Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of purchasers described the Brooks Glycerin 16 as a “very comfortable’ running shoe.
  • Many people noted that the shoe feels true to size.
  • A lot of testers welcomed the shoe’s new upper; they mentioned that it looks nice and stylish.
  • Several purchased loved the lightweight design of the Glycerin 16.
  • Those who have tried the shoe admired the upper unit’s breathable coverage.
  • The shoe needs no break-in period, said some happy runners.
  • Some users have taken note of the shoe’s sock-like fit and stretchy upper.
  • More than a handful of users mentioned that the cushioning of the shoe is great for long-distance running.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Brooks Glycerin 16 is slightly expensive.
  • A few users found the cushioning to be too soft for their liking.

Bottom line

The 16th iteration of the Brooks Glycerin gained overwhelming positive feedback from its users, with special notes on its responsive cushioning, stylish design, and overall fit. Many attested to its impressive performance, but others found the price a bit pricey. Overall, the Brooks Glycerin 16 is indeed a fantastic road shoe for neutral runners.

Facts

Update: Brooks Glycerin 17
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.6oz | Women: 9.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 32mm | Women: 32mm
Forefoot height: Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm
Release date: Jun 2018
Brand: Brooks
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide
Price: $150
Colorways: Grey, Black, Purple, White, Blue
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 7/10
Traction 8/10
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 4% most popular running shoes

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91 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    Brooks Glycerin 16: Upgraded but the same

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    This review will be a close examination and a full 50-mile road test of the new Brooks Glycerin 16; conducted by me along the hilly roads and trails of Southern Indiana.

    This Brooks model is a premium quality neutral-Cushioned category shoe that can be favorably compared with such well-known industry standards as the Nike Vomero, and the Asics Gel Nimbus.

     

    Company History

    Brooks Sports, Inc. was founded in 1914, by Mr. Morris Goldenberg, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today the company has a very dedicated worldwide following of mostly runners and, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

    Outsole

    The outsole is likely the only major component of this latest Glycerin to remain unchanged. This outsole has a high quality blown rubber and HPR Plus rubber in high abrasion areas for durability, a formula that has worked very well for years.

     

     

    Deep flex grooves allow for excellent flexibility, while the full-length ground contact assures a smooth and quiet transition from landing to toe-off. However, it is still not as quiet as the all-time champion of quiet-running, the Brooks Ghost.

    Brooks is well known for outsole durability and, outsole wear is not an issue with this shoe. As with the rest of the Brooks models, these shoes are quite durable. Additionally, this model has excellent traction on both wet and dry pavement.

    Midsole

    This version of the Glycerin uses the new DNA Loft foam. This foam is a blend of EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) rubber and air and is said to offer better cushioning and greater durability over earlier versions.

    This year's version of midsole does seem to be a little more responsive and, is slightly more cushioned, at the cost of only a tiny weight gain.

     

    Upper

    The model 16 features a newly designed Jacquard mesh and, 3D printed overlays. An adaptable and stretchy foot wrap is also present and, wraps over the top and then down around the midfoot, which does help to secure your foot within the shoe as you run.

    The collar and tongue are typical Glycerin plush; with the lace, loop reverting to a more traditional location in the center of the tongue and, they have abandoned the offset lace stay, which is good.

     

     

    There is now a full-length internal liner, often referred to as a bootie. To my surprise, it really works and, seems to encourage running without socks. The Glycerin 15 contained only a half bootie.

    Interesting note

    Jacquard fabric has the pattern incorporated directly into the weave; instead of being printed or dyed onto the material.

    The loom allows for a more versatile weaving process. The term “Jacquard” comes from the inventor of the loom attachment that makes this process possible: Joseph Marie Jacquard.

     

    The Quality

    I have been critical of Brooks’s lack of quality over the past few years. This was based mostly on minor cosmetic issues. You see, I am indeed picky and, why not? Anyone paying top price for something that likely won't be around after a single year’s use deserves to be.

    I could not find any quality issues to tell you about on these shoes, the materials and workmanship are simply great.

