Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 Reviewed and Compared
Brooks Adrenaline GTS line is one of the premiere stability running shoes on the market. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is the latest release in this series. It is a streamlined update that feels softer underfoot yet retains the secure, comfortable fit of previous models. It’s a support-category shoe with a universal platform, a midsole pp of 12mm, and an arch for flat/medium soles. The 17 is a modest, effective running shoe loaded with enough cushioning and stability for an appeal to casual runners, as well as the more serious elite runners.
I had the privilege to test them over the last 2 weeks. They were put through short runs, long runs (15-mile sessions), walks, and sprints. The GTS 17 incorporates 30% more cushioning than standard running shoes with EVA or gel midsoles, and after many runs it certainly is apparent. My feet can attest to that.
I also felt much more energy return and more pep in my step… I mean, in my run. And, thanks to the incredible midsole/outsole materials in this shoe, I felt I received a great performance without it matter what my weight or running style/pace was. The heel to toe transition was satisfyingly smooth through each stride. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 truly gave me a reason to “Run Happy”!
- Streamlined update in the Adrenaline GTS series that feels softer underfoot
- This shoe has a rounded heel that helps to align force through the center of your ankle joint, reducing stress on your body.
- Lightweight at 8.9oz for the average sizes
- Durable materials including Flextra and HPR, increasing the longevity of this shoe
- I recommend purchasing half a size larger than your normal running shoe.
- Forefoot felt a bit stiff out of the box - suggest extended breaking in before longer runs
- Bright and bold colors which might not impress everyone
- The high drop may feel clunky for people who are used to running in minimalist shoes.
This shoes also features "HPR Plus" outsole technology. This delivers long-lasting durability in high wear areas. HPR is a super-durable rubber compound that was specially developed by Brooks, in order to provide greater resistance to wear and to increase the life of the shoe.
An added bonus: it biodegrades 50 times faster than traditional midsoles. Another reason to "Run Happy".
Brooks uses a revolutionary process called 3D Fit Print, which is a screen-print technology, that applies an engineered structure to the upper. It helps to maintain the structure of the shoe as well as to allow increased flexibility.
The upper comes with the extra eyelet that I absolutely love. In fact, I won't purchase a running shoe without it. Using the extra eyelet to lace up, helps me to achieve an optimal "heel lock" and helps to prevent blisters.
If you aren't familiar with this tying method: lace up your shoes normally, then run the laces back into the extra eyelet from the outside toward the inside. This will create a loop that will allow you to then run the laces through the opposing eyelets. You will then pull tight so the loop tightens around the laces. Proceed by completing your tie as you normally would. This will anchor your foot and ankle to your shoe. Because the tongue is so cushioned, I felt I could tie my shoes as tight as I wanted without feeling the pressure across the top of my foot.
I also appreciated the reflective design/color on the upper, as I really enjoy running at dawn.
There is Flextra material in the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, which provides excellent traction on all kinds of surfaces. The plus is that is is a super lightweight rubber! This allows you to receive the desired grip during your run without feeling you are being weighed down.
The fabric lining in this shoe offered a great in-shoe comfortable feel. There is a removable molded foam insole allows for lightweight cushioning underfoot. And, there is an updated V-Groove underfoot which creates a more natural release for a softer smoother feel.
I love to run at daybreak, so the reflectiveness of the Lime Punch on each side of the shoe is perfect for me. Inside the box is the phrase Lace Up & Go. It tells you that these shoes are overflowing with possibilities. It tells you to show these shoes the ropes, pound the pavement with them, and tromp some trails. It asks you to wow them, thrills them, and give them adventure! But, most importantly, it commands you to "Run Happy".
In addition, there are all these awesome phrases on the box - phrases that every runner thinks at one time or another: “I won’t call this a negative split because it feels so positive.” “I have a gas pedal under both feet today!” “Finally passed her. And, she probably doesn’t even know we were racing” and “Where’s a porta-potty when I need one!”
Brooks is committed to reducing its environmental footprint, so the box is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable. This makes it easy to “Run Happy”!
The overlays on the 17 are there to maximize the pull from the midsole to the saddle. This functions as a strap to your foot. There was a change in the back of the 17, featuring fewer overlays and more mesh compared to the 16.
Similar stability and support are received from the upper of both shoes. Better midfoot hold and increased durability of the front of the shoe is delivered by the 17. The cushioning has not changed and continues to be above average. The 17 is slightly lighter than the 16 and is more flexible. It also provides a slightly more secure wrap around the midfoot.
While this is great for many, some runners who have been running in a minimalist shoe may feel a shoe with such a large drop is too clunky or that it lacks in a certain speed and agility. However, I don't believe it would take anyone long to realize the benefit of this stability shoe.
So far, I see no signs of wear on any part of the insole or outsole. This type of durability is achieved through the blown rubber outsole with the Flextra and HPR materials. It is also achieved through 3D Hex Lugs. The aggressive lugs on the outsole are durable enough to withstand technical terrain.
Then, you have what's called a Diagonal Rollbar. Most runners have a natural tendency to pronate when the foot comes into contact with the ground. With the Rollbar's position on the medial side of the midsole, the rate and speed of pronation are reduced.
In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is also an ideal shoe for runners with flat to medium arches.
Brooks was one of the first athletic brands to offer runners a high-visibility collection to keep them safe while running.
While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is a little on the pricey side, many serious runners seem to feel it is worth it. They are glad to pay the extra money for a lightweight, durable running shoe that they can wear on a variety of surfaces.
Key Features of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17
• Segmented crash pad
• 3D Hex Lugs on the outsole
• V-Groove technology
• Progressive Diagonal Rollbar
You also get a mid-foot saddle that will adjust in order to give you a more customizable fit. It doesn't even have to be the same on each foot! My left foot is slightly longer than my right, but with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, I was able to make adjustments to give myself a secure fit on either foot. This is not usual for me, without having to wear an extra sock on my right foot. I would definitely purchase a pair of these shoes.
And because I enjoyed these, the next model in this series will definitely get my attention. I really appreciate Brooks allowing me to test and review the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.