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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 review

9 expert score
8.3 user's score
As editorial policy, we do not accept free samples. We purchased this pair at Running Warehouse with our own money.
Review written on 22nd October by TJ Jones Road and trail runner, stability shoes expert.
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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 Verdict

The Adrenaline 23 is a reliable stability trainer. Brooks continues to take the formula that works and tweaks it slightly to improve its stable and comfortable ride. These small changes continue to keep the Brooks Adrenaline as one of the leaders of the stability pack.

The pros

  • GuideRail System
  • Comfort
  • Adaptive Stability
  • Durability

The cons

  • 12 mm drop


Rating breakdown

Comfort
9.0
Build quality
9.0
Upper
9.0
Sole unit
8.0
Landing
8.0
Transition
7.0
Toe-off
8.0
Traction
9.0
Durability
9.0
Value / Price
9.0

Facts / Specs

Brand
Model
Adrenaline GTS 23
Family
Previous model
Type
Weight
10.1 oz (286 g)
MSRP
$140.00

Heel
36 mm.
Toe
24 mm.
Heel drop
12 mm.
Carbon plate
No plate

Size/Fit

Sizing
True to size
Heel fit
Normal
Midfoot fit
Normal
Toebox fit
Normal

Cushioning & ride

Type of cushioning
Responsive/balanced
Amount of cushioning
Medium cushioning
Stability
Very stable
Flexibility
Medium

Usage

Racing
Speedwork
Daily training  
Long distance racing
Ultra distance racing

Who should buy the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 ?

This would be for a runner who wants a dependable long lasting stability trainer.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 Introduction

Picture of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23

The Brooks Adrenaline is one the most well known stability trainers and for good reason. They maintain that with the 23rd edition.

The Adrenaline was one of the first stability trainers to take out the medial post and install GuideRails in their 19th edition.

Since then they have continued to make small changes every year with this edition continuing the trend.

The Adrenaline continues to be Brooks’ flagship stability offering. It is a moderate stability trainer.

The other trainers bookend the Adrenaline are the Launch GTS and the Glycerin GTS.

They retail for 140 dollars and compete with the ASICS GT 2000, Saucony Guide, and Hoka Arahi.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 First Impressions

Picture of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23

Brooks offers 7 colorways of the Adrenaline 23, so everyone can find one they like.

Upon opening mine I was drawn to the stylish look of them. They were a unique combination of shades of greens. The overall design looks strikingly similar to last year’s, but there are more than just similar looks between this edition and last one.

Slipping them on for the first time I was taken back to last year, when I tried on the 22s for the first time. I experienced a firm/responsive feel, along with comfort. In fact, I put on a 22 on one foot and 23 on the other. I almost couldn’t tell the difference.

A 4.5 mile run was their maiden voyage. The drop caught me off guard, at 12 mm it is one the steepest ones out there. It was not something my feet were ready for. Comfort and stability were present from the first step to the last. A slight bounce was also felt throughout the run.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 Upper

Picture of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23

Like the midsole, The Brooks Adrenaline has undergone some changes to its upper. There is a new engineered 3d fit print mesh used for the upper.

This means there are no overlays, meaning there are no points of irritation. When this material is compared to the mesh of the 22s there is a noticeable difference.

The new mesh seems simpler yet just as strong as the previous mesh. It doesn’t sacrifice durability or flexibility. It provides a medium amount of structure to the trainer and aids in the overall stability of the shoe.

Picture of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23

The lacing system is simple and effective. It helps lock the foot in place. There is a medium amount of cushioning used for the tongue and heel portion, which was an ideal amount for this trainer.

The fit was like a hug from heel to toe. No areas of tightness were felt.

The upper added to the comfort and stability of the trainer but holding your foot in place along with ideal amount of cushioning throughout the upper. The small changes were noticeable and effective in the upper.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 Sole Unit

Picture of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23

Let’s start from the ground up. Blown rubber covers the outsole. This rubber is durable and provides traction in all conditions. They have made small changes to the rubber pattern along with the flex grooves. This increases the flexibility of the rubber and traction while running.

DNA Loft v2 makes its first appearance in the Brooks Adrenaline. Overall, it is a touch softer than the previous midsole compound. Along with being softer it is also lighter. This makes for a responsive ride with the same bounce. Slightly more than previous editions.

