Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 Review (2022): The Top Stability Pick?
Published on: 08/09/2022The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is the brand's flagship stability shoe that has proven itself over the years and continues to impress!
Very good, stable, and durable running shoes ideal for daily running.
Don’t have time to read the full review? Here’s what you need to know.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is a stable running shoe that moderately guides the stride. This new version brings minor changes to the series, but at the same time, the formula works.
With its medium-stack, and soft cushioning, the Adrenaline offers good shock absorption with a smooth and stable ride. Its preferred use is daily training and long runs, but it can also be suitable for more intense fast sessions.
Indeed, 289 g/10.2 oz remains relatively lightweight for a supportive shoe. Its “guidance” system remains discreet and prevents excess movement without constraining it, making the shoe suitable for runners who want more stability.
In summary, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 remains a reference in its category. It will suit most runners with its comfortable and accessible configuration. We hope that the next version will be lighter and even more responsive.
Please read our full review of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 for more information.
- Great comfort
- Precise foot lockdown
- Effective stability without being too restrictive
- Durable shoe
- Smooth transitions for a responsive ride
- Little change since the 21
- Weight still a bit high
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 Complete Review Analysis
The Adrenaline GTS is Brooks Running’s flagship stability shoe. It’s a very popular model because it’s both classic and modern, with a relatively light design for this type of shoe despite decent cushioning.
This new version of the Adrenaline doesn’t revolutionize the series, but there are still some notable improvements.
Are you looking for a stability shoe? Let’s find out the critical points of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 to see if it’s right for you.
The Adrenaline GTS 22 has a relatively high stack, but we wouldn’t call it max cushion. The heel height is the same as before (30 mm) with a high heel-to-toe drop of 12mm.
According to the testers, the feel is soft with a touch of firmness. Indeed, the midsole uses a combination of BioMoGo DNA (balanced density) and DNA Loft (softer), which gives a pleasant cushioning, especially under the heel.
The configuration is almost identical to the previous versions. Surprisingly, Brooks didn’t opt for its new DNA Loft v3 foam, but it will probably be the case next year.
In terms of stability, the shoe uses a classic guidance feature with the famous GuideRail system. These are firm units on the medial and lateral parts of the shoe, plus arch support. They are part of the GTS (Go To Support) system, which aims to “guide” the foot to prevent it from rolling while running. The correction level is medium, making the shoe suitable for overpronation and neutral runners.
Also, note that the notion of “guiding” rather than “controlling” pronation is interesting. It gives more balanced stability that, unlike a classic “medial post,” can be compatible with supination (the opposite of pronation movement).
Overall, we still have a simple configuration that is effective and accessible to all. The shoe also boats a good level of energy return, as we will see further down.
Here again, we find a simple but proven design: a one-piece engineered mesh (3D Fit Print) with few overlays. The upper is even more streamlined and modern than the previous model. The design is still appealing, but it’s still fairly functional.
Testers liked the snug fit and precise lockdown. They especially enjoyed the padded heel counter that locks in the heel without bothering the Achilles tendon.
The gusseted tongue also cradles the top of the feet in the shoes while running. The flat laces have a good length and are easy to handle.
The shoe runs true to size and can accommodate different foot shapes. The toe box is not necessarily wide, but it’s stretchy enough to be suitable for runners with wide feet. Check it out, though. The shoe is also available in a wide version for those who need it.
Overall, there’s a good balance between comfort and precision. A shoe of this type needs to keep the foot in place through the different stages of the gait cycle, but in this case, it’s not at the expense of comfort.
Finally, note that the shoe weighs 289 g/10.2 oz in the men’s version and 253 g/8.9 oz for the women’s model. It’s a little less than the Adrenaline GTS 21 and remains reasonable for a stability model (the Guide Rails and the general structure improve the stability but tend to weigh down the shoe).
Grip and durability
The outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 displays a good amount of blown rubber to protect the platform and maximize traction.
This type of softer rubber allows durability and flexibility for added comfort. In addition, there are flex grooves to help the sole bend with movement.
Everything works well on this end, and the shoe proves to be grippy (even on wet floors) and durable. Testers say this shoe should easily go beyond 500 miles, making it a great value.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS was so successful in its ability to balance an easy, smooth ride with good stability and cushioning.
The BAGTS22 follows suit with relatively responsive cushioning. Also, the 12 mm heel-to-toe drop contributes to easier transitions without a rocker and will especially appeal to heel strikers.
Thus, testers note that the Adrenaline is ideal for daily training and recovery but can also prove enjoyable for faster sessions (e.g., uptempo) thanks to their slight bounce.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 continues to be one of the star stability shoes on the market. We could criticize Brooks for not making a significant effort to modernize this collection. Indeed, as a result, this Brooks Adrenaline remains a bit heavy, especially if you compare it to the Saucony Guide 15 (20 g/0.7 oz less).
But overall, it’s a functional running shoe that can suit most runners looking for stability (beginners and advanced).
|Pronation type||Overpronation (stability)|
|Heel height||30 mm|
|Forefoot height||18 mm|
|Weight (men)||289 g/10.2 oz|
|Weight (women)||253 g/8.9 oz|
|Features||Vegan, Wide feet, Recycled materials|
|Outsole||Blown rubber, Omega Flex Grooves, Segmented Crash Pads|
|Midsole||BioMoGo DNA, DNA Loft, Guide Rails Holistic Support System|
|Distance||Mid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon|
|Workout||Daily running, Recovery|
Reference: Brooks's official site
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Comparisons – Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 vs.:
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Honestly, there’s little difference between the two models. The GTS 22 loses a few grams compared to the GTS 21. The main changes are in the sole (same technologies but slightly different layout) and the upper (simplified design).
If you can find the previous version during promotion periods, don’t miss it!
Brooks Glycerin GTS 20
The Glycerin is more cushioned and responsive with its DNA Loft v3 foam. However, in its classic version (non-Stealthfit), the lockdown is less precise, and the shoe is heavier. See the comparison.
Brooks Ghost 14
The Ghost is a neutral shoe, making it lighter and more responsive. Check out which one is best for you with our comparison.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
No worries here! The GTS 22 fits true to size and is suitable for wider feet. For narrow feet, the lockdown remains precise.
Comfortable cushioning, smooth running, extra support, and durable platform: these shoes tick all the boxes to run a marathon. However, this shoe is still a bit heavy and is not the most responsive shoe (it focuses primarily on stability).