    The Fit

    Right out of the box, one could see that this was going to be a very comfortable and luxurious shoe. If you have had experience with earlier versions of the Glycerin you know, immediately, that you are in for a smooth ride.

    This is the Cadillac or Jaguar of running shoes.

    With the use of an internal bootie all the way to the toe and, a lack of stitched overlays that would rub your feet, this new Glycerin is totally comfortable. So comfortable, that I have even made a habit of running without socks in these shoes.

    The Run

    These shoes feel light, despite a scale reading of 362 grams. I think there may be a little more bounce in the new version 16 than last year's 15; I have both versions, so I am able to compare closely.

    The welcomed flexibility helps provide a nice and quiet transition from heel to toe or, midfoot to toe-off, making running a little easier by not having to overcome the stiffness of the shoe. Surprisingly, with so many changes being made to this version, the Glycerin 16 still felt very much like the previous version.

    Brooks’s engineers have managed to almost totally change everything on this new model and, did so without noticeably changing any of the performance parameters.

    This shoe is a little heavier than last year’s model but, this was not an issue for me as I did not have to engage in any Olympic sprints during the entire course of this review. It is exactly as the designers intended, smooth and soft, even while cruising down the boulevard or, in my case, by the Southern Indiana cornfields.

    These shoes are best suited for the long run, or recovery run, making them great half or full marathon shoes; as long as you are not attempting a world record within the highest levels of competition.

    This shoe also should find wide acceptance among some older runners, as the natural padding on the bottom of their feet is frequently less than when they were younger; this new Glycerin could even help make them younger…well, sort of.

    Overall, Brooks has done an outstanding job; the fit and the finish are excellent. This is an example of what Brooks can do with quality control, and should do, with all of their models.

    Running Summation

    If you are accustomed to a full-size road shoe, you won't mind these, and you get very plush comfort as a bonus. However, if you want something within the excellent Brooks lineup, but with more response and road feel; I would look at the Ghost or Launch, as it is both flexible and durable as well.

    And now a word about safety

    Safety features have improved, somewhat. Thank you, Brooks!

    There are some very effective reflective bits distributed on the heels that wrap around both sides. And, these small reflective areas are very effective after dark; 360-degree coverage would have been even better.

     

     

    But in the end, we must take safety into our own hands. Remember, always run defensively, and trust in your own senses.

    Comparisons

    Compared to the Adidas Solar Boost

    This may seem like a rather odd couple of shoes that I have chosen for comparison but, these two "super models" actually have quite a lot in common.

    First, the Adidas is heavier than it looks, at 336 grams and, the Brooks is lighter than it looks, at 360 grams. Actually, they are within 24 grams of each other, both models are just a bit overweight.

    Both models roll down the road smooth and quiet. Basically, the Adidas is lighter, more responsive, has excellent cushioning and, should prove to be more durable with its advanced BOOST cushioning and Continental outsole.

    The Bavarian shoe makers got us on this one, way to go Adidas!

    Compared to the Nike Structure 21

    The lines between the stability, neutral, and motion control categories are becoming more blurred every year. I now bravely step forward to compare the Nike Structure (stability) and, the Brooks Glycerin (neutral).

    The Nike Structure 21 is a stability shoe and, even while being compared to the premier cushioned Brooks Glycerin 16, I found the Nike to be lighter, more responsive and, about as well cushioned. In addition, it is faster, more fun, and less expensive.

    Actual weight comparison is Nike: 318 grams or, 42 grams lighter than the Glycerin 16. The Brooks has a slight edge is cushioning softness, but the Nike leads on speed, responsiveness, and fun by a wide margin.

    Way to go...out there in Oregon!

    Specifications

     Category  Neutral-Cushioned
     Size Tested  12 D. 11 U.K. 46 E.U.
     Weight  360 grams
     Forefoot/Heel Height  24 / 34 mm
     Heel to Toe Drop  10 mm.
     Arch Type  Medium-High
     Review mileage  52 Miles
     Cost  $ 150.00

    Pros

    ✔ Maximum comfort and cushioning

    ✔ Quality materials and workmanship

    ✔ Smooth and quiet transition

    ✔ Reflectors upgraded

    ✔ Slightly more responsive

    Cons

    ✖ Different, but not different

    ✖ Outdone by a 22-year-old Nike design!

