BROOKS GLYCERIN 17 – SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | FEBRUARY, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What New: Brooks Glycerin 17?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Brooks Glycerin 17
- About the Author
The Glycerin 17 is a world-class comfort-oriented cruiser of a running shoe. It’s not sleek and fast like a sports car, but more like a high-end SUV with leather seats, tinted windows and all of the upgrades—right down to the new metallic foam band around the perimeter of the shoe.
Guest JackRabbit reviewer, Brian Metzler took the new Brooks Glycerin 17 out for some test runs and gives us his two cents on this strong legacy running shoe.
The cushiest running shoe in Brooks’ line, the neutral-inclined Glycerin has become even more cushy and comfortable in its 17th edition.
Like the previous edition, the Glycerin 17 is built on the marshmallowy DNA Loft midsole foam, an completely innovative and successful material engineered for a smooth, luxurious ride.
The Brooks Glycerin is truly a best-in-class shoe that looks great, fits great, feels great and runs great.
WHAT'S NEW WITH THE BROOKS GLYCERIN 17
Brooks notched up the comfort even more this year on the Glycerin 17 by adding an OrthoLite sockliner made from an open-cell polyurethane foam for optimal step-in cushion and long-lasting softness. With regards to the upper of the Glycerin, the pliable 3D Fit Print engineered mesh version has been tweaked slightly to improve the fit and overall feel of the new model.
Let's talk midsole. The DNA Loft midsole foam is a compound that blends air, rubber and foam to optimize shock absorption. It’s not a super-light springy foam, but instead a more substantial and durable material that delivers a reliably soft, comfortable and stable ride. Perfect for long runs, comfortable runs for those athletes looking for a reliable shoe that won't let them down.
The cushy new sock-liner and refinements to the upper on the Brooks Glycerin 17 have really dialed in the fit of the shoe. Combined with the stretchy foot-cradling bootie and soft, seamless interior, the Glycerin 17 wraps the foot like a piece of form-fitting apparel.
This secure fit system adapts by expanding and contracting while in motion, allowing for comfortable, uninhibited transitions from foot-strike to toe-off. Although it has some palpable responsiveness, the ride of the Brooks Glycerin 17 is perhaps better characterized as producing a consistently smooth, stable sensation in every stride.
Our wear-testers reported that it felt exceptionally comfortable in the final miles of long runs.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
Runners who really appreciate thickly cushioned training shoes will love the Glycerin 17.
The DNA Loft cushioning and stable ride of this running shoe make it ideal for long runs and recovery runs. It’s also ideal for bigger runners as well as working really well for those who are heavy heel strikers.
PROS AND CONS OF THE BROOKS GLYCERIN 17
Pros:Brooks Glycerin 17
The fit of the Brooks Glycerin is slightly snug throughout, with just a twinge of extra volume in the forefoot. There’s just enough space for the toes to wiggle, although the pliability of the mesh upper makes it feel comfortable and not constricting.
The footprint of the new Glycerin is slightly narrower than in years past, giving it a slightly more agile feeling that previous editions.
Our wear-testers admitted they liked the look of this shoe. The Glycerin comes in eight different mute colorways—four each for men and women—and has a lifestyle appeal that doesn’t prohibit it from being worn in casual settings.
Cons: Brooks Glycerin 17
The Glycerin isn’t a light or fast shoe. The trade-off for the maximal cushioning and comfort is that it’s a bit heavier than some of its contemporaries.
But for many runners, the smooth, stable ride and plush feeling is well worth it.
BROOKS GLYCERIN 17 SPECS
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.”