Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 review

Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning running shoe that delivers a soft and smooth ride. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a soft and smooth ride to neutral runners...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who want lots of cushioning and who do not require any stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 are similar in that they both tend to hug your foot but do so in different ways.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has an ISOFIT upper that wraps the midfoot and is customizable through the saddle.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 has 3D-printed overlays around the midfoot, some of which connect the saddle to the midsole better than the no-sew overlays on the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

In addition, the Brooks Glycerin 16 comes with an internal bootie that surrounds your foot with softness and provides a close-to-foot fit.

The uppers of both running shoes have been kept largely seamless, all of which is meant to deliver a maximum amount of comfort and a minimum amount of irritation.

The back and the front of the Brooks Glycerin 16 exposes more mesh than the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does in those areas.

In addition, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 comes with an extra Support Frame at the back that wraps the heel and delivers a bit more support around the heel.

The toe box of Brooks Glycerin 16 is more open than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and might provide more room to runners who have large or wide feet and big bunions.

All in all, the Brooks Glycerin 16 delivers a good amount of support around the midfoot and comfort elsewhere in the running shoe, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a good amount of support around the heel and more lightweight support elsewhere but with a fit that can be personalized around the midfoot.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are meant to deliver lots of cushioning to runners.

They both come with one main layer of foam in their midsoles, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 also has a topsole of cushioning that delivers heel-to-toe softness.

The midsole material used by the Brooks Glycerin 16 is meant to deliver a maximum amount of cushioning, so you can expect to get a very soft ride from the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is meant to deliver plush cushioning and is listed by Saucony as delivering almost a maximum amount of cushioning, so you can expect to get an overall soft ride from the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, but the Brooks Glycerin 16 might turn out to feel overall a tiny bit softer than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 of about 2 mm difference, but because it offers so much cushioning, the two running shoes might turn out to feel equally responsive.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 provide a good amount of ground contact through their midsoles, but the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 displays a bit more segmentation than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

Therefore, while you can expect to get smooth heel-to-toe transitions from both running shoes, the Brooks Glycerin 16 might do a slightly better job of dissipating and absorbing shock.

Neither the Brooks Glycerin 16 nor the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 come with a device to control pronation, because they are meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such support.

The amount of ground contact they provide adds some stability to the running shoes but not to the degree of a stability running shoe.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are similar in that there is a good connection between the heel and the forefoot under the midfoot.

The heel of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more rounded and narrower than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and displays a good amount of segmentation in the crash zone under the heel.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 also has more deep horizontal flex grooves in the forefoot than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, which ordinarily would benefit the flexibility of the running shoe, but because the Brooks Glycerin 16 provides so much cushioning, it is likely to feel stiff under your foot.

Due to the lack of good deep horizontal flex grooves in the forefoot of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and because it is also meant to deliver lots of cushioning, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is not likely to feel very flexible either.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (270 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 16 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 10.6 oz (301 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Glycerin 16 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Glycerin 16 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 should be able to give you a very soft ride and surround your entire foot with softness and comfort, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 should be able to give you a more personalized fit and enough softness to make your ride comfortable.

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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