    ✖ No Mo’… BioMoGo

    Conclusion

    the version 15 and, I am far from being a “big” guy, as I am less than 150 lbs.

    If I had to run a half or full marathon tomorrow morning, I would look at all of my shoes, bend them, think about them, and then likely head out the door in the Brooks Glycerin 16. Only because I have already sent the Nike Structure 21 to Africa; something I do on a regular basis, to help an orphanage in Tanzania.

    One more thing…While in the store, consider trying on the Brooks Ghost. The Ghost and the Glycerin are very closely related, buying the Ghost, however, should save you some beer money.

    Thanks for reading. Now…Let's Run!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 82 / 100 | Dan Biagi

    Brooks Glycerin 16: Durability and cushioning delivered

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    I have been running on Ghost 10 throughout the winter, but I was seeking something more cushioned for my recovery runs, especially on hard surfaces. I decided to give Brooks Glycerin a go.

     

    Fit

    For Glycerin, I have chosen the same size as my Ghost 10, but they are very mushy so you may need to go half a size less. For me, half a size less was too small.

    Choosing the size might be tricky because they are very mushy. This is probably what Brooks did wrong in their attempt to deliver a very comfortable and cushioning shoe.

     

    Runner Profile and Workouts

    I think this shoe is suitable for heavy runners and those who need plenty of cushioning. I also ran plenty of fast workouts on these shoes, but below 7 minutes per mile (4:21 per km), they go against you.

    I notice that with the same effort, both perceived and based on heart rate on the same course in the same weather conditions, I am 10 seconds per mile faster when I am wearing other neutral and lighter shoes.

     

     

    I don’t believe these trainers are suitable for speed workouts at all, and their lack of firmness promotes a heel strike even if you are a mid-heel striker. 

    However, everything is relative. If you cannot run faster than 7 minutes per mile or are merely seeking a jogging shoe, this is a very valid option, especially if you live in a city and most of your runs are on hard surfaces.

    Design

    I am ambivalent when it comes to the design. What I noticed is that the Brooks Glycerin look so much more captivating in the photos on Brooks website than when you see them in real life. 

    However, I see a general effort in Brooks to make their design better, especially with 2018 models. Ghost 11 and Glycerin 16 have the same color patterns.

     

    Durability

    Although my review is published toward the end of 2018, I probably was one of the first people in the world to run more than 500 km on a pair of Glycerin 16.

    I bought a pair of these shoes exactly on the weekend they were launched in the UK. Overall, I ran roughly 700 km on my first pair without any issue or signs of them wearing out. I was very pleased with their durability.

    In the pictures, the black model has already 650 km on it, but you would never guess it. I think you can smoothly run 800km/500miles on Glycerin 16.

     

    Pros

    • Durability
    • Cushioning
    • Soft upper mesh
    • Plenty of room for toes
    • One of the best choice in the market for heavy runners

    Cons

    • Not firm at all
    • Not suitable for paces faster than 7 min/mi (4:21 min/km)
    • Shoe structure promote a heel strike

     

    Conclusion

    Glycerin 16 is one of the most cushioning neutral shoes available on the market. However, comfort comes at the expense of firmness and weight, and they promote a heel strike.

    For jogging and easy sessions on hard surfaces, they remain a very valid choice. The price tag isn’t forgiving, but they have one of the longest durability overall; they didn’t show any big point of failure.

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  • 95 / 100 | Road Runner Sports | | Level 4 expert

    As you can see, the Glycerin 16 stays true to the comfort and responsiveness of the previous models. But with the added DNA Loft cushioning, it really gives you that plush feel that you'll love.

  • 93 / 100 | Run Moore | | Level 4 expert

    ...if you're a fan of the Brooks, you're a fan of something that's a little more cushiony [and] you're looking for something a little more responsive... this new Glycerin with the DNA Loft would be a good shoe to try.

