Brooks Beast 16 / Ariel 16 vs. Brooks Glycerin 14 review

Brooks Beast 16 provides maximum support to severe overpronators. Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit to neutral runners.

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 fall in different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 being a stability running shoe that falls in the motion control category, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a neutral cushioning running shoe for runners who do not need much stability or support.

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The distinction between the amount of support offered by these two Brooks running shoes is not immediately visible in the uppers.

The upper of the Brooks Beast 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com for men or the Brooks Ariel 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com for women has mostly no-sew overlays around the midfoot and running on the toe box, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 comes with broad stitched-on overlays that offer a supportive and secure fit around the midfoot.

In addition, the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has thin no-sew 3D Print overlays running throughout its entire upper to provide a more custom fit.

The main difference in support between the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 can be found at the back of the shoes where the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 offers a bit more support by having an external heel counter.

Other than that, the Brooks Glycerin 14 can compete with the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 anytime where a supportive upper is concerned.

Finally, both running shoes come with a stitched-on toecap that should extend the durability of the running shoes.

Note that the suede version of the Brooks Beast 16 (Brooks Beast 16 LE) does come with stitches in the overlays that wrap the midfoot, so if you want a bit more support and durability, you may want to look into that version instead of the version with only no-sew overlays around the midfoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 is meant to provide lots of cushioning to runners and does so by using the softest cushioning that Brooks has got to offer.

And according to running shoe lab tests, this works, because the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a very cushy running shoe for both men and women. The forefoot is a bit cushier than the heel, but the amount lies way above average for both the heel and the forefoot.

The same type of cushioning that is used in the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is also used in the midsole of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16, so the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is also meant to give runners a soft ride.

The biggest difference between the midsoles of the two running shoes can be found on the medial side of the midsole, where the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 comes with a long medial post and the Brooks Glycerin 14 does not.

The medial post in the midsole of the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is reinforced by a midfoot shank that extends into the post under the heel.

In addition, the medial post is backed by foam of different densities to make the process of pronation control more gradual.

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 also comes with a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole, but because the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is so well segmented, it kind of also serves as a crash pad that runs from heel to toe.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 provide a good amount of ground contact so should be able to deliver smooth heel-to-toe transitions as well as an increased amount of the stability.

The Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 is expected to provide a maximum amount of stability and support, because it is geared toward severe overpronators, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 is not too shabby in the stability department.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides an above average amount of stability and support despite being a neutral cushioning running shoe for runners who do not need much support.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are well separated with small rubber pods and enough flex grooves to deliver flexibility.

But due to the medial post in the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16, it is expected to be less flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 14, which does not have a medial post and which running shoe lab tests rate as providing an above average amount of flexibility.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Brooks Ariel 16 for women weighs approximately 11.4 oz (323 grams).

The men's versions of the running shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 13.6 oz (386 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 being the lighter one.

Making a decision between the Brooks Beast 16 or Brooks Ariel 16 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 is an easy one, because they are meant to worn by different types of runners.

If you are a neutral runner, the Brooks Glycerin 14 would be the one to consider, and if you are a severe overpronator, the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 was made for you.

If you are a moderate overpronator, the Brooks Beast 16 / Brooks Ariel 16 would probably deliver too much stability and support in addition to being heavy. You could then go with the Brooks Glycerin 14, but please keep in mind that it was not built for overpronators. Looking for another stability running shoe would be a better option in that case.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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