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Update: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Motion control
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 10oz | Women: 8.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Severe overpronation
Arch type: Low arch
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Foot Condition: Flat feet
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm
Forefoot height: Men: 17mm | Women: 17mm
Release date: Nov 2017
Brand: Brooks
Width: Men: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide
Price: $120
Colorways: Grey, Blue, Black, Pink, White, Purple
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 9% most popular running shoes
Better rated than the previous version Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

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  • 97 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    The Adrenaline GTS 18 at 250 miles

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    I had intended for this to be a long-term review of the Nike Pegasus 34

    However, I have been taking my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 out for short recovery runs while reviewing the increasingly punishing Pegasus 34 and found that I simply enjoyed the Adrenaline far more.

    "Stop the Madness…running is supposed to be Fun!”

    The Pegasus 34s will be on a long boat ride, arriving in Ilula, Tanzania by June.

    With springtime right around the corner, and with training mileage increasing, I opted for the comfort and stability of a familiar old friend…the Adrenaline GTS 18s, for the long term review.

    I had received the first pair of the GTS 18s, last year, at no cost from Brooks, for testing and evaluation, and enjoyed them so much that I have now purchased a new pair…same model, different color, (black-red-gold, these things look fast).

     

    History

    Brooks Sports was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1914; Brooks Sports, Inc. is a manufacturer of quality (generally) running shoes and sports apparel. Today, they are based in the Seattle, Washington area of the U.S.A.

    Best Suited for

    First off, let's look at who might be best suited to enjoy these shoes the most.

    I would say that any runner looking for a well-built stability road running shoe, with above average durability and moderate cushioning, would appreciate this model. This model also offers excellent flexibility and a smooth ride.

    The toe box width is ample, while toe box height is just enough. There is no limit to the distances that the GTS 18 is suited for; from a 5k to marathon distances…the sky really is the limit with this shoe.

    Outsole

    The outsole heel area is made of HPR-plus, a durable high abrasion resistant rubber compound and in the forefoot, a softer blown rubber is used for added cushioning. The HPR-plus also offers excellent adhesion and a quiet gait. 

    This combination of technologies has proven to be world class, as good as with any brand.

    Midsole

    The midsole is the heart of any running shoe.

    The midsole cushioning uses the proven BioMoGo foam and DNA. The BioMoGo foam is bio-degradable, designed intentionally so that it will not be left sitting around in a landfill for a thousand years.

     

     

    Brook’s DNA is an adaptive non-Newtonian material that adapts to your effort and intensity, becoming stiffer when pushed hard and then softer while cruising easy. Not a bad goal to have, I think it works.

    However, I don't know how much the DNA actually contributes to the overall performance of this shoe.

    I do know that the BioMoGo foam is as good as or better than any foam material in use today, they could likely just leave out the DNA, and not affect anything, but each sports shoe company needs a little something extra, for the brochure.

    Extra support is provided by a denser plastic material located within the midsole, which helps keep your feet from rolling (pronating) to far inward.  A lofty invention named appropriately: the "Dynamic Roll bar."

    Upper

    The uppers have been completely redesigned since last year.

    These new uppers are composed of an engineered mesh that is precisely positioned and composed of thin overlays.

     

     

    Not a stitch can be found on anything other than the panels of material along the rows of shoelace eyelets. The toe box holds its shape well and, is designed around an internally placed structure with overlays on the outside.

    The tongue is well padded and stays put; the laces are the flat and stretchy type that are comfortable and stay tied. The collar is well padded and comfortable with little if any heel slippage.

     

     

    I could not find any really effective reflectors. There seems to have been an effort to have some reflective material on the heels and toes, but the material must be very low grade.

    I am surprised that Brooks, of all companies, has elected to save money on safety, perhaps it is simply a mistake. I will supplement them on my shoes with 3M material, cut and glued in place.

     

    The Running

    The Asics GT 2000 series, but the BioMoGo hasn't lost any of that new shoe feel…even at 250 miles.

    Recently, I have been attempting to transition to more of a midfoot strike, landing less on the forefoot, trying to give my calves a break. I have found these shoes to be excellent in aiding me in my transition to this new gait.

    I found the GTS 18 to be a great all-around running shoe, accommodating a wide variety of running styles and distances.

    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.

