Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 Review Facts
Brooks released the Adrenaline GTS 16 to much fanfare from novice runners. Their “Color your Run” marketing campaign seemed to bring the less familiar into the Brooks family of running shoes. The simplicity of adding a diagonal rollbar and pairing it the signature fit that Brooks is known may seem like the running shoe giant is running out of ideas. This review is going to cover the questions that more experienced runners might ask: “Could the softer impact they are sporting might be too soft?” or “Is this just a gimmicky shoe with entry-level features to lure the less than knowledgeable?” Well, don’t fret fellow runners, below you will find a concise yet thorough review. You might be presently surprised to find that Brooks still has plenty of tricks up their sleeves.
Brooks is bringing their signature DNA cushioning to the Adrenaline GTS 16 and adding a V-Groove that promises to “harness the power of geometry” to absorb and disperse impact. Thankfully, some runners reported that this is not as superfluous as it sounds. In reality, runners have found that the V-Groove really does provide much in regards to impact control and is not just an astatically pleasing visual feature more than anything else. While some runners also felt that the cushioning was “too soft” causing slowness in responsiveness to the stride and even sacrificing a little speed, it’s important to note that transition between heel strike and toe off is directly associated with runner strength and current ability
, not always a by product of shoe design.
Midsole is what sets Brooks apart from most other running shoes, and the Adrenaline GTS 16 is no exception to that rule. Thankfully, you will enjoy the strong and stable ride that is found on even the most expensive of Brooks models. Runners noticed that the small insert Brooks utilizes under the arch does wonders for torsional stability, and most importantly, is not a gimmicky add on. Runners also appreciated how the shoe did not flex when it was not required along its longitudinal axis. Great news for runners with wide feet: the base in the Adrenaline GTS 16 is wider than previous iterations and a lot more confortable.
The upper of the Adrenaline GTS 16 is only traditional as it is related to other Brooks running shoes, and that a good thing. What this means for runners is near seamless construction and all the goodness that comes with it. The world renowned Brooks signature fit. Little to no blister risk that comes from hard seams rubbing against the foot; even with runners that run without socks during the summer months. Runners also really enjoyed how the heel area is extremely well padded allowing the heel to feel the right amount of rigid support. Noticeably absent is the toe-bumper found in the GTS 15, which is great news because it was smothered with a stitched-on synthetic material that runners were not too happy with. Don’t overlook the newly redesigned saddle around the midfoot as is related to upper and midsole harmony. Other running shoe companies
are still trying to keep up when it comes to marrying all the right components the way that Brooks does.
The Adrenaline GTS 16 is 12.3 oz. (349 grams) for a Men’s US 11. Slightly heavier than what most runners consider “par for the course” for this particular type of running shoe. The good news is that with the components that Brooks was able to leave out from this year’s model in comparison to the GTS 15, you will get a lighter shoe should you choose to upgrade. It’s also important that runners keep in mind that the GTS models, as a whole, are meant to provide a forgiving support system to running and as such are packed with extra DNA foam for support. That being said, some runners complained about the “slower feel” of the shoe.
Luckily for all runners that tend to run on “high heat” when it comes to their runs, the material that Brooks utilizes for their running shoes is very breathable and very friendly to moisture. Runners in arid and dry regions found that even with a thicker running sock, the Adrenaline GTS 16 provided more than enough breathability for longer runs. Additionally, the woven material that the midfoot is lined with is light and does not retain any body heat during runs. Runners actually felt that it was a welcomed addition to avoid arch irritation. In addition the Element linings that Brooks has implemented on a variety of their shoes help wick away moisture to keep feet drier and cooler.
There have been a plethora or changes on the GTS 16 that stand out in regards to comfort when compared to the last model. For one, the lacing area has shifted away from the forefoot and the speed lace loops were redesigned. Unlike its predecessor, the GTS 16 has sports regular eyelet holes. It’s not just a visual change, especially for those runner that like to tighten their laces
because that’s how they’ve been doing it since their first 3K. Another change in the comfort department that runners enjoyed was the thinned down midfoot panels.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 comes in seven different styles that will match any runner’s personal style. Let’s place more emphasis on “any”. Color way 694 for example, sports a red flannel looking pattern with red laces. Runners should be ready to stand out amounts the crowd, to say the least. Another popular style among runners is color way 991, a map of the London Underground with a blue and yellow sole. For runners that wish to remain a little more low-key during their rides, there’s the standard black, silver, and gray to name a few.
The feel of quality design found on the Adrenaline GTS 16 is just as solid as any of their top tier running shoes and without question just as strong as their competitors. Runners appreciated the HPR Plus and how it was used in all the areas that are known to be high wearing. The heel where the lateral side rests under a layer of DNA midsole looks and feels like it could withstand the toughest of runner abuse. The internal components that rest under a layer of the harder foam material is well protected from anything that you can throw at it. There is no question amongst runners that the Adrenaline GTS 16 are meant to last and build on the tradition of quality that is associated with the Brooks name.
It would seem that the GTS 16 have been upgraded in regards to responsiveness. Some runners noted that they had a faster response time going uphill because of the shorten tongue near the heel collar area. However, some runners noticed that the wider opening near the heel are made them feel slower. The synthetic overlays have also been moved downward which also can contribute to a less responsive ride, by not providing enough of a secure fit.
Many runners noticed that the support was better than in the previous version. The main support features is the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar which guides the foot and helps prevent excessive pronation. The BioMoGo DNA cushioning provides customized support and as you wear it, it adapts to your foot type and the way your foot moves for a supportive, adaptive cushioning. The overlays also add an additional layer of support, providing a secure fit. Runners said that this shoe worked great for their overprontation.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 is a road running shoe that may be overkill for the treadmill. While some runners claimed that the updated V-Groove design is nothing more than an ascetic feature, some reported that the sole construction helped during flat to uphill
conversions. Most runners could agree that the GTS 16 is a perfect all around city shoe that handled everything that could possibly come its way. Worth mentioning is that if you have a flat to medium arch and you’ve had trouble finding a road running shoe that fits your needs, the GTS 16 might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Much like all Brooks running shoes, runners will be hard pressed to find a running shoe with this many features for a lower price. Brooks gives you incredible quality and features for what you pay and always over delivers on their shoes. Runners have reported tiny features like the small shank between the midfoot and toe box that most runners will never know that is there, yet does its part to give your gait just a little more support. It’s the little things that make the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 a smart buy.
•CONFORMABLE SADDLE W/ ADJUSTABLE EYELETS
•Provides support and a custom fit
•Disperses impact along the outer boundaries of the shoe
•FULL-LENGTH SEGMENTED CRASH PAD
•Helps runners have a more comfortable and supported landing
•BIOMOGO DNA MIDSOLE CUSHIONING
•Signature Brooks material that adapts and gives runners quick response
•Extremely breathable with the ability to help wick away moisture, keeping feet cooler and drier
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does not disappoint as the company attempts to reach out to a wider audience. Runners of all skill levels have enjoyed the balance of comfort and aggressive design that Brooks have been delivering with their GTS models for quite some time. The GTS 16 provides an extremely stable sole with a reliable and trusted construction. Omega Flex Grooves allowed runners to maintain a natural forefoot movement; this is the type of fluidity that runners get excited about! While the cushioning could be considered a little too bouncy for very discerning runners, most will welcome the soft impact controlling foam that will be consistent from the first step through the last. Combine all this with an aggressive price point and the Brooks GTS 16 is a competitor in any arena.