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  • The new Brooks Glycerin 16 features a redesigned upper and new midsole technology. It aims to provide runners with better running experience without adding too much weight.
  • One of the significant updates on the Glycerin 16 is the midsole technology. The new DNA Loft midsole replaces the old Super DNA cushioning. The DNA Loft is specifically designed to deliver a more responsive and softer ride.
  • The upper of this Brooks shoe has also gone through a significant update. It now uses a jacquard mesh material for breathability and the stretchy 3D Fit Print technology delivers enhanced fit.

The Brooks Glycerin 16, just like the Launch 6, is designed to be true to size, and it can accommodate a wide range of foot measurements. It has a standard medium fit in the heel and forefoot area. The toe box is also roomy enough for the toes to spread-out comfortable. Women’s Brooks Glycerin 16 have three width options (AA - Narrow, B - Medium, D – Wide) while Brooks Glycerin 16 for men have two (D - Medium, 2E – Wide).

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 uses two rubber materials – the HPR Plus and blown rubber. The HPR Plus is a more durable rubber material placed in the heel.  It protects the outer sole from abrasion. It also gives added traction on a variety of surfaces.

The blown rubber, on the other hand, is placed in the forefoot area. It aims to deliver flexibility and traction. Being soft and bouncy, it also gives added underfoot cushioning.

The notable Ideal Pressure Zones is also present in the Glycerin 16. It aims to disperse pressure proficiently for a more effortless and smoother ride.

The new DNA Loft cushioning is integrated into the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16. This midsole technology is made from DNA foam, rubber, and air. The compound aims to provide a soft and comfortable cushioning while maintaining the bounce and durability at the maximum level. With the new DNA Loft, a smoother heel-to-toe transition can also be expected.

The DNA Loft is the latest midsole innovation from Brooks and it is first introduced in the Glycerin 16.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 uses a double jacquard mesh in its upper. The mesh offers breathability, and it stretches according to the shape of the foot, giving it a very comfortable coverage.

Attached to the mesh is the 3D Fit Print Technology which enhances the overall fit of the shoe. It offers a better midfoot security without having the fit too constricting and painful.

The shoe also has an internal cleatie construction which provides the foot a softer in-shoe feel. It offers an irritation-free environment for the foot.

The Glycerin 16 also features a traditional lace-up closure which effectively delivers midfoot security and comfortable foot lock-down.

The 16th version of the Brooks Glycerin features a redesigned upper and a new midsole foam. It retains the same outsole material and design to deliver the same amount of traction and durability.

Based on the reviews made by professional and casual runners, the Glycerin 16 has proven to be a successful release. It upholds the model’s legacy to deliver a comfortable, smooth, and bouncy ride.

Fit

The brand has tightened up the overall fit of the Brooks Glycerin 16. Compared to the previous version, the Glycerin 16 now has a much tighter yet comfortable fit in the heel, midfoot and forefoot. The Glycerin 15 has a wide toebox but since the latest version has a very flexible mesh upper, wide-footed runners won’t have any problem wearing the shoe.

Both versions are true to size and are available in narrow, medium, and wide widths for men and women.

Performance

The aim of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is to give runners a smoother and luxurious stride. True enough, the shoe offers a softer underfoot cushioning, and it is lighter than the old DNA Midsole. Staying true to its promise, the Glycerin 16 feels fast and the transition is very smooth.

The newest iteration of the Glycerin has a less structured midsole. It lacks the arch support it showed in the 15th version. But despite this, the Glycerin 16 remains to be a reliable running shoe for neutral runners.

The shoe is designed for road running. The design of the outsole offers enough amount of grip on varied paved surfaces; it does not slip even on wet surfaces. There are also flex grooves in the outer sole, which are strategically designed for enhanced flexibility.

Overall, the Brooks Glycerin 16 has shown impressive performance on the road. The balanced and soft cushioning offers responsiveness and smoother heel-to-toe transition.

Durability

The Glycerin model is slightly expensive, but it continuously makes most runners happy because of its premium quality. Just like the older versions of the Glycerin, the 16th iteration delivers the same level of quality; it is as durable as the 15th version.

Based on some user reviews, after several miles of running, the shoe shows no significant wear. The outsole remains intact, the midsole performs consistently and the upper is sturdy enough to withstand the damaging elements of the roads.

