Facts

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
$130
Weight
Men: 10.7oz
Women: 8.9oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 12mm
Women: 13mm

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.

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

9 reasons to buy

  • A runner commented that using the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for a half-marathon didn’t cause any blistering or pain.
  • A tester stated that, for a shoe that has a bulky look, it was surprisingly lightweight.
  • Several consumers reported that it was great for both running and walking.
  • Many testers considered this shoe to be a very comfortable running companion.
  • A lot of runners appreciated the stability mechanism that’s present in this model, stating that it prevented them from discomfort and injury.
  • The visual style of this model worked well, according to those who have purchased it.
  • The cushioning system received some recognition for being responsive, supportive and long-lasting.
  • The forefoot section was roomy enough to let the toes spread naturally, several consumers wrote.
  • Some reviewers noted that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 didn’t feel tight because the width of this version allowed a bit of wiggle room.

5 reasons not to buy

  • There were several consumers who warned that it was half-a-size smaller than what they were used to.
  • A number of testers reported that the mid-sole platform was too stiff and unwieldy; it apparently caused them some underfoot discomfort.
  • Some runners commented that its toe box was narrow, and that it caused some discomfort to the forefoot section.
  • A reviewer complained that the front section of the upper unit rubbed against the small toe, causing some irritation
  • A few testers felt that it was the insole that actually made the interior environment feel tight.

Bottom line

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 was agreeable enough, according to many testers. The supportive and stable mid-sole worked well for a lot of them. There were those who also welcomed its cool design and its secure construction. Conversely, a number of runners weren’t able to acclimate well to it; there were concerns about its sizing scheme, its width, and the responsiveness of its platform. But overall, many were able to enjoy this road running shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 1265 ratings

5 star
72%
4 star
13%
3 star
5%
2 star
5%
1 star
4%

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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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86 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews

  • 97 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    With these two superstars being so close in many areas including technological innovation, workmanship and the use of quality materials, the winner came down to how well they ran or how good the runner felt during the testing.

  • 96 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    The Brooks GTS 17 continues to evolve with annual changes that are well thought out improvements that come from engineers and scientists, and not simply marketing experts and rushing managers.
    The Adrenaline GTS (Go To Shoe) is best suited for the marathon/half marathon with no changes needed.

  • 94 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    This is going to be a spectacular 18th year, for the GTS! Their newest success is both fast and lightweight, with a quick geometry that encourages a rapid turnover.

  • 88 / 100 by Runrepeat • Mark Clements • Level 2 expert

    I fully expected this heavier Brooks stability shoe to be bulky, boxy, and dangerous for a run in my neighborhood, much less a run on wet roads. Not only did the Adrenaline 18’s show themselves to be stable on unstable surfaces, the traction on wet surfaces was top notch.

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Cameron Corbin • Level 2 expert

    All in all, the Brooks Adrenaline is a great shoe for any distance runner who plans on going longer and needs the extra support for heel-to-toe transition. With the snug mesh, appealing streamlined upper, durable rubber with great traction, and stability cushioning out of this world, this is a great shoe to wear for running or everyday use.

  • 84 / 100 by Sportitude • Sportitude • Level 2 expert

    Fantastic shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Lennysunday • Lennysunday • Level 1 expert

    The durability is good.

  • 82 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    Therefore, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is more likely to give you smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off as well as add a bit more stability to your ride.

  • 81 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Except for the softer rearfoot and the larger toe-box fit, the new Adrenaline feels similar to the GTS 16.

  • 77 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    So if you want a very soft ride in addition to lots of stability and support, the Saucony Omni 15 would be a better option than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

  • 75 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, on the other hand, provides a good amount of forefoot cushioning, but its heel might feel firm to some runners, especially heel-strikers.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jon Ober • Level 4 expert

    If you’re looking for a light and fast shoe, but aren’t ready to step into the performance realm of stability, then these are your go to.

  • 81 / 100 by Runabees • Runabees • Level 3 expert

    Comfortable, wide enough and yet stable, light and reliable, these shoes are definitely worth being in our top choices of running shoes for women with bunions for 2017.

  • 80 / 100 by Runabees • Runabees • Level 3 expert

    So, if you are looking for comfy, stable and safe shoes for running and training with flat feet, these are a pair of shoes which you should seriously take into consideration. 

  • 85 / 100 by Coach Mag • Coach Mag • Level 2 expert

    Each layer of the sole is packed with features to ensure your foot remains as supported as possible throughout the gait cycle: we could feel this in action, and the latest Adrenaline also has the benefit of feeling light and springy in comparison with other structured shoes.

  • 87 / 100 by Expert Reviews • Expert Reviews • Level 1 expert

    This line of shoes has been a firm favourite for many years, and the modest tweaks made to this latest iteration have confirmed it as the go-to shoe for stability seekers.

  • 87 / 100 by Wise Old Consumer • Wise Old Consumer • Level 1 expert

    Brooks had the softest cushioning, and because of that, they felt the most comfortable to me.

