Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Brooks Glycerin 15 review

Brooks Glycerin 15 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a plush and smooth ride. Brooks Glycerin 16 has an updated upper and cushioning that should soften your ride even more...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is the updated version of the Brooks Glycerin 15, which is a neutral cushioning running shoe for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The upper of the Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has been more or less stripped down compared to the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 15.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has 3D-printed overlays around the midfoot as well as running throughout the entire upper to give you a more custom and close-to-foot fit.

This has changed in the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 16, which now still has 3D-printed overlays around the midfoot and some stitches in the saddle, but it has done away with the thin no-sew overlays that run parallel to the midsole from back to front in the Brooks Glycerin 15.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 features an internal stretch bootie that surrounds your foot with softness and expands and contracts as your take eash step, so you still get a close-to-foot fit but that might be closer than the one provided by the Brooks Glycerin 15 with external no-sew overlays.

The no-sew overlays around the midfoot of the Brooks Glycerin 16 cover a larger area than the individual strips of overlays that run across the midfoot of the Brooks Glycerin 15, so you still get a good amount of support in that area to keep your foot on the running platform.

Due to the removal of overlays, the toe box of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is now more open and free and features engineered mesh to provide structure and lightweight support in addition to lots of comfort.

The stitched-on toecap on the Brooks Glycerin 15 has also been replaced by a no-sew piece at the front of the Brooks Glycerin 16.

While there are no overlays at the back of the Brooks Glycerin 16, you should still get enough support in that area, but the Brooks Glycerin 15 might offer more durable support at the back with its stitched-on overlays.

All in all, the newly designed upper of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more geared towards providing comfort and softness with support only where you need it most, while the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 15 is more geared towards delivering a good amount of support from front to back.

The midsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 differ in that they make use of different types of cushioning.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 has a Super DNA midsole that is meant to deliver about 20% more cushioning than Brooks' standard BioMogo DNA midsole material.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 ups the amount of cushioning by having a full-length DNA LOFT midsole that is meant to deliver a very plush feeling underfoot without losing responsiveness and durability, according to Brooks.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 was already a very cushy running shoe by providing almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning and having a very cushy forefoot, so it will be hard for the Brooks Glycerin 16 to be much cushier than offering a maximum amount of cushioning, which it does.

The structure of the midsole has changed in the Brooks Glycerin 16, but both running shoes offer a good amount of segmentation and full ground contact, which should not only benefit the smoothness of your ride but also provide you with a stable ride.

Neither running shoe comes with a device for pronation control, because they are meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such support. Nonetheless, the Brooks Glycerin is quite stable for being a neutral running shoe.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 has not changed much compared to that of the Brooks Glycerin 15, other than the small flex grooves under the heel being positioned differently, and the Brooks Glycerin 16 having a DNA LOFT transition zone instead of a Super DNA transition zone under the midfoot.

Both running shoes have a crash section under the heel to isolate shock at heel strike and a good connection between the forefoot and the heel under the midfoot.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 15 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 come with the same amount of flex grooves under the forefoot and they run in exactly the same way, but the vertical cuts in the rubber have changed a bit under the Brooks Glycerin 16 by sometimes being wider and sometimes narrower than under the Brooks Glycerin 15.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 is a running shoe that varies in stiffness between the genders but that is generally not super flexible nor super stiff.

Because the Brooks Glycerin 16 is meant to deliver quite a bit of cushioning, it is not expected to be super flexible either.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 15 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 16 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 10.6 oz (301 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Glycerin 16 being slightly lighter.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Glycerin 15 or the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is a nice update of the Brooks Glycerin 15 that introduces a much cleaner look, more comfort, and more softness around and under your foot.

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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