If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m a big Brooks fan. As a neutral runner, June 1st is like Christmas to me because that’s when the newest versions of the Ghost and Glycerin are released. When Brooks released the Transcend I heard that the Glycerin 12 would also be using the new Super DNA, which Brooks boasts has 20% more cushioning than the old BioMoGo DNA. So, I was pretty stoked when I got in my new Glycerins in the gorgeous “Purple Cactus Flower” color.
I wasn’t the hugest fan of the Glycerin 10, but I loved the really cushy feel of the Glycerin 11, which I think Brooks has carried over well into the 12. It’s 0.5 oz lighter than the previous Glycerin (9.1 vs. 9.6 oz), if you’re concerned about weight. I’ve found that the Glycerin 12 does have the plush feel I loved about the Glycerin 11. Comparing them side-by-side, I can feel that the new Glycerin is lighter and it feels like there’s a little less “shoe” on my foot in the 12, but the cushion feels comparable when I run.
Width-wise, the Glycerin 12 looks a bit narrower through the toe box to my eye, and I’ve had a lot of customers at the running store mention the same thing. My foot doesn’t feel much of a difference in width, although my foot isn’t really wide to begin with. I’ve had some customers be surprised about how roomy the toe box feels in the Glycerin 12 based on its looks. If you look closely, I think a big difference in the appearance of the width of the toe box is due to the flaring out of the midsole along the edge of the foot in the Glycerin 11; the midsole doesn’t sit out as far in the Glycerin 12.
TL;DR: I think if you liked the Glycerin 11, you’ll also like the Glycerin 12. You’ll also really like it if you need a little extra cushion for long miles or sore joints and especially if you’re looking for a highly cushioned shoe that’s a lighter weight. If you like the feel of having a lot of shoe under your foot, you might consider stocking up on some Glycerin 11s–at least they’re on sale now!
And, the Purple Cactus Flower color scheme is really pretty.
Do you prefer more or less cushion in your running shoes?
Do you choose your running shoes based on color?
Has anyone else tried the Glycerin 12?