Our verdict

One of Brooks’ most revered and popular stability shoes gets a well-needed modern update for 2022. I love this daily runner because I see it as the Jack-of-all-trades running shoe, thanks to a bi-directional correction for different overpronations. With fresher looks, I am captivated by its even more attractive silhouette.

Pros

  • Promising durability
  • Stability for all directions
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Phenomenal grip
  • A firmer, faster midsole
  • True to size
  • Consistent in all conditions
  • Reliable daily runner

Cons

  • High price point for stability aimed at beginners
  • Midsole is too hard for some

Audience verdict

90
Superb!

Who should buy

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is a stability shoe that’s perfect for daily runs. It’s a perfect choice for medium-paced runs up to half-marathon length. The shoe is quite accessible with 4 different widths to accommodate most foot shapes.

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Who should NOT buy

The Adrenaline GTS 22 might not be your best bet if:  

  • You don’t over-pronate, while GTS tech is apparently fine for neutral runners, we found that you can shed lots of weight by choosing something like the Ghost 14
  • You want something softer, for longer runs (at the cost of speed), we prefer the Glycerin GTS 20 

Breathability

With a mesh knit upper, there’s plenty of breathability even with plush padding. The material feels stiff and won’t stretch much, but the fit is fine so no worries there. It also feels nice and durable.

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Durability

Outsole hardness

Clearly not fearing the wrath of a set of scales, Brooks has added 3.4 mm of outsole grip to the shoe, at 87 HC durometer it's super strong too. This makes for a fair amount of durability and I wouldn’t be surprised if these make it well past the 500-mile mark.

Test results
Adrenaline GTS 22 87.0 HC
Average 80.4 HC
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 273 running shoes
Number of shoes
54.9 HC
Outsole hardness
92.8 HC

Weight

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is billed at weighing 10.2oz (289g), a touch lighter than its predecessor (10.4oz). It is a tiny bit lighter than stability running shoes on average 10.5 oz (298g).

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Test results
Adrenaline GTS 22 10.37 oz (294g)
Average 9.38 oz (266g)
Compared to 293 running shoes
Number of shoes
5.26 oz (149g)
Weight
12.56 oz (356g)

Cushioning

Heel stack

The Adrenaline GTS 22 carries over an aggressive 14.7 mm drop and a 37.4 mm heel stack height. Paired with the supportive GuideRails and heftier weight, it definitely feels like a slow, easy-day trainer. 

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Test results
Adrenaline GTS 22 37.4 mm
Average 33.7 mm
Compared to 292 running shoes
Number of shoes
7.6 mm
Heel stack
42.7 mm

Midsole softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

It feels like Brooks has tried to make the 22 a bit speedier than it was. The Adrenaline 22 brings a bit of energy return into the shoe. 

Stability

Lateral stability test

The Adrenaline is Brooks’ staple GTS (Go-to-stability) shoe, providing overpronators with an alternative to medial posting for a few years.

With the price point of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 I’d tend to think it’s marketed at the enthusiastic daily runner. Someone who's cruising 30 miles a week. With a stability system that goes above and beyond, it completely makes sense. However, there's a caveat. 

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The way the guide rail works is that it initially provides extra support for when your ankle over-pronates (rolls inwards), and pushes your stride to a neutral position. 

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There’s then exterior support to stop your foot from rolling too far outwards (which can lead to problems like IT band syndrome). This makes Brooks a great option for almost any runner because you can run in them even if you are a neutral runner. As an over-pronator, I definitely felt the guide rail push me back straight, which is always a good sign, and I also felt the exterior rail push me back inwards. So it definitely works

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But, and this is a big but, that’s a bit pointless if you’re then going to lug around a 300g+ shoe as a neutral runner. Moreover, if you’re doing 30 miles per week, you probably know more about your pronation than most and can choose shoes accordingly. 

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So in practice, I think the support of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS line is best suited to new runners who don’t know about their pronation and just want to run injury-free. I just wish the price point would match that. 

Heel counter stiffness

There’s a good heel cup and the ankle collar fits well. The heel counter has had a bit of an update and is more padded than before, and even stiffer.

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Flexibility

Stiffness

With all of that hard midsole and the GuideRails, it didn’t come as a surprise that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 scored highly in our lab testing, needing 40.8N of force to bend the shoe to 45.

The result on the road is a bit dull, but as a daily shoe, it’s not a problem for me. 

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What shone out for me was the consistency of the flex in the midsole, after 20 minutes in the lab freezer it only took 43.5N to get the same degree of flex (average here is 27.7N) which is only a 5.6% difference.

In the lab, we regularly see flexibility changes of 30% (even up to 68.3% from the Brooks Revel 5), so this degree of reliability is very welcome. 

Test results
Adrenaline GTS 22 40.8N
Average 29.3N
We use an average of four tests. The video shows one of those tests.
Compared to 275 running shoes
Number of shoes
2.2N
Stiffness
94.4N

Grip / Traction

The grip itself is effective, I felt no slippage on both wet and dry concrete, making sharper turns and downhills confident, and lots of ability to keep pace on the ups.

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Misc

Overall impressions

Maybe Adrenaline is the wrong word. It’s obvious that Brooks isn’t making super-stylish running shoes that weigh next to nothing and promise to take chunks off of your 10K time.

They do however make a shoe that makes you run as frequently as you want, on whatever experience level. Sure, it’s super heavy, and even the updates to the upper won’t make you want to wear these out to dinner, but it does what it says on the tin.