Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
Running Shoe Reviews
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20

Category

Support Road Running Shoes

Summary

Average Weight: Men's 300g / Women's 266g
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 12mm
Stack Heights: 24mm / 12mm

GTS stands for Go To Shoe and the latest version continues to live up to its name. Its broad appeal is enhanced by coming in 3 width fittings for both men and women.

Women's Brooks GTS 20
Blue/Coral £120.00

Men's Brooks GTS 20
Blue/Black £120.00

  • Upper: Brooks have used 3D Fit print which wraps around the foot and gives a nice secure fit over the arch. The mesh used is also lighter than on previous models, helping to keep the weight of the shoe down. 
  • Midsole: DNA Loft (bouncy cushioning material) has been added to the heel to give a super-soft heel strike. The rest of the midsole features Biomogo DNA (slightly less squishy cushioning but still with exceptional shock absorbance). The guiderails which were first added in version 19 of the GTS have been made into a one-piece integrated support system to give a smoother ride. 
  • Outersole: The heel features a harder wearing material, with the rest of the shoe having a softer, more responsive rubber. 

 

Women's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
Women's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20

Pros

  • Guiderails provide support for mild to moderate over-pronators without the intrusive feel of a traditional medial post.
  • Plenty cushioning for those who like a soft ride.
  • Gives the typical fit that many have come to love in Brooks shoes – snug at the heel and arch, wider across the forefoot.
  • Available in 3 width fittings, giving an option for everyone.

Cons

  • Cushioning might feel too soft for those that prefer a firmer or more responsive ride. If this is you, try the Men's Ravenna or Women's Ravenna instead.
  • Stability might not be strong enough for some who had worn GTS version 18 or earlier.

In Testing

I first wore the GTS at version 18, so my history with them isn’t super long, but this is my favourite of the 3 versions I have tried. I found with version 19 that although the stability was fine for me, the uppers never felt as secure around the midfoot and the whole shoe was almost a bit too soft – a feeling that increased after a few hundred miles as they loosened a bit. I have found the fit of the uppers on version 20 has improved for me, hugging the midfoot more securely, while giving a secure heel fit and a relatively roomy fit across the forefoot. 

When Brooks first introduced their guiderails in 2019 as a more ‘holistic’ way of controlling excess over-pronation there was an element of questioning as to whether the GTS would continue to provide the stability and comfort it had always been known for. While some fans of the shoe have moved on to different shoes, I still find them the best option for me as an everyday trainer for the road. I think the best description I have heard of how the guiderails work is that they are like the bumpers on a bowling alley, nudging the foot into a straight line if it wants to veer. By making the guiderails a one piece unit, and with the improved upper fit, I do feel as if the whole shoe is a bit more supportive than the previous one. 


Verdict

The Brooks GTS 20 remains an excellent choice as a road mileage shoe for mild to moderate over-pronators who like a soft smooth ride. It fits an extremely large range of feet because of the multiple width options and has a super comfy feel straight from the box. 

Men's Brooks GTS 20
Blue/Black £120.00

Men's Brooks GTS 20 2E
Black/Lime £120.00

Men's Brooks GTS 20 4E
Black £120.00

Women's Brooks GTS 20
Blue/Coral £120.00

Women's Brooks GTS 20 D
Black £120.00

Women's Brooks GTS 20 2E
Black/Grey £120.00

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