From first look at the Brooks Adrenaline 12, it is obvious that it has been revamped and updated from its predecessor the Brooks GTS 11.
With a new upper design that is both striking and fashionable bit still bearing the strong resemblance of Brooks brand of shoes and yet adhering to the high quality of performance and quality that is associated with Brooks athletic shoes.
The 12th iteration of the Adrenaline GTS offers a stability running shoe that doesn’t need to be heavy. It is also less restrictive compared to its stiffer competitors, yet effective in correcting the overpronation that users want it to.
Ideal for different types of activities, this pair of sneakers works best in dry conditions, as with many athletic footwear. And while majority of users use it for running a few miles daily for distance or endurance, it works well as a walking shoe, something you’d use in the gym or even trail running.
We begin with the sole unit of the Adrenaline 12. Here, the biggest and most notable change is in the heel pad. The heel pad in the Adrenaline 12 is split into different pods which compress and respond differently to each runner’s individual gait.
The added cushioning in the heel provides a high level of comfort while assuring a firm fit across the back of the heel, preventing those with flat feet from sliding inwards during their stride.
For stability, the shoe relies on two major parts: the progressive diagonal bar and the plastic shank right below the arch, which Brooks refers to as the DRB Accel. These provide cushion in two main areas: the heel and in the forefoot.
The Adrenaline 12 comes equipped with the Brooks DNA. DNA is a high-viscosity fluid that remains soft and pliable when the runner is running at a low pace and staying in contact with the ground longer and then becomes hard and more firm when the pace is picked up; propelling the runner forward.
The medial post along the arch of the shoe provides maximum stability while giving the runner an excellent balance in their gait.
The Brooks Adrenaline 12 also comes built with the Bio MoGo, which provides excellent foot support and makes it the perfect shoe for runners with a low to mid arch.
The upper unit of the Adrenaline 12 is made of a mesh overlay, providing an environment that is not prone to moisture, thus creating a much more comfortable running experience.
The top of the shoe comes with four adjustable straps, giving the runner the control over the level of fit across the top of the foot. Brooks added the new lace tab, called the “Tongue Tab” on the Adrenaline, which keeps the tongue of the shoe in place while running and ultimately giving the runner a more firm and secure fit.
While maintaining the same look that is recognizable to the Brooks brand, the Adrenaline 12 has been adapted to be lighter than its earlier predecessor which will always be welcome news to any serious runner.