The Adrenaline has always been a firmer-feeling choice for runners in the market for a well-balanced £70 stability shoe like the Asics GT-2060, the Nike Air Structure Triax
or the Saucony GRID Omni
. It has all the key ingredients a long medial post, rear- and forefoot cushioning units and a relatively light weight plus a broad upper and a thinner midsole that puts your foot closer to the ground.
This years Adrenaline has added forefoot cushioning theres a layer of rubbery Substance 257 under the existing forefoot HydroFlow unit. It adds forefoot shock absorption while keeping the shoes positive feel (its still firmer than the three shoes already mentioned), though now you may be able to feel the movement from the doubly-cushioned area to the rest of the forefoot, which can be distracting.
Other changes for this year are minor: a slightly tweaked rearfoot cushioning pad for better heel-strike; a tweaked midfoot shank for a smoother lateral ride; and a midsole that wraps slightly higher on either side of the base of the heel to augment the already good rearfoot stability.
Always a top-four shoe in the highly competitive £70 stability market, the Adrenaline now has better forefoot cushioning. If youre a mid- to high-mileage runner who likes a firmer, more direct feel, the Adrenaline is your shoe.
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Saucony GRID Omni (£70); Asics GT-2060 (£70); New Balance 854 (£70)