Brooks Glycerin 15 vs. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 review

Brooks Glycerin 15 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a comfortable and soft ride. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 provides a secure fit with a touch of stability.

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The Brooks Glycerin 15 and the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 are comparable neutral cushioning running shoes that can be worn by runners who do not need much stability and support, and by bigger runners.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 differ in that the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 comes with stitched-on overlays around its midfoot, while the Brooks Glycerin 15 has 3D-printed no-sew overlays throughout its entire upper.

The amount of no-sew overlays around the midfoot of the Brooks Glycerin 15 might offset the stitched-on overlays around the midfoot of the New Balance 1080v8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, because they are not that plentiful in the latter.

The sides of the forefoot of the New Balance 1080v8 are pretty open compared to those of the Brooks Glycerin 15, so the New Balance 1080v8 might provide a bit more room in the toe box.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 has a stitched-on toecap, while the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 comes with a no-sew toecap, but both running shoes have stitched-on overlays at the back, with the one of the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 cupping the heel better than that of the Brooks Glycerin 15.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from their upper of either running shoe.

It is difficult to say which one is more supportive, but due to the overlays at the sides of the heel and the fact that the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 has stitched-on overlays, I would say that the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 is a bit more supportive around the heel and the Brooks Glycerin 15 provides a more even distribution of support throughout the entire upper.

Both the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 are meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning to neutral runners.

Their midsoles are similar in that they are all-in-one midsoles that provide a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot for stability and smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Lab tests indicate that both running shoes deliver an above average amount of forefoot cushioning and that the amounts lie very close to each other but that the Brooks Glycerin 15 has a tad cushier forefoot than the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 for both men and women.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 also wins in the heel cushioning department, but the differences between the two running shoes is bigger than in the case of forefoot cushioning.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 delivers almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning to both men and women, while the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 is moderately cushioned for men and delivers an above average amount of cushioning to women.

Therefore, the Brooks Glycerin 15 would be more suitable for heel-strikers and feel overall cushier than the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 to both men and women.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 and the New Balance 1080v8 are for neutral runners so do not come with stability devices.

However, they do have some stability features so provide stability to neutral runners.

According to lab tests, the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 delivers a moderate amount of stability, while the Brooks Glycerin 15 lies above average probably due to the fact that its midsole is so well segmented.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, with the Brooks Glycerin 15 having more flex grooves than the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8, but the outsoles of both running shoes are well separated in their own way.

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 has been found to be quite stiff for both men and women, while the Brooks Glycerin 15 is moderately flexible for women and somewhat stiff for men but not stiffer than the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 15 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 for women also weighs 8.8 oz (249 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 10.8 oz (306 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Glycerin 15 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who prefers running shoes that have a cushy forefoot and a somewhat less cushy heel, you may want to look into the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8.

And if you are someone who likes an overall soft and smooth ride, the Brooks Glycerin 15 might be able to deliver what you are looking for.

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.


This review falls under: Brooks | New Balance

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