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Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

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.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at bmetzler@competitorgroup.com.

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