Brooks Glycerin 12 vs. Saucony Ride 7 review

Brooks Glycerin 12 provides a soft, smooth, and fast ride to heavier runners lookfing for comfort. Saucony Ride 7 has a very cushy forefoot and is suitable for high-mileage runners.

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The Brooks Glycerin 12 and the Saucony Ride 7 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are geared towards runners who do not need any kind of stability and support.


The Brooks Glycerin 12 and the Saucony Ride 7 have a strikingly similar profile when you compare their properties with each other.

In the uppers, they both have a combination of no-sew and stitched-on overlays to provide enough support especially around the midfoot area, while still providing you with a good and comfortable fit.

However, because the no-sew overlays are more plentiful and more precise in the Brooks Glycerin 12 because they have been printed on, you can expect to get a more glove-like fit from the Brooks Glycerin 12 than from the Saucony Ride 7.

But all in all, you should expect to get a similar amount of support from the upper of either the Saucony Ride 7 or the Brooks Glycerin 12.

The big difference betwen these two running shoes can be found in the midsoles where they use different running shoe technologies to provide cushioning and support.

The Brooks Glycerin 12 makes use of Super DNA cushioning that provides 25% more cushioning than Brooks' standard BioMoGo DNA cushioning. This allows the Brooks Glycerin 12 to really offer you a soft ride.

The Saucony Ride 7 also provides heel-to-toe cushioning through its PowerGrid midsole, but running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Glycerin 12 is more cushy than the Saucony Ride 7 for men. The difference is not huge, but should be significant enough for you to feel it.

In the women's shoes, the Saucony Ride 7 turns out to provide more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 12. But all in all, if you are a heel-striker, the Brooks Glycerin 12 may suit you better than the Saucony Ride 7.

Both the Saucony Ride 7 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 provide full ground contact, therefore allowing them to offer you smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off and also some degree of stability while going through the gait-cycle.

The Saucony Ride 7, while not being a stability running shoe, has a crash pad under the heel on the lateral side, similar to stability running shoes that provide initial shock absorption and slowing down of the movement of your foot as it rolls inward.

The Brooks Glycerin 12 has a rounded heel to take stress off joints as you land and the entire midsole serves as a crash pad; it does not really target one landing area in the midsole, which is the sign of a true neutral running shoe.

The construction of the rubber outsoles of the Saucony Ride 7 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 differ a lot.

While both running shoes have a good amount of segmentation and separation going for shock absorption and dissipation, the Brooks Glycerin 12 consists of three separate sections to evenly distribute pressure.

The Saucony Ride 7 has a more traditional outsole with emphasis on lateral flexibility in the forefoot, however running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are overall pretty stiff with the Brooks Glycerin 12 being just a tiny bit more flexible than the Saucony Ride 7 for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 12 for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Ride 7 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 12 for men weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams).

The Brooks Glycerin 12 and the Saucony Ride 7 come very close to offering the same things, but the Saucony Ride 7 is slightly lighter than the Brooks Glycerin 12.

And if you are after an overall very cushy ride, then the Brooks Glycerin 12 might be better for you than the Saucony Ride 7, which does not lag too far behind and is a good option if you do not want to spend too much money.

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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