Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 vs 20 Comparison – Upgrade or Keep Your 19?


Today, we’ll be comparing the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 vs. 20 comparison review. And if you’ve ever wondered what GTS stands for, it’s Go-To Shoe

We’re going to be looking at the specs, the differences, the similarities, and tell you which one you should get.

Make sure you read our latest comparison of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 vs. 22 and the latest Brooks Adrenaline vs. Ghost.

Let’s dive right into it…

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 vs. 20

In a hurry, here’s a quick comparison of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 and the Adrenaline GTS 20…

Both Adrenalines are stability everyday road shoes. The Adrenaline 20 is lighter than the Adrenaline 19. Both shoes are roomy in the toe box, but the GTS 20 is a little bit roomier and the upper is a little bit stretchier than the GTS 19.

The Brooks Adrenaline 20 has a 3D upper, which makes it wrap around your foot nicely. Both shoes are cushiony and both feature BioMogo and DNA Loft cushioning.

Both Adrenalines feature the GuideRail support system.


The Brooks Adrenaline GTS franchise isn’t an overly engineered shoe and that is why it has been one of the most popular running shoe series for over 20 years.

With a 12mm heel-to-toe offset on these shoes, the Adrenaline 20 and 19 are stability everyday trainers designed for the roads and tracks.



First of all, the biggest change is going to be the overall weight. The Brooks Adrenaline 19 comes in at 11 oz for men and 9.5 oz for women while the Brooks Adrenaline 20 weighs in at 10.6 oz for men and 9.3 oz for women.

This shows the Adrenaline 20 is a tad bit lighter but not too much to make a difference, at least in my opinion.



Brooks is known for winning at the fitting station.

They nailed the fit of the Adrenaline 20 and the 19. I put on the 20 and the 19, one in every foot, and they felt exactly the same.

Some people are saying that the toe box on the Adrenaline 20 feels a little bit roomier, but I don’t feel it’s roomier.

I feel that the upper is a little more stretchy and a little more airy, which kind of gives the feeling that the 20 has got a little bit more of an open toe box.

Both shoes have a lot of room in the toe box and that’s why people with wider feet just love the accommodating fit of these shoes.

3D or Not 3D

The upper on the 20 features a 3D print. What that does is it wraps up quite nicely around the inside of the foot and you shouldn’t experience much movement in this shoe.

The Adrenaline 19 does not have that 3D print, but it still wraps around the foot really nicely just using engineered mesh

Again, I find the 20 feels exactly the same as the 19, which I found comforting because I still have and love the 19.

I’m happy to see that the Adrenaline 20 is the same, it’s got a nice cushioned feel to it, and the upper is a bit more breathable.


Tongue & Heel


The padded tongue and the good fitting heel counter in both shoes really give a nice foot feel in these shoes.

However, the padding on the collar is a little different in the Adrenaline 19 vs the 20. I feel it’s a little bit thicker and plusher feeling.

You don’t necessarily feel the difference when you run in them, but you can tell the difference when you’re feeling them.

The heel collar material is a little bit smoother while the 20 has more of a corduroy-like feel. It’s not corduroy like the rough corduroy because you do not really feel it on the skin of your heel at all.

If you’re looking for a shoe that really has a really good airy lightfoot feel, both the Adrenalines have that.




Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 and the 19 use a combination of BioMogo DNA foam and the softer DNA Loft foam to cushion the ride.

Brooks packed the DNA Loft foam into the crash pad which sits underneath the heel and wraps around the outside of the shoe. Then Brooks use the BioMogo DNA everywhere else for a responsive durable ride.

This combination really makes for a really soft plush cushioned running shoe.

GuideRails Support System

Brooks kind of nailed the stability feature on the Adrenaline 19 and 20. The GTS 20 is still using the GuideRail stability system which is Brooks’ new answer to stability.

Other stability shoes from other brands still use a medial post through the medial side or even a wedge to correct overpronation.

Brooks say this GuideRail system shifts the focus of support from your ankles to your knees. Honestly, I don’t really buy into that it’s shifting it to the knees, it’s still doing it on the ankle level.

Brooks explains their GuideRails as being bumpers like a bowling alley for kids. The medial bumper guides your foot back to a neutral position if it rolls too far inward while the lateral outside bumper does the same if your foot rolls to the outside.

So whether you overpronate (roll inward) or supinate (roll outward), both shoes can accommodate for both but still do fit in the stability range.

So, Brooks is basically saying that the Adrenaline 20 and 19 can work for anyone because the GuideRails are there only if you need them.

Overall,  Brooks stayed with what made the Adrenaline great in the past. It’s comfortable, durable, and provides support for those who need it and a great ride for those that don’t need that actual support.

If you want to discover stability shoes by Saucony, we’ve done a comparison of two Saucony stability shoes, the Guide vs the Hurricane.




Both shoes have nice durable blown rubber and you can’t go wrong with it.

The pattern on the Adrenaline 20 is a little bit different, but other than that, the outsoles are essentially exactly the same.



Overall, both m-the men’s and women’s Adrenalines are solid stability running shoes without feeling bulky or heavy. The clean uppers give the shoes that simplistic look.

If you’ve never run in the Brooks Adrenaline before, I guess you would enjoy both shoes. And if you’re looking to get a great price and have the same exact feel, I would go ahead and jump into the Adrenaline 19.

So this pretty much wraps up this Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 vs. 20 comparison. If you have run or owned one of these shoes before, please share your experience in the comments section below.

Until then, stay safe 🙂

About Eric Barber

Eric Barber is a happy father of two little angels, a husband, and a runner. He eats, sleeps, and dreams anything foot related: running shoes, walking shoes, sneakers, you name it. It all started when Eric was a shoe store specialist watching and fitting people's feet day in and day out.

2 thoughts on “Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 vs 20 Comparison – Upgrade or Keep Your 19?”

  1. I have been wearing the GTS19 since 2019 and I’m so please because the guiderail feature has held my over pronation in check and I’m doing great. This is my first success story with shoes and my over pronation. I goes for long road runs and I feel great after my run and walk journey. I’m looking to buy my second pair and even with the upgrade I’m sticking to my GTS19. The only part that’s worn on the outer sole of the shoes is the outer part of the ball of my foot. Love it

    • Hey Antoinette. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. The GTS is a very reliable shoe indeed.


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