Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A great number of runners described the Brooks Glycerin 13 as a comfortable shoe to wear daily.
  • Several reviewers wrote that the design and general durability of this model were above its predecessors; it remained efficient for them, even after many uses.
  • Many runners have taken a liking to the color schemes this shoe, saying that they heightened its visual appeal.
  • The mid-sole was able to support the arch of those with supinated foot motion, balancing their stance and stabilizing their gait.
  • A lot of testers noted that the underfoot experience was very agreeable, that the platform was able to prevent knee & muscle aches when running.
  • One reviewer commended the Glycerin 13’s lacing system, which stayed snug and didn’t unravel even after long running sessions.
  • Some consumers were able to use this shoe for casual purposes and they said that it didn’t disappoint.
  • Runners stated that this shoe performed exceptionally well on the pavement.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A tester commented that the foam cushioning wasn’t as long-lasting as they thought.
  • The outsole rubber wasn’t very efficient on wet surfaces, according to a few runners.
  • A reviewer reported that the fit was too narrow; blisters have started to appear on their toes after six miles of running.

Bottom line

Many runners were satisfied with the 13th version of the Glycerin from Brooks. They lauded its efficient features, from its pleasant upper cover system to its stability mechanics. The underfoot experience was comfortable for a great number of them, as well. But according to a reviewer, the fit was too narrow. Another one panned its cushioning system because it didn’t last long. Despite these negative comments, the Glycerin 13 still gained favor as a reliable road running shoe.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

84 / 100 based on 29 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    It stretches and molds around your foot, letting it flex where it wants to, with printed overlays and a more substantial midfoot wrap providing support where needed.

  • 85 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    That plush-upper approach hasn’t changed on the Glycerin 13, and the newest version also arrives with a material and design package which looks very familiar. A lot of the similarity is attributed to common part sharing and construction techniques with the outgoing G-12.

  • 85 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    The ride is much softer than last year's model, and the upper forefoot fits narrower.

  • 93 / 100 | Running Without Injuries | | Level 4 expert

    I really liked the feel of the cushion. It provided plenty of cushion, but did not feel squishy, which often times takes energy out of your stride.

  • 93 / 100 | Believe in the Run | Level 4 expert

    These are a good shoe for someone that wants one pair of shoes in their closet that can cover their running needs.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

    The quality and performance of this ultra-cushioned shoe continues to be worth the higher price tag. The Glycerin 13 maintains its plush ride and smooth transition while handling the rigors of running mile after mile during training.

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  • The upper of the Brooks Glycerin 13 was improved with 3D Fit Print overlay technology, which offers a more personalized feel that wraps the foot when running.
  • This Brooks shoe for running is also constructed with the New Dynamic TPU Saddle, which is actually combined with the overlays, for a more adjusted foot arch.
  • The grooves in the midsole are also deepened, improving the flexibility for better performance.

The Glycerin 13 is true to size and available in medium width. It offers a more personalized fit as the 3D Fit Print Overlays wrap the foot in a snug feel while running. From the forefoot to the mid-foot to the heel, this shoe fits great. It comfortably accommodates medium-footed runners.


The Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with a very distinct outsole. The outer sole has the Cush Pod Configuration, which is also a part of the midsole. This cushioning design is intended for a more balanced and smooth heel-to-toe transition. Aside from that design, the outsole also has the Omni Grooves and Omega Flex Grooves for a more flexible shoe. It enhances the cushioning as well while it helps absorb shock and impact.

Brooks also used the HPR Plus rubber material on this shoe, which is a high abrasion resistant type of rubber that offers high traction and grip on different types of grounds. The same outsole material also gives durability and traction to the Brooks Glycerin 16.


The midsole of the Glycerin 13 have the Super BioMoGo DNA material, which provides the cushioning and the plush ride. The Segmented Crash Pad is also present in the shoe, which provides the smooth transition and heel-to-toe comfort. As a result of these designs, runners are able to adapt naturally to the technique during each ground contact.


The upper of the Glycerin 13 is constructed with Element Mesh and Element Linings for a more breathable, with moisture effects, and more comfortable upper feel. The 3D Fit Print overlays serve not just as an overlay that provides protection and support to the upper against high abrasion, but also the great fit the foot needs, thus blending stability, comfort, and protection in one.

To enhance the security and lock features, the Adjustable Saddle is also used to provide a secure wrap while the lacing system is maximized to keep the foot in a comfortable and secured environment.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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