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Welcome to the review of the Adrenaline GTS 19. Another creation of the Brooks brand.
Brooks is a major American designer of running shoes that is prestigious in the running world. The brand surely knows what they are doing, and this 19th version of their Adrenaline model proves it.
The Adrenaline GTS 19 is a stability trainer shoe that seeks to offer the maximum support and comfort to your runs.
Its design is a combination of the traditional running shoe with the latest shoe structure technology that grants the runner lots of comfort and outstanding feet protection in every stride.
The target runner
The Adrenaline GTS 19 is an ideal shoe for an easy jog or easy pace training and for mid to long-distance runs. But it is not a shoe to go for a fast run.
This is the pair of shoes you want to have handy for your recovery runs when you wish to lower your pace. You will be grateful for feeling a softer shock with the pavement.
The Brooks Adrenaline family is known for its stability shoes. They also offer runners a real correction to pronate or supinate steps.
The Adrenaline models specially dedicated a great help to pronation on their GTS 18 model by having a solid arch midsole. This midsole provided the necessary correction to the pronation.
Now, Brooks has once again come up with an innovation in the Adrenaline GTS 19 model with the new Guard Rails Holistic Support System technology.
This technology helps the runners only when necessary—one is to run in a flat treadmill, and another is to go on the road with uneven terrain and obstacles.
The main characteristics of the shoe
- Weight: of 312 grams
- A drop of 12 mm heel to toe
The major highlights of the shoe are
The look is a bit bulky, especially if you are used to more minimalistic models. At first, you may even feel like you are running in your Crocs due to extreme comfort.
But once you get used to the feeling, you will soon notice that these trainers are a keeper.
Now, let’s talk about the composition of the shoe. From top to bottom, the sole consists of:
- Upper: Engineered mesh
- Midsole: BioMogo foam, DNA Loft heel and Guide Rails on both sides
- Outsole: Carbon rubber under the heel, softer blown rubber under the forefoot
The upper consist of an engineered mesh that feels very comfortable. It also provides a breathable experience on every run on the front side and the mid-section.
Meanwhile, towards the heel, you have a 3D Printed technology, which allows the shoe to wrap your foot and keep you well-balanced in every step.
The front and mid-upper section are very comfortable and very spacious. This extra space has caused some runners to complain about their feet not being held as tight as they think it should be.
However, this room also provides comfort without exposing your step due to the strong protection from the midsole and outsole.
The heel cup is comfortable but firm. And, the heel structure offers what you need—proper protection and high-quality shock absorption.
The shoe fits well and is true to your size, although some runners say the Adrenaline GTS 19 could run half a size smaller than expected.
The tongue offers an excellent cushion and does not provoke any irritation. It provides the best comfort you can have.
Brooks offers a combination of color tones in the upper, including some bright reflective ones. These not only look good but also helps on those dark runs.
The upper is very lightweight, which compensates for the heavier midsole and outsole.
Its engineered mesh is spot on. The soft mesh of the engineered vamp provided the shoe with a nice roomy toe-box that is very breathable and feels good.
The engineered fit case on the heel cup has a padded ankle area as well as a rubber heel protection. These innovations allow you to feel comfortable in every stride while feeling secure in your ankle and Achilles tendon.
The Adrenaline GTS 19 uses a dual-density midsole and is based on DNA Loft and BIOMOGO DNA technology.
This shoe offers full ground contact from heel to toe, including in the arch of the foot, with a variety of sections throughout the outsole. Through these, the shoe can assist the runner where and when needed no matter how one runs.
The heel section is composed of carbon rubber, which is a hard material seeking extra durability. Towards the front of the foot, the sole has a softer rubber with indentations trying to promote flexibility after each step.
- Guide rails produce a great response and help to avoid injuries
- Build to last
- Very comfortable
- Extreme shock absorption
- Excellent breathability on the upper mesh
- Good shoe for a marathon or half marathon
- Maximum support
- Looks bulky and heavy
- Half-size smaller than expected
- Provides a loose sensation to the feet on the upper side
It was just before Y2K time that Brooks first introduced its first edition of Adrenaline GTS. Maybe it took a while for the shoe to be well appreciated by the running community, however slowly but certainly Adrenaline GTS became the flagship model of Brooks and go-to-shoe for many.
The latest iteration of the model, Adrenaline GTS 19 has two new technology applied; GuideRails and DNA LOFT crash pad.
As we all know, each runner is unique based on how he/she runs. Therefore there is no one generally applicable way of running. Brooks biomechanics understanding model called "Run Signature" is the backbone of GuideRails technology.
GuideRails becoming active if there is excess movement on heel and shin, parts which are highly risky for injuries. If one runner is having limited movement on heel and shin, GuideRails deactivates, thus no further correction.
However, from my own experience, I can say that with exhaustion towards the finish line, most runners are losing their unique running form. This is the time GuideRails corrects the posture by providing additional stability.
