Brooks Adrenaline GTS £69.99

Weight 336g
Evaluation 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 year’s Adrenaline has added forefoot cushioning – there’s a layer of rubbery Substance 257 under the existing forefoot HydroFlow unit. It adds forefoot shock absorption while keeping the shoe’s positive feel (it’s 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.
In short Always a top-four shoe in the highly competitive £70 stability market, the Adrenaline now has better forefoot cushioning. If you’re a mid- to high-mileage runner who likes a firmer, more direct feel, the Adrenaline is your shoe.
Try it if you liked Saucony GRID Omni (£70); Asics GT-2060 (£70); New Balance 854 (£70)