words // Sara Accettura
images // Zac Dubasik
I have been a Brooks fan for quite a few years now. When I first started running longer distances, I was looking for as much cushion as I could get. I had also noticed my feet had gotten wider after having children, and when I tried a pair of Brooks shoes, I was just amazed at how wonderful they felt on my feet. My first Brooks experience was the Glycerin, a shoe I fell in love with. So, I was very excited to try out the Brooks Adrenaline GTS10. Weighing in at 9.2 ounces, this shoe is about once ounce less than the shoes I was wearing right before these, and as hard as it is to believe, that once ounce really made a noticeable difference. These shoes felt light and far from bulky. The Adrenaline falls under the “support” category, and while the shoe is slightly stiff, I would recommend it to anyone who needs a little bit of support. According to Brooks, the beveled impact area in the heel, a dense medial post and a semisoft block of foam in the midfoot combine to provide a stabilizing base for the foot through the toe-off phase. And while I felt the benefits of these stabilizing forces, I noticed there was not as much forefoot cushioning as I would like. But the heel cushioning held up, and if stability is more important to you, then I would strongly suggest this shoe. But, the best part to me is the green element of the shoes. The midsole is comprised of BioMoGo, the world’s first-ever biodegradable midsole for running shoes, and the laces are made from 100 percent recycled materials. Pretty neat!
The midsole boasts a a Rearfoot and Forefoot HydroFlow® ST, which, according to Brooks, are, “Dynamic viscous fluid units for heel and forefoot enhance midsole cushioning—attenuating shock with industryleading dampening and comfort.” As I explained before, I think this technology is very noticeable in the rearfoot, but not as noticeable for me in the forefoot. I didn’t notice any pain or discomfort, but there just wasn’t the spring in my toe-off that a more cushy shoe will have.
The support elements come via a DI Agonal Rollbar, which is a “high-density post at the medial arch … engineered for pronation control.” The BioMogGo DI Agonal Roll Bar and DI Agonal Rollbar Accell pull together via “shank-like thermoplastic device” that are a combination of “single units of a set modules, to dualunit versions of varied modules” with varying stiffness to help keep the ride smooth. If you have any pronation issues at all, this shoe is there to help. With a small under-pronation (or supination) problem of my own, I can attest that these shoes did help my stride. All of my strides felt smooth and stable, but not to the point of feeling rigid.
When my running shoes are shot, I usually retire them to “everyday” or “messy job” detail, like working in the garden. Sometimes I take the shoes to the local thrift store, but rarely will the shoes hit the garbage can, because I just worry too much about the environmental impact of throwing them away. And it’s great to know that Brooks has similar concerns, as they’ve created a biodegradable midsole. The Full-length BioMoGo midsole contains a non-toxic, natural additive “that encourages anaerobic microbes to munch away once it hits the landfill.”
The outsole contains HPR Plus, which, according to Brooks, is a “higher durability, abraision-resistant rubber outsole compound that wears longer.” The outsole held up just great for me. Although, I did see some reviews with complaints of the shoes wearing too quickly, that was not a problem I noticed. The Forefoot Stable Pod Construction reportedly keeps the footstrike balanced from heel strike to toe-off, and I know that I felt the benefits of this construction without in any way feeling a nagging, overly stiff setup. Rather, this setup quietly kept me in line.
My pair of Adrenalins had a cute design element in pink and purple on the well-known Brooks logo. And while this did give the shoes some style, the upper really is packed with great technology elements, such as a moisture-managing Element Mesh and linings. The fabric is light and contains a microfiber construction for weather protection. I ran in mostly cold weather, and there was a great balance of breathability and protection. My feet were the perfect temperature and were not wet or cold by the end of my runs. I like to wear low socks, and sometimes I end up with chaffing from ankle collar heights, but this shoe was perfectly molded around my ankle so nothing rubbed or caused chaffing.
After spending many runs in these shoes, I was more than happy to put them on my feet each and every time. What kept me coming back was the fact that the outsole was not bulky, they were overall lightweight and they offered a nice balance of rearfoot cushion and midfoot support. I was very happy with the shoe’s breathability as well. The shoes seemed to hold up well for me during my running, and I had no chaffing issues in any areas of the shoe. From heel strike to toe-off, it was nothing but comfort. If you need stability, but don’t want to suffer under the constraints of an overly stiff shoe, then the Brooks Adrenaline is right up your alley. The stability is not just concentrated underfoot as the upper contains asymmetrical overlays to create a more secure arch capture. Overall, I just loved the shape of this shoe. It was the perfect size and hugged my foot in just the right places. For that streamlined feel alone this shoe is a great experience, but coupled with the stability elements, it means you can focus on your run without being distracted by what your shoes are doing, because they are just doing their job. And now at $79.99 on Eastbay.com, this shoe is an amazing deal.