I arrived late to the party when it came to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS series. I didn’t start running in the Adrenaline until the 14 – better late than never!
The Adrenaline is a favorite among many runners looking for stability and cushioning. That’s exactly what drew me to this shoe. I love the balance and support the Adrenaline provides. Plus, the shoe is designed nicely without looking bulky. I recently picked up the Adrenaline GTS 15 and excited to share this review.
The Spin on the Adrenaline GTS 15
Before I get to my thoughts here’s a rundown of what the folks at Brooks marketing department are spinning about the Adrenaline GTS 15:
- BioMoGo DNA midsole provides adaptive cushioning
- Progressive Diagonal Rollbar for added control
- Full-length Segmented Crash Pad delivers smooth transitions
- Moisture-management mesh upper helps feet stay cool and dry
- Bold new color choices offer style for miles
The Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs in at 11.0 ounces and has a 12mm offset.
Adrenaline GTS 15 Fit and Feel
Welcome back to reality. All this cool technology is exciting and it’s tough to really improve on an already impressive shoe.
What I like about this shoe is that Brooks hasn’t messed with the weight and the offset. If anything can be predictable about a running, make these features.
I used to run in the Mizuno Wave Inspire and then they tried to reduce the weight. This angered me. Fortunately, I fell right into the Adrenalines.
I want a durable shoe. This whole seamless upper craze is sexy but not so much when you pronate and need support.
I prefer a higher offset as it fits my stride and body type.
What I found disappointing in this shoe was the toe box. It feels narrow compared to the 14. Actually, I had blisters after my first run in this shoe. Maybe I had the false impression it would be plug and play – not the case. I wound up wearing the shoes around the house and on errands to break them in.
Eventually, I broke the shoes in and the toe box seems to be less of an issue.
I bought the shoes on Finish Line but didn’t see the warning that Brooks makes on their site. The Adrenaline 15 run about a ½ size smaller than the 14. All the more reason to trust but verify.
The shoes are now comfortable and feel closer to the 14. While Brooks recommends buying a ½ size up, give it some thought.
On the road with the Adrenaline GTS 15
Once I finally broke in the shoes, the 15’s felt more familiar. This will probably be the shoe I train in for my marathon as I find them versatile for long runs and speedwork.
I’m impressed with the traction as I’ve experienced rain, snow, and dry conditions – all in March and April! Of course at 11 ounces, I would hope that Brooks wouldn’t skimp on the sole. I found out that’s how some shoes arrive at these ridiculous shoe weights – cut a little from the bottom of the shoe.
While the Adrenaline GTS 15 doesn’t have that sexy seamless upper, it still breathes really nicely. I’d consider this a step up from 14.
The heel-to-toe transition was smooth and consistent.
The build up of the cushioning and support is still there and that’s why this shoe will continue to be a favorite of mine.
Despite the smaller toe box, I’m still a fan of the Adrenaline GTS 15. This shoe is dependable and predictable (not a bad thing). If you’re in an earlier version of the Adrenaline and what to make the move to the 15, do it! But use caution when deciding on a size.
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