Comfort and breathability

Compared to the Glycerin 15, the latest version is more breathable and comfortable. The upper makes use of a double jacquard mesh and this material delivers flexibility and breathability. It wraps the foot comfortably, and the internal cleatie construction delivers an irritation-free environment.

Looks

When it comes to the looks, the Brooks Glycerin 16 has a more eye-catching design and color options. It is not bulky and has a versatile look that it can be worn on casual days. Both the Brooks Glycerin 16 for men and women are flexible enough to be paired with light and dark-colored shorts and pants.

The Glycerin is one of the popular and high performing shoe models from Brooks. Here’s how the Glycerin 16 performs compared to other neutral running shoes available in the market today:

Brooks Glycerin 16 vs Altra Escalante 1.5

The Altra Escalante 1.5 is a lightweight road running shoe designed for neutral runners. Aside from the fully-cushioned Zero Drop midsole, the shoe also features a few innovative technologies from Altra. It uses FootPodTM technology, InnerFLEX, and FootShape toe-box.

The Escalante is not as soft as the Glycerin 16. But its cushioning is enough to give runners a comfortable ride, mile after mile. It also has a breathable upper, comfortable fit, and reliable traction. The Escalante 1.5 is more affordable, and the shoe also received several positive comments from running enthusiasts.

Brooks Glycerin 16 vs Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35

Just like the Glycerin 16, the Pegasus 35 has gained positive feedback from runners. Known as the longest-running sports shoe from Nike, the Pegasus 35 continues to deliver comfort, responsiveness, durability, and flexibility.

The Pegasus 35 is as bouncy and springy as the Brooks Glycerin 16. It also has a breathable upper coverage and comfortable fit, from the heel to the forefoot.

With the performance of this Nike running shoe on the roads, Glycerin fans will surely find satisfaction in the Air Zoom Pegasus 35.

Brooks Glycerin 16 vs Adidas Duramo 9

A versatile running shoe, the Adidas Duramo 9 aims to give the users a well-cushioned and flexible ride. It features the Cloudfoam midsole for superior and comfortable cushioning. It also makes use of the Adiwear outsole material that gives the shoe durability without compromising traction.

Just like the Brooks Glycerin 16, the Duramo 9 offers a soft and responsive cushioning. It gives the foot breathable coverage and offers a smooth in-shoe feel.

Overall, the performance of the Duramo 9 is comparable to the Glycerin 16, but this Adidas running shoe is more affordable and more stylish.

The Glycerin 16 is one of the expensive running shoes from Brooks. Beginners might wonder if it is really worth it to purchase this latest version. If you are a runner who is looking for durable, high performing, and comfortable shoe, then yes. But, if you are a budget-conscious runner, then you should try something else. You will surely find affordable options online. You can also try searching for the older version because it is usually sold at discounted rates. The Brooks Glycerin 15 is not a bad version. Other affordable options are the Ghost, Ricochet and the Launch models.

In the first half of 2018, Brooks unveils the brand’s softest cushioning material ever, the new DNA Loft midsole technology. This innovation was first introduced in the updated Brooks Glycerin 16.

The DNA Loft is made of rubber, air, and Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). Built to be lightweight and soft, it continues to deliver the qualities from the brand’s signature DNA midsole. It is plush and protective. It adapts to the running style of every runner, and it provides a softer and faster feel.

This new midsole foam is used in other Brooks running shoe collections like the Ghost, Levitate, and Ricochet.

Brooks creates reliable running shoes for men and women. The brand continues to develop innovative technologies to give runners better running experience and to inspire everyone to run and be active. Here are some of the things you should expect from Brooks:

- Brooks will continue to show support and inspire runners by having partnerships with various running events like 5K races and marathons.

- In every event sponsored by Brooks, expect to see a Brooks cleath. The cleath serves as the runner support center where you can find various running items like shoes, sports bras, and apparel.

- They cheer for the runners. Cheer stations are available in all events sponsored by Brooks. In the cheering zone, you’ll hear some pumping music and you’ll see people smiling and waving.

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