Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15
With the winter well and truly upon us, one thing you can always look forward to brighten these dark evenings is new releases of your favorite shoes. None more so than the highly anticipated Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15. One of the best selling shoes in the UK for the last few years, it has been tipped as the most comfortable and best support shoe available, however the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 was a rare misstep for them in terms of stability. Here we take a look at the updates that promise to bring the Adrenaline GTS back to where it should be; stable, comfortable, and super soft. A 'Go To Shoe'.
The upper on the Adrenaline 14 was a drastic step away from the norm for Brooks. And whilst a lot of it was great innovation, such as the welded on overlays and the discreet eye stays, the mesh never really stood up to is older brethren. The new Adrenaline GTS 15 has used a mesh more familiar with the GTS 12 and 13 (arguably the best Adrenalines to date), however has kept the welded overlays. This provides security, without unnecessary stitching, meaning a comfortable and light fit. The heel counter is sturdier, and the midfoot lacing system has gone, being replaced by more traditional loops, for more security without added pressure, and the heel liner feels softer than before.
The midsole is where the Adrenaline GTS 14 went wrong. The support system was changed and a dome was added that was believed to provide more support and stability, however in practice, just made it less stable. The Adrenaline GTS 15 looks to rectify that, and has removed this dome, but also lengthened the support system, providing a longer line of stability. In the past, Adrenalines have been mainly for people who over-pronate right from impact, however the Adrenaline GTS 15 looks to be attempting to capture a greater range of over-pronators in this update. It's not just the support system that's had an upgrade though. The crashpad has been stretched to full length to offer a smoother laydown, like in the Ghost 7, and the midsole foam itself has now become a blended BioMoGo DNA, like you see in the Ghost 7 as well. This results in a more flexible and softer shoe all round, and also means it is lighter.
The outsole is something you'll rarely see change much, and can sometimes creep up on you over a few editions. On first glance, not much has changed, however when looking more closely, a few tweaks have been made. The angling of the outsole rubber has been made to flow with the foots landing pattern, and has obviously been altered to fit the continued crashpad. Flextra and Omega Grooves run throughout the shoe to make it, as you might expect, flexible.
Although I thought the Adrenaline GTS 14 was a good shoe, there is no denying that it wasn't very Adrenaline like. It wasn't nearly as stable, and a lot of people lost confidence with the series when they've been happy using it for years. The new Adrenaline GTS 15 looks to get back on track and has been touted as being more like the Adrenaline GTS 12 and 13, which, like I mentioned earlier, were two of the best to date. After Christmas, when all the updates from all the brands have arrived, I'll do a 'Best Update' awards post, and I would be keeping a keen eye on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.