Brooks Glycerin 11, $150
weights: 11.7 oz. (men’s); 9.6 oz. (women’s)
heights: 29mm (heel), 19mm (forefoot)
Fit: The cushy medium to narrow-volume interior keeps feet snugly contained from heel to toe.
Feel: The Glycerin offers up a soft, cloudlike sensation that remains from the first mile to the last of a long run. It doesn’t feel light or even very agile, but the soft, smooth cushy feeling under foot doesn’t make it feel heavy or bulky either.
Ride: The Glycerin is heaping with enough buttery soft materials under foot to give off a “floaty” sensation out on the roads. The significant updates to this model include a lighter, more flexible and more agile makeup, which is partially due to the removal of a plastic midfoot shank. Most of our testers tabbed the Glycerin as a long-distance trainer or a post-race recovery run shoe, but all agreed there’s just too much shoe to make it versatile for any kind of fast running.