Brooks Glycerin 14 vs. Brooks Launch 3 review

Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Brooks Launch 3 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners.

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The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Launch 3 are neutral cushioning running shoes that serve two different types of crowds. The Brooks Glycerin 14 is more for the long distance type runners and the Brooks Launch 3 for shorter distance fast-paced runners.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Launch 3 are similar in that both come with light no-sew overlays in the form of 3D Fit Print that wrap the foot in the Brooks Glycerin 14 and are strategically located on the Brooks Launch 3.

The big difference is that the Brooks Glycerin 14 comes with extra stitched-on overlays around the midfoot. These are broad and significantly increase the hold of the foot compared to what the Brooks Launch 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has to offer.

Stitches can also be found in the toecap and at the back of the Brooks Glycerin 14, all of which increase the durability of the Brooks Glycerin 14.

The Brooks Launch 3 does not come with many stitches. It has some at the sides of its toecap, but overall, the Brooks Launch 3 has been kept pretty seamless to increase the amount of comfort one would get from the shoe.

All in all, one could say that the Brooks Glycerin 14 has a much more supportive upper than the Brooks Launch 3, but that you might feel more unrestricted in the Brooks Launch 3 than you would in the Brooks Glycerin 14.

The more supportive upper of the Brooks Glycerin 14 would also suit bigger runners well.

As mentioned earlier, both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Launch 3 are in the business of providing runners with cushioning.

But because the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a more premium running shoe for high-mileage runners, one would expect it to be more cushy.

Running shoe lab tests confirm that the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a very cushy running shoe in both the heel and the forefoot and for both men and women.

The cushioning of the Brooks Launch tends to lie just above average to keep the running shoe light, flexible, and fast for runners.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Launch 3 provide a good amount of ground contact, which adds to the stability of the running shoes.

And while the Brooks Launch 3 has a crash zone under its heel, it is the Brooks Glycerin 14 that has a good amount of segmentation going on in its entire midsole, similar to the effect one would get from a heel-to-toe crash pad.

This helps increase the stability of the Brooks Glycerin 14 a notch above the amount obtained from the Brooks Launch 3.

As a neutral runner, you would not be that concerned about getting lots of stability from a running shoe, though. However, just for those who need it, the Brooks Glycerin 14 offers an above average amount.

Another thing that the Brooks Launch 3 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 share is the fact that they both provide full ground contact right under the midfoot. This should help you achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions in either running shoe.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, but both come with a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot that help them offer a good amount of flexibility to runners.

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is slightly more separated than that of the Brooks Launch 3, which tends to have stripes of rubber instead of small rubber pods like the Brooks Glycerin 14.

The greater separation in the Brooks Glycerin 14 should help better with shock dissipation and thus also benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Brooks Launch 3 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Launch 3 for men weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking to go fast in a running shoe, the Brooks Launch 3 might be worth looking into.

And if a soft, smooth, and comfortable ride is more what you are after, then the Brooks Glycerin 14 might be able to offer you that.

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

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