Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Brooks Levitate 2 review

Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning shoe that delivers a soft and smooth ride. Brooks Levitate 2 provides comfort and delivers a springy ride to neutral runners...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Levitate 2 are neutral running shoes from Brooks that are at a similar price point.

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The main thing that the Brooks Levitate 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com have in common is that both are geared towards delivering lots of comfort.

Comfort starts within the upper where both running shoes are quite open (as in having no overlays), especially the toe box.

Runners who have wide feet or big bunions should be able to get lots of room and comfort from the Brooks Levitate 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and from the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 makes use of mesh, while the Brooks Levitate 2 has a knitted upper.

The mesh of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more open (as in having bigger holes) than the Fit Knit upper of the Brooks Levitate 2, so the Brooks Glycerin 16 might be a bit more breathable than the Brooks Levitate 2.

The entire upper of the Brooks Levitate 2 delivers lightweight support, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 increases its amount of support mainly around the midfoot by making use of no-sew overlays in that area.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Levitate 2 come with an internal bootie to increase comfort and provide a better fit.

The Brooks Levitate 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 provide a similar amount of support at the back, but the Brooks Levitate 2 comes with a heel collar that wraps around your foot, and it has a heel tab to protect your Achilles against irritation.

All in all, both running shoes should be able to keep your foot on the running platform and provide comfort, but the Brooks Glycerin 16 delivers a bit more support around the midfoot, while the Brooks Levitate 2 delivers a bit more comfort around the heel.

The midsoles of the Brooks Levitate 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are similar in that they consist of one main layer of foam, but the foam is different in the two running shoes.

The midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 consists entirely of DNA LOFT, which is meant to deliver an amount of cushioning that is to the max.

The midsole of the Brooks Levitate 2 consists of DNA AMP, which is meant to deliver cushioning as well as return energy to you.

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In terms of the amount of cushioning delivered, the Brooks Glycerin 16 has a very cushy heel and forefoot for both men and women.

The Brooks Levitate 2 has a cushy forefoot for both men and women but delivers a more moderate amount of heel cushioning to both genders.

Therefore, you can expect to get a super-soft ride from the Brooks Glycerin 16 and a more springy and responsive ride from the Brooks Levitate 2.

Neither the Brooks Glycerin 16 nor the Brooks Levitate 2 come with a device to control pronation, because they are running shoes that are meant to be worn by runners who do not need such support.

However, their midsoles provide a good amount of ground contact, which not only adds stability to the running shoes but also helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is well segmented, has more structure than that of the Brooks Levitate 2, and functions in its entirety as a crash pad.

Note that the Brooks Glycerin 16 has a higher heel-to-toe drop (about 3 mm higher) than the Brooks Levitate 2.

Also note that the Brooks Glycerin 16 puts more foam between you and the road under both the heel and forefoot compared to the Brooks Levitate 2, so the Brooks Glycerin 16 offers more protection on long runs.

When you look at the outsoles, you can also see a clear difference between the two running shoes.

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 consists of different zones that are meant to help distribute pressure.

The heel of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is well segmented and isolated to absorb shock, and there is a good transition zone between the heel and the forefoot under the midfoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 also has lots of deep flex grooves in the forefoot, but because it delivers so much cushioning, it turns out to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women.

The outsole of the Brooks Levitate 2 consist of crystal rubber and has an arrow-point pattern that is meant to help you transition quickly from heel to toe without losing much energy.

The area under the heel of the Brooks Levitate 2 is also well segmented, but its rubber does connect to rubber under the midfoot, so the entire area is not as isolated as the area under the heel of the Brooks Glycerin 16.

However, the Brooks Levitate 2 does have more rubber than the Brooks Glycerin 16 directly under the midfoot, and despite having a more moderate amount of deep flex grooves in the forefoot, it turns out to be moderately flexible for both men and women and thus more flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 16 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams), and the Brooks Levitate 2 for women weighs 9.9 oz (281 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.6 oz (301 grams) and 11.2 oz (318 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Glycerin 16 being the lighter one.

The Brooks Levitate 2 is a somewhat heavier running shoe than the Brooks Glycerin 16, but in return you get extra comfort around the heel and a springy ride that makes you feel energized to run longer or faster.

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 Levitate 2 or the Brooks Glycerin 16.

While both running shoes offer lots of comfort, the Brooks Glycerin 16 delivers an ultra-soft ride and perhaps also more smoothness than the Brooks Levitate 2, while the Brooks Levitate 2 delivers a bouncier ride by returning more energy to you compared to the Brooks Glycerin 16.

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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