Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 Review

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provides the kind of support and cushion that you would expect from a stability shoe. There’s no doubt that the Adrenaline is at that top of its game with its 14th iteration.

Check out my review of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13.

In this review I’ll cover the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14’s out of the box impressions and how it performs on the road. If you find this review helpful, leave a comment and look to the end of the post for info on where to find the Adrenaline.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 out of the box

The Adrenaline is unassuming when I took out the box. I know the colors don’t really support that but from an engineering perspective it doesn’t look as innovative as the marketing material claims. This is where I’m proved wrong when I get on the road. More about that in a moment.

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At 11.3 ounces the Adrenaline is heavier than most shoes I’ve ran in. Even as a runner that primarily runs in stability running shoes, I thought this was a lot. However, the weight is warranted, as I learned, the Adrenaline provides plenty of cushion and support.

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The toe box has decent room. It’s not generous but for someone with slightly wider feet the Adrenaline accommodates.

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I’m always interested in the collar when it comes to stability shoes. After reviewing the Reebok ZJet, I now pay closer attention to shoes that maximize stability or cushion.

With a heavier running shoe, I want to feel that wrapping sensation around the top of my foot. With minimalist type shoes, I’ve experienced this and the Adrenaline does a good job providing that support. The collar hugs but not snugs.

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The heel drop comes in at 12mm, which is what I would expect for a everyday trainer like the Adrenaline. I like this kind of support but I know some running purists might scoff at this type of heel drop.

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While the shoe design isn’t seamless (a feature that I believe is overrated), the overlays are well designed and offer a breathable experience for your feet.

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At this point, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 has admirable but not shocking looks. Of course, looks aren’t everything. Frankly, I welcome a little bit softer color scheme.

But enough about how the Adrenaline looks — where it really counts is on the road.

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 on the road

All that nonsense I mentioned about the Adrenaline not looking cutting edge enough? Well, forget that!. The shoe speaks for itself on the road. It’s the titan of stability running shoes.

I’ve logged well over seventy-five miles in the Adrenaline and my feet have responded well. The support in the midsole really pays off. The Brooks DNA cushioning is really at work when I’m on the road. As Brooks describes it, the DNA cushioning adapts to each foot strike to provide superior balance of cushion and support. Reads like a lot of marketing hype, but I’m a believer.

What I like most about running in this shoe is I’ve recently shortened my running stride. This has been a good transition shoe for me as I’m not pounding my heels as much – pretty sure I still heel strike to some degree but the initial load is a lot less. The Adrenaline is a good transition for this change in running.

Final Thoughts

Finish Line provided the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 as a sample to review and my comments are my own.

While conducting this review, this is the first time my wife and I ran in the same model shoe. She’s been running in the Brooks Adrenaline for a few years now and absolutely loves them. Had I really been listening to her I would have got on board a while ago.

I highly recommend the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 for its durability, support, and cushioning. The balance it provides doesn’t go unnoticed as an everyday trainer. This running shoe gets high marks for providing support where and when you need it.

If this review has helped you, please click this link: Finish Line to learn more about purchasing the Adrenaline (affiliate link where I earn a small commission but at no cost to you).

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