Brooks Adrenaline GTS 6 Review

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This shoe boasts lighter weight without compromising cushioning or durability.

Shoe Specifics:

The Adrenaline GTS 6 is a stability shoe for mild to moderate overpronators of a medium build. It has the usual proprietary technologies for stability and support and sports a compression molded EVA called Substance -257 for a mid sole.


Training in these shoes consisted of speedwork on trails, road running, stair running and elliptical trainer workouts. The reviewer is 5’ 10” and 190 pounds, and a moderate to severe overpronator; training pace for average runs is from 7:30 to 8:20 per mile, interval pace average is approximately 71- 75 seconds for 400 meter repeats.

The first impression of these shoes is how comfortable, light and responsive feeling they are. You don’t think of a “break in” period with these shoes. These shoes have a smooth transition from heel to toe.

I did notice that as time went on, the forefoot cushioning seemed to be missing something. I did experience some metatarsal discomfort after longer runs in these shoes. So although rear foot cushioning seems fine and stability is decent enough, these shoes felt somewhat lacking in the forefoot.

Durability seems to be quite good, which may be the big upside to this lighter weight shoe.


Good stability, comfortable feel, orthotic friendly


Feels a bit skimpy on the forefoot cushioning


This is probably a great stability shoe for lighter runners. Runners who are heavier may feel the forefoot cushioning is not up to the task.

Of note, the Adrenaline GTS 8, the updated version of this shoe sports a new material called MoGo for the midsole which is lighter, provides more cushioning and reduces fatigue versus Substance-257. It also has the rear and forefoot Hydro Flow shock absorption pads as does the GTS 5.

If the MoGo does what Brooks says it can do, the GTS 8 may be one of the best stability shoes out there (it did garner a “best buy” award for a stability shoe from Runner’s World). I for one can’t wait to give them a go!

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  1. Eric W on July 17th at 3:03 am

    I’ve been wearing shoes in this series since 5. I love ’em. The 7 was a minor step backwards, though, in terms of comfort. I’m now wearing the 8 and I’m very pleased. 🙂

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  2. Eric W on July 17th at 3:04 am

    What’s plugin are you using to show my last blog post?

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  3. matt on July 17th at 8:59 am

    is this about the 8 or the 6?

  4. Lee Miller on July 17th at 10:10 am

    To Matt:

    This is a review of the 6. The reason I mentioned the 8 is because appears to address the shortcomings I saw with the 6. If this is true, then the 8 would be a truly fabulous shoe.

  5. Dawn - PinkChick on July 17th at 5:24 pm

    I live in mine and love em.

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  6. Andrew Randazzo on July 17th at 6:01 pm

    I have this shoe, but it doesn’t work for me. I don’t know if it’s the shoe or just the wrong shoe for my feet, but after running in these I started getting shin splints; but when I’d use a different pair of shoes, no problem.

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  7. Shannon Hoffman on July 23rd at 10:04 am

    The GTS 8 are the next shoes I plan to buy. I’m 5’8″ at 143lbs. and a mild to moderate pronator. In high school, I wore the Adrenaline GTS 5, but when they upgraded to the 6, they gave me terrible blisters all over my toes. The toe-box must have been made smaller and cramped my toes, or bigger and gave them too much room to move. I’ve tried on the 8’s, and they’re so comfortable and increadibly light. I don’t remember the 5’s being so light.

    When I wore Adrenaline, I never had injuries. When I had to stop wearing them, I tried Asics, Nike, and Reebok and nothing was as good. It’s been injury-city for years. As soon as I have the money for these Adrenaline 8’s, I’ll be all over them.

  8. Jason on July 23rd at 6:21 pm

    I loved the pair of GTS 6’s I had last year. I’d have to say they were the most comfortable running shoes I’ve ever had. And I got almost 360 miles out of them which is pretty good for a 6’1″, 185 lb guy who trains almost exclusively on pavement.

    But they did finally wear down and started hurting me, so I got the GTS 7’s. They’ve been a pretty big disappointment. The cushioning seems to be lacking all over the shoe and they gave me sore feet almost from the very beginning. They also gave me some pretty bad blisters and my knees are already bugging me at less than 200 miles.

    I did get along pretty well with the 5’s too, so maybe it’s not time to give up on the Adrenalines yet. That is if the 8’s are really as good as some of their reviews…

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