The new Brooks Glycerin, Brooks’ latest offering, offers unparalleled softness and comfort. The latest variant, Glycerin 16, features new engineering which provides a softer feeling underfoot, a smooth heel-to-toe transition and greater durability.
The Brooks Glycerin is a running shoe for both men and women. It boasts of a mesh upper and stretchy 3D Fit Print technology for enhanced ventilation and comfort. To ascertain if the Glycerin series holds up against other neutral running shoes in the market, here’s our review.
The Brooks Glycerin 16 promises a blend of Brooks DNA foam, air and rubber for a soft, light running experience that doesn’t compromise on stability and responsiveness. The outsole boasts of strategically placed pressure zones which distribute the impact of the stride through the period of the run.
The mesh upper and the use of a stretchy 3D Fit Print technology promises a plush fit with assured comfort and ventilation. Comfort and lightness seem to be the USP of this trainer. But does it deliver everything it promises? Let’s find out.
- Breathable Double Jacquard mesh upper with synthetic overlays
- Comfortable textile lining for good in-shoe feel
- Removable cushioned insole for comfortable underfoot support
The Brooks Glycerin is suited for neutral road and track running. It comes in a variety of sizes for both men and women. For men’s footwear, there is the normal width (D) and wide (2E). For women’s footwear, there is normal (B), narrow (2A) and wide (D).
The Brooks Glycerin series prides itself on being lightweight. At 266g/9.38oz for women and 301g/10oz for men, the Brooks Glycerin series claims to be light, responsive and durable all at once.
The 3D Print fit and mesh upper promises breathability, preventing the feet from sweating. The Double Jacquard Mesh is tailor-made for strategic breathability, flexibility and structure. The internal stretch bootie gives the shoe a plush, comfortable fit, expanding and contracting with the movement of the feet.
The midsole is engineered with DNA Loft, boasting of the softest cushioning as a result of blending foam, air and rubber. The technology makes the shoe lightweight and allows the wearer to move nimbly. Ideal Pressure Zones provide a smooth heel-to-foot transition and distribute the impact of each stride.
HPR Plus, an abrasion-resistant rubber, is placed at the heel for grip and protection. The forefoot has a blown rubber that offers cushioning and flexibility. The rubber material provides overall durability to the shoe.
The Brooks Glycerin is versatile; it is good as a neutral running shoe for roads or track surfaces. It’s a lightweight variant, good for long distances.
Price and Availability
The Brooks Glycerin 16 and earlier variants, like the Glycerin 15, are available for on Amazon.
The Brooks Glycerin series is available online at Brooks Running, Amazon and Zappos.
How Does It Compare
Now that we have assessed what the Brooks Glycerin series has to offer independently, how does it fare in the face of competition? Here are some other neutral road running shoe options available in the market, in a similar price range.
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The Nimbus 20 from ASICS’ GEL series is, like Glycerin, suited for both short and long distance neutral running. It’s in the same price range as Glycerin 16, but does it have anything more to offer?
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
The ASICS Nimbus 20 is a highly-cushioned, stable pair of trainers but it doesn’t have enough give for hardcore neutral runners. Some users have complained about the shoe being less responsive and flexible. The additional stability features add to the bulk of the shoe, for some users.
The shoe, often preferred by overpronators, focuses a lot on stability. The midsole employs Flytefoam cushioning throughout, the Guidance Trusstic system reduces torsion and the Guidance Line system runs from heel to toe to smoothen the transition of weight. A gradient mesh upper allows breathability and additional forefoot comfort.
- Mizuno Wave for cushioning and energy return
- Mizuno Cloud wave offers a the perfect amount of softness in a lightweight ride
- Soft anatomical sock liner for extra arch support and cushioning
The Wave Rider 21 is in a similar price range as the Brooks Glycerin 16. This Mizuno offering provides a softer and more cushioned feel. Let’s see how else it fares.
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 has a comfortable, snug fit though some users have complained of not having enough arch support. It is suggested that the wearer buy a half-size bigger, though it is a great walking shoe and can be used every day. The triple zone engineered mesh enhances breathability and gives the trainer a soft, comfortable in-foot feel.
The Cloudwave technology in the midsole provides shock absorption and guides the foot into aligned, steady strides. The midsole also employs U4IC foam, which increases durability and provides the shoe with responsiveness. The triple zone engineered mesh enhances breathability and hold.
Pros and Cons
The use of abrasion-resistant rubber technology in the outsole and midsole enhances the durability of the shoe. Even after multiple uses, the outsole stays intact and the cushioning stays responsive. Although the shoe tends to run a half-size smaller, the Brooks Glycerin has enough wiggle room in the toe box. The laces secure the midfoot region and the 3D Fit Print further enhances overall security.
The DNA Loft engineering employed in the midsole allows the shoe enough flexibility to take the shape of the foot without compromising on weight. Ideal Pressure Zones absorb shock and give the foot a steady platform with every stride.
Brooks Glycerin 16 is a high-end shoe, not entirely affordable. Its competitors, like the Nike Air Zoom Winflo, are available in the market for a much lower cost. However, the price of the Glycerin is likely to go down once the shoe has been in the market for long enough. The Double Jacquard mesh fabric in the upper reduces breathability. While there are enough perforations, there’s not enough room for air to flow through because of the double layer, making the foot a bit warm inside the shoe.
The Brooks Glycerin series is known for comfort and cushioning. True to its reputation, the trainer has employed enhanced technology, foam and abrasion-resistant rubber for durability and responsiveness. While it digs a hole in the pocket and the double layer of the mesh also reduces breathability, the trainers overall have a comfortable, lightweight feel, great for running short or long distances. Its cushioned comfort makes up for the high price and slightly reduced breathability. We give it 4/5 stars.