Brooks Glycerin 10 – Our Take
- Fresh Design: The Glycerin 10 has an all-new look from heel to toe, though the technologies used and key metrics such as stack heights are unchanged.
- Better Midfoot Fit: The updated saddle is designed to hug the unique shape of your foot.
- More Ground Contact: The arch bridge in the middle of the mid/outsole now only spans halfway across the shoe, meaning there’s a bit less support but more ground contact and cushioning.
The comfort story is the main attraction for the Glycerin series, and true to form testers found an extremely cushioned and comfortable ride in the latest version. Still, unlike some maximum feature trainers out there, the Glycerin 10 does a good job of providing resilient cushioning while still maintaining a somewhat connected feel with the road.
The plush upper makes good use of premium materials and continues to use a rubber overlay in the midfoot. The rubber overlay has very little give in it and creates a locked-down feeling in the midfoot if you tighten up the laces.
The redesigned mid/outsole offering increased ground contact is a bit of a mixed blessing. Transition from heel strike to toe-off is improved, but the extra material adds weight. A wide base net in the forefoot contributes to a very grounded feel. The added weight and wide platform had several of our testers craving a bit more agility, but then again, that’s not the core mission of the Glycerin series.
“The cushioning is there, but you never lose a stable feeling. I can log a lot of miles and count on supreme shock absorption. Plus the upper is quite comfy.” – Joanna
“To me, this is not a fast-feeling shoe. But where it excels is in providing a plush feeling for longer outings and pavement pounding.” – Daniel