The Glycerin platform is clearly one of the favorites in the Brooks lineup, now boasting it’s 17th iteration. The Gylcerin 17 is a super-cushioned, comfortable runner is everything an everyday recreational runner could ask for. We handed it over to our his and hers team to get two different angles to compare and contrast.
The upper on the Gylcerin 17 is made of engineered mesh or what Brooks calls 3D Fit Print. Honestly, it is very comfortable up top with a heavily padded collar and molded heel. Seriously comfy.
Instead of the Brooks BioMoGo DNA midsole, the Gylcerin17 uses their DNA Loft. This is definitely less responsive and more cushioned in its design. It has a 10mm drop like most Brooks shoes, but has 32mm of stack, rivaling many other highly cushioned shoes.
The outsole just uses a high abrasion rubber to take on ground wear and tear and it grips well. There is a lot of rubber on the bottom of most Brooks shoes, so expect that outsole to last longer than the EVA/rubber mix you find elsewhere.
Style & Aesthetics
While not the sleekest looking of shoes, the Glycerin 17 does come in several colorways for men and women. The design definitely doesn’t look aggressive and in fact is a little underwhelming. That being said, it definitely looks like a Brooks shoe and fits well into the lineup, but we’d love to see them increase the coolness factor just a little bit.
I am definitely a more performance-oriented runner, paces typically in the 7 min range with really long runs touching 8 minutes and speed days into the 6s. After running a significant amount in the Glycerin 17, I can say it is best for me on recovery days when I want to control the heart rate and go nice and easy. I’m not expecting to get any sort of performance out of them, just comfort, control, and a little bit of support. The shoe was just not designed for putting up big times, but instead does what it’s designed for fairly well which is to provide a lot of cushion. It’s almost like running on pillows. It also feels different than something like a Hoka which has more responsiveness in the mid, these are just a pillow and a little bit of support.
It took a little getting used to these. In fact, I didn’t really like them at first, but the more I wore them the more I started to enjoy them. I am a much slower runner and even a run/walker in many cases, so the shoes are definitely designed for me. They were just very different from the shoes I had tried before, but now that my foot is used to it, I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else. There is no question that the shoe is comfortable and provides a ton of cushion.
The Glycerin 17, definitely holds its ground in the Brooks lineup as their best-cushioned runner. Those with heavier legs or slower pace will love it and it also doubles as a solid recovery shoe when you need more comfort and less balance. Styling-wise it is a definite improvement over the 16, But it definitely could feel a little sleeker. It is most definitely a solid next step in the Brooks Glycerin legacy.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 10.6oz (size 9)
- Drop: 10mm heel/toe
- Cushion: 32mm
- Type: Neutral Cushioned Road
- MSRP: $150.00
- Available: Now