Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 Review – Reason You Should Or May Not Want to Buy

Editor Rating: 8.5 out of 10

MSRP: US$120

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.

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8 thoughts on “Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 Review – Reason You Should Or May Not Want to Buy

  1. Thanks for the input on this shoes. I have been hearing about them for running and I would want to try one since I run for fitness and my work out. I will check back here again for sure! I love the shoes!

    • Hello Kris,
      Thanks for reading my review.
      Brooks is popular in the running shoes market in terms of comfort and protection. Glad to know you are interested in getting one for running for fitness and workout. Definitely it’s a great choice for you.

      Best wishes.


  2. Hey Brian,
    Great review on Brooks’ running shoes. To be honest, I never heard of this shoe brand before. Maybe they were overshadowed by Nike, Adidas, and other more popular brands. It’s good to have more options out there. The more competition, the more the company innovates to bring us the best products for consumers. What do you think Brooks’ running shoes have that separates them from the competition?

    • Hey Ian,

      Thanks for reading my review.
      Brooks has been in sport shoes industry for 104 years and focus SOLELY on running since 2001. As compared with Brooks, I think popular brands like Nike and Adidas are more focus on the marketing rather than dedication on the innovations of the running shoes, running shoes are just one of their product portfolio.

      A sports company focusing solely on running is rare. Brooks is putting all their eggs in one basket. That’s why we see their dedication to develop technology and innovations in running shoes industry, and I’m not surprised to see they are thriving in the running shoes market.
      If you ever buy a pair of Brooks running shoe, you will really feel the comfort and fit that separate them from the competitors.

      All the best!


  3. Nice review on these shoes,

    I have been on the look for some new shoes. I currently have 2 pairs of Nike Frees as these are very comfortably and last for some time. I will have to look into Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for sure!

    • Hi Brandon,

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Brooks is a brand in running that you can definitely trust. The Adrenaline GTS is one of the longest model with 18 iterations of continuous improvement. Try them in the store so you can feel the difference.

      Best wishes.


  4. Hi there,

    I happen to own the axact same model shes and I have to say that the brooks adrenaline gts are designed to help you run faster.
    They are very comfortable and I have them for 6 monts already. I am very happy with them and I eagerly recommend them! 🙂

    • Hi Asen,

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Glad to know you’ve got the Brooks Adrenaline GTS, they are extremely comfortable to wear for running. Hope you enjoy wearing them.

      All the best!


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