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Athletics: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 Review

Posted: November 27, 2018:  

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 Review
Retail: 130$
Released November 1, 2018
Reviewed by Jill Murray

The main feature of Brooks Adrenaline GTS is the improved Guiderails system.
Which "replaces the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar and offers runners more versatile support because while support runners may rely on GuideRails all the time, Neutral runners may only use them when their stride falls out of place. Similar to bumpers in bowling, GuideRails are there when you need them and out of your way when you donít. They work hard to reduce excess heel and shin rotation to keep your natural knee motion within a safe range, so you can run without pain or discomfort." (Brooks Press Release, 2019)

I was admittedly skeptical about this shoe at first glance. It was not my usual brightly coloured fare, and the thick cushioning in the sole looked clunky and heavy. I am also a neutral runner so have never worn anything with support - such as the "Guiderail" support system in this shoe (visible in grey in the arch area).

I was converted when, after lacing up for an easy run outdoors I actually didnít think about the shoes at all. I donít subscribe to the practice of "breaking in" shoes and believe that if a shoe doesnít feel like home right awayÖ. you should probably try another shoe.

The Adrenaline is surprisingly light and not as cumbersome as the cushioning made it seem. I found the fit slightly stiffer than some other cushioned shoes, but fairly responsive despite the support system. For a short, easy run on asphalt, I was impressed with the shoe overall.

In order to really put these shoes to the test, I wore them indoors on a treadmill. I find it very difficult to run on a treadmill with anything other than a lightweight racing flat, just because of the sheer noise of footstrikes on a treadmill. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised that I didnít give the shoes a second thought while wearing them for a 50 minute run including tempo pace on the treadmill.

Compared to the Brooks Ghost, I found the fit slightly larger through the heel. The upper is sturdy but breathable, and tongue is well-cushioned. Laces have a slight stretch but are light and flat.

Overall this is a comfortable shoe for middle distance running that can also span into the long speedwork end of the spectrum if needed. It is light, supportive and offers stability if needed yet does not interfere with stride or gait.

Jill is a maritimer who transplanted to Ottawa for its beautiful running paths and wonderful running community. A graduate of Kinesiology at St Francis Xavier University, Jill is a happily busy mother of three and spends most of her time transporting her children from one place to another - often while pushing a running stroller.
Jill shares her adventures in parenthood on her Instagram account @jillamama.
She is a member of the OACRacing Team.

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