This shoe boasts lighter weight without compromising cushioning or durability.
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!