First Impressions: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

From Kate, a new Adrenaline Junkie: As runners, we’re brutal on our feet – they quite literally take a pounding every time we partake in our beloved pastime. Finding a comfortable, cushioned shoe is a never ending mission, so imagine my joy in testing the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22.

These shoes are light and fit true to size, with a powerful combination of a soft interior with a sturdy sole. I tested these shoes on several 3-10 mile runs and liked the way they responded on asphalt. The cushioning feels great to leg muscles as well as the soles of the feet, so Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 are especially great for recovery or shakeout runs.

The GuideRails technology goes beyond arch support to keep lateral movement in check and support a more natural stride. As a runner who has struggled with hip, knee and foot injuries, this added layer of support was a welcome addition. I enjoyed testing the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 and look forward to keeping these in my shoe rotation!

From Kelly, an Adrenaline Addict for 15 years: The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is an updated version of my favorite shoe from the model that’s kept me injury free for years. Despite looking like a bold design with a lot going on, the uppers are lightweight and rely on contrasting colors to catch the eye. Practically seamless from the top of the laces to the toebox, the material doesn’t run and so far, for me, hasn’t thinned in the usual places.

The heel cup of the 22 is rigid and sturdy, but with the cushioned collar it’s not noticeable while on the run. I’m “one of those people” who doesn’t untie my running shoes each time – I just slip them on and off, as I wear them really loose – and the added molding in the heel seems custom-made for me. Usually, over time, the collar can get folded in, but after a month slipping them on and off, no problems.

The reason these shoes work for me is the combination of cushion and support. In order to keep running, good support is a “need-to-have.” The Guiderails system that Kate mentioned offers stability throughout the foot strike, which lends support to keep your ankles, knees, and hips aligned. A thorny case of runner’s knee is what led me to try the Adrenaline (recommended by a local running store employee) and I have been injury-free ever since. Cushion, for me, is a “nice-to-have,” and the Adrenaline line delivers.

Despite my never-ending love for this shoe line, you’ll need to be fitted and give them a try to make sure they’ll work for you. Our local shoe stores like Portland Running Company, Foot Traffic, Fleet Feet, FootZone, and Eugene Running Company train their team members to match your unique gait with the right blend of support, cushion, and drop. That being said, the Adrenaline 22 is what I’d consider a “must-try,” even if you already have a shoe that you love — I think it was a wise woman* who once said, “You can never have too many running shoes.” Head to your local running store after October 3 to try on a pair of the Adrenaline 22 and be sure to let us know if you join me in the ranks of the Adrenaline devotees!

*I’m assuming this quote came from either Wendy Terris or Paula Harkin, but I might be just making things up. Either way, it’s true that you need to replace your running shoes once they lose their zing. Watch for when the tread on the forefoot is bald – the grips are level with the indentations; or just when you notice them feeling a little sad.

About Kate Ellingsen (36 Articles)
Running brings me immense joy and peace. Like the fabled tortoise, my pace is slow and steady. I ran my first marathon in 2011, then lost my focus following a cross country move in 2012, gradually working my way back to 26.2 miles. I have no aspirations of qualifying for the Olympics or even Boston. The road is big enough for all runners, and my only goal is to be happy and well. Location: Portland, OR 26.2 x 6 & 13.1 x 13

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