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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 - Women's Review

An outstanding all-around shoe that finds the balance between all metrics.
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $130 List | $129.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Comfortable, responsive, supportive
Cons:  Not as light as some other contenders
Manufacturer:   Brooks
By Lauren DeLaunay ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 8, 2019
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  • Landing Comfort - 25% 8
  • Upper Comfort - 25% 9
  • Responsiveness - 20% 8
  • Stability - 20% 9
  • Weight - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 lives up to all the hype and easily took home our Editors' Choice Award, no questions asked. This shoe defies the odds by being both comfortable yet responsive and lightweight yet extremely supportive. An excellent one-shoe quiver, we'd do everything in the Adrenaline, from speed workouts to long-distance jogs and everything in between. While the Ghost has been our longstanding winner, we appreciate the Adrenaline's lighter design, bouncier step, and supportive frame.


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Pros Comfortable, responsive, supportiveLightweight, comfortable upper, very responsiveSupportive, protective, comfortableSuper comfortable, good supportHighly responsive, supportive
Cons Not as light as some other contendersLess cushioningLess breathable, less responsiveLess breathable, not as responsiveLess comfortable upper, not as light
Bottom Line An outstanding all-around shoe that finds the balance between all metrics.A quick shoe with a one-of-a-kind balance between comfort and responsiveness.Strikes an awesome balance between comfort and responsiveness.An amazingly comfortable shoe with ample cushioning.The Air Zoom Pegasus is a supportive shoe with a highly responsive sole made for speed.
Rating Categories Adrenaline GTS 19 Sonic RA Pro 2 Brooks Ghost 11 - Women's Brooks Glycerin 17 - Women's Air Zoom Pegasus 35
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Specs Adrenaline GTS 19 Sonic RA Pro 2 Brooks Ghost 11 -... Brooks Glycerin 17... Air Zoom Pegasus 35
Weight per shoe (ounces) 9.4 6.8 8.8 9.1 7.9
Weight per pair 18.8 13.6 17.6 18.2 15.8
Width Options Regular Regular Narrow, Regular, Wide Narrow, Regular, and Wide Regular and Wide
Sizes Available 5 - 13 5 - 12 5 - 12 5 - 12 5 - 12
Midsole Material DNA LOFT Textile BioMoGo DNA DNA Loft EVA Cushlon ST, Zoom Air
Sole Rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber Rubber
Toe to Heel Drop 12 mm 6 mm 12 mm 10 mm 10 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

Bumping the Brooks Ghost out of its usual place at the top of our lineup, the Adrenaline is a bit more responsive, a tad lighter, and significantly more supportive, earning it our coveted place as this year's Editors' Choice.

Performance Comparison


Introducing our new Editors' Choice Award winner  the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19!
Introducing our new Editors' Choice Award winner, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19!

Landing Comfort


Some metrics in this review are noticeable right away, and some take a little more digging. We noticed the cushy sole of the Adrenaline as soon as we put them on, but only after racking up the miles did we appreciate what these shoes could do. Only out-cushioned by the HOKA Bondi, this shoe was among our favorites for its superior comfort and cloud-like landing.


With one of the highest scores in this review, the Adrenaline has top-notch padding, and we had no problem spending long days in these shoes, putting in serious mileage. This is one of the major factors that put the Adrenaline in the running for our Editors' Choice Award.

Spectacular landing comfort on the Adrenaline GTS
Spectacular landing comfort on the Adrenaline GTS

Despite being wonderfully padded, this shoe is still appropriate for the average runner who doesn't need a highly cushioned model like the Bondi. We appreciate when shoes let us forget we even have them on, and the Adrenaline does just that. These were our go-to shoes for everything from walking into town to running errands to long runs around Yosemite Valley.

Responsiveness


Typically, responsiveness and landing comfort come at the cost of one another. And while the Adrenaline GTS wasn't the most responsive shoe in this review, we were surprised at how bouncy it was while still being so soft. A highly responsive shoe isn't perfect for everyone, and we felt that the Adrenaline's score was perfect for most runners.


Unlike other products we've tested, running shoes are highly personal, and a high score in one metric often denotes a lower score in another. Not everyone wants a highly cushioned or highly responsive shoe, and the Adrenaline won our Editors' Choice Award because of its sweet spot between the two characteristics.

