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Pros: High stability for over-pronators, durable, easy on the eyes
Cons: Heavy, not very responsive
Best Uses: Road running and light trail running for over-pronators
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is a well rounded, classic, and affordable stability shoe which earns our Best Buy award. We feel you can't really go wrong with the GTS 14 if you're an over-pronator looking for a high stability and reliable road running shoe. As a bonus, this model is also versatile enough to use moderately on trails. Brooks designed the first and only biodegradable running shoe midsole in the Adrenaline GTS 14. They claim that the BioMoGo midsole degrades twice as fast as other shoes once in a landfill and has no effect on the durability or performance of the shoe. If you decide on the GTS 14 or any other Brooks shoe, be proud to know you're supporting the most environmentally friendly shoe company! Also, we love what Brooks did for the design of Adrenaline GTS 14. We feel it's the best looking shoe of the group. It's not overly flashy like many other shoes we notice on the market right now and we like that.
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The best thing about the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is the generous stability it offers. The posting is dense and dependable through every mile.
We give the Adrenaline GTS 14 the highest score in responsiveness of all the shoes in the stability category. Running shoes that are too heavily cushioned lack responsiveness. For example, the Asics Gel-Kayano 20 scores lower in the responsiveness category due to the soft and cushy ride which sucks up some of the bounce. The GTS 14 strikes a good balance of cushion and firmness for a stability shoe, which allows it to maintain a higher sensation of responsiveness in the ride and feel faster than other shoes in its same weight class. If you're looking for the most responsive shoe we tested, check out our review of the ridiculously responsive and propulsive Mizuno Wave Prophecy 2.
We feel the Adrenaline GTS 14 has a reasonably comfortable ride, though definitely a step below the level of comfort of the Gel-Kayano 20. We do notice the ride in the Adrenaline GTS 14 feels faster than its top competitors, the Gel-Kayano and the Asics GT 2000 2. We love the new Caterpillar Crash Pad used in the GTS 14, which makes the ride much more comfortable than the previous version. Additionally, its wide landing platform gives a feeling of more control and stability when making ground contact. Brooks uses the same Anatomical DNA technology in the Adrenaline GTS 14 as they do in the Ghost 6, though we feel the ride is not quite as comfortable as the light and neutral Brooks Ghost 6.
The upper on the Adrenaline GTS 14 scores quite low when compared to the rest of the road running shoes in the group. The upper fit feels to be a bit cramped, uncomfortable, and our feet just don't seem happy with the fit. Though on the plus side, we think the GTS 14 is aesthetically pleasing. A few things we do like on the upper is the lace eyelet to keep the tongue in place and that the heel counter is not too rigid like the one found on the Asics GT 2000 2.
We give the Adrenaline GTS 14 the highest score in stability. Brooks offers high quality pronation control with their PDRB (Progressive Diagonal Rollbar) that makes for super dense posting in the shoe midsole to control the inefficiencies of over-pronation. We feel the Adrenaline GTS should be the top choice for road runners who are significant over-pronators needing the highest stability available in a running shoe. If you want to sacrifice a little stability for higher comfort, the Asics Gel-Kayano 20 comes in a close second for stability but has a softer landing.
The GTS 14 earns an average breathability rating. We feel Brooks could have increased the breathability rating of GTS 14 if there wasn't so much happening on the upper. There seems to be an unnecessary amount of plastic "flare" and stitching on the upper that prevents our feet from adequately breathing. The Brooks Ghost 6 is way more breathable and does a much better job at keeping feet dry during runs.
The Adrenaline GTS 14 weighs in on the heavier side at 11.3 ounces per pair in a size 9. Though, we definitely do not feel the GTS 14 runs like a clunker. It runs light and fast relative to its heavier weight, even more so than lighter shoes in the same class. If you want to see our killer review of the lightest stability shoe we tested, take a look at one of our favorites overall, the Asics Gel Kayano 20.
The GTS 14 receives a higher durability score than all the other stability road shoes. We notice very light wear on the outsole tread. Based on the smooth and efficient the ride in the GTS 14 when compared to its competitors, we believe this will only help its case for extended durability. The GTS 14 might not be as comfy as the plush Asics Gel-Kayano 20, but we expect it to last a few more miles. The Mizuno Wave Prophecy scores highest overall in durability with its crazy efficient and smooth ride.
Old vs. New Versions
Opportunely, we were able to test both the Adrenaline GTS 13 and 14. Significant changes were made to the midsole and we love it. We much prefer the ride and landing comfort in the GTS 14 over the 13. The 14 now features a similar cushioning as the Brooks Ghost 6, the Caterpillar Crash Pad, which is one of our favorite features. The landing is now significantly softer in the new GTS 14. The upper in the toe area is now seam welded which is always a nice upgrade.
When you're looking for consistent stability in a road shoe, break out the classic Adrenaline GTS 14 for your next training run.
Being our favorite stability shoe with a $120 price tag, we give the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 our Best Buy award. Its high durability score ensures that the shoe will last a long time for a running shoe, making the investment in this pair a great value.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 - Women's, $120.
Scoring the highest in stability, responsiveness, and durability in the stability shoe category, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is our go-to shoe for over-pronators looking for a reliable stability shoe.
— Jimmy Elam
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