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Shoe Of The Week: Brooks Adrenaline ASR 12 GTX

A versatile shoe built for winter weather.

Always getting better with age, this long-popular hybrid trail shoe with a road-shoe feel is also available in a Gore-Tex version for foul-weather running. The Adrenaline ASR’s mid-foot stability, ample cushioning and smooth ride make it a pleasure to run in on smooth dirt and less-than-technical terrain—including roads when necessary. Updated from the previous version of this popular shoe is a segmented crash pad (all that toothy rubber near the back of the shoe), which allows a more fluid ride than in past iterations of the Adrenaline ASR. The outsole has also been updated to better handle sloppy trails. Testers didn’t find it the most dynamic or agile shoe on technical trails, likely due to its road-shoe profile and plentiful cushioning. But it was lauded for serving up a soft and smooth ride. The Gore-Tex weather-proofing adds to the versatility of this winter shoe—wear it on sloppy road runs as well as off-road. In addition to keeping your feet dry, it will also help keep your feet warm on frigid days. This shoe is cut low around the ankle collar, which means zero irritation. If you’re a neutral runner, this shoe’s structure might feel like overkill or just too much shoe, although it won’t be at all noticeable running through slush and snow drifts.

This shoe is for you ifyou need stability in a very versatile shoe that’s built for winter weather.

Price: $150
Weights: 11.8 oz. (men’s); 9.9 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 12mm; 32mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)

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