Brooks Glycerin 15 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. Brooks Glycerin 15 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a soft ride...

The Brooks Glycerin 15 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Glycerin 15 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 a stability running shoe.

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However, because the Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is a stable neutral running shoe, and because ASICS lists the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 as a running shoe that is also suitable for neutral runners, these two running shoes could be comparable.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 15 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are high-end premium running shoes made by two different running shoe manufacturers.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has less overlays than the Brooks Glycerin 15 does in its upper.

The ASICS logo provides some support around the midfoot as do a few underlays in the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The Brooks Glycerin 15, on the other hand, has 3D-printed overlays wrapping the midfoot as well as running parellel to the midsole throughout the entire upper.

Because these overlays also run at the sides and on top of the toe box, they might provide a somewhat tighter fit than the toe box of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, which is wide open and free from overlays.

The only overlays on the toe box of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 can be found at the front, and this is a no-sew overlay. The Brooks Glycerin 15 comes with a stitched-on overlay at the front.

Therefore, one could conclude that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 delivers more comfort in the forefoot than the Brooks Glycerin 15 would.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 comes with a stitched-on overlay behind the heel, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a sturdy external heel counter that really locks the heel in.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 delivers more support around the heel than the Brooks Glycerin 15 does.

All in all, the conclusion is that the Brooks Glycerin 15 provides a good balance in support throughout its entire upper, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides and increasing amount of support from midfoot to heel, with lots of comfort in the forefoot.

The midsoles of the two running shoes differ in construction and materials used.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 has a well-segmented midsole that delivers a good amount of ground contact and consists of midsole material that is meant to deliver lots of cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has two layers of foam with the one closest to the foot being the softer one and the one closer to the ground the more responsive one, and then there is GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot to further soften your ride.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 has been found by lab tests to be an overall very cushy running shoe that is good for heel-strikers.

Because of the more responsive layer at the bottom of the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, it is expected to be somewhat less cushier than the Brooks Glycerin 15 but still deliver an overall soft ride.

In addition, you might feel that you can go a bit faster in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 than in the Brooks Glycerin 15, because the latter delivers lots of forefoot cushioning.

In terms of stability, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with an area of reinforced foam on the medial side, and also a midfoot shank that connects the two sides of the midsole to deliver midfoot integrity and support.

Lab tests generally rate the ASICS GEL-Kayano as delivering an above average amount of stability and support, and because ASICS has listed it as being for neutral runners as well as for mild to moderate overpronators, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is not expected to deliver a very strong degree of pronation control.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 is placed a bit higher in stability features than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 but not by much.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 does not have a pronation control device, but its well-segmented midsole and full ground contact make it a stable neutral running shoe.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, with that of the Brooks Glycerin 15 displaying a large degree of segmenation and separation and a good amount of flex grooves.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has large areas of rubber and comes with a good amount of flex grooves but not as many as the Brooks Glycerin 15 has.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 also has a vertical flex groove that is missing on the Brooks Glycerin 15 and that is meant to help with gait efficiency.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 has been found to be moderately flexible for women and somewhat stiff for men.

Because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is more responsive and has a good amount of flex grooves, it should not be too stiff.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 15 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Glycerin 15 being the lighter one.

Making a decision between the Brooks Glycerin 15 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 should be an easy one if you are a neutral runner.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 was made specifically for neutral runners and if you like a very soft and smooth ride, this would be the running shoe to look into.

You could still consider the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 if you are a neutral runner who is looking for lots of comfort and a somewhat less cushy and smooth ride.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator, you may want to look into the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 before you consider the Brooks Glycerin 15, because while the latter is a stable neutral running shoe, it does not come with a pronation control device, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does have reinforcement on the medial side of its midsole.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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