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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
$120
Weight
Men: 11.1oz
Women: 9.2oz
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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 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The segmented design of the crash pad assisted in cushioning the landing impact, many runners noted.
  • Those who have tried the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 generally agreed that it felt lightweight.
  • ‘Comfortable’ was a word that runners listed as a part of this model’s ‘Pros’.
  • A lot of users stated that the mid-sole unit was able to support the arch and correct over-pronation.
  • According to a lot of reviewers, this running shoe felt true to its size.
  • Many testers appreciated the fact that this version came in different widths—narrow, medium, wide and extra wide.
  • Some runners were able to use it on both the pavement and on light trails; they didn’t feel short-changed in terms of performance and durability.
  • There were reviewers who wrote that the materials used in this running shoe were reliable and consistent.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A tester felt that it had too much padding; it caused some discomfort to their feet.
  • The mid-sole unit felt stiff for one runner.
  • The toe box was narrow for several runners; the fabrics rubbed uncomfortably against the toes, resulting in blisters.

Bottom line

Runners stated that the 16th version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS mostly delivered. They felt that this versatile running shoe was durable, that its cushioning systems were comfortable, and that its pronation control feature was effective. Also, the accommodating width choices made it easy for consumers to get a more relaxed fit. Still, some complained that the coverage felt uncomfortable, and that the mid-sole felt unwieldy.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 2299 ratings

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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 22 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Lenny Sunday • Lenny • Level 3 expert

    This is definitely a nice training, maybe a race day, shoe. Very, very comfortable.

  • 86 / 100 by The Runner's Flat • The Runner's Flat • Level 3 expert

    Again, the step-in feel, the cushion of the shoe, the way it rolls nice and soft--everything a lot of people would like.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    Over-pronators can count on a sensible amount of stability while still enjoy a cushioned, soft run.

  • 82 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    On an overall scale, the GTS 16 is similar to the 15, except for a shallow toe-box and a few other minor changes.

  • 81 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    If nothing else, this change should make the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 be a little bit more durable in that area than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Brooks focused on refining the upper this time around, changing the location of overlays to better hug around the arch and open up the toebox.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    The Adrenaline GTS 16 stays very close to its tradition, with a very small update for 2016. I enjoyed the good support and wide platform

  • 100 / 100 by New England Running Company • New England Running Company • Level 4 expert

    Using welded overlays to reduce irritation spots, Brooks is able to make a slightly lighter shoe with an adaptable fit also feet comfortably supportive. 

  • 92 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    The flashy looks of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 will turn heads on your run. In fact, a runner caught up to me out of breath and panting to ask about these shoes during one of my test runs.

  • 81 / 100 by Runners Need • James Reader • Level 3 expert

    It offers smoother transitions with a full-length segmented Crash Pad and deeper V-Groove in the outsole, which folds inwards to distribute impact outwards.

  • 81 / 100 by The Running Centre • The Running Centre • Level 3 expert

    We would recommend the Brooks Adrenaline 16 for those requiring higher levels of rearfoot stability who are looking for a well cushioned, high mileage volume trainer.

  • 80 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Amy W. Bogard • Level 3 expert

    The shoes will give you the ability to power through each stride with full force and natural foot movements.

  • 84 / 100 by WILLIAM QUICK • William Quick • Level 2 expert

    This shoe would be really nice for any runner at any level.

  • 82 / 100 by Endurance Review • Jen Hamilton • Level 2 expert

    The cushion makes the Adrenaline 16 a great choice, not only for those with a preference for a supported ride but for newbies, runners packing in the extra miles, athletes who need to baby their joints and anyone looking for happy feet.  

  • 81 / 100 by Start Fitness • Start Fitness • Level 2 expert

    With this model aimed towards the pronaters of the running community, Brooks have tried to push the boat out to make the foot land and continue to as close to a natural placement as possible and include options for wide fitting feet, purely for a greater and even more comfortable run.

  • 100 / 100 by Run Fast Mama • Lisa Luth • Level 1 expert

    They have the quality, workmanship and durability that I love about Brooks shoes.

  • 88 / 100 by Brian Baird • Brian Baird • Level 1 expert

    ...will give me a little arch support and will prevent me from pronating and keep my foot from rolling inwards when I run, which means more comfortability, more support, so I'm not going all over the place when I run.

  • 87 / 100 by The Girl's Got Sole • Shannon • Level 1 expert

    The landing is always fairly soft and I never feel like there’s not enough support under my feet.

  • 85 / 100 by Mal The Runner • Mal The Runner • Level 1 expert

    The main thing that I enjoy about this shoe is the comfortability, and to be able to run a lot of miles at one time without getting discomfort in your foot or in your knees.

  • 81 / 100 by Brooks • SaltyRuns • Level 1 expert

    If you’re looking for some shock absorbers to keep you healthy while you rack up the miles, check ’em out.

  • 81 / 100 by The Nutrionist Reviews • Amanda • Level 1 expert

    They feel great during a workout and to wear around all day.

  • 77 / 100 by Breathe Deeply and Smile • Lauren • Level 1 expert

    The Adrenaline GTS 16 are heavier than I would wear for everyday running, but they do have responsive cushioning and provide a lot of support all through my foot.

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Updates to Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

  • The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 comes with an updated upper specifically the overlays. In the latest version, the overlays are more symmetrical in both medial and lateral side. These overlays were brought closer to the little toe and big toe. Those wide footed and have big bunions will find a tight fit because of the repositioning of the overlays.
  • The V-Groove in the shoe’s outsole was also changed. It is deeper than the previous version to improve shoe transition and to deliver an added cushioning.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 size and fit

The shoe is available in regular running shoe length. The fit is medium in the heel and forefoot with a snug midfoot like previous version. It is a fit that most runners will find very comfortable. Available widths are normal, narrow, wide and extra wide.


Outsole

The outsole utilizes a high-abrasion rubber that delivers reliable traction and sole durability. The outsole also has the full-length segmented Crash Pad that efficiently accommodates foot landing impact and offers a smoother heel-to-toe transition. The updated V-Groove delivers a more flexible ride without affecting the cushioning.


Midsole

The Adrenaline GTS 16 uses the brand’s BioMoGo DNA cushioning that efficiently adapts to every stride to deliver a responsive ride. The Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) reduces excess pronation and guides the body to do its natural movement pattern.


Upper

The upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 uses a mesh material that is highly breathable and durable. It has moisture-managing capacity that keeps foot cool and dry especially on warm conditions. The inner linings keep feet moisture-free and give added comfort.

The overlays are strategically positioned in the shoe to deliver a secure and snug fit. This works perfectly with the adjustable saddle construction that gives a more secure and personalized midfoot fit.