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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 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.

    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.

  • Use

    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
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 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 height
    Men: 31mm
    Women: 31mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide, wide
  • Release date
    Nov 2015
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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

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 23 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | Jack Slavinskas

    Are the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 the right trainers for you?

    The stability shoe that weighs 11 ounces and has a 12 mm heel drop.

    It was released November 2015. They are available in both men's and women's.

     

    Comfortability

    The worst thing about these shoes is the heel slips since there is so much thick cushioning all over the inside of the shoe.

    Because of this, it makes the shoe feel a little bulkier but not necessarily heavier. You will probably have to experiment a little with your running shoe lacing techniques.

    Since the shoe is so thick a lot of the shock gets absorbed. It's the type of shoe that would reduce injuries on long distance runs. (I know this because I seem to be injury prone and these are one of the only shoes that I haven't gotten injured in yet.) 

    Also because of the thickness, it seems to contain more heat which makes my feet sweat. And I don't know about you guys but when my feet sweat they smell terrible.

    Durability

    I've ran hundreds of miles and what I found out is the durability in these shoes are insane!

    I've beat these things up so much over the course of a year and it looks like I have been running in them for a month.

     

     

    The sole looks pretty much brand new which is insane because I've ran on roads and trails with them and it barely took a beating.

    The inside cushioning is the only thing that started to fade a little and started to wear down but only minimally. I guess the GTS in the name stands for Go-To-Shoe. 

    The outside of these is easier to clean than most shoes. Dirt comes right off with just water and a towel. Overall, the durability is amazing and you will get lots of life out of it.

    Looks & Design

    Personally, I'm not a huge fan of how they look.

    They definitely aren't the worst looking shoe though.

     

     

    They come in a decent amount of different colors but none of them are really for me in my honest opinion.

    On the bright side, you're paying for the quality and performance which are much more important. These definitely stand out in the latter.

    Performance

    The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 stands out in performance for distance. I wouldn't recommend doing speed workouts in them though.

    To me sprinting in these felt uncomfortable. When you take a step you can feel a really decent bounce off the pavement.

     

     

    These were very responsive which made me very happy. It gave me a pretty decent confidence boost which helps my workouts mentally and not just physically which is always a good boost. 

     I also liked its performance during rougher terrain like mounds of sand and gravel. I felt myself being able to slip less and keep my balance in these very well.

    Pros

    • Comfortable for longer runs
    • Less strain on the legs which helps reduce major injury
    • Extremely durable so you will get what you paid for
    • Easier to clean to make your shoes look fresher for longer
    • Good bounce off pavement 
    • Kept stable against tougher terrains
    • Comes in both men's and women's

    Cons

    • A little loose fitting causing heel slips
    • Not breathable enough causing feet to sweat more 
    • Not the best looking shoes in the world
    • Uncomfortable for speed workouts

    Verdict

    The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 are great trainers overall and I would totally recommend them to anyone who is more susceptible to injury. 

    Another thing to think about is the newer shoes in the chain. These are the 16s and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 87 / 100 | Lenny Sunday

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

  • 86 / 100 | The Runner's Flat

    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 | Running Shoes Guru

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

  • 82 / 100 | Solereview

    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 | Motion Control Running Shoes

    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 | Runner's World

    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 | Running Shoes Guru

    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 | New England Running Company

    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 | Salt Marsh Running

    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 | Runners Need

    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 | The Running Centre

    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 | Fix My Walk

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

  • 84 / 100 | WILLIAM QUICK

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

  • 82 / 100 | Endurance Review

    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 | Start Fitness

    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 | Run Fast Mama

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

  • 88 / 100 | Brian Baird

    ...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 | The Girl's Got Sole

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

  • 85 / 100 | Mal The Runner

    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 | Brooks

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

  • 81 / 100 | The Nutrionist Reviews

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

  • 77 / 100 | Breathe Deeply and Smile

    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.