BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 20 – SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | OCTOBER 2019
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What New: Brooks Adrenaline 20?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Brooks Adrenaline 20
- About the Author
After 20 years of running forward, the legendary Brooks Adrenaline GTS shows no signs of slowing down. The Adrenaline is the shoe that defined stability and the twentieth edition has a new look and some big upgrades.
Annually one of the top-selling stability shoes on the market, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS has gone through some big changes with its last two editions.
The biggest shift last year was the switch from a traditional medial post to the innovative GuideRails® support-enhancing mechanism in the Adrenaline GTS. This year, Brooks has improved upon that system in the bestselling Adrenaline GTS 20 while also taking the fit, feel and ride to new levels, making it an ideal shoe for overpronators.
WHAT'S NEW: BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 20
This year’s Adrenaline GTS 20 has received a pretty good makeover with a new engineered mesh upper and a revised GuideRails® system.
Those changes helped make this version slightly lighter, more stable, more breathable and better-fitting than last year’s version. It looks and feels a lot like it’s neutral cousin in the Brooks line—the Ghost 12—but with considerable inherent stability.
The Adrenaline GTS 20 is about a half ounce lighter than last year’s edition, and that’s a significant difference. The weight reduction was made possible from the new 3D Fit Print engineered mesh upper that offers an accommodating fit and structure without any thermoplastic rearfoot overlays or unnecessary decorative elements that were on previous editions.
What runners have always loved most about the Adrenaline GTS is its accommodating fit, soft interior and stable ride. This year’s version of the style retains that blend, with slight enhancements to each element. The Adrenaline GTS 20 has the same comfortable, all-encompassing fit as many Brooks shoes, thanks to a thick tongue, moderately padded heel collar, a premium sockliner and a slightly wider toe box.
When you step into the shoe, it feels as soft and light and luscious as Brooks’ Ghost, Glycerin and Launch neutral shoes. But what differentiates the Adrenaline GTS is its subtly stable ride created by the updated GuideRails® Holistic Support System, which is intended to reduce excess pronation in a runner’s ankles and the corresponding movements in a runner’s lower legs and knees.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
Runners who seek a meticulous blend of support, cushion and flexibility will appreciate the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20. The modernized, streamlined design will please runners who crave a low-profile look, while the soft, flexible but still stable ride is the special sauce that makes this such a reliable shoe for overpronators.
Our wear-testers liked this as an everyday training shoe, one that was versatile for slow to moderate long runs, recovery runs and moderate tempo runs. This could be a good choice for a half-marathon or a marathon shoe for a committed mid-pack runner, but it’s not ideal for running shorter and faster workouts and races.
PROS AND CONS: BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 20
Pros: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
The new GuideRails® Holistic Support System is more integrated with the foam midsole chassis, allowing it to offer better stability while also having a fast, flexible and energetic demeanor of the best modern stability shoes. The original GuideRails® on the Adrenaline GTS 19 was a good start, but the revisions have made the updated version.
The Adrenaline GTS is both soft and energetic. It has a midsole comprised of bothBioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning to provide a just-right softness underfoot without losing its energetic feel or durability.
Cons: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
While this shoe is lighter and more flexible than previous editions, the Adrenaline GTS doesn’t have the zippiness to handle faster track and fartlek workouts as well as some performance-oriented stability models.
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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.”