New Balance 1080v7 vs. Brooks Glycerin 15 review

New Balance 1080v7 has a supportive upper and offers a good amount of cushioning and stability. Brooks Glycerin 15 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a plush and soft ride.

The New Balance 1080v7 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 are comparable running shoes that can be worn by neutral runners that are a bit on the heavy side or that require a bit of stability in addition to cushioning.

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The uppers of the New Balance 1080v7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 15 differ somewhat, because the New Balance 1080v7 comes with stitches in its upper, while the Brooks Glycerin 15 implements mainly no-sew overlays.

The New Balance 1080v7 has stitches around the midfoot and the heel but comes with a no-sew toecap, while the Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with no-sew overlays throughout its entire upper, except for at the back and at the front, where it has stitches in its overlays.

This means that the New Balance 1080v7 is likely to provide a tighter and more secure fit around the midfoot and the heel and also offer more durable support in those areas.

Because the no-sew overlays of the Brooks Glycerin 15 run throughout the entire upper, with most of the overlays being centered around the midfoot, the Brooks Glycerin 15 provides enough support to hold your feet on the running platform while providing comfort as well as a more custom fit throughout the entire upper.

The New Balance 1080v7 does not have overlays running on its toe box and the stitched-on overlays have been moved back to open up space for your small toes and bunions if you have any.

Therefore, the amount of comfort you get in the toe box of the New Balance 1080v7 is not compromised by the amount of support you get around the midfoot.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 15 and the New Balance 1080v7 are meant to offer a good amount of cushioning to runners, and it is clear from running shoe lab tests that they both do.

Women should expect to get an equally cushy forefoot from either the New Balance 1080v7 or the Brooks Glycerin 15, but the Brooks Glycerin 15 offers a lot more heel cushioning than the New Balance 1080v7, which provides an above average amount.

Men, on the other hand, can expect to get an overall very cushy ride from either the New Balance 1080v7 or the Brooks Glycerin 15, because both running shoes offer almost a maximum amount of cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot to men, and the differences in cushioning are minimal between the two running shoes.

What is also similar is that both running shoes offer a good amount of ground contact throughout their midsoles, which means that you can expect to get smooth heel-to-toe transitions with an increased amount of stability from either.

Running shoe lab tests have rated both running shoes as providing an above average amount of stability, but the Brooks Glycerin 15 is just a tiny bit more stable than the New Balance 1080v7.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit in construction and layout.

The New Balance 1080v7 has an all-in-one outsole that has small rubber pods with two deep flex grooves and a few smaller ones in the forefoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 15, on the other hand, has separation between the areas in the outsole, implements small rubber pods, and has many more flex grooves than the New Balance 1080v7 in the forefoot.

However, running shoe lab tests still indicate that the two running shoes are equally flexible for men, with both providing a slightly below average amount of flexibility, but that the Brooks Glycerin 15 for women is much more flexible than the New Balance 1080v7 for women.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 provides an above average amount of flexibility to women, while the New Balance 1080v7 can be seen as somewhat stiff for women.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 15 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the New Balance 1080v7 for women weighs about 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 10.5 oz (298 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 1080v7 being slightly lighter than the Brooks Glycerin 15.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 and the New Balance 1080v7 offer a lot of the same things to runners, with some minor differences here and there, so if you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could go with either running shoe.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 tends to be overall cushier and its upper might feel a bit more comfortable than the New Balance 1080v7, while the New Balance 1080v7 has a slightly more durable upper that provides a more secure fit around the midfoot and the heel.

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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This review falls under: Brooks | New Balance

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