Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18: A Combination of Support, Comfort and Excellent Fit

90 / 100 by Jones Hamilton • Level 3 expert

The Adrenaline GTS 18 is the first pair of support shoe that I have from Brooks.

I own a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and Asics Gel Kayano 24. So far, the two shoes performed well and provided me the support I needed on my daily runs.

I heard a lot of good things about the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and so, I’ve decided to give the GTS 18 a try. The shoe has been my partner on my long-distance and short runs.

Generally, I find the shoe supportive and comfortable. I also find the overall fit satisfying.

 

 

Looks

I’ve browsed several pictures of the Adrenaline GTS 17 on the internet. Compared to the new iteration, I immediately noticed the changes in the upper.

I like the aesthetic design of the shoe. It is more eye-catching than the older version. I also love the reflective detailing in the heel area of the shoe.

 

Support

When it comes to support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is truly impressive.

Now, I understand why most people from the running community liked the Adrenaline GTS model. In the GTS 18, Brooks features the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) technology which is specifically designed to reduce overpronation.

Surprisingly, it works well for me. The shoe provides me the stability I need to have a more efficient and satisfying running experience.

The shoe also has a removable insole. It is made from lightweight foam. It provides my foot added support and it enhances the overall comfort of the shoe.

 

 

Comfort & Breathability

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is impressively breathable.

The main factor that affects the breathability is the engineered mesh upper. It provides the foot a breathable coverage. I also love the internal fabric lining. It provides an all-day comfort to my feet.

On my long-distance runs, I did not feel the burning sensation in my feet. I also like the smooth fabric in the heel.

 

 

Fit

I wear a size 9 and I love the overall fit of the Adrenaline GTS 18.

From the heel to the forefoot, the fit is just right. The toe box is spacious enough and allows my toes to move comfortably. The heel is generously padded and secures my heel comfortably.

Since the shoe has extra eyelets, I can further secure my heel whenever necessary. I haven’t tried using the extra eyelets though, but I think they are very useful.

 

 

The flat laces provide my foot a secure midfoot lockdown.

Since the tongue is also well-padded, I can tighten the laces without hurting my feet. Lastly, the removable insole also enhances the overall fit of the shoe.

 

Durability

Compared to my Wave Inspire 13 and Kayano 24, I think the Adrenaline GTS 18 is the least durable.

After a few miles of running, I already noticed a slight wear in the sole unit of the shoe. Brooks utilizes a blown rubber and hard rubber in the outsole for durability. However, it is not as durable as what I’ve expected. I also noticed a light tear in the upper mesh which made me more disappointed.

 

Traction

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has a light tread pattern on the outsole.

The outsole configuration works well on paved tracks. I have no issues with the shoe on dry roads. However, on wet surfaces, the shoe is less grippy. I don’t advise runners to use this shoe on wet running conditions. 

 

Good Points

  • Great looks and design
  • Breathable and comfortable
  • Exceptional support
  • Excellent fit
  • Affordable

 

Bad Points

  • Sole unit wears out quickly
  • Less grippy on wet surfaces
Jones Hamilton

Jones Hamilton • Level 3 expert

Hi, I’m Jones Hamilton! I am an IT guy and a passionate a runner. I have been running since age 13. At first, I only run every weekend and after a year of doing it regularly, I fell in love with running completely. I love running both on the road and on the trail.

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