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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
    $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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Nov 2016
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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

Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

  • 97 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    Faceoff in the American Heartland: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 vs. Asics Kayano 24

    This is a contest between two of the most established and best-known Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17!

    Thanks for stopping by, now go run!

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

  • 96 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    A model to contend with: The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

    The running shoe industry might be looking nervously at the Brooks Adrenaline 17!

     

    Weight

    The Adrenaline 17 felt light out of the box,  the digital scale read 12.3 oz./349 g for size 12 US, 46 Europe.

    Quality

    High-quality construction with no misplaced glue. The highest quality stitching in all areas, including the hidden areas usually out of sight under the sock liner/insert.

    Fresh Ideas

    White Arrows point to the reinforcement of the big toe area, well-placed reflectors giving 360-degree coverage, and to second lace keepers.

    The flat laces distribute stress over a greater surface area resulting in more comfort. Definitely all great ideas!

     

    Performance

    These shoes run very quietly and smooth, much like the Brooks Ghost, fast, smooth and quiet, no wasted energy.

    These shoes are a joy to run in and have a good grip on wet pavement, they seem to disappear under the runner which helps you get to more important issues such as breathing.

    The shoelaces have a good stretch. Heel to toe drop is 12mm. Its outer sole though may pick up small rocks from time to time.

    Brooks DNA

    Brooks has cushioning they call DNA and I am beginning to think that DNA is something that actually works.

    My observation although not scientific is simply that the shoes seem to have a bit more spring on toe-off and more importantly, the bottoms of my feet hurt a little less after a long weekend run with these shoes.

    It is difficult to compare DNA to Asics Gel while standing around,  the Brooks DNA is dynamic and changes on the run.

    Value

    I did try to buy last year's version but they had none in my size, however, I do not regret having paid full price for these shoes, they are an excellent value.
    I have had two previous versions of this shoe but have never enjoyed them as much as these, they get better each year!

    Summary

    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.

    Run happy, run safe!

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

  • 84 / 100 | Sportitude

    Fantastic shoe.

  • 90 / 100 | Lennysunday

    The durability is good.

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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.