     

     

    My last Half Marathon was the U.S. AIR FORCE Half in Dayton, Ohio, and with the beautiful red Brooks Launch 3.

    Unfortunately, I lost one toenail and blackened another, all while suffering unnecessary punishment to the bottoms of my feet…”Stop the Madness, Again!”

    As a result, the Launches have joined the Pegasus 34s, going to Africa. I will use my other Brooks Launch (4s) as slippers, around the house.

    I have been told by more than one expert, over the years, that I am a neutral runner. However, the moderate amount of stability provided by the GTS 18 seems to make my runs a little easier, providing some added support felt mostly at that magic mile 9, and beyond.

    My first pair of the GTS 18s has been relegated to working at the store. They are perfectly suited for providing the cushioning needed for long days on a hard concrete floor and, have already been splashed with paint.

    My new pair is strictly for running…I am keeping a daily log to document mileage.

    Specifications

           Size          12 D. U.S./46 E.U./12 U.K.
          Weight          11.5 oz 326 gr.
          Heel to Toe Drop          12mm.
          Arch Support          Medium
          Pronation Category          Light Support/Stability
          Toe Box Width          Medium
          Toe Box Height          Medium-Low
          Flexibility          Medium
          Testers Weight          147 lbs.

    Summary

    Brooks line.

    My familiarity goes all the way back to the 11th model of this shoe series. And, I have relied on Brooks BioMoGo/DNA…putting more miles on this dependable technology combo than on any other.

    I see no reason why these shoes could not go beyond 500 miles.

    Recently, I had the opportunity to look over several more copies of the Brooks Ghost 10, which were similar to the defective pair I recently reviewed for RunRepeat.com. The copies in the store were exactly like the ones I reviewed months ago and, are still poorly built.

    If you look at the new Brooks Ghost 10 and examine the fit and placement of the upper mesh material in the forefoot, they are often visibly way off. In some cases, the forefoot areas are wider on one shoe than on the other.

    This type of discrepancy is a definitive sign of poor manufacturing methods and quality control. Brooks cannot simply throw out safety concerns, and fail in quality control, and remain viable.

     

    Check my earlier review of the GTS 18 here.

    My thanks to my friend Tony, for his tireless help, in making me a better writer.

    Run Happy... Run Safe... No Worries...☺

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  • 94 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    A winning goal for the GTS!

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    Today is an ultra-competitive and innovative time in the running shoe industry, full of new varieties of cushioning, engineered mesh, woven uppers, and 3D printed technologies. It cannot be easy to get to the front of this fast-moving Peleton, but I believe Brooks is moving up.

    This new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has certainly not been left to die in the back corner of some engineering lab out in Seattle, this 18th version is clearly their best effort to date. It is truly a bold update to their bestselling model encompassing so many changes.

    Let's have a good close look at the new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and see if it is really lighter, softer, faster, more responsive and just as durable as its previous versions.  Personally, I do find it far more aesthetically pleasing.

     

     

    Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1914,  Brooks Sports, Inc. is a manufacturer of quality running shoes and sports apparel based in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

    From the bottom up, the outsole has a new design from heel to toe, a pattern that really does run a little quieter than last year's GTS, and provides a little more ground contact, increasing both durability and traction.

     

     

    The outsole heel area is made of HPR-plus, a durable high abrasion resistant rubber compound and in the forefoot, a more cushioned blown rubber is used.

    The midsole cushioning uses the proven DNA-BioMoGo, making for a more responsive softer ride. However, a longer run (discussed later in this review) will tell us more.

    Image shows soft forefoot cushioning at green arrow and firmer material used for pronation control at red arrow.

     

     

    The uppers are totally new and composed of beautifully engineered mesh with 3D overlays and not a stitch to be found other than on the panels of material along the rows of shoelace eyelets.

    The stitched on Toebox is gone, made unnecessary with the engineered mesh and strategically placed printed overlays. 

    As with last year’s model, flat laces and a well-padded tongue add to comfort. There is plenty of ankle clearance, even when wearing thick socks and running on an uneven roadway.

     

     

    The offset lace keeper on the tongue does a good job of keeping the tongue from slipping. However, the 360-degree reflector coverage enjoyed on last year's version is now sadly gone.

    The Run

    This is the best time of the year for running; depending on where you live it is either springtime or autumn.

