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.
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.
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.
What got better
The new upper appears to be less complicated and lighter. This has been noted by the majority of reviewers.
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.
Laces are also reported to be shorter on the Adrenaline 22. There is not enough length to tie a runners' knot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
There is a removable sockliner which can be replaced with a custom insole or orthotics.