After two weeks of no exercise, I was pretty excited to go out for my first run last Saturday! I was short on time so did a quick tempo 6km run. During the week I my brand new Brooks Adrenalin GTS 14 arrived in the post. These are Brooks best selling women’s shoe. It’s always exciting to receive something in the post, and even better when it’s new sporting goods!!
At first look of the shoe they look good, but definitely don’t have the ‘wow’ factor of something like the Asics Noosa. They are black which I’m not a huge fan of, but I’ve never been one to choose running shoes based on their looks. (Note: since being on the Brooks website there are 4 colours to choose from, two being black though).
When I pulled the shoe on the first thing I noticed was the height of the shoe around my foot. The shoe felt like the sole was thicker than other shoes, and that the upper section of the shoe (the material around your foot) finished lower. This is purely based on the way the shoe felt on my foot, and not comparing the statistically heights of different shoes.
That put aside, as soon as I hit the road running, I loved the shoe! It felt springy, comfortable and very supportive. I haven’t felt this happy about a shoe in a long time! Usually with no shoes I dislike them or am neutral about them, however this shoe I really enjoyed running in (keep in mind I hadn’t run in two weeks so may have had some extra endorphins running around).
I am a pronate runner and require moderate support. The Brooks Adrenalin is comparable to the Asics Kayano and Mizuno Wave Inspire. I previously wore the Kayano for a number of years but found the shoe wore out way too quickly, especially for the price. I have since been floating through trying different shoes. Last year I wore the Mizuno Wave Inspire and whilst it was supportive, I found it a bit stiff.
For female pronate runners (which I believe majority are) these three shoes are probably the best in the market. Here is a summarised comparison of the three, purely from my own experiences:
Asics win hands down. All their shoes look great, and make me want them! They have fun colours and new designs, whilst the Brooks looks like your everyday looking runners. Mizuno appears to have a new cool look out, however I owned the previous version which were more bland than the black Brooks.
The Brooks (266 grams) and Mizuno (283 grams) are comparable in weight, whilst the Asics are slightly heavier (320 grams). For me, this is a training shoe that I do my long runs in, so weight doesn’t play a huge part in my decision (unlike a race shoe in which it is a very important factor to me).
Price of course varies depending where you buy the shoe from (if on sale, in a store, online), however it is fair to compare the RRP of each shoe, which are; Mizuno $200, Brooks $220 and Asics $250. The first two you can often find cheaper online, however Asics are very restricted and as such hard to find cheaper.
Based on this assessment I would say Brooks are now my favourite long distance running shoe. If I could buy the Kayano on sale I would happily have another go in them to see if their longevity has changed, however that shoe is typically more expensive and difficult to for that much out every 6-12 months.
If you are in the market for a new shoe and not sure what type you require, I highly recommend going down to Running Fit in the city where they film you on a treadmill and fit you properly. This is worth the time, and the staff are exceptionally knowledgeable and they have a huge range of runners.