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Before I bought my Saucony running shoes in a previous review, I owned a pair of these Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9's. Along with the Saucony brand, Brooks are also well knows in running circles and relatively unknown among those not so familiar with proper running shoes. These running shoes are built for those looking for a combination of cushioning/comfort and enhanced stability and they are popular due to their midfoot wrap and forefoot capture. Brooks are very popular, particularly in the States and cost around £85. As with most serious brands of running shoes, they have their own technology to manage moisture and Brooks have 'Element' technology to combat this. The upper and lower linings are constructed using this technology and the microfibre construction offers a lightweight and breathable feel that is both durable and comfortable.
Durability is where I found the Adrenaline's excel against some of the other brands of training shoes such as Nike. The outer sole features a highly durable and abrasion-resistant rubber. One particular thing I didnt like about these training shoes were the upper detailing. I found it to be very detailed and cheap looking. I much prefer simple designs as they seem to last longer. The uppers have a lot of lines and different areas of colour and are just not as aesthetically appealing as other trainers I have come across since.
I bought these running shoes because of Brooks' reputation and were very pleased with the life I got from them as they covered a lot of miles. They are very good in the wet weather and I endured many different conditions in them. Overall if you are looking for a good overall running shoe then these are a great choice, but looks are not what will attract you. mainstream brands such as Nike and Adidas will lure theose looking for style, whereas these are perfect for runners wanting good value for money and very comfortable runners.
I run once or twice a week and go to the gym several more. These shoes are the only shoes I would wear. I discovered them several years ago when I used to run quite intensely and have had at least four pairs since. My coach originally suggested I went to get some shoes that would support my feet properly after getting shin-splints and aching around the knee. This seemed to be particularly bad when I'd been doing a lot of running up hill. Right from the start these shoes solved the problem.
The latest model the Adrenaline GTS 10 are blue, white and grey. These shoes have never been up there with the most stylish racing shoes in terms of looks but they still look the part. I find when running these shoes make me feel like I'm running on a thin cushion of air. I assume this must be down to the gel soles. Whatever it is that causes this feeling, it's working! Obviously these shoes are intended for road and treadmill running but I have happily used them on the track, grass, off-road trails, in the gym and obviously on the road. The support provided on the rougher terrains isn't quite as good on the smoother stuff such as the road but it's still good.
The effectiveness of the support in these shoes does gradually wear down over time but exactly how long they last depends how intensively you use them. In terms of build quality I've never had them fall apart on me. Apart from becoming a bit discoloured from dirty puddles and mud they have always looked cosmetically the same.
Recently I've heard a lot of people saying that they have found the previous models of this shoe to be better or worse than the newer ones. I have never experienced this. Apart from the appearance changing the support has always been pretty much the same in my opinion. I think if anything they're getting nicer each time. I have now had enough pairs that I would happily buy a pair of these offline or over the phone without trying them as I know what to expect.
As far as I can remember every time I've bought a pair of these shoes I've been give a free pair of socks. Sometimes a good deal can be got by searching online for older versions of the same shoe. These can often be found at reduced prices but are still very good shoes. Despite this when actually in a store shops are often reluctant to sell older models at reduced prices like they do online. Not everywhere stocks these shoes but they are certainly worth looking around for.
To finish I'd like to say if you've had Brooks Adrenalines before or a shop has recommended them then I'd say go for them because they're the same brilliant shoe you'd expect. If you've stumbled here looking for a general running shoe I'd say go and get checked to see which shoe suits you best. The Brooks shoe best suited to you may not be the Adrenaline.
I've had a pair of these for a few months now. I am definately an amateur runner and, having focussed on it a bit more, thought it was about time to replace my very old Reebok basic trainers with some proper running shoes.
I went to my local running store where they assessed my feet and the way i run and recommened these shoes on the basis that i needed a shoe with 'Stability'. I would definately recommend to anyone who is thinking of buying a pair of running shoes for the first time to go down to your local running store and get properly measured up! If i didnt i wouldn't have had a clue which type of shoe to go for.
I had never heard of Brooks before the salesperson recommended them to me. I understand they are a specialist running shoe from the USA, since having them i've noticed alot of runners wearing them. I dont know how they compare to other running shoes as these are the first real pair i have owned. They cost £85, this seems to be towards the bottom end of the price range for running shoes. I would recommend spending the money on some proper trainers if you run regularly.
The shoes themselves are fantastic for running. They fit perfectly, enough space for your feet to breath (not too tight) but very structured to provide support for your feet while running, especially in the heel/ankle area. Running with these, compared to my old trainers, i've noticed i feel alot less strain on the backs of my legs than i used to. I'm no expert, but i attribute this to the greater stability and support in the back of this shoe. With the stability they are also very comfortable, there is a decent amount of cushioning in the shoe as well, making them great to run in.
I would definately recommend them but note that each person will have a slightly different running style and should definately get measured up by a specialist to make sure you get the right shoe for you.