We’ve looked at Brooks shoes before, and have not been so kind. That changes today, because this shoe. Is amazing. A head’s up: Brooks uses a foam/gel blend as their cushioning, so it’s lighter than using gel inserts, but keeps the ability to absorb impact (mostly).
The Glycerin feels amazing underfoot. I owned the 11 and was a major fan of the 12, and this feels like an improved version of the latter. It’s more flexible and lighter, without compromising on support. The lightness made me feel like I wasn’t running in a notoriously heavy premium shoe, but the cushion was amazingly forgiving and responsive. I never felt weighed down, even when I picked up the pace.
The upper is rather roomy, but certainly didn’t feel sloppy. The overlays have a bit of stretch to them, so even wider feet shouldn’t feel too constricted. I’ve always loved the upper materials on the Glycerin. They feel plush, but also kind of next-level high-tech. I definitely feel like the model is worth the $150, which is more than I can say for a lot of other shoes. The toe and heel felt great out of the box, but I would lace it differently if I were wanting to go faster.
Brooks combined the best things about its previous years’ Glycerins and lightened the package. The Glycerin 15 contains great cushioning, support, and materials at a very reasonable weight. It offers a versatile ride that stays comfortable through a range of speeds and experience levels.
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