion control shoe that is also suitable for walking, jogging, and long-distance runs

Brooks Ariel 16 external saddle

Updates to the Brooks Ariel 16

  • A no-sew upper construction for a better wrap and support around the foot
  • New heel counter for improved security, as it locks down the foot and prevents unnecessary movements
  • Ankle collar is upgraded in this version, it is now more plush and has moisture-wicking properties
  • New, square-shaped outsole lugs for better ground contact and stability

Square pods for versatile grip

Carpeting the entire outsole of the Ariel 16 are square pods of moderate size. These add to the shoe’s grip on a variety of surfaces. The outsole is very well articulated, particularly in the forefoot where the deep Omega Flex Grooves are found. They add flexibility to a very well-cushioned and stable shoe.

Brooks Ariel 16 square pods

Brooks uses what it calls the HPR Green in the forefoot for its enhanced traction on wet surfaces. A more durable type of this rubber is located in the heel and other critical areas for a long-lasting performance.

Triple-density midsole for triple the benefits

Three types of midsole technology cover the entire length of the Brooks Ariel 16’s engine room. These are the Super DNA foam, the S-257 Cushsole, and the Segmented Crash Pad. They combine to give the midsole a well-cushioned, responsive, and highly-durable performance. There is also excellent shock-absorbing capability in this area as well.

Brooks Ariel 16 dual-density

The Ariel 16's stability features

The stability of the shoe and other Brooks motion control shoe like the Addiction 13, is delivered by the shank in the midfoot called the Diagonal Rollbar or DRB. Enhancing the arch support and overpronation control measure is the dual-density post beneath the arch called the PRB or Progressive Diagonal Rollbar.

Brooks Ariel 16 DRB

Comfort and ventilation, guaranteed

More than just having a very plush feel, the upper thrives on moisture-wicking features to make the ride as comfortable as possible in the Ariel 16 and that comfort feature is carried all the way to the latest Ariel 18. The Elemental Mesh and the fabric lining the interior both have these features.

Brooks Ariel 16 plush upper

Upper elements for a secure fit

There are synthetic overlays and an external saddle that secure and support the foot really well.

Add these to the external heel counter, and runners get maximum support every step of the way. A removable sockliner enhances cushioning, support, and luxurious feel in the shoe.

Brooks Ariel 16 heel counter

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 11.4oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Motion control
Update: Brooks Ariel 20
Forefoot height: 16mm
Heel height: 28mm

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