Brooks Glycerin 15 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 4 review

Brooks Glycerin 15 is a cushioning shoe that offers a comfortable and soft running experience. Hoka One One Clifton 4 delivers maximum cushioning and a bit of stability at a light weight.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 are similar in that they both come with no-sew overlays to increase the amount of comfort while providing support.

The Hoka One One Clifton 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has overall less overlays than the Brooks Glycerin 15, with most of its overlays being located around the midfoot, where runners tend to need support.

While it has some overlays running around the toe box, they are not as many as the overlays on the toe box of the Brooks Glycerin 15.

However, you should also be able to get some support from the mesh of the Hoka One One Clifton 4.

Another difference between the uppers is that the Brooks Glycerin 15 comes with stitched-on overlays at the front and back of the running shoe, while it is very hard to detect any stitches in the Hoka One One Clifton 4. It has some in the saddle just like the Brooks Glycerin 15 does.

All in all, you should be able to get enough support from the upper of either running shoe, and you should also be able to get a comfortable fit although big bunions could feel constricted in both running shoes.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 4 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 are meant to provide runners with a soft ride.

Running shoe lab tests confirm this and display very small differences in the amount of cushioning.

For women, both running are very cushy and provide almost a similar amount of heel cushioning, but the forefoot of the Hoka One One Clifton 4 is a bit cushier than that of the Brooks Glycerin 15.

For men, both running shoes are also very cushy, but the Brooks Glycerin 15 has a slightly cushier heel than the Hoka One One Clifton 4, and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 has a slightly cushier forefoot than the Brooks Glycerin 15.

Both running shoes approach the maximum amount of cushioning for both men and women, so you should be able to get a very soft ride from either.

What is also similar is that both the Hoka One One Clifton 4 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 provide a good amount of ground contact, especially under the midfoot.

This helps to increase the stability delivered by the running shoes in addition to smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Running shoe lab tests rate both running shoes as providing an above average amount of stability, with the Hoka One One Clifton 4 having just a slight edge on the Brooks Glycerin 15. The difference is not big.

Where the two running shoes differ quite a bit is in the outsole, where the Brooks Glycerin 15 has more rubber than the Hoka One One Clifton 4.

The Hoka One One Clifton 4 has rubber only in high-wear areas to keep the weight of the running shoe down.

Less rubber means less durability, so in that respect, the Brooks Glycerin 15 would be more durable than the Hoka One One Clifton 4, because the Brooks Glycerin 15 has rubber in its entire outsole.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Glycerin 15 as being more flexible than the Hoka One One Clifton 4, which turns out to be quite stiff for men but somewhat more flexible for women.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 15 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Hoka One One Clifton 4 being the lighter one.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 have a lot in common, so it will not be easy to make a decision between the two.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride and a bit of stability, you could go with either the Hoka One One Clifton 4 or the Brooks Glycerin 15.

The main difference between these two running shoes is that the Brooks Glycerin 15 offers a bit more durability and flexibility, while the Hoka One One Clifton 4 is a bit lighter than the Brooks Glycerin 15.

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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