BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 19 REVIEW

Melanie Mitchell | December 12, 2018

BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 19 - SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | DECEMBER, 2018

The Adrenaline GTS is the flagship stability shoe from Brooks. The GTS stands for ‘Go To Shoe’; an everyday shoe that does a little bit of everything.  

Brooks has created a classic shoe that has stood the test of time and has earned - rightly so - a huge following of runners.  What's new with the forthcoming Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19?  Guest JackRabbit reviewer, Brian Metzler reviews the new edition and gives us his take on this strong legacy running shoe.

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Adreanline is a classic, high-mileage everyday stability trainer with maximal support. The 19th version of the Adrenaline GTS has been radically updated with the innovative GuideRails support system and a softer, springier ride.

With a few significant changes, Brooks managed to keep the character of its best-selling shoe and make it much better.

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 19

The Adrenaline GTS 19 is the first shoe to feature Brooks’ new GuideRails holistic bilateral support system that keeps the heel in place and reduces heel eversion that leads to knee issues.

The GuideRails are a result of Run Signature, Brooks’ biomechanics paradigm that begins with the understanding that there is no singular right way to run but instead that every individual has a unique way of running and that the body will perform at its best when footwear works with an individual’s unique motion path. Essentially, the GuideRails allow the updated version of the Adrenaline GTS to adapt to individual gait styles.

Brooks is so confident in the GuideRails system that it has been promoting it as a shoe that will help save your knees by reducing the excessive motion that starts in the ankle and goes up the kinetic chain. It published a white paper on the development of its GuideRails system and came to the conclusion was that all runners can ultimately benefit from some level of support to keep them running in their Natural Habitual Joint Motion path.

The rear portion of the midsole has been updated with a new DNA Loft foam—a compound made with a blend of air and rubber—for a lighter, softer and bouncier sensation in the heel.

Lastly, a new engineered mesh upper on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 provides better breathability and a more dialed-in fit. 

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FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The fit of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is snug and secure in the heel and midfoot, but slightly roomy in the forefoot. The stretchy upper mesh has allow for a more dynamic in the forefoot and created an airy sensation of increased breathability.

An amply padded heel collar and tongue, combined with a premium sockliner under foot, make for a comfortable interior feel when you lace them up but also in the latter miles of a long run. Our wear-testers say the midsole blends the right amount of softness with the right amount of resiliency for smooth, efficient stride turnover.

The key to this shoe is the guiderail system that cradles each side of the heel and works like bumpers on a bowling alley to promote forward motion to make sure a runner’s stride remains as efficient as possible.

The guidance is subtle—there isn’t an abrupt controlling sensation—but very effective.


WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is the shoe for runners who excessively overpronate and need significant foot guidance will benefit from this shoe as an everyday trainer.

PROS AND CONS OF THE BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 19

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Our wear-testers liked the Brooks Adrenaline a lot for long runs and recovery runs. They all gave it high marks for cushioning, comfort and energy return and how delicate the gait-enhancing control felt for such a significantly supportive shoe.

The outsole has been updated with wavy flex grooves in the for more optimal forefoot flexibility as the foot transitions to the toe-off phase.

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The only real detraction to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is that it lacks agility and the ability for fast-cadence running.

It’s not a bulky or overly heavy shoe, it’s just that the sweet spot is found in consistent cruising at moderate paces.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."