The GuideRails stability system was introduced in the 19th edition. Since then they have made a small tweak here and there but overall kept it the same. It is an adaptive stability system, engaging only when you need it. It is effective in providing that stability, balancing the foot and ankle as you land each time. Truly acting as bumpers for your feet. Brooks was one of the first brands to embrace this dynamic approach and still one of the best at it.

There is a 12 mm drop in the Adrenaline. This can be an adjustment for some, like myself, who came from running in lower drop trainers. Some would say the benefit of this size drop is the forward momentum it gives you.

I noticed the drop on most of my runs and didn’t experience that momentum. I would love to see them try an 8 mm drop.

All of these familiar aspects with a few new tweaks come together to make a versatile midsole equipped to tackle any type of run.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 Conclusions

Picture of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23

I read a quote the other day which fits how I feel about the Adrenaline 23. It said “Average, consistent effort beats amazing inconsistent effort.” The Adrenaline won’t blow you away with a complete redesign. Instead, they make small tweaks to a proven build every year resulting in one of the most consistent rides out there.

The midsole features an updated foam compound, DNA Loft v2. It is softer than previous foam giving the ride more bounce. This foam cuts down the break in time I have experienced in previous Brooks trainers. The adaptive GuideRail system is reliable as ever, engaging only when you need it. One drawback for me was the 12 mm drop. There is an adjustment period because of this. I would love to see it with a drop between 6 to 8 mm.

The new engineered 3d fit print mesh is an improvement to the upper of the Adrenaline 23. It is a simpler material but just as strong. It provides structure that holds your feet in place adding to the stability of the trainer. It is also quite flexible and durable as well.

The amount of cushioning is ideal along with the lacing system. The upper is simple but effective in providing a stable and comfortable ride.

Last year the Adrenaline sat atop my list of trainers I reviewed. I said “Sure you could find more envelope pushing stability trainers out there but I doubt you will find one that consistently performs as effortlessly as the Brooks Adrenaline.”

This is especially applicable this year as other brands are doing complete overhauls on storied stability trainers.

Brooks focuses on small changes to improve one of the best stability trainers.

How does the Adrenaline GTS 23 compare?

Asics GT 2000 11
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
Brooks Launch GTS 10
Expert score
7
9
9
User score
Best price
Retail price
US$140
US$139.95
US$109.95
Shoe type
Weight
9.7 oz
10.1 oz
8.3 oz
Heel Drop
8 mm
12 mm
10 mm
Recommended for
Daily training
Daily training
Speedwork, daily training
Cushioning type
balanced
responsive/balanced
responsive/balanced
Cushioning amount
Medium cushioning
Medium cushioning
Medium cushioning
Flexibility
medium
medium
medium
Stability
very stable
very stable
some stability
Sizing
buy half size bigger
true to size
true to size

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We purchased this pair of Brooks at Running Warehouse  with our own money.

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Reviewed by TJ

This review was written by TJ Jones on 22nd October.
TJ Jones lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife and toddler son. He has been running for over half of his life. He has completed 3 full marathons and countless half marathons. In the daytime, he is a school counselor. He loves running no matter if it is on the road or trails

User feedback (3)

  • avatar-comment-1033337
    Douglas
    5 months ago
    10 score

    As a runner who works 10 hour shifts on concrete floors WITH plantar fasciitis, foot pain is nearly inevitable. If I buy daily trainers with too much cushion, my arches collapse throughout the day due to overpronation. If I buy shoes with too stiff stability elements, my feet cramp horribly (for example, Hoka Arahi). After just buying the “newest, hottest” signature model on the market for years, I decided to go back to my old podiatrist’s recommendation of Adrenalines. Not only are these my new favorite shoe for walking around at work, they are more than serviceable at picking up the pace with the addition of DNA Loft V2. The shoes break in to the shape of your foot like a glove over time, without losing arch profile. I scotch-guard all of my shoes, the upper took very well to waterproofing treatment. Surprisingly, the breathability of the shoes is still incredible.
    My only complaint would be that a Ghost GTX option is available, but the Adrenaline GTS does not come in a waterproof model for winter months.

  • avatar-comment-1032100
    David
    7 months ago
    7 score

    The 12 mm drop is very desirable for a runner who has suffered Achilles injuries.

    • avatar-comment-1032325
      John
      7 months ago
      8 score

      As I have suffered from Achilles in the past, I agree with David the 12 mm drop on the Adrenaline has always worked well for me personally. Great review by the way!!

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