Shoe Review: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

A side view of the men's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

The Brooks Adrenaline is back and better than ever with an upgraded midsole and a redesigned upper.

The latest version of the Brooks Adrenaline features a 100% DNA Loft midsole, which creates a softer, smoother ride.

Brooks’ reliable GuideRail support system keeps you moving efficiently mile after mile.

Fleet Feet reviewers tested the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 on easy runs, long runs and everything in between. Here’s what you need to know about the latest version of the Brooks Adrenaline.

Tech Specs

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

Weight

9.1 oz (W), 10.2 oz (M)

Drop

12 mm

Category

Stability

Use

Daily training

Surface

Road, track

DNA Loft Cushioning Gets a Boost

A view of the sole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS has long been touted as a comfortable, reliable support shoe. Runners love the shoe’s dependable cushioning and stable structure.

The latest version of the Brooks Adrenaline takes things a step further with a resigned midsole. The midsole is made with 100 percent DNA LOFT cushioning, Brooks’ softest midsole cushioning ever. Previous versions of the Adrenaline combined DNA LOFT and BioMoGo DNA foam.

“The shoe’s cushioning really surprised me,” says one Fleet Feet tester. “The latest version of this shoe not only feels soft and supportive, but it also feels nimble in a way I haven’t experienced from the Adrenaline before.”

DNA LOFT is made up of EVA foam, rubber and air. The EVA foam provides added softness while the extra air ensures the cushioning remains lightweight. Rubber adds durability to ensure the shoe holds up to wear and tear.

The result? A plush midsole that absorbs shock and cushions landings. Reviewers noticed how comfortable the newly designed midsole felt during runs.

“I’ve been wearing these shoes for regular training runs and recovery days. They’re supportive without feeling overly stiff, and they offer plenty of pep if you want to pick up the pace,” says one reviewer.

While the midsole feels slightly softer than previous versions, the shoe still offers the same supportive fit runners expect from the Adrenaline.

Brooks’ signature GuideRail technology, two firm pieces of foam located along both sides of your heels, minimizes excessive inward or outward rolling. This reduces the effects of overpronation and encourages a more efficient, neutral gait cycle.

Brooks’ Segmented Crash Pad, a system of shock absorbers placed under the forefoot, offers maximum protection while helping you rebound off the ground for smooth transitions.

Reviewers appreciated the extra support during long training runs and recovery days.

“The heel is firm and stable, while the front of the shoe still has enough flexibility to be propulsive and not feel like a rock,” one reviewer says.

Engineered Upper Offers Support

Bird's eye view of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is topped off with a breathable mesh upper that holds you in without holding you back.

The upper is created with Brooks’ 3D Fit Print technology, which uses innovative screen-printing to apply engineered structure to the shoe’s upper. The print process maintains the shoe’s integrity while allowing for a flexible, lightweight feel.

Reviewers noticed the light and breathable material during their runs.

“The mesh upper offers plenty of ventilation, which is essential for running in South Florida,” one reviewer says.

Reflective strips on both sides of the toe box add increased visibility for early morning or late afternoon runs, and a structured heel cup holds you in.

Reviewers appreciated the plush padding on the insides of the shoes, as well as the long laces.

“The heel collar has just enough padding to keep things comfy without making the shoe feel too squishy and overly plush. I like the long, flat laces. I have plenty of laces to work with if I need to tie the marathon loop, and they stay tied,” one reviewer says.

Brooks Adrenaline 22 vs Brooks Adrenaline 21

A side by side comparison of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 versus 21.

Tech Specs

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

Weight

9.1 oz (W), 10.2 oz (M)

9.1 oz (W), 10.4 oz (M)

Drop

12 mm

12 mm

Category

Stability

Stability

Use

Daily training

Daily training

Surface

Road, track

Road, track

Solely based on specs, these two shoes aren’t much different. But step into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22, and you’ll feel a difference in the midsole.

The midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 featured a combination of DNA LOFT foam and DNA BioMoGo foam. The midsole in the latest version of the Adrenaline is 100 percent DNA LOFT foam, creating a softer and smoother ride.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 uses a more refined process of 3D Fit Print Technology than previous versions, creating a more flexibly structured upper.

The men’s version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is slightly lighter than the previous version, but reviewers didn’t notice much difference.

While the latest version of the Brooks Adrenaline remains true to its roots, the updated midsole and refined upper make for a more comfortable experience.

Final Thoughts

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 sits on a rainy porch.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is a great everyday training shoe for runners seeking a stable and supportive shoe. They’re cushioned enough to provide generous impact absorption without feeling heavy or clunky.

A fresh new midsole provides softer cushioning, while an engineered mesh upper offers lightweight and breathable support.

Brooks’ GuideRail technology ensures a natural gait cycle for runners seeking stability.

“The Adrenaline is a dependable go-to-shoe that will work well for walkers and runners who want a little extra support without something that’s overly stiff or controlled. It can handle the majority of your everyday outings,” says one reviewer.

To make sure you have the right pair of running shoes, it helps to get fit by an expert. At Fleet Feet, we use best-in-class technology and personal expertise to find you the best shoes for your feet. Head into your local Fleet Feet or make an appointment to get fit.

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