Who should buy the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

If you are after a well-cushioned but not overly bulky shoe with arch support, look no further than the Adrenaline GTS 22.

  • This Brooks shoe works best for runners with flat feet and moderate overpronation.
  • It is a great option for shorter or longer daily miles as well as easy recovery runs.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 logo

Who should NOT buy the GTS 22

The Adrenaline may be an overkill if you have a neutral pronation type. In this case, consider Brooks Ghost. And if you are not sure, see our guide on pronation to find out your type.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 model

On the other hand, if you have severe overpronation and need maximum support, look towards more supportive motion control running shoes.

Adrenaline GTS 22 vs. 21: what's new?

"Cushy and comfortable, just like the 21" - this is the common sentiment that runners have about the 22. Brooks was wise not to mess with what works well.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 comfort

What got better

 The new upper appears to be less complicated and lighter. This has been noted by the majority of reviewers.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 upper

What got worse

The GuideRails support system cuts into the side of some runners' feet. They say that this hasn't been the issue with the previous iteration.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 side

Laces are also reported to be shorter on the Adrenaline 22. There is not enough length to tie a runners' knot.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 laces

Brooks GuideRails support you in a subtle way

The GuideRail system was developed by the brand in response to the bulky and heavy posting systems that were common for stability running shoes.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 guiderails

It is made of two "bumpers" which are made of firmer foam and are placed around the heel. They gently guide your foot from the heel strike to the toe-off without letting the arch fall inwards.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 arch support

According to the brand, this setup also helps to align the runner's knees and hips to correct the entire posture. Some reviewers confirm that the Adrenaline GTS 22 is in fact "easy on the joints."

Well-cushioned go-to shoe

Everyone who tested the Adrenaline 22 laud its DNA Loft cushioning for keeping the feet comfortable not only during runs but also when walking and standing all day.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 cushioning

The foam comes on the soft side but is not squishy. With a 12-mm drop (difference in the heel and forefoot height), there is a significant amount of cushioning in the heel. Meanwhile, the forefoot is made a bit firmer to help with that bounce on the toe-off.

By the way, Brooks calls its cushioning "DNA" because the foam adapts to the runner's unique stride.

Smooth transitions

The outsole is strategically dissected with flex grooves. They all work together to help the midsole bend along with the foot and create a more natural sensation.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 flexibility

Plenty of upper support in the Adrenaline GTS 22

As with many of its daily trainers, Brooks gives a lot of focus to the upper padding. There is a large amount of it in the Adrenaline too. A reviewer says "For this reason, I did not notice the heel counter at all other than a solid lockdown in the rearfoot."

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 padding

But don't worry, all that cush is not blocking the air from ventilating the foot.

For the fans of the gusseted tongue, the Adrenaline comes with one! Runners are happy with how securely and comfortably it wraps around the foot.

More good news about the Brooks Adrenaline

The shoe comes in four different width options for both men and women. From Narrow to Extra Wide, many foot shapes have a chance to find their perfect match.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 forefoot

There is a removable sockliner which can be replaced with a custom insole or orthotics.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 10.2oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Stability
Forefoot height: 12mm
Heel height: 24mm
Collection: Brooks Adrenaline

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