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Run4It Journal  •  Running Gear •  18.03.2021 •  5 min read

Brooks Running Shoes Simplified!

When you believe that a run can change a day, a life and the world, then you spend a lot of time focusing on building the best running gear – with the ultimate goal to make each run better than the last. This is what Brooks aspire to achieve and there’s no denying that they have been helping a lot of people to Run Happy over the years.

Innovation in Brooks running shoes

We have witnessed bold innovation from the American brand in the past few years. Most notably the change of the support system in their Stability shoes to GuideRails technology. The success of this innovation led Brooks to make significant changes ahead of the rollout of their Spring/Summer 2021 range.

Brooks road running shoes laid out on the floor

The models themselves have not changed too much. But in a bid to make choosing a pair of Brooks shoes simpler and easier, the brand have renamed two of their models – the Transcend becomes the Glycerin GTS and the Ravenna becomes the Launch GTS.

GuideRails or not GuideRails?

As you probably already know, road shoes are split in two categories: Neutral and Stability. Both types will provide good support, however stability shoes have additional features that help reduce how much the feet pronate and help align the leg more than a neutral shoe.

Take a look at our Choose the right running shoe: neutral or stability article to learn more.

One of the characteristics of the Brooks range is that their Neutral shoes are identical to their Stability counterparts. The only difference is the additional support system those Stability counterparts feature: GuideRails.

Our Brooks' road running shoe range previously looked like this:

  • Neutral range: the Glycerin, the Ghost, the Launch.
  • Stability range: the Transcend, the Adrenaline GTS, the Ravenna.

For Spring/Summer 2021 it looks like this:

  • Neutral range: the Glycerin, the Ghost, the Launch.
  • Stability range: the Glycerin GTS (replaces Transcend), the Adrenaline GTS, the Launch GTS (replaces Ravenna).

Although identical to the Ghost (bar its GuideRails), the iconic Adrenaline GTS doesn’t change name.

Please note there are additional shoes to the above available in our Brooks range, including the Ricochet and Levitate. View the full range at

Model wearing Brooks Adrenaline GTS Running Shoes

What is a Brooks GTS shoe?

GTS stands for 'Go-To Support'. All Brooks stability shoes will provide the same amount of additional support: the GuideRail is identical in the Glycerin GTS, the Adrenaline GTS and the Launch GTS. Their main point of difference is the level of cushioning they offer.

It is important here to understand how the GuideRails works and why Brooks have decided not to design Stability shoes with different levels of added support (like they used to do and other brands are still doing).

Please note that more classic stability systems are still relevant options. +runlab gait analysis is a way of helping us determine which option is best for you.

Based on a considerable amount of testing and scientific evidence, the GuideRails were designed to give runners the support they need in a natural way. Brooks first introduced this technology in 2014 and spent several years refining it. Knee injuries are one of the most common problems runners face. Brooks established that GuideRails was the optimal way to reduce the likelihood of knee problems caused by excessive rotation. This innovative support technology is unique because it only kicks in when a runner needs it, when their body strays from its natural line.

The bobsled analogy

As Brooks states it, simply picture a bobsled track: as the bobsled rockets down the icy course. The crew works to guide it down the "line" – the ideal path through the course. The fastest times are achieved when the sled glides effortlessly down the course with limited side-to-side movement. This idea can be applied to running. Much like the bobsled, runners perform best when they stay within their personal "line". So GuideRails are designed to help runners maintain the most efficient and natural motion throughout the run.

You may wonder how to choose between the different options if all the Brooks Stability shoes offer the same level of support. Your choice will be based on the model that provides the most suitable experience and cushioning for your running practice.

Which Brooks shoe is best for me?

Soft, springy, flexible, or fast, there's a running shoe to match the experience you want on road. Here’s some advice to help you pick the best experience and level of cushioning for you.

Runners wearing Brooks running shoes on a track run

Springy cushioning

The Launch 8 and Launch GTS 8 are designed to offer protection but deliver amazing energy return to benefit faster-paced running. Both feature a firmer cushioning material (BioMoGo DNA) and lightweight upper.

Soft yet springy cushioning

The Ghost 13 and Adrenaline GTS 21 are designed to offer a balance between soft cushioning and energy return. Both combine Brooks softest foam, DNA loft, with a sections of firmer BioMoGo DNA cushioning, for soft landings yet dynamic toe-offs. A great all-round option.

Ultra-soft cushioning

The Glycerin 19 and Glycerin GTS 19 are designed to offer the softest cushioning and highest level of protection. Both feature a full footbed of DNA LOFT cushioning and perform best on slower to steady paced runs.

Runners wearing Brooks Glycerin GTS Running Shoes


Delivering on-demand support, GuideRails® allow your hips, knees, and joints to move within their unique motion path while you run – all without traditional posts.

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