Brooks Glycerin GTS Review

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The Brooks Gylcerin range of running shoes is one of my all time favourite. The latest shoe in the legendary line up is the Brooks Gylcerin GTS 21. It is a stability daily trainer that is all round beast when it comes to energy return breathability and style. I have really enjoyed testing them.

In this Brooks Glycerin GTS Review I will be taking you through every detail of this amazing shoe.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £140

Weight: 297 grams

Stack Height: 28mm

Usage: Daily Trainer

Pros

  • Good energy return
  • The upper is very breathable
  • Very stable

Cons

  • Upper lacks durability
  • Energy return: 7/10
  • Durability: 9/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 10/10
  • Style: 9/10
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Versitility: 8/10
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Upper breathability: 10/10
  • Comfort: 9/10
  • Width: 10/10
Overall Rating: 87/100

My First Impression of the shoe

When I first put my feet in these shoes I was not surprised to find that it was almost identical to its neutral counter part. It felt comfortable, the upper was supportive and even without running in them just yet I could feel how breathable the upper was.

For my first run I went running with Jake who was at that point testing the Asics Noosa tri 16. As I suspected the upper on this shoe was very breathable and the energy return was sublime. As the name stavbility shoe might suggest this shoe felt very stable but it also allowed me to have a natural stride which isn’t something you find in all stability shoes these days.

Why you should buy this shoe

If you are looking for a well made stability shoe to help you keep your pronation in check while allowing you to continue with a natural stride pattern then this is the one for you. It has all the characteristics of a great shoe and it also has the durability to back it up.

Why you should not buy this shoe

One major reason to not buy this shoe would be the fact that it is designed for people who need extra support with pronation. If you are not one of those runners than you might want to try the neutral version of the shoe instead.

Upper of the shoe

As I have already mentioned the upper on this shoe was very breathable and kept my feet feeling supported and cool. One minor issue I did have with the upper was the lack of durability. When I came to the end of my 100km test period the upper was showing some noticable signs of wear.

Foam of the shoe

The foam on this shoe was simply perfect and no before you ask brooks are not paying me to be so nice about their product. It was stable and yet it still had some great energy return which made for a comfortable and smooth ride.

Sole of the shoe

The sole on this shoe provided some sublime traction and unlike the upper this was backed up with some sublime durability.

Conclusions to this Brooks Glycerin GTS Review

To conclude I just want to say what a fan I am of this shoe. Although there are some small issues with it I think that brooks have done a very good job and I look forward to testing any future versions of this shoe.

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