Editor Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Reasons You Should Buy
- Moderate light weight in stability type running shoes
- Excellent stability and support for overpronators
- New engineered mesh delivers a more breathable upper and enhanced fit
- Sleeker design that looks good in daily wear
- An abundance of colors to choose
- Midsole uses a foam that is bio-degradable, better for the environment
- Outsole material and pattern provides reliable traction on the road
- Well-padded tongue and heel collar offering extra comfort
Reasons You May Not Want To Buy
- Midsole cushioning may be too soft for some overpronators
- No reflective material used on the shoe
- Outsole is thinner and less durable than some competitors like Asics GT 2000-6
- Heel to toe height 12mm is relative high, may need sometime to get used to
A Brand Focus On Running
While Brooks is a sports company for over 100 years, the company turned around on the brink of bankruptcy in 2001 and rebuilt the brand by focusing solely on running. The Adrenaline GTS, stands for Go To Shoe, was released in 1994, with a dedication to offer great fit, protection and comfort to the runners.
The latest version GTS 18 has incorporated a number of enhancement that results in a reduction of 20g of the weight of the shoe.
Upper of Adrenaline GTS 18
The upper of the shoe is the top portion to hold your foot in place and provide comfort during running. Brooks has completed redesigned the upper of Adrenaline GTS 18: a new engineered mesh upper is used providing enhanced fitting and more breathable with a streamlined design that looks less bulky than previous model.
A number of modern design of colors have been added to basic running shoes colors, GTS 18 looks good for running as well as for daily wear. A variety of 19 color combinations are shown on Brooks’ official website for men and 21 colors for women.
The enhanced fit and streamlined design have not sacrificed the comfort in the toe box. In GTS 18, toe box is roomy in the width and enough in the height, making it suited for running long mileage without discomfort.
The tongue and heel collar are well-padded, providing extra comfort and little heel slippage on the ride.
Midsole of Adrenaline GTS 18
As the core of running shoes, the midsole of GTS 18 uses innovative BioMoGo DNA foam, a non-Newtonian material that adapts to the force from your weight, pace, gait and the road. The benefit is a customized cushioning to every runner and a smoother heel to toe transition during the run.
BioMoGo DNA is a bio-degradable material that degrades 50 time faster than normal EVA, which is better for the environment.
GTS 18 continues to use Brooks’ Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) system in providing essential stability to overpronators with a combination of materials of different hardness.
The midsole drop of GTS 18 is 12cm. While this provides better cushioning during heel strike, the drop is relatively higher than some competitor’s 10cm, it may need some time to adapt to the extra 2cm.
Outsole of Adrenaline GTS 18
The outsole of GTS 18 uses a highly durable abrasion resistant rubber HPR-plus in the heel area, and a softer blown rubber is used in the forefoot for better cushioning. The combination of 2 kinds of rubber of different softness delivers a smooth heel to toe gait cycle and excellent traction on the road.
Adrenaline GTS is an iconic model of Brooks, a company focused on running.
In Adrenaline GTS 18, the upper has been completely redesigned with a new engineered mesh that delivers enhanced fitting and comfort, while at the same time, gives the shoe a modern design with a variety of color combinations that make this model looks good for running as well as attractive during daily wear.
Being a popular model in stability and support, GTS 18 does not compromise on these while providing better cushioning as compared with previous version. This results in a better right mix of stability, support, cushioning that gives you protection, comfort and smooth heel to toe transition on the ride.
If you are looking for a well-built running shoe from a dedicated brand, which offers superb stability, support and cushioning that looks good in running and daily wear at a reasonable price, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is the shoe you are looking for.