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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$150
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A water-resistant mesh material makes up most of the upper unit of this running shoe.
  • The GORE-TEX waterproof membrane was added in the upper for breathable and secure coverage.
  • Many reviewers appreciated the focus on underfoot comfort and protection.
  • The flexibility of the Adrenaline ASR 12 GTX was noted by many testers.
  • The aggressive outsole unit offers superb traction over the trails.
  • The durability of this shoe was also well-received.
  • Pronation control and mid foot support mechanics are also featured in this unit.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who thought that more protective measures should be added to prevent debris and the environment from injuring the foot.
  • Some experienced their feet slipping a little too easily, even when they had already adjusted the fit well.
  • This 12th version is an expensive running shoe.

Bottom line

The Adrenaline ASR 12 GTX from Brooks is a popular choice for many runners because of its flexibility, stability and comfort. It needs more protective components, but it’s already a sizeable upgrade from the previous version.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 44 ratings

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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Running Magazine • Canadian Running • Level 4 expert

    Brooks took one of the most popular trainers of all-time, wrapped it in Gore-Tex and decked it out with a monster of an outsole tread. 

  • 81 / 100 by Heavy • Kate Halse • Level 4 expert

    The added stability also helps to counterbalance overpronation while the midsole keeps feet from rolling inward.

  • 100 / 100 by Gear Institute • Gear Institute • Level 3 expert

    I didn’t have any ankle rolling or near misses in these even on the technical trail I ran. Snug and secure is the best way to describe these shoes.

  • 75 / 100 by Outside Online • Outside Online • Level 3 expert

    A steady, versatile workhorse for nasty conditions.

  • 78 / 100 by Running Competitor • Lisa Jhung and Brian Metzler • Level 1 expert

    If you're a neutral runner, this shoe's structure might feel like overkill or just too much shoe, although it won't be all noticeable through slush and snow drifts.

  • 78 / 100 by Tourist Run Amsterdam • Tourist Run Amsterdam • Level 1 expert

    Good grip on slippery terrain and solid enough sole so you do not feel the tree roots that much.

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Updates to Brooks Adrenaline ASR 12 GTX

  • Brooks made minimal updates in the Adrenaline ASR 12 GTX that are sure to help improve the latest version’s performance. One minor change that may go unnoticed by many is the slightly lower ankle collar. This will immediately address past concerns of some runners who felt a bit of irritation in their ankles.
  • The outsole gets an upgrade in the form of a substantial segmented crash pad, which really helps make the transition from the landing to toe off smoother and quicker. Brooks also made the outer part of the lugs a bit malleable to handle better loose rocks and graveled paths.

Brooks Adrenaline ASR 12 GTX size and fit

One identity of the Adrenaline ASR GTX line that remains the same is the really snug fit. This will be fantastic for narrow-footed runners with just enough room in the forefoot for those with average measurements. Brooks markets the standard D for the men’s and B for the women’s as the available widths. The sizing runs true with options of 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

HPR Plus is Brooks’ interpretation of a rubber compound that will keep wear and tear to a minimum, even in high-impact areas. The muscular lugs are designed for really demanding trails and rocky grounds. A new take on the flexibility of the outer portion of these lugs give them better hold on slick rocks and shingles. Lastly, the oversized crash pad extending from the heel going to the midfoot provides more flexibility in the heel to really improve the transition from the heel to the toes. The Omega Flex Grooves in the forefoot work hand in hand with the segmented crash pad when it comes to flexibility and effortless transition.


Midsole

Brooks’ patented BioMogo DNA is the star technology of the midsole. It is designed to provide cushioning right where and when the runner needs it. Hence, it is also engineered to respond to the specific cushioning needs of both genders. A Progressive Diagonal Rollbar or the PDRB in Brooks’ lingo stands as the main overpronation measure. Instead of a traditional TPU shank or midsole insert, Brooks uses a tri-density foam to limit the excessive inward rolling of the foot after landing.


Upper

A water-resistant membrane called Gore-Tex fills the interior of the shoe without sacrificing breathability. The largely mesh upper and prominent overlays give it a nice mix of superb ventilation and support. Brooks made the fabric plush and very comfortable. Both the ankle collar and tongue are adequately cushioned to enhance the shoe’s comfort.