Reviewers say the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 matches all the best characteristics of its predecessor, the Adrenaline GTS 12: comfortable, responsive and supportive cushioning, and great corrective stability without feeling clunky.
Runs a half-size small. Quite a few owners say the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 runs a half-size small. The previous version, the Adrenaline GTS 12, drew some flack from reviewers for being wider than usual, and the GTS 13 appears to be about the same. However, since it's available in four widths for both men and women, you still have a very good chance of finding an Adrenaline GTS 13 that fits, and those with wide feet are grateful to have ample room in the toebox.
The Adrenaline GTS 12 already drew expert and owner praise for being plenty flexible without compromising on support, but the GTS 13 has been improved with extra grooves in the forefoot for additional flexibility, letting the shoe -- in the manufacturer's words -- "bend and shape naturally." At 9.4 ounces for a women's shoe and 11.3 ounces for a men's, they're also a manageable weight.
Complaints concerning poor fit -- pinching, pulling and so on -- are rare, and testers with Runner's World like the Adrenaline GTS's elasticized eye stays, which lend the upper's fit a custom feel. A video reviewer with Runner's World also points out the high off-center tongue tie as a nice feature; he says it actually works to keep the tongue centered and the laces up off your foot.
Built for comfort and speed. Although according to reviews the GTS 13 is not as comfortable as previous versions, comfort and cushioning both remain high points. Editors of the Runner's World 2012 winter shoe guide applaud the segmented sole structure, which makes for a soft heel strike followed by somewhat firmer forefoot cushioning.
The 12 mm heel-to-toe drop will tend to encourage a heel strike. If you run with a forefoot or midfoot strike, you might want to consider the Saucony Hurricane 14 (Est. $140) , which gracefully accommodates all foot strikes.
The Brooks DNA Gel cushioning system adjusts firmness depending on how much pressure the runner applies, and according to testers, it seems to work well. One Runner's World wear-tester, Chris Garges, comments,"It's soft enough that you can feel the road surface below, but there's enough padding that you don't feel as though you're running on concrete blocks." The editors of Outside magazine say a similar Gel insert in the previous version, the GTS 12, "kept things feeling light and bouncy."
At 11.3 and 9.4 ounces for a men's and women's shoe respectively, the Adrenaline GTS 13 isn't the lightest shoe on the market, but users do not complain. "The cushioning is perfect for endurance running," writes one reviewer at DicksSportingGoods.com about the Adrenaline line.
Brooks Adrenaline shoes in general have a reputation for being comfortable straight out of the box and staying that way. "I didn't have to break them in at all," writes another reviewer at DicksSportingGoods.com. "Running anywhere from 3 or 23 miles with these sneakers is music to my feet," says one at Amazon.com.
A smooth, stable ride. Stability shoes like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 are best for correcting mild to moderate overpronation; if your feet overpronate severely, motion-control shoes like the Brooks Beast '12 (*Est. $130) may be more appropriate.
That said, stability is definitely one of the Adrenaline GTS 13's strong points. Editors in the Runner's World Winter 2012 shoe guide credit the wide base and a midfoot shank for the superior stability, along with midsole foam that grows progressively firmer toward the inside of the shoe, which helps to slow the foot's inward roll. In general, users say the Adrenaline GTS line fits, and stabilizes, a variety of arches well. "I need extra arch support and this is the perfect shoe," writes one happy owner at DicksSportingGoods.com. "I am an overpronator and this shoe works great for me. I have run marathons with no injury. Love it!" posts another user at Amazon.com.
Stands up to heavy use. There isn't much data about the Adrenaline GTS 13's long-term performance, though several Amazon.com reviewers call the men's version durable. However, previous models of the Adrenaline GTS have established an impressive track record for durability, drawing user and expert praise for their comfort and support that "should last many, many miles."
"Holds up well in heavy use," writes one owner at DicksSportingGoods.com. Another, who says she runs 5 to 7 miles 4 to 5 times a week, reports that the first pair of Brooks shoes she got lasted for over a year, more than 1,000 miles. Once you do wear out your Adrenaline GTS shoes you can toss them with relative ease of mind, because Brooks's BioMoGo midsoles have a special additive to help them biodegrade 50 times faster than conventional midsoles.
Runner's World publishes several shoe roundups per year. In this edition, the editors single out the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 as their Editor's Choice. Brief comments accompany a video review, and the editors describe the Adrenaline GTS as a "solid daily trainer." (A previous version of this shoe, the Adrenaline GTS 11, earned Best Update honors in the Winter 2010 Runner's World shoe guide.)
Review: Winter 2012 Shoe Guide, Jeff Dengate and Martyn Shorten, Ph.D., Nov. 12, 2012
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 draws a perfect score for its cushioning, and editors say their testers were "impressed with how smooth the Adrenaline GTS 12 felt." However, no further details are given about how the testing was conducted. Overall, editors say the Adrenaline GTS 12 is ideal if you need "support, cushion, and lots of comfort."
Review: The 7 Best Road Running Shoes of Summer 2012, Peter Vigneron, June 1, 2012
3. Fitness Magazine
An undisclosed number of shoes are tested by 132 wear-testers, resulting in 20 picks for the best hiking, walking, running, etc., footwear. The type of testing is not named. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 is selected as the best for extra stability and draws rave reviews for its support and cushioning, but is not directly compared to any of the other models.
Review: The Fitness 2012 Sneaker Guide, Lindsey Emery, As of October 2013
The women's version of the Adrenaline GTS 12 draws a 4.5-star average rating after about 100 reviews. "Running anywhere from 3 or [sic] 23 miles with these sneakers is music to my feet," writes one reviewer, although a few say this version (12) isn't as comfortable as version 11.
Review: Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 12 Running Shoes, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
About 90 reviewers give the Adrenaline GTS 12 a 4.4-star average rating. A few say the cushioning quality is not up to par with the previous year's model, the GTS 11, but most still feel it gives a comfortable, stable ride. A few of the reviews here are actually meant for previous versions of the GTS or for entirely different products. One clearly states that it's for a bokken, a type of wooden sword, so it's worth reading these reviews carefully.
Review: Brooks Men's Adrenaline GTS 12 Running Shoes, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
The Adrenaline GTS 13 draws earns the "Editor's Runner's Choice" award from staff at Dicks Sporting Goods' website. It receives a rating of approximately 4.7 stars from over 40 user reviewers. The shoe is listed separately by color and fit.
Review: Brooks Men's Adrenaline GTS 13 Running Shoe, Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com, As of October 2013
The women's version of the Adrenaline GTS 13 draws garners a perfect 5.0 rating of 5 stars from 13 reviewers on Dicks Sporting Goods' website. It also earns the "Editor's Runner's Choice" award from staff.
Review: Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 13 Running Shoe, Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com, As of October 2013
The women's version of the Adrenaline GTS 12 draws more than 130 reviews and a 4.5-star average rating. In particular, the shoes draw high praise for construction and comfort: "Brooks have done the best by me," writes one happy owner. That said, quite a few reviews from walkers are mixed in with reviews from runners.
Review: Brooks Women' s Adrenaline GTS 12 Running Shoe, Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com, As of October 2013
Men's and women's running shoes are listed separately on the Dick's Sporting Goods website. The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 receives a 4.5-star average rating after over 80 reviews. Like the women's version, it draws praise for construction and shock absorption.
Review: Brooks Men's Adrenaline GTS 12 Running Shoe, Contributors to DicksSportingGoods.com, As of October 2013