Brooks Glycerin 14 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 3 review

Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Hoka One One Clifton 3 delivers maximum cushioning and a bit of stability at a light weight.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Hoka One One Clifton 3 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes, so they should match up well against each other.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Hoka One One Clifton 3 are quite different in that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 does not have any stitched-on overlays in its upper.

Everything on the Hoka One One Clifton 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has been kept light to keep the weight of the running shoe down, including the upper.

The Brooks Glycerin 14, on the other hand, comes with a couple of stiched-on overlays in its upper in addition to no-sew overlays spread all over the upper.

The stiched-on overlays are placed strategically around the midfoot and behind the heel so in places where runners need the most support.

The no-sew overlays in the Hoka One One Clifton 3 wrap the entire upper similar to those in the Brooks Glycerin 14, so both running shoes should be able to bring the upper closer to your foot as well as provide a good hold.

But all in all, you should be able to get a bit more support from the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 14 than you would from the upper of the Hoka One One Clifton 3.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 3 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 are in the business of giving runners a soft ride.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 provides a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot to both men and women.

Such an amount of cushioning is hard for other neutral cushioning running shoes to compete with.

For men, the amount of cushioning provided by the Brooks Glycerin 14 comes close to the amount provided by the Hoka One One Clifton 3 in both the heel and the forefoot, but it still lies just a tiny notch under the maximum amount.

For women, the differences between the two running shoes are more obvious, especially in the heel.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 provides way above average cushioning to women with a very cushy forefoot, but again, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 outcushions the Brooks Glycerin 14 but not by a whole lot.

A lot of cushioning may deliver a soft ride but it can also make a running shoe feel stiff under your foot.

Running shoes tend to counteract this disadvantage by increasing the toe spring in running shoes. This is also the case in the Hoka One One Clifton 3.

This helps make the Hoka One One Clifton 3 feel less stiff. However, running shoe lab tests still show that the Brooks Glycerin 14 is way more flexible than the Hoka One One Clifton 3 for both men and women.

Neither the Brooks Glycerin 14 nor the Hoka One One Clifton 3 are meant to provide support, but both running shoes turn out to provide above average stability with the Hoka One One Clifton 3 winning in this case.

The latter is probably due to the fact that the midsole of the Hoka One One Clifton 3 flairs out a bit toward the ground, thereby increasing the amount of ground contact and thus also the stability of the running shoe.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, especially under the midfoot, so you should be able to get stability as well as smooth transitions from heel to toe from both running shoes.

However, the outsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Hoka One One Clifton 3 differ considerably due to the fact that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 does not come with much rubber in its outsole.

The Hoka One One Clifton 3 comes with rubber only in the heel and the forefoot where friction is expected to be the highest.

The Brooks Glycerin 14, on the other hand, provides a good amount of rubber and a good amount of separation in its outsole, which should benefit shock dissipation and the smoothness of your ride as well as increase the durability of the running shoe.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Hoka One One Clifton 3 for women weighs approximately 7.8 oz (221 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Hoka One One Clifton 3 for men weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams).

If you are a neutral runner looking for a very soft ride, you could get that from either the Hoka One One Clifton 3 or the Brooks Glycerin 14, thereby keeping in mind that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 provides a maximum amount of cushioning.

For a more flexible ride, the Brooks Glycerin 14 would be the one to look into, and for a somewhat more stable and lightweight ride, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 is worth considering.

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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