We hear it every year — pleas from runners that their favorite shoe goes unchanged. Usually, yearly changes to shoes end up for the better, even if they take a little getting used to. Other times, those runners’ fears are well-founded!
Well, it’s a moot point with the Brooks Glycerin 17. Brooks must have figured they had a pretty good thing going, because the popular Glycerin has received very few changes. Brooks’ cushy, neutral shoe is returning all the new features from last year, changing very little about what was one of the most comfortable shoes on the market.
The Glycerin remains Brooks’ high cushion neutral shoe, emphasizing cushioning and comfort over all else. Like last year, the Brooks Glycerin 17 has DNA Loft foam running throughout the midsole — it’s Brooks’ softest and most impact-absorbent foam, so if you’re looking for a shoe that can absorb the punishment of a long run, the Glycerin 17 is the shoe for you within the Brooks lineup. The Brooks Ghost, a speedier shoe, has the same DNA Loft foam in the heel for impact, but has more responsive BioMoGo DNA foam in the forefoot for a more aggressive push-off. The Brooks Glycerin 17 has a more even, consistent transition from heel to toe, so if you’re looking to settle into a nice, easy pace on your long run, this is the shoe you’ll want!
The focus on comfort extends to the upper. Brooks has used an engineered double jacquard mesh upper, making the shoe less prone to tearing. It’s also stretchy and breathable, with enough give to expand with your foot as you cruise through those high-mileage runs. The internal stretch bootie inside the shoe ensures that your foot doesn’t slide around the Glycerin’s wider footbed, while also providing enough flexibility to allow your foot to expand comfortably on the run. The one difference from last year is a new, more padded OrthoLite sockliner, but that won’t make any difference if you use inserts for arch support.
The 10 mm drop from heel to toe gives runners a well-cushioned platform that takes a little stress off the calves and feet — yet another reason why the Brooks Glycerin 17 is terrific as a long run shoe. Speedsters will want to find something a little lighter and more responsive, but if you need a long run shoe in your rotation or you just want a shoe that leaves you without aches and pains after short and long runs alike, the Brooks Glycerin 17 is definitely one to consider. But, if you do overpronate to any degree, the Glycerin 17 does not have any stability features to help keep your ankles and knees aligned. Want to know if that’s an issue for you? Glad you asked — have us do a detailed gait analysis for you, and we’ll let you know!
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