Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 review

Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning shoe that delivers a soft and smooth ride. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8 provides a secure fit with a touch of stability...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the New Balance 1080v8 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are on a similar level so are comparable.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance 1080v8 are quite different in what they provide to runners.

While the Brooks Glycerin 16 is geared towards delivering comfort, the New Balance 1080v8 tries to find a balance between comfort and support.

The New Balance 1080v8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with stitched-on overlays around the midfoot and the heel, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 has mostly no-sew overlays around the midfoot with a couple of stitches in the saddle, but most of its upper is seamless.

The stitched-on overlays around the midfoot of the New Balance 1080v8 should deliver a good amount of support and a secure fit, but because some of them are placed far forward on the running shoe, the New Balance 1080v8 provides more constriction near the toe box than the Brooks Glycerin 16 does.

Therefore, the Brooks Glycerin 16 might feel more comfortable in the forefoot than the New Balance 1080v8, although the latter does have its overlays pulled back a bit to open up room for bunions.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 comes with an internal bootie that wraps your foot in softness and delivers a close-to-foot fit.

The back of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is quite open with lots of mesh being exposed, while that of the New Balance 1080v8 is quite closed, and there are overlays at the sides and at the back of the heel to box your heel in so that it does not move.

All in all, you should be able to get much more support from the upper of the New Balance 1080v8 than from the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 16, but the Brooks Glycerin 16 is the one that provides less constriction, irritation points, and thus lots of comfort.

The midsoles of the New Balance 1080v8 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are similar in that they both come with one main layer of foam and provide a good amount of ground contact from heel to toe.

This adds stability to the running shoes and helps them to deliver smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

While both midsoles have some structure in them, the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more segmented and structured.

In addition, the Brooks Glycerin 16 makes use of a type of cushioning that delivers almost a maximum amount of cushioning.

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Therefore, you can expect to get a very soft and smooth ride from the Brooks Glycerin 16, and much softer than you would get in the New Balance 1080v8.

The New Balance 1080v8 offers a good amount of cushioning that tends to be softer in the forefoot than in the heel, but overall, you should be able to get a soft ride from the New Balance 1080v8. It is just not as soft as in the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 has a higher heel-to-toe drop than the New Balance 1080v8 and sits higher off the ground than the New Balance 1080v8 under the heel but lower under the forefoot.

Therefore, the Brooks Glycerin 16 is a more suitable running shoe for heel-strikers and for runners who have Achilles tendons that are a bit shorter.

The outsoles of the New Balance 1080v8 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 look quite different from each other.

While both running shoes tend to have small rubber pods in their outsole, the Brooks Glycerin 16 is the one that displays a greater degree of separation.

The outsole is divided into zones that are meant to disperse shock and thus give you a more effortless ride.

Both running shoes have a crash zone under the heel, with the Brooks Glycerin 16 having more segmentation on the edge of it.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 also has more flex grooves than the New Balance 1080v8 in the forefoot, but because it delivers so much cushioning, it tends to be on the stiff side.

The New Balance 1080v8 only has a couple of thin flex grooves in the forefoot, so not surprisingly, it also turns out to be on the stiff side.

The women's version of the New Balance 1080v8 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 16 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's version of the New Balance 1080v8 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 16 for men weighs approximately 10.6 oz (301 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could turn to either the Brooks Glycerin 16 or the New Balance 1080v8.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is good for runners who are looking for lots of comfort and softness around their feet and who want an ultra-soft ride that is very smooth.

The New Balance 1080v8 is good for runners who are looking for a running shoe that has a more supportive upper with a more moderate amount of cushioning for a somewhat more responsive ride.

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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