Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 First Impression:
I tested the green/white/grey color way which I liked as it was a good update to the style and both bright and striking. I liked the additional GTS branding along the outsole, along with the brooks symbol on the midfoot. As an avid fan of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS model, I was eager to get in my new pair and try them out!
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Upper:
The upper is extremely comfortable and flexible. Its Moisture Managing Element technology is constructed of microfiber that provides both weather protection and maximum breathability. The material offers durability and comfort in a light fabric. For most weather conditions, the mesh proved to be a great feature. Although Cold Winter runs in the slush proved to be uncomfortable as some of the weather did get into the shoe, I will say that they held both form and cushion during these trying workouts.
Adjustable elastic lacing provides a secure and Brooks’ signature “midfoot wrap” fit, while not compromising the lightweight mesh overlay.The toe box is narrow to give a snug fit. They continue their Blown Rubber Forefoot technology, which is soft and durable for all weather conditions.
The environmentally friendly Full Length BioMogo midsoles have an added component that encourages microbes to break down the midsole once the shoe becomes in an enclosed landfill. The profile sock liner offers additional comfort and helps avoid a pesky sock sliding down.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Sole Unit:
One of the best stability shoes on the market, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 works to correct overpronation.
Overpronation occurs when a runner’s stride, much like myself, hits the ground on the lateral side of the heel. The foot strike does not absorb shock efficiently, which results in uneven distribution of weight. This causes the individual’s arches to collapse; potentially weakening the ankles and resulting in injury. The Adrenaline GTS 13 use similar technology to the GTS 12, but pays special attention to the underfoot flex. From first hand experience, I have rolled my ankle several times and have even strained it due to improper running shoes. My feet have extremely low arches, and I need a shoe that will have both bark and bite when it comes to stability.
Like the GTS 12 model, Brooks continues using the Omni Grooves in the forefoot. New technology to this model is the Omega Flex Grooves, which offers maximum flexibility of the midsole through the deeper, contoured grooves. This gives an easier transition from heel to toe and ultimately gives a smooth ride. Whether sprinting or on a long distance run, I noticed greater allowance of movement, but the shoe was still stable. The shoe proved to continue to correct my stride even during longer workouts when my tired legs didn’t keep up the best form.
The use of Brooks’ Flextra, which is located in the forefoot outsoles offers additional customization for individually based factors such as gender or weight, and increases flexibility.
The Adrenaline GTS 13 continues midsole technologies seen in the GTS 12 such Brooks’ patented Caterpillar Crash Pad, the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar, and Brooks’ DNA. These allow an efficient stride, and a smooth heel lay down, while offering maximum cushion and comfort.
These elements help correct the overpronation and guide the foot towards a more normal and fluid stride.
Brooks patented DNA Technology is truly unique to the brand. It offers full length gel cushioning made up of non-Newtonian liquid, responds to any amount of force placed on the foot, and gives twice the normal energy return. The faster you run, the harder the liquid becomes. The slower the speed, the DNA liquid becomes supportive and conforms to each stride.
I definitely noticed a “bounce” factor with every stride change. From someone with lower arches, Brooks’ DNA helps me focus less on the takeoff with each stride (as it is more difficult with a flatter arch) and more on the miles ahead.
Comparison of the Adrenaline GTS 12 and the Adrenaline GTS 13:
As a fan of the past three models, the Adrenaline GTS 13 updated an already almost perfect shoe. The added technology of the Omega Flex Grooves gives more flexibility to a stability shoe than I would have thought possible a few years back. I felt like I was running in a light weight neutral shoe, rather than a stability shoe correcting my stride.
For stability shoe users like myself, the idea of being able to run in a lighter weight shoe is unheard of. With the added features needed to correct, I was used to heavier shoes such as the Brooks Trance. The toe box is narrow, which became irritating after an 8+ mile run, but I can also attribute that to a slushy Winter day taking affect on the shoes as well. Overall, well done Brooks.
We thank the nice people at Brooks for sending us a pair of Adrenaline GTS 13 to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.