Brooks’ second innovation in Adrenaline GTS 19 is DNA LOFT, which is a mixture of EVA foam and air. DNA LOFT provides additional soft cushioning especially on the heel part, which is, unfortunately, a common area of improvement for many runners (heel-strike).
By its application, Brooks provide additional prevention for potential injuries.
The midsole of the shoe is the part which Brooks presents both of its innovation. The part from the midfoot to the heel (under the colored line) is its GuideRails.
I already explained its working principle and will cover my own experience in the later part of the review. Additionally, DNA LOFT has been applied along with BioMoGo DNA material. By this way, Adrenaline GTS 19 provides a very soft landing and higher cushioning.
It looks like Brooks already defined the perfect solution for the outsole since there are no new features in this part of the shoe. Heel part has carbon rubber for durability, and the rest of the shoe has blown rubber.
In the upper part of the shoe, Brooks uses breathable mesh which provides high comfort. My feet are not wider than average, and toe-box provides enough space for comfort. Ventilation holes on the upper part are larger than what I used to, and I was suspicious for rainy weather.
I would be sharing my own experience in the final section. I can understand that laces are soft and maybe it is acceptable for training. However, I would prefer thinner and stiffer laces for a race day, in order not to bother my mind thinking “what if they go untied.”
Let’s start where I left. Larger ventilation holes created question marks for me, how my feet will stay considerably dry in the rainy season. I know that the shoe is not classified as "weather-proof" however, soaking all the rain is not what I desire neither.
Strangely, the shoe seems like providing some level of water resistance and dried very fast. OK, maybe I didn’t run under heavy rain, but a run lasted 15k is not a short one neither.
Outsole materials provided much better grip on the ground than most of my other shoes, which makes Adrenaline GTS 19 my selection for rainy days. I should mention that in general, I run on an asphalt surface.
My biggest surprise is the outcome of Brooks’ new technology, GuideRails. For my first couple runs, I had that strange feeling that an independent mechanism is working with me to correct my posture and stride.
I deliberately selected the words "with me" and "posture." Normally, what I experienced with stability shoes is that the shoe corrects the overpronation by working against it, which means in general pains in other parts of the body, small bruises, etc.
However, with GuideRails, Adrenaline GTS 19 is working with you for correction. In common sense, GuideRails is the bumper system which fits your unique way of running. A very personal note on this, my left foot has mild overpronation, and my right foot is not pronating when I’m running.
Therefore, I can feel easily impact of GuideRails on my left side, and at first, it gave me a strange feel, but after covering 30-40 miles, I get used to it. The reason why I chose "posture" over "stride" is, with GuideRails, I can feel that my running posture is also controlled.
Runner’s body is adjusting to overpronation, and since GuideRails is providing necessary bumper like support, I can feel that support not only on my feet but on my full body. That means, some muscle groups which were not working previously, or which are weaker than others can cause temporary pain.
However, I think this is an important advantage of improvement potential by working on that muscle group more. For the size, I picked the exact same size as my Asics Gel Kayano 22.
I could have gone a half size or full size larger than my selection since even after 30-40 miles, I’m having trouble on the front part of my toes. The longest run I did was 16k, it doesn’t prevent me from running, and however, it doesn’t provide high comfort either. So please consider the size-up option before going forward to purchase it.
In general, Brooks was the brand which I would like to get to know. When the chance came up, I am lucky that I have Adrenaline GTS 19. It is a model which has a long history, a model which keeps up with technological developments and a model which I can rely on in many conditions.
I believe GuideRails will be used in different models as well (most probably at different levels based on the shoe model) and it really helps the runner to maintain the good posture. The look is good, and the quality seems at a high level which makes it a daily running shoe as well.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is a stability trainer that are offered at a reasonable price. They were released in the spring of 2019, available in both men's and women's.
Comfortability is my #1 priority in a trainer. I have no major complaints besides they fit a little loosely. Brooks always makes reliable shoes. I can always trust that as long as its Brooks; it will feel okay.
Because I am a 135-pound high school runner, I don't necessarily need all the cushioning. I recommend if you are around the same weight and age, go for something less bulky like the Ghost 11 or other similar trainers.
If you don't need a lot of support, there's no need with a lot of cushioning. The shock absorbing midsole does its job, and the high arch is perfect for flat feet runners. They never got uncomfortable even through the countless track workouts or long runs.
I never experienced foot pain throughout my testing. Again, Brooks normally makes reliable shoes. They were also reliable on trails, but I wouldn't recommend too many of them to keep them in pristine shape.
The laces never untied or loosened up ever on me during any of my runs.
It has relatively average durability for trainers. I ran about 300 miles, and I've got the main problem areas in the upper sole and the arch. You can see in the picture below that the grips have grinded off from continuous use.
The arch has lost some of its support from the daily beating I've put them through. The arch isn't completely gone yet though.
There are a few different styles that I think are sick. But remember, quality is much more important than looks.
