Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Brooks Ghost 11 review

Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning shoe that delivers a soft and smooth ride. Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are neutral cushioning running shoes from Brooks for runners who do not need much stability and support but who are still looking to get a stable and smooth ride.

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The Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is meant to be a more premium running shoe than the Brooks Ghost 11, and therefore it has a higher price point than the Brooks Ghost 11.

The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Ghost 11 differ in that the Brooks Glycerin 16 might hug your foot better and surround it with more softness through its internal bootie than the Brooks Ghost 11.

However, the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a forefoot that is pretty open and free from overlays till halfway the midfoot, so it offers a good amount of comfort in the toe box, and especially to runners who have big bunions.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 covers the area around the midfoot better with its overlays than the Brooks Ghost 11 does, but the Brooks Ghost 11 increases its support more towards the back of the running shoe, with a sturdy piece at the back to keep your heel in place.

All in all, you should be able to get enough support as a neutral runner from these two running shoes, and both running shoes should feel comfortable on your feet, but the Brooks Glycerin 16 might feel overall a bit tighter but softer around your foot than the Brooks Ghost 11, while the Brooks Ghost 11 delivers a good amount of support more towards the back of the running shoe.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are similar in that they both come with Brooks' newest midsole material called DNA LOFT, which is meant to deliver an ultra-soft ride.

However, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 has this midsole material in its entire midsole, the Brooks Ghost 11 just has it as a crash pad under the heel.

The rest of the midsole of the Brooks Ghost 11 consists of Brooks' standard midsole material called BioMogo DNA, which is meant to be a bit firmer and thus also more responsive than DNA LOFT.

The crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 11 runs high under the heel on the lateral side and behind the heel, so you should be able to get a good amount of softness if not almost the same amount as you would get under the heel of the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel a bit firmer than that the Brooks Glycerin 16, and because the Brooks Ghost 11 also has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop than the Brooks Glycerin 16, it should feel more like a performance running shoe.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Ghost 11 deliver a good amount of ground contact, which not only increases the stability of the running shoes but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

They are neutral running shoes, so they do not come with pronation control devices but have been found to be quite stable neutral running shoes.

The Brooks Ghost 11 might prove to be a bit more stable than the Brooks Glycerin 16, due to its crash pad on the lateral side and its more firmer foam and good ground contact on the medial side.

The outsoles of both the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Ghost 11 are well segmented and display a lot of separation with small rubber pods.

They also display a good connection between the heel and the forefoot with a small transition zone of DNA LOFT on the lateral side between the heel and the forefoot.

There is a good crash section under the heel of both running shoes to isolate impact and absorb shock.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 has more flex grooves in its forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 11 does, but because the Brooks Glycerin 16 is meant to deliver more cushioning than the Brooks Ghost 11, it might turn out to be a bit stiffer in the forefoot.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 11 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 16 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.9 oz (309 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, stable, and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could turn to either the Brooks Ghost 11 or the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is a more basic running shoe than the Brooks Glycerin 16, but it delivers everything you need as a neutral runner in addition to being a bit more responsive than the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is an ideal running shoe for long runs and for runners who want to get a luxurious ride.

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 Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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