Brooks Glycerin 11 vs. 12 review

The Brooks Glycerin 11 offered a comfortable and cushioned ride to bigger runners. How has the Brooks Glycerin 12 improved over the Brooks Glycerin 11? Read on to find out.

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The Brooks Glycerin 11 and Brooks Glycerin 12 are Brooks' top-of-the-kine cushion shoe, comparable to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus of ASICS.

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Brooks has kept the 3D fit print overlays in the Brooks Glycerin 12, which really bring the material up against your foot and holds the foot in place without confining or restricting it too much.

But what has changed compared to the Brooks Glycerin 11 is the width and placement of some overlays.

For example, the Brooks Glycerin 11 had a couple wide overlays wrapping the toe box. Those overlays have been replaced by narrow and stringy overlays.

The overlays basically have the same position on the shoe, but there are just more of them on the Brooks Glycerin 12 to provide a more precise fit.

The overlays at the back of the Glycerin 11 have changed direction in the Brooks Glycerin 12. They used to run from the top of the midfoot to the bottom of the heel in the Glycerin 11, but now run from the top of the heel to the bottom of the midfoot in the Brooks Glycerin 12.

And just like in the Brooks Glycerin 11, the main overlays that wrap the midfoot and the overlay at the front of the shoe contain stitches in the Brooks Glycerin 12, but they are very minimal.

So overall, the Brooks Glycerin 12 should wrap your feet better than the Brooks Glycerin 11 without smothering it.

The midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 12 has also changed compared to that of the Brooks Glycerin 11. Brooks increased the cushioning in the Brooks Glycerin 12 by using a new midsole foam called Super DNA, where gel has been blended into the midsole to really give the foot a soft ride.

This makes the Brooks Glycerin 12 softer than the Brooks Glycerin 11, especially in the forefoot. The heel cushioning of the Brooks Glycerin 12 is comparable to that of the Brooks Glycerin 11.

Because of the extra cushioning in the forefoot, the Brooks Glycerin 12 has become a bit stiffer than the Brooks Glycerin 11 in that area.

The outsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 11 and Brooks Glycerin 12 are very similar to each other, but there are still subtle differences to be noted.

For starters, the heel of the Brooks Glycerin 12 is narrower and rounder than that of the Brooks Glycerin 11 for better alignment and to minimize stress on the joints. And while the inner segmentation of the crash pad has been decreased, the outer segmentation of the rubber lugs is still present in the Brooks Glycerin 12.

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 11 was also a little bit lifted under the arch. This part of the shoe is now making full ground contact. So Brooks has filled in everything under the Brooks Glycerin 12 to allow that smooth ride to take place.

This is in line with what Brooks call pressure zones where they try to split the outsole in three different pressure zones to disperse impact evenly across the entire foot for a smoother ride.

Brooks has left the flex grooves in the forefoot of the Brooks Glycerin 12 and the rubber lugs in the forefoot are of similar size to those in the Brooks Glycerin 11, so you should not feel much of a difference there other than the decreased flexibility due to extra cushioning.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 11 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 12 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 11 weighs about 11.8 oz (335 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 12 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

The Brooks Glycerin 12 is a much lighter, more comfortable, and better fitting shoe than the Brooks Glycerin 11 that should offer you a much smoother ride. The only negative point is that it is a bit stiffer in the forefoot than the Brooks Glycerin 11 was.

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.

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