By Daniel, Running Warehouse Shoe Tester
Being used to Asics and Saucony, the out of box feel was not there for me in the Adrenaline 13. The overlays felt odd against my foot, the fit was baggy, and the arch felt too low. I have friends and teammates who swear by the Adrenaline series – but is this shoe going to be a letdown, like so many overhyped blockbuster movies? Did I just strap on all three Transformers movies to my feet?
After fighting the tongue-tied lacing system I found a fit that worked and the low arch feeling became a distant memory with each stride. Running up and down the halls here in the office the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 seemed pretty runnable.
Cautiously optimistic, I headed out the door on my standard five mile easy run loop. This run consists of tarmac, sidewalks, fire trails and single track. It is a great proving ground to see where a shoe excels.
On the sidewalk the Adrenaline 13 felt clunky. The support was smooth but the shoe didn’t feel like an active member of the run. This changed when I left the roads behind. I know the GTS is not a trail shoe but it comes alive on single track. My underfoot was protected, I had loads of grip, the shoe was dynamic and lively. This is a great shoe on less technical trails.
The feeling of chunkiness returned when I hit pavement, but the thought that I’m being too hard on this shoe also entered my mind. This is a max support shoe, after all! Have these shoes ever felt uppity? With a little effort the Adrenaline responded to pace change well. I found myself moving at a decent clip before I even knew it.
What was going to be a five mile easy run turned into a 10 mile run with the last 3 miles at a pretty moderate pace. And this is all thanks to the Brooks Adrenaline 13.
The Next 95 Miles
The Adrenaline GTS 13 has earned a place in my standard shoe line up. Dare I say it has become a “go to shoe” (shaking head slowly)? It is not the most breathable shoe, nor is it the lightest, it will not let every bone in your foot move independently and you don’t feel like you can run through walls or become one with nature. What this great shoe will do is get you out the door and loving every run. You do not get caught up thinking about the clouds under you feet but you find yourself enjoying the sight of clouds in the sky, the birds in the trees and the thought of miles you have put behind you.