Shoe Review: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

 

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

Price: $120

Specs: 12mm heel-toe offset; 30mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot)

Weight: 10.1 oz. (men’s size 9), 8.5 oz. (women’s size 7)

The Scoop: One of the consummate shoes of the modern running boom, the Adrenaline is plushly cushioned stability shoe made for everyday training, long runs and middle-of-the-pack half marathons and marathons. As with a lot of Brooks shoes, this one has gotten slightly softer—and considerably more cozy—than the previous version. A new, softer and stretchier engineered mesh upper and fewer weighty overlays have improved the fit, comfort and support. The stable nature of this shoe—which comes from a thickly cushioned heel and a large, firm medial post—is as consistent and reliable as ever, ideal for runners with weaker feet and ankles who tend to suffer from overpronation issues. Overall, it’s a well-balanced shoes that smartly blends, comfort, stability and performance without looking or feeling like some of its crutched-up over overbuilt contemporaries.

Who It’s Best For: New runners, novice runner, intermediate runners and even advanced runners who overpronate often or only when fatigue sets in during long runs will find this shoe to be a good match. It’s one of the most comfortable and smooth-riding stability shoes out there and the small updates have made No. 18 the best one yet.

Plus: The best change is that the newest version is about a 1/2 ounce lighter than the previous version. While that might not seem like a big difference, the reduction in weight puts the shoe more in line with the lightest cushioned stability shoes in the market.

Minus: This shoe isn’t a speed merchant. Wear it for a half marathon or marathon if you must, but it’s not ideal for tempo runs, fartleks or other speed workouts.

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the Content Director of MotivRunning.com. He was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, a senior editor for Running Times and the editor in chief of Competitor. He’s wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes, raced every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, has finished three Ironman triathlons and enjoys the quirky sport of pack burro racing.