Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Brooks Launch 5 review

Brooks Launch 5 is a light neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners. Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning shoe that delivers a very soft and smooth ride for long runs...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Launch 5 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are of a different caliber, because the Brooks Glycerin 16 makes use of the latest running shoe technologies and is meant to deliver a more luxurious ride.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Launch 5 are similar in that most of their uppers is exposed, and there is a minimum amount of overlays.

The Brooks Launch 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com only has no-sew overlays running along its saddle and around its collar, so most of the support you will get will come from the mesh itself.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is different in that it covers part of the midfoot with some no-sew overlays, so it delivers a bit more support in that area.

However, its forefoot and its heel are entirely open just like the Brooks Launch 5.

Therefore, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the toe box of either running shoe with no constrictions around the bunion window, so the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Launch 5 are good for runners with wide feet.

The Brooks Launch 5 has a version that comes with a mesh upper that is more open around the forefoot and more closed around the midfoot and the heel, and it has another version that comes with a knit upper.

Both versions would deliver lightweight support, but the mesh version might turn out to be a bit more breathable than the knit version. The knit version might provide overall a bit more tightness and perhaps also feel a bit softer around your foot.

Speaking of softness, the Brooks Glycerin 16 comes with an internal bootie that surrounds your foot with softness and also provides a closer-to-foot fit.

All in all, the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Launch 5 should be able to keep your feet on the running platform, but the Brooks Glycerin 16 delivers a bit more support through its upper.

The midsoles of the Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 differ in materials used.

The Brooks Launch 5 makes use of Brooks' standard midsole material, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 uses Brooks' latest and cushiest midsole material.

The goal of the Brooks Launch 5 is to give you a responsive ride, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 is meant to give you an ultra-soft ride.

The Brooks Launch 5 typically delivers a moderate amount of forefoot cushioning and not too much to hold you back, but its heel might feel firm to some runners.

The Brooks Glycerin 16, on the other hand, delivers lots of forefoot and heel cushioning, so whether you are a man or a women, you should be able to get an overall very cushy ride from the Brooks Glycerin 16.

This also makes the Brooks Glycerin 16 better for heel-strikers than the Brooks Launch 5.

The midsoles of both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact so are good to get smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

One noticeable difference between the midsoles is that the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 displays more structure and is more segmented on the lateral side, although the Brooks Launch 5 also displays a good amount of segmentation under its heel on the lateral side.

The entire midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16, more or less, functions as a crash pad, which should add a bit more stability to your runs than the Brooks Launch 5 does.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 differ in construction and layout.

While both outsoles provide a good connection between the heel and the forefoot under the midfoot, the Brooks Launch 5 has more rubber directly under the midfoot to provide faster heel-to-toe transitions.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Launch 5 have a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, but because the Brooks Glycerin 16 delivers much more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Launch 5, the Brooks Launch 5 should feel more flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The crash section under the heels are well segmented, but the area is larger under the Brooks Glycerin 16 than under the Brooks Launch 5, so the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is better set up for dispersing shock.

In addition, the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is meant to evenly distribute impact with the pressure zones that its implements so that your ride is smoother.

The Books Launch 5 is lighter than the Brooks Glycerin 16 for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable and smooth ride, you could choose either the Brooks Launch 5 or the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The Brooks Launch 5 is a much lighter running shoe than the Brooks Glycerin 16 that is meant to help you go faster, so you can use it for a race. The Brooks Launch 5 does not feel as cushy as the Brooks Glycerin 16 does, though.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is a luxurious running shoe that is meant to give you a very soft ride, so it is good for longer runs.

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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