Saucony Triumph 11 vs. Brooks Glycerin 12 review

Brooks Glycerin 12 provides a soft ride to the heavier runner, while Saucony Triumph 11 is a comfortable neutral running shoe with lots of forefoot cushioning. But there is more...

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The Saucony Triumph 11 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 are neutral running shoes that are geared towards heavier runners.

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The uppers of the Saucony Triumph 11 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 both consist of mesh and a mixture of stitched and no-sew overlays.

The Saucony Triumph 11 has stitched overlays mostly on the medial side of the shoe where it also uses Sauc-Fit to lock the midfoot down while still allowing the forefoot and the heel of the shoe to flex and move with the foot.

The lateral side of the shoe has a minimal amount of overlays and just enough to keep the heel and midfoot on the platform.

The overlays on the Brooks Glycerin 12 are very light except for the ones that hug the midfoot and keep the heel in place. The 3D Fit Print overlays should help the upper provide you with a snugger fit than the Saucony Triumph 11.

But because of the toe box of the Saucony Triumph 11 is so open with no overlays on it, if you have a wide forefoot or big bunions, it should easily and comfortably accommodate them.

Cushioning in the midsole of the Saucony Triumph 11 comes in the form of PowerGrid and a segmented crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot.

Cushioning in the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 12 is delivered through Super DNA and a segmented crash pad that runs the entire length of the shoe, so you can expect the Brooks Glycerin 12 to feel a little bit more cushy than the Saucony Triumph 11, especially under the heel where the rounded heel also helps minimize stress on your joints.

But because the heel of the Brooks Glycerin 12 is round and a bit narrow, it provides a little bit less stability than the Saucony Triumph 11, which has a relatively broad rearfoot and forefoot.

Both running shoes should provide a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off since they provide full ground contact on the lateral side of the shoe.

But the transition might perhaps feel a bit smoother in the Brooks Glycerin 12, since it provides full ground contact all over and does not have a midfoot shank like the Saucony Triumph 11 does.

The outsole of the Saucony Triumph 11 is more traditional with lots of rubber, so it should take long to wear down. In addition, the deep flex grooves in the forefoot add to the flexibility of the shoe, making it more flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 12.

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 12 is more uniform and constructed in a way to disperse shock and distribute pressure evenly thereby providing you with a more comfortable and effortless ride.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph 11 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 12 for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's version of the Saucony Triumph 11 weighs about 11.1 oz (315 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 12 for men weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are looking for a neutral running shoe that is suitable for heavier runners and that provides a lot of cushioning and a smooth ride, then the Brooks Glycerin 12 might be it.

If on the other hand, you are looking for a stable neutral running shoe that is relatively flexible and provides a lot of space in the forefoot and cushioning under it, then the Saucony Triumph 11 might be the one for you.

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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