Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

 This year I’ve run everything from a 3 mile plod on to a marathon, with a number of 10ks and half marathons in between. I am not a speedy runner, rather I use running to explore new places I visit, trails I stumble upon and to keep the stress levels at bay. With an intense job, I take great pleasure in lacing up, headphones in and having some “me” time.
In the two years I’ve been running myself, I’ve heard many runners rave about Brooks shoes but was yet to try them myself. So I was delighted when Pro Direct Running asked me to test the new Adrenaline GTS 17. What took me so long!

As the shoe was yet to be released I had no idea what I would discover when the box arrived. Immediately I was struck by just how colourful they were. Perfect to brighten up any dreary winter run.

This was not a shoe that wanted to be pranced between treadmill runs and brunch, this was a serious running shoe that wanted to be taken out in the great outdoors and get a bit muddy.

I christened my Brooks with a part paved/part trail run, and some general frolicking, in Richmond Park. Usually I would notice a significant difference when changing terrain but the transition was barely noticeable.

I usually opt for shoes that provide an extremely cushioned almost bouncy ride, which on trail like surfaces I don’t feel works for me. Instead of staring at the ground worried I might roll my ankle on a tree branch the GTS 17 is a stability shoes with a snug fit and solid grip on the sole that made me feel secure enough that I was able to take in my surroundings. I even made a friend.

Running through the leaves with slippery wet patches the shoes continued to impress me. They have been released at just the right time to tackle winter running conditions. They even passed the pebbled beach running test. I really did put them through every terrain/weather condition available to me. At the end of one run I even conducted a puddle test and I’m happy to report my feet remained perfectly dry.

One of the features I noticed on the GTS 17 is an added layer of material over the big toe area on each shoe. From previous experience of my big toe wearing through the top of a shoe whilst the rest of the shoe would otherwise be fine to continue running in, this is a genius idea! Shin splints have plagued me on and off for some time and during each of my runs to date they have been pleasantly absent. Having looked into shoe’s features I think I’m attributing this to the “full-length segmented crash pad which accommodates any foot landing and delivers smooth heel-to-toe transitions”. I couldn’t have put it better myself.
For more details on the technology behind the shoe, head over to Pro Direct Running’s Twitter this evening as they are hosting a takeover by a Brooks Technical Rep.

Next weekend I am taking on a very tough 10km race up Box Hill in the Surrey Downs. With a multi-terrain course, November weather conditions and steep elevation I am relieved to have the GTS 17 to hand. Details on how they performed to follow in my race report.

So if you are looking for a new pair of kicks to entice you out in the Winter months, want to treat yourself to an early Christmas present or add a pair to your list for Santa, head on over to Pro Direct Running’s website. Just try and not get too distracted by all the other beautiful pieces of kit available.



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