Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19, $130
The Adrenaline has been Brooks top stability shoe for more than two decades, and round number 19 is the most innovative yet.
The upper is a an engineered mesh, supported by internal and external fused overlays, with a full lining of smooth textile and plush padding in the ankle collar, for a deluxe feel against the foot. The midsole is newly designed, with full length DNA foam, and a lateral crash pad of Brooks' new DNA Loft - a lighter and cushier formulation. The medial post has been removed, in favor of a new configuration, Guide Rails, which sit above the midsole medially and laterally, where the upper joins the midsole. The function is to allow the geometry of the sole to align the foot and offering guidance at the foot's level, instead of in the midsole. The outer sole has a familiar look to it, segmented to allow the foot to flex, with soft rubber in the forefoot and more durable, harder rubber in the heel. The changes to the shoe have been an upgrade in materials and performance, in keeping with its Go To Shoe (GTS) reputation.
Testers: "Plusher feel, but just as stable, great ride! Supportive upper with a smooth, comfortable feel. Long haul running shoe that works great for me."
Sizes: Men 7-13,14,15 D,2E,4E, 8-13,14,15 B; Women 5-12,13 B,D, 6-12,13 2A,2E
Weight: 12.3 oz. (men's 11); 9.8 oz. (women's 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Geometry: Full Contact