Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 5 review

Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning running shoe that delivers a soft and smooth ride. Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has a custom fit and a cushy forefoot for neutral runners...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 are neutral running shoes for runners who are looking to get a good amount of cushioning.

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Both the Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 come with a lightweight upper that exposes lots of mesh.

The main difference between the uppers is that the upper of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is customizable through the inidividual eyelets in the saddle, while that of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is not but comes with an internal bootie that gives you a closer-to-foot fit.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 comes with some 3D Fit Print overlays around the midfoot that connect well to the midsole and might provide a bit more support than the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 does around the midfoot.

Both running shoes have a forefoot that is free from overlays and that should feel comfortable, especially to runners who have wide feet.

The forefoot of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more unobstructed than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 so might provide more room if you happen to have wide feet, but both should feel quite roomy.

Another difference is that Saucony claims that the footbed of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has a certain form that cradles your foot and gives you a better fit. Therefore, the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 is more geared towards delivering an overall better fit than the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are meant to deliver lots of comfort and a plush feeling, and they do so starting from within their uppers.

The midsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 are constructed differently but have a similar goal in mind, that is, to deliver lots of cushioning and a plush ride.

While both running shoes have an all-in-one midsole, the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 displays a bit more segmentation than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

Neither the Brooks Glycerin 16 nor the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 comes with a device to deliver stability, but the fact that they provide a good amount of ground contact adds a bit of stability to the running shoes.

Because these two running shoes are made by different running shoe manufacturers, they make use of different midsole technologies to deliver cushioning.

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The Brooks Glycerin 16 makes use of Brooks' cushiest midsole material in its entire midsole to be able to deliver a maximum amount of cushioning from heel-to-toe and has been said to really do so.

The entire midsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 also consists of Saucony's latest midsole material that delivers lots of cushioning. In addition, it has an extra layer just under the foot for more heel-to-toe cushioning and energy return.

However, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 has been found to deliver an overall very cushy ride, the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 has been found to have a very cushy forefoot for both men and women, but the heel is more moderately cushioned and could even feel firm to some female runners.

Note that the Brooks Glycerin 16 also has a somewhat higher heel-to-toe drop than the Saucony Triumph ISO 5, so female runners might prefer running in the Brooks Glycerin 16 more than in the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

The outsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 differ in construction and layout.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 comes with a crystal rubber outsole that has been said to provide a good amount of traction.

Because the crystal rubber covers the entire outsole and has only a few cuts, it is less separated and segmented than the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16, which has side-to-side flex grooves in the forefoot and separation between the forefoot, midfoot, and heel with smaller rubber pods to dissipate and absorb shock well.

Therefore, in terms of giving you a smoother ride, the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 has been set up for that.

Because both running shoes deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, you should not expect to get much flexibility from them.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is lighter than the Saucony Triumph ISO 5 for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable and plush ride from a running shoe, you could turn to either the Brooks Glycerin 16 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 5.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 sticks out in that it delivers a more custom fit and might not be as suitable for heel-strikers as the Brooks Glycerin 16 is.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 sticks out in that it has been set up in a way to not only deliver an overall very soft ride but also a very smooth 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.

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