Brooks Glycerin 14 vs. Brooks Launch 4 review

Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Brooks Launch 4 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners.

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The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Launch 4 are neutral cushioning running shoes from Brooks, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 being good for heavier runners and the Brooks Launch 4 good for faced-paced, lighter runners.


Differences between the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to and the Brooks Launch 4 start in the upper, where the Brooks Glycerin 14 comes with broad stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot and thinner no-sew overlays throughout the upper to give you a more custom fit.

The Brooks Launch 4 The preceding link takes you to does not come with stitched-on overlays like the Brooks Glycerin 14 but rather has a couple of no-sew overlays to support and hold the mesh.

The only stitched-on piece is the toecap at the front of the Brooks Launch 4. This means that the Brooks Glycerin 14 is likely to provide runners with a more secure fit than the Brooks Launch 4 because it has stitched-on overlays at the front, back, and around the midfoot.

The overlays on the Brooks Launch 4 are positioned in such a way that they open up the forefoot for comfort, so your feet might feel more comfortable in the Brooks Launch 4, especially if you have large bunions.

The Brooks Launch 4 uses a different type of midsole cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 14, which implements the cushiest midsole material that Brooks has to offer.

Therefore, one would expect the Brooks Glycerin 14 to be more cushy than the Brooks Launch 4.

When you look at the results from running shoe lab tests, it is clearly visible that the Brooks Glycerin 14 offers much more cushioning than the Brooks Launch 4 in both the heel and the forefoot and to both men and women.

In fact, the amount of cushioning offered by the Brooks Glycerin 14 approaches the maximum amount of cushioning possible, especially in the men's case.

The Brooks Launch 4 provides an above average amount of forefoot cushioning, but its heel could feel a bit firm to both men and women.

So if you want a very cushy ride, the Brooks Glycerin 14 would be the way to go. The amount of cushioning offered by the Brooks Launch 4 benefits your performance and the responsiveness of the running shoe.

Neither the Brooks Glycerin 14 nor the Brooks Launch 4 comes with stability devices because both running shoes are meant for neutral runners who do not need such support.

However, both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, especially under the midfoot, which increases the amount of stability and smoothens heel-to-toe transitions.

In addition, the Brooks Launch 4 has rubber in the form of an X under the midfoot to help provide faster heel-to-toe transitions.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Glycerin 14 is much more stable than the Brooks Launch 4. The amount of stability you get from the Brooks Glycerin 14 lies just above average.

This is perhaps because the entire midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 looks and functions like a crash pad that further helps stabilize the running shoe.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes display a good amount of separation and have a good couple of flex grooves in the forefoot, which help with flexibility.

The separation is greater in the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 than it is in the outsole of the Brooks Launch 4, but according to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Launch 4 is the one that is very flexible and that provides more flexibility than the Brooks Glycerin 14.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 14 does not lag too far behind. It is also quite flexible, and for women, the two running shoes are equally flexible.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Brooks Launch 4 for women weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Launch 4 for men weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams).

If you are a neutral runner, you could choose either the Brooks Glycerin 14 or the Brooks Launch 4.

However, if you want a very soft and smooth ride, you may want to look into the Brooks Glycerin 14 more than the Brooks Launch 4.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 is also better suited for heavier runners who need to be strapped in and runners who want to go on long runs.

The Brooks Launch 4 is good for performance runs and for runners who are a bit lighter.

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 where you can read more about the running shoes.

This review falls under: Brooks

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