BROOKS GLYCERIN 15
Men’s 292 g (10.3 oz.); Women’s 261 g (9.2 oz.); Drop ratio: 10 mm; $190
Glycerin fans: worry not, there are no crazy changes to this well loved, super soft neutral trainer. But there are a few welcomed minor improvements. The 3d print upper is opened up slightly in the toe box, allowing for more toe splay. And, overall, the upper is significantly improved. The mesh has a cleaner finish and does away with any real possibility of chafing or added bulk.
Loads of rubber covering the dna midsole make the Glycerin a beast for logging lots of mileage. The one change from the previous iteration is what Brooks is calling a plush transition zone, where they’ve torn out the denser rubber outsole right in the midfoot area, leaving the midsole material exposed to handle the strike. The idea is that it’s supposed to be, you guessed it, more plush a contact experience. Our testers didn’t really notice it, but the upside is that, yes, the Glycerin 15 is overall a very soft ride, and that this section didn’t deteriorate over time.