Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 vs. 14 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provides a good balance between cushioning and stability. But how does it compare to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15? Read on to find out.

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are running shoes that are primarily geared towards runners that exhibit a moderate degree of overpronation. They fall in the support and stability category of running shoes.

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While both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and 15 consist of moisture-managing mesh with synthetic overlays, Brooks has reduced the amount of overlays on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 that wrap the midfoot.

In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 had a few stitched-on overlays in that area. Those overlays are now completely no-stitch on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

So the wrapping around the midfoot should feel a bit less constricted and tight in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, and should definitely not cause any irritation points.

The overlay at the back of the shoe has also changed a bit in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15. It is much more discrete and narrower.

Note that the overlays that connect the toe box to the midfoot are wider in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and run right across the big toe and small toe, so the shoe could feel a bit tighter in those areas, especially if you have wide feet or large bunions.

The midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is very similar to that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 in that it is still a BioMoGo midsole with Brooks DNA for cushioning that has been laid out anatomically.

But in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 the DNA cushioning has been blended into the BioMoGo midsole similar to the Brooks Ghost 7 to provide cushioning throughout the midsole instead of just in the heel or forefoot. Brooks calls this BioMoGo DNA.

This cushioning should cause the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 to feel more plush than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 under the heel as well as in the forefoot. So overall, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides better and softer cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

What is also still present in the midsole is the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PRDB) for pronation control. The mechanism still consists of three densities of foam of increasing hardness as your foot rolls in towards the medial side of the shoe.

However, the length of the firmest foam has been extended just a little more towards the heel in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, so the pronation control should feel a bit different in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 than it did in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

What has also changed in the midsole is the segmented crash pad. In the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, the crash pad extended till the midfoot to give full ground contact there. In the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, this crash pad extends the full length of the shoe from the heel to toe on the lateral side for excellent shock absorption and smooth transitions.

The outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 differ from each other. The outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is well-segmented with small squared rubber lugs to increase flexibility and traction. It also has a narrower heel.

However, the rubber lugs on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 seem more cut in the forefoot and the shoe has more main horizontal flex grooves, which should make it feel more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

All in all, the different layout of the rubber lugs, size, and cuts, should make the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 feel a bit different than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 when landing and transitioning from heel-strike to toe-off.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 weighs 11.2 oz (318 grams).

So the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 got a bit lighter for women and a bit heavier for men, but insignificantly so, since the weight loss or weight gain is not that much.

While the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has not changed much in look compared to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, it may definitely feel different on your feet. You should expect softer landings, smoother transitions, and a less restrictive upper fit. But the slightly extended PRDB, the full-length crash pad, narrower heel, and altered outsole layout may take getting used to if you are switching from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 to the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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