Nothing can slow us down with the Adrenaline GTS
Nothing can slow us down with the Adrenaline GTS

Upper Comfort


Once again, the Brooks designers have knocked it out of the park. All three of their models we tested have superior upper comfort, and the Adrenaline is no different. We love its comfortable interior and soft materials, and we found its only match to be the Ghost.


We immediately noticed the tongue for how vast and plush it was. Compared to the flimsy tongue of the Altra Duo and Altra Escalante, the Adrenaline is unbelievably comfortable. It offers adequately padding around the sides and heel, as well, and we loved the comfortable heel, similar to that of the Ghost. The Brooks Glycerin is nearly as comfortable, but the Adrenaline earned extra points for the breathability not found in other Brooks models. We loved the lighter material of the upper and found it better suited for long workouts and hot days.

We're in love with the cushioned upper on the Adrenaline GTS
We're in love with the cushioned upper on the Adrenaline GTS

Our testers also found this shoe to be very breathable, more so than Glycerin, but not as much as the Escalante or Nike Air Zoom Pegasus. Its all-around comfort and decent breathability make it an excellent choice for the majority of runners who want a reliable product to get them through whatever sort of workout they may endure.

Stability


According to the manufacturer, the Adrenaline GTS is a stability-focused shoe ideal for runners who over-pronate or anyone who wants more of a secure fit. New for this year is an improved "guide rails" support system in the midfoot to help maintain proper alignment, even our neutral runners appreciated this shoe, though it may not be the perfect match for every runner.


Brooks markets this shoe as a balance between stability and comfort, and we have to agree. It was a solid fit for both pronating and neutral strides, and the snug heel and printed overlay make for excellent support. We think that this design is more widely user-friendly than the minimal design of the Altra Escalante which, while very light, provides no midfoot reinforcement. This could be a major selling point for runners looking for a more stable position, and we don't think it loses any points for neutral runners either.

A close-up of the Adrenaline's awesome lateral support
A close-up of the Adrenaline's awesome lateral support

Weight


As far as running shoes are concerned, we believe weight should be considered on a secondary basis, after metrics like comfort and stability have been accounted for. We couldn't help but give the Adrenaline some extra credit, however, for shaving a few ounces off our old favorite, the Ghost.


At 9.4 ounces per shoe, the Adrenaline is one of the heaviest shoes in this review. That being said, shaving too many ounces leads to an overly minimal shoe like the Escalante, while too many ounces start to add up and take away from the shoe's bounciness and ability to be used for speedy missions. The Adrenaline, despite its weight, seems to find the perfect balance. New for this year, the Adrenaline 19 boasts an internal support system, and we have our suspicions that this is why the 19 is an ounce heavier than last year's version. If you're looking for a lightweight racing shoe, this probably isn't it. But for your average runner looking for a shoe that will get them through nearly anything, we don't think the weight takes away from the runner's experience one bit.

Loving springtime in Yosemite with the Adrenaline GTS
Loving springtime in Yosemite with the Adrenaline GTS

Best Applications


Our Editors' Choice Award is given to the shoe that receives the highest overall score, making it the most well-rounded of anything we tested. The Adrenaline GTS is just that: balanced and suited to any runner. We would happily use this for a short jog or a marathon. It's supportive yet comfortable, bouncy yet stable and makes it an excellent choice for nearly any runner, especially for ones looking for a little extra support.

Value


Ringing in at $130, the Adrenaline is right in the middle of the pack, and as our favorite shoe in the entire review, we think this makes it a great bargain. We loved this shoe regardless of price, but its great value certainly helps sell it. Compared to the higher price tags in the review, this friendlier price point helps solidify as the best option for most runners. Unless a serious amount of cushioning is your thing, the Adrenaline strikes an awesome balance of every metric we tested.

Conclusion


The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is an excellent, well-rounded shoe and great for nearly any runner. We love its comfortable upper, cloud-like sole, supportive design, and bouncy step. This shoe let us forget we ever put it on; one surefire sign of a great design. All these factors combined make it an awesome choice for nearly any mission you could dream up, and we're happy to award it our Editors' Choice Award.

Great lateral support system on the Adrenaline
Great lateral support system on the Adrenaline


Lauren DeLaunay