I recommend running distance; 5k to marathon training primarily. They offer a nice smooth bounce that Brooks is so famous for.
Breathability wasn't an issue. I tested these throughout the winter and never had a day above 60 degrees, so I'm not 100% sure how they would hold up on a warm day.
The weight is distributed well across the entire shoe. I usually run on the inside of my foot, but now I have a straighter foot when I land - this is a very common problem in many. Fixing this can reduce injuries and, of course, make you faster!
The flexibility, I have to say, is not the best compared to other Brooks trainers. The previous models had much better flexibility. Needless to say, it is average compared with other shoes.
- Laces never untie
- A little too much cushion for someone lightweight like me
- Many users reported sizing is a half size small, but for me, I felt it was a little loose
The Brooks Adrenaline 19 is a trustworthy trainer that I would recommend to distance runners that need lots of support. If you weigh about 130 pounds, I would recommend a trainer that has less cushioning than this particular shoe.
The Brooks GTS remains true to its Acronym being the "go-to shoe." As a pronator, I’ve been loyal to this shoe for the last couple of years and find them really comfortable.
The GTS shoe is high mileage, everyday stability trainer with maximum support. I’ve currently been wearing mine for Marathon training, so they are getting some good mileage. Even when they were new, I didn’t suffer from any blister which is usually the case with new shoes.
|Sizing||Standard running shoe length|
|Previous model||Adrenaline GTS 18|
This year, Brooks has released the 19 with a bold move of a redesigned sole. Risky? Yes.
Brooks has decided to redesign the sole with guide rails support system totally. The reason for this is to provide a softer and springier ride.
The idea behind the guide rails support system is to make a point that there is not a right way to run and therefore the shoe focuses on individuality rather than directing your foot and ankle into landing somewhere it doesn’t want to.
Therefore, everyone’s unique way of running will perform best when the footwear works with an individual’s unique gait. The shoe weighs the same as the previous edition (it also looks similar, to be honest) although the sole looks slightly chunkier than the Brooks 18.
When I put these on, they felt bouncy and secure. The ride felt comfortable with the midsole rails on each side of the shoe, cradling my foot. Brooks version of this shoe is to allow your foot to guide rather than it being corrected.
The rear section of the midsole has been updated with a new DNA loft foam (foam air and rubber if you are wondering) hence giving your ride some extra bounce.
The heel drop on them is 12mm which is perfect for someone like me who suffers from Achilles problems. I found the material more breathable although the stripes on the front of the show lead me to think that I had mud or a mark on the front.
I wore mine out in the rain and found that they dried very quickly and without soggy socks! The toe box is roomy, and there was no slippage from the heel.
The laces were generous enough to lace right to the top of the trainer not like others who scrimp on lace length. The tongue of the trainer is still padded and comfortable. The width of it is just right and helps to improve the fit of the shoe. Overall a winner!
- Comfortable and well padded
- Great choice of colors
- A soft ride
- The change may not be for everyone
Good to know
- The GTS 19 is an update to the Brooks Adrenaline series designed for overpronated foot motion. It features the next iteration of Brooks’ cushioning technology, the DNA LOFT, which is a blend of EVA, air, and rubber. The usual BioMoGo DNA cushioning is still in place to provide defined support to the foot that is wearing the shoe. The GuideRails Holistic Support System supports the medial part of the arch and the lateral portion of the heel, thereby giving a balanced underfoot performance.
- The upper unit of this model contrasts its immediate predecessor because of the engineered mesh and 3D Fit Print technologies. These elements work together to provide secure and form-fitting coverage.
The outsole unit of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is made of blown rubber, which is a compound that offers traction and protection against abrasion. It also provides extra cushioning through its spongy configuration.
Flex grooves allow the entire sole unit to bend with the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.
A segmented platform design helps in isolating the impact forces generated by the foot-strike, concentrating the energy to the contact point instead of rippling to areas that don’t need affectation.
The midsole unit features the usual BioMoGo DNA technology from Brooks. This environment-friendly feature is meant to follow the cushioning needs of the individual, giving targeted cushioning to the entire underfoot.
The DNA LOFT is a lightweight but durable material that offers bouncy and consistent cushioning. It is made using ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) piece, rubber, and air. These constituents mesh with each other to deliver sturdiness, comfort and consistent support.
The GuideRails Holistic Support System involves sidewalls on the lateral heel and the medial midfoot. These add-ons are constructed to lock the foot in place and prevent overpronation.
Providing breathable and form-fitting coverage is an engineered mesh upper. This cloth-like silhouette is also lightweight and smooth; it avoids rubbing uncomfortably against the skin of the wearer.
The 3D Fit Print technology entails a set of printed overlays that are placed on the sides and the heel. These add-ons are designed to hold the foot in place and prevent accidental shoe removals.
The padded tongue and collar are responsible for cushioning the topmost dimensions of the foot, particularly the instep, the ankles, and the Achilles tendon. These parts of the shoe are also meant to avert any in-shoe quivering during the run.
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