Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 5 review

Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning shoe that delivers a soft and smooth ride. Hoka One One Clifton 5 delivers an overall soft ride and a bit of stability at a light weight...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Hoka One One Clifton 5 are neutral running shoes for runners who are looking for lots of cushioning.

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The Hoka One One Clifton 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are placed at a similar level so can compete well against each other.

The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Hoka One One Clifton 5 differ in that the Hoka One One Clifton 5 tends to keep the midfoot clear from overlays, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 has broad no-sew overlays around the midfoot.

Therefore, the Brooks Glycerin 16 delivers a bit more support around the midfoot than the Hoka One One Clifton 5 does.

The Hoka One One Clifton 5 comes with thin strips of no-sew overlays around the heel and around the toe box, but most of its upper consists of engineered mesh that provides lightweight support.

The bunion window is clear in both running shoes, but because the Brooks Glycerin 16 does not have overlays running around its toe box, it might be more suitable for runners who have wide feet or who need lots of room in the toe box.

Another difference between the uppers of the Hoka One One Clifton 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 is that the Brooks Glycerin 16 comes with an internal bootie to increase comfort and the fit.

Therefore, the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 16 might feel softer around your foot than that of the Hoka One One Clifton 5.

The Hoka One One Clifton 5 is more closed at the back than the Brooks Glycerin 16, which exposes quite a bit of mesh, so the Hoka One One Clifton 5 delivers a bit more support around the heel compared to the Brooks Glycerin 16.

All in all, you should be able to get enough support from the upper of either running shoe, but the Brooks Glycerin 16 is the one that takes comfort to the next level, while the Hoka One One Clifton 5 delivers support all around the upper but slightly less around the midfoot compared to the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The midsoles of the Hoka One One Clifton 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are similar in that they consist of one main layer of foam that delivers lots of cushioning.

The Hoka One One Clifton 5 sits a bit higher off the ground than the Brooks Glycerin 16 so has a thicker midsole under the heel and the forefoot.

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Women tend to get a similar heel height in both running shoes, but the Hoka One One Clifton 5 has a somewhat thicker midsole under the forefoot of women.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 16 has a higher heel-to-toe drop than the Hoka One One Clifton 5. While the difference is not that big for men, the difference is about 3 mm for women, so the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more likely to feel like a performance running shoe than the Hoka One One Clifton 5.

In terms of cushioning, both the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Hoka One One Clifton 5 have been found to be very cushy running shoes, but whereas the Brooks Glycerin 16 is overall very cushy, the Hoka One One Clifton 5 has a very cushy forefoot but a somewhat less cushy heel.

Men get more heel cushioning from the Hoka One One Clifton 5 than women do, so the ride of men would feel overall soft to very soft, while that of women would feel overall moderately soft.

Therefore, if you are a woman who is looking for an overall very soft ride, the Brooks Glycerin 16 might suit you better than the Hoka One One Clifton 5.

Men could go either way, but the Brooks Glycerin 16 delivers overall more cushioning than the Hoka One One Clifton 5.

Neither the Hoka One One Clifton 5 nor the Brooks Glycerin 16 are meant to provide stability and support, but because their midsoles do provide a good amount of ground contact, they can be seen as stable neutral running shoes.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 gets a few more points for having a well-segmented midsole that has structure and that more or less functions in its entirety as a crash pad. However, the very soft foam does make it a bit less stable.

The Hoka One One Clifton 5 gets a few more points for having a fairly broad midsole/outsole that is constructed in a way for your foot to sit in it.

In general, the Hoka One One Clifton 5 is seen as being a bit more stable than the Brooks Glycerin 16, but as a neutral runner, stability is not what you are probably looking for.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Hoka One One Clifton 5 have been found to be stiff running shoes, and stiffness also adds some stability to running shoes.

The outsoles of the Hoka One One Clifton 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 differ in that the Hoka One One Clifton 5 only has rubber in high-wear areas, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 has rubber in its entire outsole.

This makes the Brooks Glycerin 16 a bit more durable than the Hoka One One Clifton 5.

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 also displays more separation and segmentation and is more geared towards absorbing and dissipating shock so helping you to achieve a smoother ride.

Both running shoes can deliver smooth heel-to-toe transitions, but your ride might feel just a bit smoother in the Brooks Glycerin 16.

Note that the midsole/outsole of the Hoka One One Clifton 5 is curved in a way to help you achieve a smooth ride and counteract the stiffness a bit.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 16 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams), and the Hoka One One Clifton 5 for women weighs 7.6 oz (215 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.6 oz (301 grams) and 9.4 oz (266 grams), respectively, with the Hoka One One Clifton 5 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft, smooth, and stable ride from a running shoe, you could consider either the Brooks Glycerin 16 or the Hoka One One Clifton 5.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 delivers a overall softer ride and wraps your foot in comfort and softness, while the Hoka One One Clifton 5 provides somewhat less heel cushioning but a bit more stability at a lighter weight.

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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This review falls under: Brooks

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