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Finlay McAndrew  •  Running Gear •  10.07.2023 •  5 min read

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 Running Shoes - What's changed?

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS has been one of the most popular running shoes over recent years. That’s because the cushioning feels great, the additional support works for lots of runners, and they fit a variety of foot shapes. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 has been updated to deliver an even better underfoot experience. Fear not, you should be able to transition with ease into the latest edition if you’re a previous Adrenaline wearer.

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What’s changed in the Adrenaline GTS 23

The midsole cushioning has been upgraded to DNA LOFT v2. This v2 version is lighter than the cushioning used in the Adrenaline GTS 22. While DNA LOFT v2 is just as soft as the previous material, it features a less dense lighter weight foam. This stops the foam from ‘bottoming-out’ and improves the underfoot feel.

If you’re wondering what we mean by the phrase ‘bottoming-out’, it’s when the cushioning literally compresses too much under your feet. This means you’ll lose more energy through the cushioning and it won’t feel very efficient to run in. Making cushioning that feels both soft and energy returning is an art. 

What’s not changed in the Adrenaline GTS 23

If you didn’t know, GTS stands for ‘Go-To-Support’. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 features exactly the same holistic support system as the previous model. This holistic support system is specifically designed to reduce the likelihood of knee injuries. 

To explain further, the top of the midsole has a structure named a GuideRail. These are like bumpers that sit on either side of your feet. As it’s firmer on the medial side, it helps reduce excess movement from landing to take-off. This keeps your knees and hips in better alignment, as it lowers excess rotation.

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The upper and fit of the Adrenaline GTS 23 remains the same as the previous model. As the overlays are added to the mesh with 3D Print Fit technology, the upper is almost seamless. This reduces weight and lowers the chances of friction.

In our experience, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 upper feels accommodating in the forefoot area and secure around the ankle. It is available in wide-fit in both men’s (2E version) and women’s (1D version). 

How can they improve your run

We position the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 in our Float Experience category. That’s because the cushioning feels soft, forgiving and protective underfoot. Perfect for slower to steady paced runs over a range of distances. Lots of runners use the Adrenaline GTS for marathon training because the cushioning feels great as you start to build up your distance. The midsole will also respond reasonably well to some slightly brisker efforts. By this, we mean it’ll deliver good energy return if you try and run a bit faster.

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As mentioned earlier, the GuideRails support works very well for runners who are prone to knee problems. While knee problems can stem from a number of factors, excessive rotation is a common cause. As the GuideRails support helps align your knees, it can reduce discomfort in this area. 

This holistic support is particularly beneficial for runners whose form deteriorates over the course of a longer run. It’s normal as you start to tire for your legs to rotate inwards to a greater degree. As the GuideRails support only kicks in when you need it, you won’t be inhibited at the start of a run. However, you'll feel the benefits later on. 

How does the Adrenaline GTS compare to other Brooks models

You’ve maybe heard of the Brooks Ghost running shoes. These are effectively the neutral version of the Adrenaline GTS. As they feature the same cushioning, but don’t have GuideRails. If your feet are neutral, you’ll probably prefer the lighter Brooks Ghost.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Brooks cushioning, you’ll want to try the Glycerin franchise. Both the Glycerin 20 and Glycerin GTS 20 feature DNA LOFT v3 cushioning. This midsole foam is infused with nitrogen. Making it more energy returning, lighter and more cushioned than DNA LOFT v2. The Glycerin GTS is the stability model and features the same GuideRails support as the Adrenaline GTS.

the top of the midsole has a structure named a GuideRail. These are like bumpers that sit on either side of your feet.

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