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 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.

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: 10oz
Women: 8.6oz
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.

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

9 reasons to buy

  • A lot of runners thought that the substantial cushioning was terrific and was balanced well with the arch support.
  • Numerous wearers appreciated the new, sleeker design of the Adrenaline GTS 18.
  • According to a tester, the shoe was lightweight and capable of enabling a comfortable ride.
  • A majority of buyers agreed that it was true-to-size.
  • One purchaser observed the shoe dried quickly after running under heavy rain.
  • Several buyers liked that there were various color options available.
  • The new streamlined upper gave a firm hold yet a non-irritating fit, said a reviewer.
  • Various consumers commended the shoe’s performance on long recovery runs.
  • Many users felt that it was comfortable enough right out of the box.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A hole formed in the toe box after only a week of use, one user commented.
  • A couple of buyers were not amazed by the heel design; one said that it did not give a secure fit, while another stated that it kept pulling the sock down while running.
  • One wearer felt it had less brace and padding compared to the previous version.
  • Another expressed that the upper mesh looked like a cheap material.

Bottom line

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has kept the established reputation of its predecessor by delivering a ride and performance that most users have praised. However, some may not have been impressed by the durability and design elements. Overall, this running shoe was approved by consumers as a motion-control option with features that work well for its function.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 365 ratings

5 star
79%
4 star
11%
3 star
3%
2 star
2%
1 star
5%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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91 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

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

    The GTS 18 is an easy shoe to run in, for me it is easier to simply turn on my mental cruise control, concentrate on breathing, and say good-bye to worries of sore toes and battered soles.

  • 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.

  • 92 / 100 by RunRepeat • Theresa Norman • Level 3 expert

    Compared to the previous Adrenaline GTS versions and the other stability shoes that I’ve tried, I think the Adrenaline GTS 18 is the most supportive shoe to date. The shoe provides high-level of support, comfort, and flexibility. It is lightweight and fast, making it an ideal shoe for daily short runs.

  • 88 / 100 by RunRepeat • Kris Ward • Level 3 expert

    The GTS 18 feels very light and fairly responsive despite terrain or the type of running (slow miles or quick sprints). From mile 1 to mile 12 (the longest I ran in these shoes) my feet felt supported, breathed well, and never got tired due to lack of cushioning or lack of responsiveness.

  • 88 / 100 by Runrepeat • Mark Clements • Level 3 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.

  • 90 / 100 by RunRepeat • Jones Hamilton • Level 2 expert

    When it comes to support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is truly impressive.The shoe provides me the stability I need to have a more efficient and satisfying running experience.

  • 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.

  • 88 / 100 by Lennysunday • Lenny • Level 3 expert

    To me, it's just a great mild pronation shoe. Fits true to size.

  • 91 / 100 by The Runner's Flat • • Level 1 expert

    I think the (Adrenaline GTS) 18 as the best update I've seen in 6 years from Brooks.

  • 91 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Cathy Kerns • Level 3 expert

    I think I’ve found a shoe with the very best of what I used to know, a responsive and supportive ride, mixed with relevant updates on the upper that make me want to run long distance again!

  • 91 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Holabird Sports • Level 3 expert

    I really like the effort that was put into designing the heal of this shoe; the Adrenaline passes the test here. It's comfortable and very supportive of the heel.

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Updates to Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

  • While it has become softer and lighter than its predecessor, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 still intends to provide the familiar experience, but with improved flexibility. This shoe was designed for runners who need additional arch support. It’s also made to be durable enough to use for daily road-running.
  • Now with a streamlined design, the upper is more focused on delivering a sustained form without the risk of irritation or restriction. A newly-designed heel cup that tilts forward keeps the heel locked in place.
  • The midsole is now less firm and more flexible to allow a smoother heel-to-toe transition. It still makes use of the BioMoGo DNA technology and the PDRB or Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar®, which work together in distributing support where needed while preventing overpronated foot motion.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 size and fit

The Adrenaline GTS 18 has a standard running shoe length. The forefoot area has a wide structure to promote natural toe-splay and foot movement. There are various width profiles available: For men, B - Narrow, D - Medium, 2E - Wide, and 4E - Extra Wide; for women, 2A - Narrow, B - Medium, D - Wide, and 2E - Extra Wide.

Outsole

The design of the outsole is now more refined to improve traction and durability. It is still made of HPR Plus, which is a rubber compound that has a high resistance to abrasion. The outsole ascertains grip and protection for both the foot and the shoe.

There is reinforced blown rubber in some regions of the outsole, particularly the heel and forefoot. It aims to provide a responsive push with every toe-off.

The forefoot area has Flextra, a compound that offers varying degrees of flexibility according to the weight and gender of the runner, ensuring an intuitive fit.

This version also features the Stable Pod Configuration, which guarantees a balanced heel-to-toe transition.

Omni Grooves, small trenches in the outsole, work together with the Omega Flex Grooves to encourage the natural flexibility of the foot.

Midsole

The enhanced BioMoGo DNA midsole foam guarantees a softer and more adaptable underfoot feel. This gel-based cushioning is more malleable than conventional EVA, therefore resulting in a more dynamic run. BioMoGo is created using biodegradable materials, so it is environment-friendly.

The profile sock liner is also of BioMoGo foam. It delivers more cushioning and a contoured underfoot experience.

The S-257 Cushsole compound makes the midsole durable and resilient. It also presents additional reinforcement and more cushioning with every stride.

The updated Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar® brings support, but with a more leveled transition. It keeps the body properly aligned with every step while also correcting the position of the arch, thus preventing discomfort caused by overpronation.

The midfoot area has DRB Accel, a thermoplastic polyurethane unit that offers a balanced hold to the underside of the foot and provides torsional rigidity to reduce muscle strain and fatigue while running.

With a full-length segmented Caterpillar Crash Pad, the shoe adjusts to each footfall, no matter how it lands, ensuring the smoothest possible ride. It works by minimizing impact, absorbing shock, and localizing stability to the area that needs it the most.

The sole unit and the upper are now structured using Strobel lasting to promote a seamless appearance that follows the natural shape of the foot.

Upper

The newly-engineered, streamlined mesh upper lends the Adrenaline GTS 18 a sleeker look and a more comfortable feel.

The inner sleeve is made of Element Lining, which has a moisture-control capability. Its purpose is to keep the foot cool and dry throughout the running session.

An internal saddle secures the midfoot and prevents the risk of interior foot-wobbling.

The subtle 3D Print overlays are present to endorse a more accommodating and modernized fit. As a result, the upper becomes breathable yet structurally assistive.  

There is an asymmetrical saddle on the midfoot area that has an adjustment feature to prevent unnecessary wobbling of the foot.