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Brooks Glycerin 15 - Women's Review

Price:  $150 List | $104.99 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Super comfortable, good support
Cons:  Less breathable, not as responsive
Bottom line:  The Glycerin 15 is an amazingly comfortable shoe with ample cushioning.
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Weight per shoe (ounces):  9.1
Sizes Available:  5 - 12
Upper Material:  Air Mesh, 3D Stretch Printed
Manufacturer:   Brooks

Our Verdict

We included three Brooks models in this review, and we were impressed with the upper and landing comfort in all of them. The Brooks Glycerin 15 was no exception, and this shoe scored high marks in many categories. We loved the plush upper, similar to that of the Brooks Ghost and Adrenaline GTS, our Editors' Choice Award winner. This shoe was more cushioned underfoot than either of those models, however, and therefore was less responsive and significantly heavier. We'd happily recommend this shoe to any runner looking for a little more cushion, whether due to long distance running or knee and joint pain, but not for one looking to do a lot of speedwork or racing. While this shoe scored right in the middle of our lineup, we did really like it and felt that it could be an excellent pick for a broad spectrum of athletes.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Lauren DeLaunay

Last Updated:
Tuesday
January 30, 2018

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Our reviewers found this extra plush shoe to be an excellent fit for distance running or anyone who is looking for a little extra cushioning but is hesitant to jump as far into the deep end as the HOKA ONE ONE Bondi or Clifton.

Performance Comparison


Coming in right in the middle of the pack, the Glycerin 15 failed to take home an award.

The Glycerin 15 looks just as good as it feels!
The Glycerin 15 looks just as good as it feels!

Landing Comfort


Once again, Brooks knocks it out of the park. With more cushioning than the Ghost and Adrenaline, the Glycerin is more similar to the Clifton in this metric. Extra plush, we'd recommend this shoe to anyone looking for the signature Brooks upper with a bit more underfoot cushioning.

Tons of cushioning isn't necessarily for every runner, and many will prefer the minimalist style of the Altra Escalante. A higher score in this category might not be for you, but we can't deny how comfortable the Glycerin is. Sitting slightly higher off the ground than in the other Brooks models we tested, this shoe is still much less cushioned than the Bondi, putting it in the running for the best all-around shoe.

The Glycerin likes to transition from pavement to dirt just as much as we do.
The Glycerin likes to transition from pavement to dirt just as much as we do.

While we think it may be too padded for most runners, we would happily recommend this to anyone looking for a little extra comfort. Whether you have knee pain, are new to running, or are looking for something cozy for your long training runs, the Glycerin's comfort is truly undeniable.

Responsiveness


With some products we test here at OutdoorGearLab, we're looking for the highest scores across the board. And while this is partly true with running shoes, we also realize that some metrics are vastly more important to some athletes than others. Since responsiveness usually comes at a cost to great outer sole comfort, we were surprised that the Glycerin 15 fell a little flat.

Showing off the highly cushioned sole of the Glycerin.
Showing off the highly cushioned sole of the Glycerin.

We thought the responsiveness was decent for how cushioned it is, and it still came ahead of either HOKA models for this scoring metric. It did lack the bounce that the Adrenaline GTS had, but this could be a good fit for you if slower, more prolonged distances are your calling.

This shoe performs similarly to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus in this category, yet the fit and feel are entirely different. While the Glycerin is soft and cloud-like, the GEL-Cumulus is structured and stiff.

Upper Comfort


Ahh, upper comfort. This was the first metric we tested as we could start judging right out of the box. Like the Ghost and Adrenaline, the Glycerin is supremely comfortable, and we never wanted to take it off.

This shoe is complete with a mega-plush tongue and heel with ample side padding. We were happy in these shoes all day but did notice that they fit a little narrower than the other Brooks models we tested. It is available in both a narrow and wide fit, however, so we might recommend sizing up if you're generally on the wider side.

The Glycerin sports an upper just as comfortable as its sole!
The Glycerin sports an upper just as comfortable as its sole!

Breathability was the last reason the Glycerin scored one point lower than its Brooks brethren. We felt it had less air flow than our Editors' Choice Award-winning Adrenaline GTS, contributing to our conclusion that this shoe is better suited for slower running than speed workouts.

Stability


Stability shoes are not for everyone, but we do appreciate a shoe that has some support to keep us feeling snug and secure. The Glycerin is not a stability-focused shoe, but it does have some great support properties.

With more cushioning than the Adrenaline, the Glycerin has solid printer overlays on the outer midfoot. This provides excellent reinforcement to keep our foot correctly aligned, as opposed to a shoe like the Escalante, whose minimalistic design does little to support a healthy stride. We liked this feature of the Glycerin and found it similar to that of the Ghost, one of our all-time favorite shoes.

Great supportive midfoot on the Glycerin
Great supportive midfoot on the Glycerin

Weight


Unless you're an elite runner, we don't usually think that a few ounces should be of major concern. Weight comes at the cost of other important features like support and cushioning, and so we think that a slightly lower score in this category is more appropriate for the average runner. That being said, the Glycerin is the second heaviest shoe in this review, and we noticed it.

The Glycerin is highly cushioned, so it's no surprise that it weighs more than it's more moderately-padded counterparts. If lightweight kicks are your thing, however, we recommend looking to the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 for a supportive shoe with a lower weight, the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton for similar padding but a less comfortable upper, or the Adrenaline GTS for the same upper with less underfoot cushioning.

Best Applications


When our lead tester's mom was getting back into running, this is the shoe we recommended to her. Tons of comfort to keep your feet happy all day long, whether walking around doing errands or stacking up the miles. We think this shoe is great for new runners, athletes with histories of hip and knee pain, or anyone wanting to be comfortable more than they want to be fast. That being said, the responsiveness and support are above average, and this could be a great all-around shoe for a wide range of runners, especially those looking for something to go the distance.

We can't help smiling with the Glycerin
We can't help smiling with the Glycerin

Value


The Glycerin is on the higher side of our price spectrum, and at $150 is $30 more expensive than our Editors' Choice Award winner, the Adrenaline GTS. It is the same cost as the HOKA Bondi, however, and we don't think the price is absurd for all the cushioning you get. If everything we've described about the Glycerin is leaving you screaming yes! in front of your computer, we wouldn't be too put off by the higher price tag, as it is truly a wonderfully comfortable product.

Conclusion


While the Brooks Glycerin didn't go home with any awards this year, we can't deny that we do love this shoe. For our long run days, this was often our go-to, and we appreciated its comfortable upper and outer sole. The support and responsiveness were there to help guide us, while the cloud-like design kept us floating. While this shoe numerically came in in the middle of the pack, we still think of the Glycerin as an all-star shoe.

Outrageous comfort makes the Glycerin eone of our favorite shoes.
Outrageous comfort makes the Glycerin eone of our favorite shoes.

Lauren DeLaunay

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