Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10: Running Shoes Review

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 under Reviews | 1 Comment

brooks-adrenaline-gts-10-road-runner-sports-best-updateThe Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 won Runner’s World “Best Update” award in the Winter 2010 Shoe Guide in its December 2009 issue. Read on to find out why..

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As part of the Brooks I.D. (Inspire Daily) sponsored athlete program, I am required to race and train in Brooks gear and apparel. But I also enjoy a 40% discount on said products, so it’s a win-win situation for both sides. I was well overdue for a new pair of running shoes (over 500-600 miles on my New Balance 768), so I started to review and look at potential Brooks running shoes to choose next. I had my feet and running form analyzed courtesy of Road Runner Sports and found out I had normal pronation (but feels more like over pronation) and needed a pair of stability shoes. I was deciding between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 and Trance 9, but when I tried on the Adrenaline 10, I knew I was sold. I didn’t know a pair of running shoes could feel so comfortable! On a side note, my brother had his feet looked at (on a different occasion) and was really interested in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10’s as well. What are the odds?

It’s funny because I ran in high school because my brother did it first, then we both stopped after high school. But since I started running again this year and telling my brother about it and some of the races I’ve ran, he seemed to want to try and get back into it too. I suppose I’m already doing my job as part of the Brooks I.D. program to ‘inspire’ my brother to start running again.

So I ordered two pairs of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10’s (a pair for my brother for Christmas!) and they were shipped and arrived in a very short time. To be honest, I have not been running as consistently since my half marathon back in mid November and hoping that these new shoes will help me kick start my training for my next half in January. I ran in the GTS 10’s a couple of times now (including a run with a 6:09 last half mile), and I have to say I am very pleased with how the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10’s are treating my feet.

The Brook’s Adrenaline GTS 10 offers a better midfoot fit and a new, beveled heel for smoother landings. Deeper flex grooves conform to your foot’s every move. Weight: 11.1 ounces, category type: stability.


Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 vs. GTS 9:

Improved:

  • Enhanced upper materials and construction to provide maximum comfort and breathability, while maintaining a conforming fit.
  • Asymmetrical upper overlays to create a more secure arch capture.
  • Increased heel bevel to create a smoother transition, a softer lay down, and slower rate of pronation.
  • Caterpillar heel pad;  A more segmented crash pad that customizes the individual’s lay down for the right amount of cushion and stabilization, resulting in a perfect ride for every stride.

Maintained:

  • Signature PDRB® triple-density post on the medial side of the shoe for industry-leading stability.
  • HydroFlow® cushioning in the forefoot and heel.
  • Iconic Adrenaline™ last and shape.

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 Features:

Outsole
HPR Plus:
A higher durability, abrasion-resistant rubber outsole compound that wears longer. (notice the 10 hash marks on the upper right? I thought that was interesting!)

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Forefoot Stable Pod Construction: Midsole and outsole components are engineered to set the foot up in an efficient, balanced position from hell strike to toe-off, offering maximum stability and responsiveness.

Midsole
brooks-adrenaline-gts-10-hydroflowHydroflow: Dynamic viscous fluid units for heel and forefoot enhance midsole cushioning-attenuating shock with industry-leading dampening and comfort.

BioMoGo: The long-lasting cushioning of the MoGo midsole is now environmentally friendly by adding a non-toxic, natural additive to the MoGo compound that encourages anaerobic microbes to munch away once it hits the landfill.

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Diagnal Rollbar (DRB): A high-density post at the medial arch is engineered for pronation control and creates a smoother transition from the midstance phase into the propulsion phase.

Upper
Element:
Upper technology featuring superior microfiber construction to provide weather protection in a light, supple, quiet fabric that doesn’t sacrifice breathability, durability, or comfort.

What I liked most about the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 after careful review is definitely the comfort, support and overall feel of the shoes. I really noticed the great toe-off I got just by walking in them when I was testing them out at the store. That seems to give a real big advantage when running, something I don’t notice in most running shoes. I have a feeling that pronation becomes a real big issue for me (and probably many other runners) when running longer distances. Because I didn’t have that many long runs while training for my first half, I didn’t notice it until I actually raced my half. I ended up with a huge blister around my left big toe, probably because a lot of weight was being pressured on it, for a grueling 13.1 miles!

After reading some reviews, there seemed to be a lot of talk about how runners really didn’t like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9, but loved the GTS 7 and for the most part the GTS 8 as well. So runners who have ran in the GTS 10 love how they have went back to the GTS 7 & 8 status and are really in love with these shoes. I’m very happy with these shoes as well and advocating and evangelizing shoes like these will not be very hard on my part.

Cool Logos found on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10:

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