Brooks Adrenaline GTS 8 - GTS 9

It has come to my attention that my dodgy piriformis could possibly be due to switching from Brooks Adrenaline GTS8 to GTS9 as another forumite has also developed problems since changing model.  Is it just us or has anyone else started having niggles where there used to be none? image


  • I've been running in Brooks Adrenaline for a number of years and they have really helped with my overpronation.  Unfortunately the new pair I bought recently resulted in me having very bad blisters which in turn altered my running and gave me further problems.  I have returned them and I'm now running in a Saucony pair suitalbe for overpronation.  The jury is still out on these!  I was very disappointed as I loved my Brooks!

  • I did 500 miles in my GTS8s and now closing in on 500 in my GTS9s with no problem in either. I did go up half a size between the two so I don't know if that made any difference.
  • I got 309 miles out of my GTS7's, 403 out of my GTS8's and after just 98miles in my GTS9's I'm wondering if I should ditch them.  I'm getting bruising on the top of my left foot (my smaller foot) just a bit up from where the little toes join the foot, bruising along the outside bottom edges of both feet, I've lost almost all of the skin from the ball of my right foot with bruises on the ball of the left foot and on the inside of both heels.  And during a 16mile run I locked the cuboid joint in one foot and have seriously bruised it on the other.  My last two runs (which to be fair were both quite short 3miles) were in my GTS8's and the bruising has gone.  I've got a podiatrist sorting out insoles to sort out some general problems with my gait but I'm wondering if a new pair of GTS10's might be the answer?

  • Running causes overuse running injuries, not shoes.

    The longer people go on not accepting that fact, the longer they will continue to suffer niggles and injuries until the day that they finaly realise that maybe, just maybe, they are in control of what happens to their body and they are able to change things themselves.

    ... ok, that may not always the case, but is sure as hell is in 99% of cases.

  • I think that's a bit harsh. Surely an ill fitting pair of trainers is going to cause pain whether you've always run 30miles a week or if you suddenly go out and run 30miles for the first time? If someone who has run consistent mileage with no problems suddenly gets problems after buying new trainers, isn't it obvious that they are the problem?
  • Sure, you can get a blister immediately when switching shoes which is probably due to the new shoe fitting differently but you don't get a "dodgy piriformis" all of a sudden. It's a pretty tough little muscle that can withstand months or even years of abuse before it complains. Even if the new GTS was exactly the same as the previous version, just the extra effort it takes the foot/leg to flex in a brand new (stiffer) shoe could be the straw that breaks the camel's back, but there must have been an underlying problem already present in the first place that has built up over time.
  • Well, after switching back to my GTS8's for the week, I've had no problems with either cuboid joint, my blisters are healing and there's no bruising on the heel bone.  I think that's answered my question - I'm going to try a pair of GTS10's and bin the 9's!
  • Snap Pegg, I've had a week (4 runs) of my old GTS8s and my dodgy piriformis doesn't appear to be that dodgy any more *fingers x'd*.  Could be coincidence image but i don't think so.

  • London biggest selling running specialist store did not even by the 9's after being extremely successful with the 8's.
    My advice to you would be to laugh the 9's off as Brooks after realizing their mistake have made the 10's a lot of similar to the 7's and the 8's.

    Which were both the biggest selling shoes in the UK specialist running market.
  • Fluke, where do you get your information from?

    Shops have to book shoes on forward orders 4 to 6 months before the first mass production models arrive in the country based on seeing a sample which sometimes isn't even made of the final production materials.

    So you're saying the buyer for "London biggest selling running specialist store" (who?) saw into the future and predicted that a few people would have problems with the shoe (just like the people who have problems with just about every shoe that ever gets made)??? - more likely they were just trying to negotiate a better discount or missed the order deadline.
  • Yes Waylon, that is exactly what the process is.

    The shop in question saw the new Adrenaline 9 sample, 4-6 months before they would have hit their shelves and decided against buying it due to the fact that they felt it would not do the same job (as good a job) as it predecessor and they have been proved right.

    I am sure you know that buyers are provided with numerous samples, some they buy and some they don't for whatever reasons they choose.
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