BROOKS GLYCERIN 16 – SHOE REVIEW
byBRIAN METZLER| May 30th, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What's New with Brooks Glycerin?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Brooks Glycerin
- About the Author
The Brooks Glycerin is one of the classics in Brooks Running's lineage. It's one of their most cushioned shoes and is built to withstand long miles while remaining comfortable. 2018 sees the Glycerin 16 available to a JackrRabbit store near you, and our guest reviewer Brian Metzler is pleased to report, this essential running shoe is as good as ever!
The Glycerin is a neutral-oriented road running shoe built with a premium interior feel and superior cushioning. The 16th edition of this plush training shoe receives a few significant improvements, making it the best model of its lineage.
WHAT'S NEW WITH THE BROOKS GLYCERIN 16
This Brooks running shoe is the first shoes with the new DNA Loft Cushioning that Brooks debuted this year. It’s luxuriously soft—softer than the foam in the previous version of the Glycerin, but not at all mushy—very responsive and much more durable that most midsole foams.
The new smartly engineered Double Jacquard Mesh upper is infinitely breathable and stretches to adapt to the movements of your feet. This makes for a nice upgrade on this new version of the Brooks Glycerin, perfect for summer running with comfort fit that works for all types of runners.
The reconfigured Brooks Glycerin is reliably snug in the heel and midfoot area (although it can accommodate wider feet) with a generously spacious forefoot that gives toes room to wiggle and splay. As with previous versions, this edition of the Glycerin has an opulent step-in feel with a padded tongue and heel collar, plus an extra cushy sock liner.
The internal stretch bootie construction (including the fully gusseted tongue), the no-sew Double Jacquard Mesh upper and 3D Fit Print technology round out a truly sublime fit and connective, plush interior feel. Always the epitome of a soft, smooth-riding shoe, Glycerin 16 takes all of that to the next level.
The ride is infinitely smooth and the new midsole material makes it feel less wobbly and slightly more stable than the foam in previous models. The outsole has been designed to evenly disperse impact, while numerous flex grooves enhance the pliability and smoothness of the ride.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR
No matter what your skill or experience level as a runner, you’re bound to enjoy this shoe and put it to good use.
The Brooks Glycerin 16 is as ideal as it's always been for long runs, easy runs, recovery runs and, for some, the perfect tool for running a half marathon or marathon.
PROS AND CONS OF THE BROOKS GLYCERIN 16
The new Brooks Glycerin received high marks from our wear-testers for long-haul comfort, both based on how it feels and how it rides.
Our testers reported that this shoe feels as good in the latter miles of a long run as it does in the first mile. You cannot do much wrong with a shoe that treats your feet that well.
It’s not a super lightweight shoe as far as neutral trainers go, coming in at 10.6 oz for men's and 9.4 oz for women's.
However, don't let that sway you. When it comes to high-mileage shoes with premium cushioning, it’s right on par and the weight doesn’t impact the ride on slow to moderate runs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”