  • 86 / 100 by Below The Knee Shoes • Below The Knee Shoes • Level 1 expert

    The streamlined update feels softer underfoot, but retains a secure, comfortable fit that makes this shoe a perennial favorite.

  • 83 / 100 by Run Janji • Mary Grant • Level 1 expert

    Part of the long running and best selling Adrenaline GTS series, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 feels bouncy, durable, and extremely comfortable. Few shoes ever made can match the quality of the Adrenalinte GTS 17, and nearly every serious pronator suffering from shin splints would be wise to try it out.

  • 82 / 100 by Expert Reviews • Nick Harris-Fry • Level 1 expert

    Extremely supportive, with a soft feel underfoot as you run, the GTS 17 guide you back to the perfect balance when you run, providing a smooth transition from heel to toe and so reducing the risk of injury. The GTS 17 do all this in an impressively lightweight package, weighing in under 310g, so you should have no difficulty picking up the pace.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Warehouse Blog • Connor • Level 1 expert

    A daily training favorite among moderate to severe overpronators, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, offers slight changes to fit and cushioning for an enhanced on-foot experience.

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Updates to Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

  • The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is a running shoe that’s meant for runners who want more stability in their performance. It features many color schemes, which allow the purchaser to find more versatility in terms of the ocular presentation. Its components and features match its style, as well.
  • The upper unit makes use of fabrics that are able to manage moisture. This feature ensures that sweat won’t permeate into the fabric and cause any odor or bacteria buildup. Synthetic overlays have been stitched on the façade of this shoe in order to provide a snug and secure coverage.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 makes use of the BioMoGo DNA foam technology, which is responsive and long-lasting. It molds itself into the shape of the wearer’s underfoot, making sure to support the areas that aren’t regularly cushioned. The PDRB or Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar is a stability mechanism which prevents over-pronated foot motion.
  • The external section of the sole unit utilizes a rubber compound that’s highly resistant to abrasion. It covers the rest of the mid-sole and shields it from the potentially damaging nature of the surfaces. The forefoot section features a more responsive material called blown rubber. It delivers additional cushioning and lift, making each toe-off more enabled and energized.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 size and fit

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular preferences of runners. There are a variety of width profiles: Narrow - B, Medium - D, Wide - 2E, Extra Wide - 4E for the men’s version. For the women’s version, it’s Narrow - 2A, Medium - B, Wide - D, Extra Wide - 2E.

Outsole

The HPR Plus is a rubber compound that’s highly resistant to abrasion. It is capable of protecting the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the surfaces. It also delivers long-lasting and efficient traction. Blown Rubber is a compound that’s more responsive than shoe-standard rubber. It gives additional cushioning to the runner. Placed in the forefoot section, its job is to add a bit more responsive cushioning as the wearer gears up for the toe-off. The Stable Pod Configuration is the design of the mid-sole/outsole. It makes sure that the platform is shaped in a balanced and ergonomic way, therefore affording the runner a smooth and agreeable heel-to-toe transition. The Omni Grooves are small trenches in the sole unit, which allow the runner more flexibility. They make sure that natural foot-movement isn’t impeded or restricted.

Midsole

The BioMoGo DNA is a high-quality foam material that’s actually made from the amalgamation of two distinct Brooks technologies. Derived from recycled materials, it caters to those who are more conscious of the environment. It’s also functional; it gives contoured support & cushioning to the underfoot. The Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar or PDRB is a tri-density foam unit that runs from the heel to the forefoot area. It stabilizes the foot by supporting the arch and correcting its positioning. It’s a means to prevent discomfort or injury due to unusual foot-pronation. The DRB Accel is a unit that’s made from thermoplastic polyurethane. Placed in the middle area of the platform, it supports the underside of the foot and provides torsional rigidity, which basically reduces muscle strain and fatigue during the running session. A segmented crash pad has been applied to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17. Called the Caterpillar Crash Pad, the sole unit follows the segmented form and motion of a caterpillar. With this design, the platform is able to localize impact shock protection, cushioning and stability to the area of the foot that currently needs it. The Omega Flex Grooves are furrows in the mid-sole. They assist in making the platform more flexible and agreeable to the natural movement of the foot. Additional contoured support is given by the Profile Sock Liner, an add-on that’s made from BioMoGo foam.

Upper

The Element Mesh is a breathable fabric. It allows air to enter the foot-chamber in order to keep the foot cool and dry. It also manages moisture, preventing it from being absorbed by the interior fabric and padding. The mid-foot section of the upper features an Adjustable Saddle. It ensures a more comfortable and secure fit, while also preventing any wobbling of the foot. Synthetic Overlays have been stitched onto the main upper fabric. They make the overall coverage more secure because they adapt to the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces. The Element Lining is the material used for the interior sleeve of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17. Like the Element Mesh, it also prevents moisture from being absorbed by the shoe, thus keeping the interior environment suitably dry and odor-free.