The Adrenaline GTS series is Brooks' bestselling running shoe in the maximum support category. As its named indicates, the GTS 12 is the twelfth version of the Adrenaline shoe, and, like its predecessors, it is designed for runners with moderate over-pronation who require a combination of stability and cushioning. Built on a proven design, the GTS 12 is enhanced with additional mesh for breathability, a friction-resistance heel, and a better crash pad for smoother transitions.
It still features the two main stability components in the midsole that made the shoe popular. The first is the iconic Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar® (PDRB®) technology, which has three different densities of foam (with varying degrees of firmness) along the lateral side of the foot. The foam gets gradually harder as you go from the heel of the foot to the arch to prevent the foot from rolling inwards (over-pronating) and helps you achieve a smoother, more natural gait. The second stabilizing technology in the GTS series is DRB Accel. DRB Accel is a shank-like piece of plastic reinforcement through the mid-foot that offers higher stiffness for arch support and less resistance on the lateral side for a smoother gait cycle.
The GTS 12 also still features Brooks' innovative cushioning technology, Brooks DNA, in the heel and in the forefoot. Brooks DNA is described as a high-viscosity, non-Newtonian fluid that adapts to the amount of force placed on your foot to evenly disperse the impact. At a slower pace, it will provide softer support and firm up as you increase your pace. The Brooks DNA works with BioMoGo, the world's first-ever biodegradable midsole to provide the ultimate comfort and performance for a running shoe. Brooks claims that their shoes have 30% more cushioning and twice the energy return of traditional EVA midsoles or standard gel.
Element microfiber in the uppers increases the shoes breathability and keeps feet cool and dry. It also has a synthetic leather overlay, internal support saddle and profile sock liner for additional support and comfort. Finally, the outsole of the GTS 12 is made with an exceptionally durable HPR Plus abrasion-resistant rubber, and has stable pod construction in the forefoot for maximum motion control and flexibility.
You can purchase the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 running shoes for men online for about $110.
We give Brooks Men’s Adrenaline GTS 12 running shoes an A- because they are an excellent stability shoe for mild to moderate over-pronators who require enhanced cushioning and support. In addition to the exceptional stability and cushioning features that made the previous models popular, the GTS 12s now feature additional mesh for improved breathability, a friction-resistance heel for blister prevention, and a better crash pad for smoother transitions in the gait cycle. While almost all customers have been pleased with the shoes’ performance, we had to deduct a few points because there were some complaints from customers who were disappointed that the GTS 12s didn’t have the same amount of padding as the GTS 11s.
Like earlier Adrenaline GTS models, the GTS 12 has received excellent reviews online from customers, including a 4.5/5 on Brooksrunning.com (78 reviews) and a 5/5 from 86% of reviewers on Zappos.com (140 reviews). If you love running but have sore back or knees due to the strain caused by over-pronation, these could be excellent shoes for you. A couple of reviewers preferred the amount of padding in the GTS 11s over the 12s, but, for the most part, everyone was happy with the shoes' performance. While Brooks has an excellent online fit system, you are probably better off getting fitted by a professional at a running specialty store before purchasing running shoes to ensure that you are get the right style shoe for your foot.
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