- High-level of support
- Padded tongue and collar
- Tongue stays in place
- Durable construction
- Reliable traction on wet surfaces
- Cushioning is too soft
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review
As a user of the two older versions (GTS 16 and GTS 17), I become quite excited about this latest version. Considering the performance of the old Adrenaline GTS, I expected a lot from this shoe.
Since the day I purchased the Adrenaline GTS 18, I have been using it on my daily running routine. So far, it impressively satisfies me.
One of the noticeable updates of the shoe is the upper material.
The new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 utilizes a new engineered mesh material that delivers a more breathable coverage. Along with the new mesh upper is the fewer overlays on the medial and lateral sides of the shoe which provides the foot a more accommodating fit.
Brooks also modified the cushioning system of the shoe. It feels softer than the Adrenaline GTS 17. It also becomes more responsive and flexible.
The Adrenaline GTS 18 features a new outsole configuration. The tread and the entire outsole design provides reliable traction while running on the road. It has also become more flexible because of the presence of the Flextra technology.
The upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 features the new engineered mesh upper that delivers a breathable coverage and it is stretchable enough to hug the foot comfortably. The shoe also utilizes a soft fabric lining that provides the foot a sock-like feel.
Just like the Adrenaline GTS 17, the newest iteration uses flat laces that provide the foot a more secure midfoot lockdown. The shoe also has extra eyelets that allow users to achieve a more secure fit.
The tongue and collar remain to be soft and well-padded for a more comfortable running experience.
The cushioning of the Adrenaline GTS 18 is too soft
The Adrenaline GTS 18 features the BioMoGo DNA midsole technology. This cushioning system has been used in the previous versions, but Brooks slightly modified it to make it softer and responsive.
Based on my test, the cushioning is too soft. As an overpronator, a firmer midsole provides added support and lasting cushioning for long distance runs.
Also in the midsole is the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) that extends from the heel to the forefoot. It is a technology that reduces overpronation.
Lastly, the shoe has a removable sock liner that provides added support and cushioning. It also enhances the overall fit of the shoe.
Impressively, the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 provides incredible traction on the road.
Even on slightly wet surfaces, the shoe performs well. The shoe also uses the hard rubber material in the heel area and the soft blown rubber material in the forefoot. These rubber materials provide shoe durability and reliable traction.
The Flextra technology is also present in the sole unit of the shoe. It provides fine-tuned flexibility for an enhanced running experience.
Secure midfoot lockdown
I wear a size 8 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 fits true to size. The shoe delivers a secure midfoot lockdown and a snug fit in the heel area. It has a medium width and the toe box is roomy.
I found the extra eyelets very useful as well in securing my heel, especially on uphill and downhill runs. Since the tongue is generously padded, I can tighten the laces as tight as possible without putting the pressure on my foot.
I also own a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and I liked the comfort and breathability it provides for both long and short-distance runs.
The Adrenaline GTS 18 provides the same level of comfort and breathability. It keeps my foot cool and dry. Also, both shoes use a stretchy and light mesh material that provides an enhanced fit.
The Adrenaline GTS 18 provides a high level of support
Thanks to the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar that also helps in reducing excess pronation. The Progressive Diagonal Rollbar is made of tri-density foam that delivers the support and responsiveness necessary for overpronators.
Overall, the shoe made my running experience more stable and responsive.