    On the first run with these new Brooks, I was out the door at 3:00 with Sara my terrier dog, immediately I knew that these shoes were going to be fun.
    Later on, I went back out at 6:00 in the morning fog for an easy jog that turned into a little longer 12k tour of Southern Indiana. It was during this second run that the Adrenaline GTS 18 showed me that a quick a turnover is so much easier than in any shoe I can remember.

     

     

    Generally, I run mostly on the midfoot, with a little touchdown of the heel, these shoes make it easy to run fast.

    Runningwarehouse.com has provided a "DNA have always been at the forefront of innovation with cushioning materials.

    This morning's run, simply stated, was utterly enjoyable, even the hills on my daily route seemed easier.

    It may sound like this is coming from a Brooks salesman but I assure you, I am not. If you will read my recent critiques of Brooks Launch, the Asics Kayano 23 and 24 models, you will find that my reviews are both honest and acute.

    At some time, a decision was made to eliminate the reflectors from this year's model, I think this was a mistake.

    Specifications

    Size                                           45 EU  11.5UK  12 U.S.
    Weight                                      326 gr.  11.5 oz.
    Arch type                                  Medium
    Support                                     Stability *
    Ankle clearance                        Yes
    Flexibility                                  Medium
    Heel-Toe offset                         12mm
    Above toe Clearance                 Medium-Low
    Toe box Width                           Medium
    Miles Tested                              60
    Tester's weight                           67 kgs.   
    Reflectors                                  None

     

    Now, a thought concerning light to moderate stability shoes. You see, I believe stability features are like guardrails on a mountain road, they keep your Volkswagen from plummeting into the village below, proving themselves reassuring and non-imposing, unless needed.

    *Neutral runners should never shy away from a shoe such as the Adrenaline GTS 18 simply because of such features.

    After 50 miles

    After ten more days in my new shoes, the outer soles showed almost no indication of wear.  The insert/sockliner is breaking in and allowing for a very little bit more room above my toes.
    The Adrenaline is proving to be one of my favorites, I am going to begin rotating between the GTS-18 and the Asics GT 2000 5.

    I am still not sure which shoe I will bring to the starting line in November, either the Adrenaline GTS 18 or the Asics GT 2000 5.

    Last year on the morning of the race, I sat quietly, looking at my Nike Pegasus shoes and the older Asics GT 2000, trying to decide on the shoe for the big day.  One hour prior to the event I picked the Asics and went to the race.

    How does this new model compare to last year's GTS 17?

    Right out of the box, you can tell that the18th version really is a totally different shoe.
    The 18th version has moved way up the road, ahead of last year's model, a major leap forward, and not simply cosmetic changes.

     

    How does the The Saucony Omni 16?

    First, I must admit that I have never owned a pair of the Saucony Omni, however, I have heard from several reliable sources that the Omni is analogous to the Adrenaline and, maybe a true alternative.

    How does this new model compare to Asics GT 2000 5?

    The Brooks is more flexible, 49 grams lighter and feels faster than the Asics GT 2000-5. The GT 2000 has a lot more outsole rubber thickness than the GTS 18, paying a weight penalty but gaining comfort and durability.

    The Asics has better forefoot cushioning with another weight penalty for having the gel. Asics gel does not push back at you as you pick up the pace in the same manner as the Brooks DNA.

    The Asics GT should outlast the Brooks GTS 18 but the GTS would likely out-run the GT.

    Best Suited For 

    A neutral-stability runner training and competing in the half marathon, weighing less than 90 kgs and with a medium arch. The heel to toe offset is a little high at 12mm and could take some getting used to.

    Summary

    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.

    This newest addition to the GTS line will certainly become a stand-alone favorite among runners of every level! However, the race is not over, Paris is not yet in sight.

    And rumors have it, that the new Asics GT 2000 6 will also have upgrades as well and the added advantage of FlyteFoam!

    Thanks for stopping by. Now, go run!

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  • 88 / 100 | Lennysunday | | Level 3 expert

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

  • 91 / 100 | 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.

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  • While it has become softer and lighter than its predecessor, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 still intends to provide the familiar experience, also with the shoe's improved flexibility which is comparable to its latest version, the Adrenaline GTS 19. 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.

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.

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.

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.

The shoes upper material is also the same material used in one of the Brooks running shoes, the Transcend 6.  It is a newly-engineered, streamlined mesh upper which 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.

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