Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Brooks Launch 6 review

Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning shoe that delivers a very soft and smooth ride for long runs. Brooks Launch 6 delivers comfort and cushioning to fast-paced neutral runners.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Launch 6 are neutral running shoes for runners who do not need any kind of stability and support.

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While the Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Launch 6 look very much alike in what they provide to runners, they were designed with different goals in mind.

The Brooks Launch 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com can be used as a racing flat, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 can be used for long runs.

The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Launch 6 are similar in that they provide lightweight support and use mostly mesh to keep your foot on the running platform.

Their forefeet do not have overlays and should be roomy enough to accommodate runners who have wide feet.

They both also come with an internal bootie that surrounds your foot to give you a close-to-foot fit.

The main difference between the uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Launch 6 is that the Brooks Glycerin 16 also has some 3D printed overlays around the midfoot that reinforce the mesh in that area to deliver a somewhat more secure fit.

Therefore, while you will get mostly the same things from the uppers of the Brooks Launch 6 and the Brooks Glycerin 16, the Brooks Glycerin 16 might feel a bit more secure around the midfoot.

Because the Brooks Launch 6 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 were created with different goals in mind, their midsoles differ quite a bit in what they deliver to runners.

The Brooks Launch 6 has a midsole that delivers a good amount of cushioning but not too much to hold you back, because the running shoe is also intended to feel responsive.

The Brooks Glycerin 16, on the other hand, implements a midsole material that delivers a maximum amount of cushioning to give you a very cushy ride for longer runs.

Both running shoes have an all-in-one midsole without a separate crash pad, but both midsoles have been designed in a way to absorb shock at heel-strike.

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They both also provide a good amount of ground contact, which should increase the stability of the running shoes a bit and help you achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Launch 6 have a similar heel-to-toe drop, according to manufacturer's data, and they both have been listed as being for neutral runners who have medium to high arches.

The outsoles of the Brooks Launch 6 and that of the Brooks Glycerin 16 differ in construction and have been set up in a way to complement the goals of the running shoes.

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 displays lots of separation and segmentation, which are good for absorbing and dissipating shock. This in turn will smoothen your ride even more.

The outsole of the Brooks Launch 6 has a transition zone under the midfoot that connects the heel to the forefoot to help you achieve faster heel-to-toe transitions.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 has more deep flex grooves than the Brooks Launch 6 in the forefoot, but because both running shoes deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, they are expected to be on the stiff side, although the Brooks Glycerin 16 might turn out to be stiffer than the Brooks Launch 6.

The Brooks Launch used to be known as being moderately flexible running shoe, but because the Brooks Launch 6 was updated to have more foam under the forefoot, this would not only increase the amount of forefoot cushioning but also the stiffness of the running shoe.

The Brooks Launch 6 is lighter than the Brooks Glycerin 16 for both men and women, which again is in line with the goal of the Brooks Launch 6.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable ride, you could turn to either the Brooks Launch 6 or the Brooks Glycerin 16. If you are also looking for a very soft ride, the Brooks Glycerin 16 would be the first one to look into.

The Brooks Launch 6 would suit runners who are looking to run faster, because it is relatively light and has been set up in a way to help you run faster.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 would be good for those who are looking to go for long runs, because it delivers lots of cushioning and has been set up in a way to also give you a smooth ride.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 might also be better for heavier or bigger runners who can handle the weight of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and who are looking for a roomy running shoe with some support around the midfoot.

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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