Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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WeightMen: 11.8ozWomen: 9.9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 32mmWomen: 32mm
Forefoot heightMen: 20mmWomen: 20mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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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.
The added stability also helps to counterbalance overpronation while the midsole keeps feet from rolling inward.
A steady, versatile workhorse for nasty conditions.
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.
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.
- This running shoe's 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.
The Adrenaline ASR 12 GTX, like its latest version, the Adrenaline ASR 14 uses HPR Plus 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.
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.
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.