Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Saucony Ride ISO review

Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning running shoe that delivers a soft and smooth ride. Saucony Ride ISO provides a soft ride with a personalized fit for long runs...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Saucony Ride ISO are neutral cushioning running shoes but are not each other's counterparts, because the Brooks Glycerin 16 is meant to be more luxurious than the Saucony Ride ISO.

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Nonetheless, the Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com can still compete well against the Brooks Glycerin 16 as a more basic neutral running shoe.

The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride ISO are similar in that both provide a sock-like fit.

However, the Saucony Ride ISO offers personalization through the laces in the saddle that the Brooks Glycerin 16 does not offer.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 has some stitches in its saddle, just like the Saucony Ride ISO also does, and provides broad no-sew overlays around the midfoot for a good amount of support.

The Saucony Ride ISO has a few narrow no-sew overlays around the midfoot and only a few of them connect the saddle to the midsole.

Therefore, while the Saucony Ride ISO provides a more personalized fit around the midfoot, the Brooks Glycerin 16 might deliver overall a bit more support in that area.

The forefoot of both running shoes is quite open and free from overlays, although both come with no-sew overlays at the very front.

The toe box of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is a bit more open than that of the Saucony Ride ISO, but both running shoes can provide lots of room to wide feet and big bunions.

The heel of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more open than that of the Saucony Ride ISO, which comes with a woven area around the heel in addition to a couple of overlays that provide support at the back and at the sides of the heel.

Therefore, the Saucony Ride ISO delivers a bit more support at the back than the Brooks Glycerin 16.

While both the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Saucony Ride ISO are geared towards delivering lots of comfort through their uppers, the Saucony Ride ISO might be the one to deliver a more balanced amount of support throughout its enitre upper.

The midsoles of the Saucony Ride ISO and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are similar in that they consist of one main layer of foam.

In addition, the Saucony Ride ISO has an EVERUN topsole construction to deliver heel-to-toe softness and enhanced energy return.

However, the Saucony Ride ISO is not meant to be a super plush running shoe like the Brooks Glycerin 16 is meant to be.

The main goal of the Saucony Ride ISO is to deliver enough cushioning to keep you comfortable on the road, but the cushioning is still meant to feel responsive.

Therefore, while you can get an overall soft ride from the Saucony Ride ISO, it will not be as soft as in the Brooks Glycerin 16, which tends to deliver a maximum amount of cushioning.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 makes use of Brooks' newest and softest midsole material called DNA LOFT. This allows the Brooks Glycerin 16 to deliver a very soft ride that is felt in both the heel and the forefoot and by both men and women.

The Saucony Ride ISO is overall soft for men and women, but women get more heel cushioning that might approach the amount delivered by the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The midsoles of the two running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which adds some stability to the running shoes.

The midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more segmented than that of the Saucony Ride ISO. This should help smoothen your ride a bit more than in the Saucony Ride ISO.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 also has an area under the heel on the lateral side that juts out to form a crash pad within the midsole, which in its entirety functions as a crash pad.

When you look at the outsoles, you can also see that the crash section under the heel of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is a bit longer and wraps the heel better than the crash area under the heel of the Saucony Ride ISO.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 also displays a large degree of separation and segmentation in its outsole, all of which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

Both the Saucony Ride ISO and the Brooks Glycerin 16 have a good amount of deep flex grooves in the forefoot, but because they also deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, they tend to be on the stiff side.

However, because the Saucony Ride ISO provides somewhat less forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 16, it is likely to feel somewhat more flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride ISO weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 16 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 10.6 oz (301 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride ISO being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could turn to either the Brooks Glycerin 16 or the Saucony Ride ISO.

The Saucony Ride ISO is a more basic running shoe that provides everything you need as a neutral runner in addition to having a more personalized fit.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is a running shoe that delivers an ultra-soft ride and that can provide lots of room and comfort to runners who have big feet.

Although both the Saucony Ride ISO and the Brooks Glycerin 16 can deliver a soft and smooth ride, your ride might just feel a bit softer and smoother in the Brooks Glycerin 16.

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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