Saucony Ride 9 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Saucony Ride 9 provides a soft and comfortable ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a soft ride with a smooth heel-to-toe transition to neutral runners...

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The Saucony Ride 9 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are both neutral cushioning running shoes, but the Brooks Glycerin 13 is comparable to the Saucony Triumph, not the Saucony Ride.

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Differences between the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Saucony Ride 9 start in the upper, where the Brooks Glycerin 13 has wide overlays on the medial and lateral sides of the midfoot to really give your foot a good amount of support there.

The Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not have such sturdy overlays but rather implements lighter no-sew overlays around the midfoot and forefoot of the running shoe.

Sturdier stitched-on overlays are implemented at the back of the Saucony Ride 9 just like the Brooks Glycerin 13. However, the overlays of the Saucony Ride 9 wrap the heel better than the overlay of the Brooks Glycerin 13 behind the heel.

Both running shoes implement no-sew overlays throughout the entire upper, but the Brooks Glycerin 13 does so more than the Saucony Ride 9, especially on the toe box.

All in all, you should get enough support from the upper of either running shoe with the support provided by the Brooks Glycerin 13 being centered around the midfoot and that provided by the Saucony Ride 9 around the heel.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Saucony Ride 9 are meant to be cushy running shoes.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with a midsole that is meant to provide more cushioning than Brooks' standard midsoles.

The Saucony Ride 9 comes with one main layer of foam in its midsole and a top layer of softer foam just under the sockliner. It also has a crash pad under the heel.

While it is difficult to say which running shoe is cushier just by looking at them, running shoe lab tests reveal that the Saucony Ride 9 is overall more cushy than the Brooks Glycerin 13 for both men and women.

The Saucony Ride 9 provides about 10% more cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 13 in both the heel and the forefoot.

The cushioning of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is way above average but still not as much as that provided by the Saucony Ride 9, which is almost to the max, especially in the forefoot.

Where the Brooks Glycerin 13 wins is in the amount of stability it provides despite it not being a stability running shoe.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with a rounded heel to take stress off joints and to provide better alignment. Its outsole is also divided in three separate pressure zones to distribute stress and impact.

In addition, its entire midsole functions as a well-segmented crash pad to increase the stability of the running shoe.

Both the Saucony Ride 9 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 provide a good amount of ground contact so both should be able to provide you with smooth transitions from heel to toe.

Their rubber outsoles look quite different due to the earlier mentioned segmentation in the Brooks Glycerin 13 but also due to the way the flex grooves run.

The Saucony Ride 9 has flex grooves with a zigzag pattern, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 has flex grooves that run straight from side to side. However, both running shoes are well segmented for shock dissipation and absorption.

While running shoe lab tests show that the Saucony Ride 9 is slightly more flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women with both being on the stiff side, the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men is way more flexible than the Saucony Ride 9 for men with the latter lying at the stiffer end of the spectrum

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Ride 9 weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a cushy ride, you could choose either the Brooks Glycerin 13 or the Saucony Ride 9, because both are quite cushy running shoes.

However, if you want to up the amount of cushioning and lightness of the running shoe, you may want to look into the Saucony Ride 9 more than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

And if you want to up the amount of stability and support, the Brooks Glycerin 13 might do a better job than the Saucony Ride 9.

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 | Saucony

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