Who should buy the Brooks Ariel 20
The Ariel 20 from Brooks is a motion control running shoe that's best for:
- severe overpronators (excessive inward rolling of the foot)
- runners who need support all-day
- road running
Who should NOT buy it
If you're a neutral runner or a supinator (foot roll outward), then you can skip the Brooks Ariel 20. Look through these neutral running shoes instead.
Brooks Ariel 20 vs. 18
The Brooks Ariel 20 receives an update by trimming it down. How? It's now a a sleeker-looking design with reduced overlays that mixes prints and embroidered patterns.
Staying true to its supportive construction, it still maintains the GuideRails to keep the foot aligned and centered.
The Brooks Ariel 20 is heaven-sent for severe overpronators
Made with GuideRails and BioMoGo DNA foam, stability is the defining feature of the Ariel 20 from Brooks.
The GuideRails keep the foot's motions in check, while the BioMoGo DNA has some stiffness to it to prevent a sink-in sensation.
Those with severe overpronation find it so "supportive" — similar to that of the Brooks Ravenna series — their feet never feel achy and their strides are very "surefooted."
Ride that goes against motion control shoe stereotypes
It has some bounce to it. Unlike other motion control running shoes, it's not rock-solid. According to testers, it's easy to pick up the pace with the Brooks Ariel 20.
Built like a tank, protects like a tank
The Ariel 20 from Brooks has loads of cushion. On top of this, it utilizes a blown rubber that keeps the shoe abrasion-resistant.
Moreover, it evenly distributes impact; there have been NO reports of strained feet and legs after long miles on the road.
The shoe's engineered mesh upper is very stretchy; it follows the natural shape and contours of the foot.
Even better, it has some overlays that add structure to the shoe. This ups the shoe's lockdown and security.
So sticky, you don't have to worry about wet surfaces
Whether on dry or slick pavement, the Brooks Ariel 20's rubber outsole grips.
Those who have taken the shoes for summer runs all say that the light upper keeps their feet dry and sweat-free. It's light and porous; air can get in easily.
Take it easy on the toe box
It's "too roomy," said multiple reviewers. The excessively spacious toe room makes the shoe "loose" and "wobbly."
Don't expect a comfortable shoe
Because it's a motion control running shoe, the Brooks Ariel 20 is rigid. Runners say that this is the price to pay for the "extreme steadiness" it gives.