I seem to always some version of the Brooks Glycerin in my rotation. I’ve run in several models, and the Glycerin is my favorite. It has the most cushion of any Brooks neutral shoe.
The Glycerin is designed for training. It’s Desi Linden’s favorite training shoe. With the amount of the cushion, it’s great for the bulk of mileage. For me, it’s an easy run, daily run, or even recovery run. I’m not a Brooks ambassador or blogger or being paid to talk about the shoe.
Brooks didn’t update much from the Glycerin 16 to 17 which is appreciated. The significant updates come with the shoe’s upper. There is more 3D printing and fewer seams. I didn’t really notice a difference.
Weight: 8.6 oz
Heel To Toe Drop: 9 mm
The Glycerin 17 uses a Double Jacquard Mesh upper. Basically, it’s two layers of fancy mesh to prevent toes from ripping through. It’s breathable and flexible while still having structure.
The shoe is available in wide. I wear between a size 10-11 wide for women. I’ve worn either a 10.5 or 10.5 in Glycerin depending on the year. This year, the 10.5 is fine. If you have bunions, I recommend the wide. For those who like the Brooks Ghost, it’s more cushion than the ghost but a more narrow fit. I always say, I wish the Glycerin had the fit of the Ghost.
The Glycerin is plush with plenty of cushioning. It’s soft, so you feel as though your foot sinks in. The Glycerin uses Brooks DNA Loft foam. The DNA Loft foam is designed for comfort. It’s not a responsive shoe and not intended to run “fast”, although you could if you wanted. If you like the Hoka Clifton, you’ll appreciate the Brooks Glycerin as well.
In my rotation, it’s fit in a daily or recovery trainer.
The traction is fine on inclement days and I’ve run outside in the rain, sleet, and snow, with no issues. My only issue is we’ve had all of that in the first week of March.
Not much has changed between models which I’m thankful for! It’s still light and kept under 9 ounces for women. If you like the previous versions of the Glycerin, the newest one feels very similar. If you’re looking for a high soft cushion trainer, it’s a great option too.
Long Runs: Hoka Cavu
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