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Shoe Review: Brooks Glycerin 16

Brooks is one those brands who remains committed to their model lineup and with every update attempts to hit on the challenges of the prior version. The Glycerin 16 is perfect example of this. The Glycerin platform has always been the most comfort oriented model in the Brooks line-up, so let’s see if they stuck with the formula on the 16s.

Construction: Upper

The Glycerin 16 uses Brooks new 3D Fit Print mesh, which is made from as double layer of jacquard. This results in a highly breathable shoe, with a ton of flex in the forefoot and toebox. Additionally they have also implemented a mid-foot structural band that aids in side to side movement and prevents any rolling of the foot.

Construction: Midsole

The shoe also uses their new DNA LOFT cushioning and these things are super plush giving you a full 28mm in the heel along with a healthy 10mm drop. They also do seem to maintain a solid level of responsiveness, not for speed runs, but enough where you don’t feel like you are sloshing around on pillows. The Glycerins also implemented what they can “IDEAL Pressure Zones” which were designed to disperse impact evenly away from your body.

Construction: Outsole

The outsole on the Glycerin 16s is all about traction across the entire length of the foot. Portions of the DNA Loft make their way through along with more durable and tactile elements.

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Brooks Glycerin 16 – View of the outsole and DNA Loft

Style & Aesthetics

The Glycerin 16s are definitely not the coolest looking shoe in the Brooks lineup, so don’t expect anything quick looking. Brooks tends to be really good about updating their color choices even after release, so let’s see what else they can do. There are currently 6 colors to choose from.

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Run Test

From the first time you put the Glycerin 16s on your foot you will notice the cushion in the midsole. These things are almost pillows on your feet which typically means they lack any sort of responsiveness. However, you can dial them up and down pretty good and they do bounce back. Their weight obviously takes them out of any performance category, but again you would be remiss to think them slow. The upper on the 16s is an interesting mid. The toebox has a decent level of width and the material used up front provides a lot of movement. At the center of the midsole, the medial and lateral strap style overlay really grips you and prevents any undo side to side movement. The heelcup is incredibly padded which is comfortable, but we did see a little bit of slippage unless you really bear down on the laces. They do feel great on the foot and you can really take these for distance.

Overall Conclusion

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is a great update from the 15. The upper is great and the mid is well cushioned. The biggest drawback to these is probably the styling, they are a bit of a “Dad” shoe at least on the Men’s side. The 15s at least had a decent color mix, but let’s see if they continue to iterate on the 16s color options. If you are a recreational runner and land in the 9+ minute range, then these are a great option.

Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability

  • Weight: 10.6oz (size 9)
  • Drop: 10mm heel/toe
  • Type: Neutral Road (Cushioned)
  • Stack Height: 18/28mm (heel/toe)
  • MSRP: $150.00
  • Available: Now