Brooks has been one of the premier companies when it comes to running shoes. Founded in 1914 by Morris Goldenberg, Brooks initially designed bath shoes before switching their focus to athletic foot wear. Based in Seattle, Washington; Brooks works with runners to design some of the most comfortable, high-performance running shoes on the market. Billed as, “the ultimate in super soft cushioning” the Brooks Glycerin 13 is sure to provide runners with a comfortable ride.
The outsole incorporates the Ideal Pressure Zones, which include the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. This allows your foot to strike the ground comfortably as the pressure is spread out amongst all three zones as opposed to being focussed on just one zone. It prevents a runner from “slapping” the pavement as the pressure is dispersed across multiple zones. A consistent midsole allows for a smooth running transition on the ground. The blown rubber on the outsole provides excellent grip on the pavement. Some runners have complained that the outsole doesn’t do well on wet surfaces
. The drop on the midsole is 10 mm.
Brooks uses the Super DNA midsole gives you a smooth and comfortable ride. The Super DNA midsole offers 25% more cushioning than the Brooks BioMoGo DNA found in more of their shoes. The Super DNA technology conforms to your foot as it strikes the ground and fits perfectly around your foot.
Brooks used 3D Print technology to comprise the upper and the result is a shoe that fits comfortably around your foo without being too tight. It’s a major improvement over the Glycerin 12. The shoe does utilize mesh under the lacing, which allows for the breathability. The pressure from the lacing
system is noticeable, but not overwhelming.
The Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs in at 11 oz. This is on the higher side for a road shoe, but it’s not billed as a lightweight shoe, so you shouldn’t expect a lightweight shoe. The extra weight comes from the heavy DNA cushioning and the full blown rubber of the outsole. . Some runners will be turned off by the extra weight
Utilizing the new 3D Print technology and overlay, the shoe is slightly less breathable than the Glycerin 12 as it is a tighter fit on your foot. This doesn’t mean that the shoe isn’t breathable, because that’s simply not true. It just means that fans of the Glycerin 12 will likely notice that the shoe doesn’t allow for quite the same air. Without mesh or holes around the toe box or side of the foot, it’s easy to question the breathability of the shoe, but have no fear, it breaths just as well as your average running shoe
. This is largely due to the well-designed mesh upper.
This is where the shoe shines. The high profile on the heel of the shoe allows for extra cushioning on the back end. The rounded heel alleviates the stress on the back end. The Super DNA midsole provides the runner with a cushion that molds to their foot as it strikes the ground. The Ideal Pressure Zones spreads out the pressure on your foot and on the shoe, allowing a larger area to take the impact of your stride. The upper fits nicely around your foot while still giving your foot enough room to breath.
Brooks is touting the Glycerin 13 as the running shoe that “comes equipped with everything you could ever want to glide through your run in supreme comfort.” As someone who prefers to a well-cushioned shoe, I fell in love with the Glycerin 13 almost immediately. The shoe fit great on my feet and after spending some time pounding the pavement with them, I didn’t feel in pain during or after my run. The Super DNA was very noticeable compared to other running shoes, including my Brooks Ghost. While the shoe is soft, it wasn’t too soft. Running shoes that feel too mushy can oftentimes become uncomfortable
Some runners have complained that the foam cushioning didn’t last as long as they expected it to and that the shoe was too narrow. I didn’t spend enough time with the shoe to know how quickly the foam wears down, but I had no issue with narrowness of the shoe. Other runners complained about discomfort in their toes when dealing with hills
, both downhill and uphill. Again, I experience no discomfort, but it is certainly something worth keeping in mind.
The shoe comes in a couple of different styles, including blue/gray, blue/green, red/orange, and red/black. Aside from the red/orange combination, I think any style looks good. You can either stand out on the road with big and bright colors, or you can go with something a little more neutral and subdued. The Brooks logo looks nice on the side and the overlay lines are very sleek. The outsole extends all the way up to the toe, which is a little odd when you first see it, but helps with the comfort when running.
