Brooks Glycerin 14 vs. Brooks Ghost 8 review

Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable and smooth ride to neutral runners.

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The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Ghost 8 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 is classified as being more luxurious than the Brooks Ghost 8.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 8 are quite different in that the Brooks Glycerin 14 comes with a broad overlay that hugs the midfoot, while the Brooks Ghost 8 only has a couple of no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot.

In addition, the overlays in the upper of the Brooks Ghost 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com have been very sparingly distributed compared to the Brooks Glycerin 14, which has 3D Stretch Print overlays throughout its entire upper to give you a more custom fit.

The Brooks Ghost 8 has a minimum amount of stitches in its upper to keep the running shoe comfortable in parts that tend to bend. The mesh of the Brooks Ghost 8 is also more open and loose than that of the Brooks Glycerin 14.

Stitches can be found at the back and front of the Brooks Ghost 8. This also applies to the Brooks Glycerin 14, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 also has some stitches in the overlays that wrap the midfoot.

All in all, the Brooks Glycerin 14 is the one that provides a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Ghost 8.

Both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 are meant to provide a good amount of cushioning to neutral runners.

However, they use different types of cushioning; the Brooks Glycerin 14 uses a more premium type of cushioning that is supposed to deliver 20% more cushioning than the cushioning in the Brooks Ghost 8.

The difference in amount of cushioning is clearly visible in running shoe lab tests, which show that the Brooks Glycerin 14 is overall more cushy than the Brooks Ghost 8.

For women, there is a big difference in the amount of forefoot cushioning but not so huge a difference in the amount of heel cushioning.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 has a very cushy forefoot for women, while the Brooks Ghost 8 delivers an amount that is above average but still far below the amount of the Brooks Glycerin 14.

On the other hand, the Brooks Glycerin 14 delivers just a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 8, with both delivering a good amount.

Overall, the Brooks Ghost 8 displays a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning and is a running shoe that is not too cushy or too firm.

For men, the differences are a bit larger with the Brooks Glycerin 14 being the clear winner in the cushioning department.

Actually, the Brooks Glycerin 14 turns out to be a very cushy running shoe for men in both the heel and the forefoot.

The Brooks Ghost 8 displays a good balance again between heel and forefoot cushioning and has cushioning that is above average in both the heel and the forefoot but that falls below the amounts in the Brooks Glycerin 14.

Both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 display a good amount of separation in the lower part of their midsoles, which should help absorb shock.

However, the Brooks Ghost 8 comes with a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe around the lateral side all the way to the front, while the medial side consists of the more firmer material of the midsole.

This crash pad and setup increases the stability of the Brooks Ghost 8 compared to the Brooks Glycerin 14, which has its entire midsole functioning like a crash pad.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides an above average amount of stability, while the amount provided by the Brooks Ghost 8 lies above that.

When you look at the outsoles of the two running shoes, you will see that they both have a smaller type of rubber pods and provide a good amount of ground contact that should benefit your heel-to-toe transition.

This amount of separation in the outsole should generally also benefit the flexibility of a running shoe. However, running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Ghost 8 is still quite stiff for both men and women.

On the other hand, the Brooks Glycerin 14 turns out to be quite flexible for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 8 for women weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 8 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft, smooth, and comfortable ride, you could go with either the Brooks Ghost 8 or the Brooks Glycerin 14.

However, if you want to up the amount of softness, you may want to consider the Brooks Glycerin 14 more than the Brooks Ghost 8.

And if you want to up the amount of stability, you may want to consider the Brooks Ghost 8 more than the Brooks Glycerin 14.

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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