Due to the grip of the outsole, the durability is questionable. Many runners have complained that the shoe wears out after 175-200 miles, which is short of the usual 250+ miles you can get out of a typical running shoe. This is nothing new for the Glycerin series as it’s been a longstanding complaint that the outsole of the shoe wears quicker than your average running shoe. Some runners have also expressed concerns about the cushioning wearing down a little too fast.
The shoe is good for your long runs of any distance, but be warned that it might wear down faster than you would like.
Thanks to the extra cushioning, Super DNA and 3D Print technology, the Brooks Glycerin 3 provides very strong protection. After spending a few hours in the shoe, my foot felt just as good after the run as it did before. The overlay is well designed to ensure that your foot stays neutral throughout the run and the cushioning ensures that you aren’t striking the road or pavement with too much force. The toe box is wide enough to where my feet didn’t feel cramped and the overlay on the upper provides a little more protection than your typical mesh upper. The blown rubber on the outsole ensures that the bottom of your foot stays well-protected while running.
A very flexible shoe, on the higher end of the flex spectrum. The outsole extending to the toe box pretty much encourages you to push all the way through to your toes. It’s great for long runs at a comfortable pace or if you’re looking to add some speed intervals into your run. The extra weight doesn’t deter the responsiveness of the shoe, which is a major plus.
The stability throughout the Glycerin 13 is outstanding. From the toe to the heel, your foot will feel well supported and stable. The high heel and toe provide the extra support and comfort. There is plenty of room in the toe box, which allows your foot a little extra room without feely cramped. It’s a great shoe for medium to high arch runners.
Some runners have marveled at the shoe and how it feels like one solid construction, rather than multiple parts coming together. That’s a big credit to Brooks and their overall design of the shoe and plays a big role in the support of the shoe
Great on the road and track. Not designed to be taken on a trail or on any loose sediment. Runners have complained that the blown rubber on the outsole wears down too quickly. Doesn’t grip well on soft dirt or wet elements.
This Glycerin 13 is a big improvement over the Glycerin 12, which many considered to be a disaster for a company like Brooks. The Glycerin 12 dropped the ball with the Super DNA technology, but the Glycerin 13 has picked the ball back up and easily laid it into the hoop.
The shoe looks similar to the Glycerin 12, but it’s the construction of the Glycerin 13 that has changed. The midsole is larger, but slimmer, giving your foot extra cushion while providing a slightly tighter fit. The forefoot and midsole rim are softer, which provides even more cushion. The redesigned outsole is softer and provides more padding. The 3D Print overlay fits your foot. The mesh on the upper is gone, but the slightly wider
upper still gives your foot plenty of room to breath. The lacing is wider, which helps contribute to the overall comfort and breathability of the shoe.
Basically, everything the Glycerin 12 got wrong, the Glycerin 13 got right. Brooks tried something new and different with the 12 and it didn’t quite work out. They learned from their mistakes and the result is the Glycerin 13.
Originally a bit overpriced, the Brooks Glycerin 13's price is now lower, to the point where buyers consider a steal. Their original price would have been on the high side for the shoe and many runners were hesitant to pay so much for the shoe, feeling they were mainly paying for name over quality. At the current price there’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel comfortable paying for them and feeling as if you got your money's worth.
•Super DNA Midsole conforms to your foot and provides extra cushion as you run.
•Rounded and raised heel allows your foot to sit comfortably in the shoe, allowing for better alignment and less stress.
•Ideal Pressure Zones spreads out the stress of running
throughout your foot and allows for a more comfortable and smoother ride.
•3D Printed Overlays fit nicely around your foot without sacrificing breathability or flexibility
•Multiple designs lets you stand out or blend in with the crowd.
It’s tough to go wrong with a pair of Brooks running shoes. In this reviewers opinion, they are the best running shoe on the market. Brooks is constantly looking for new ways to improve and perfect their shoes and they have a hit with the Glyercin 13. The weight and durability issues that some have reported might scare people off as you’ll get slightly less milage out of them than you would hope, but every runner is different and your milage will vary. At only $80, it’s an affordable neutral shoe that provides the runner with a well-cushioned and comfortable ride.