Brooks Glycerin 9 Running Shoe Review

Zachary Rodasti

Zach's been testing gear with Active Gear Review since day one of the site, and just generally loves being outside doing any outdoor activity. He and his wife race year round, prefer long distance endurance events, and have raced marathons in multiple states nationwide. Recently, Zach added triathlons to his list of endeavors, and has competed in all distances up to a half iron. He has two young boys who are full of energy and get into all sorts of trouble on a regular basis - just like him.

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5 Responses

  1. Shannon says:

    Zach has nailed it with his review! I too, have been testing and running in lighter weight shoes, so the Glycerin 9’s were a bit different for many reasons. For starters, the women’s model weighs in at 9.8 ounces and features the Brooks’ DNA running the full length of the midsole. The shoes, therefore, had way more cushion than I was used to and some added weight too (typically, wearing shoes under 8 ounces). The cushioning is great for long runs, but I would agree with Zach’s comments about loosing a sense for the ground underneath you. I tend to do a few tempo runs each week and found the Glycerin’s to be a little too much for such bouts.
    I have about and average arch and foot width and found the toe box to be almost too roomy for me. I felt that the shoe was a bit sloppier on my foot than past Glycerin models. These may be great then for those with wider feet or those that use orthotics.
    My mom has received my Glycerin 7’s and 8’s after testing and claims that they are her favorite shoes (and believe me she gets to try lots of shoes after I am done with them). For her, the cushioning is what keeps her happy while walking the dog. She may not “Run Happy”, but she definitely “Walks Happy”.

  2. Ali Mc says:

    I just bought these and have only run about 8 miles in them. They are my first pair of runner’s (I’ve only been running since July. I chose them b/c they felt the nicest on my foot when I was at the running store. I tried on numerous brands but my worry is that the shoe is too much shoe for me. It runs great but feels kinda heavy. The store I was at didn’t have the Ghost 4 in my size and I didn’t get to compare it. I’m wondering if I should go back to the store and compare it to other brooks shoes??? I am only training for a 5k right now so my millage isn’t really anything crazy. Although I’m hooked on running now and plan to do a 10k after this race :) I can run it in 28mins right now. As an ex smoker that has never run I think that’s pretty good :)

    PS: I’m a female. Would you recommend a different shoe?? I am a neutral runner

  3. Hi Ali,

    It depends on how much cushion you want in a shoe. The glycerin 9 is a solid running shoe and it has been pretty popular among neutral runners for many years. The ghost 4 is a lighter weight shoe and with that comes a little less cushion. Both should work just fine for you, it depends on how light weight you want to go. My personal suggestion would be to keep the Glycerin 9’s and see how you like them down the road. This will also give you something to compare against if you ever buy a lighter weight shoe. Hope this helps and good luck in your races!

  4. Ali Mc says:

    thanks that does help a lot. I already couldn’t hold back from my outdoor runs and ran in them – they didn’t disappoint. I guess I just thought the colour and style were a “bit much” for a beginner. I kind of felt weird having my feet stand out so much, but now I’m hooked. I find the extra cushioning really nice (especially since 80% of my runs are on concrete) Thanks for the great review :D

  5. That is great to here Ali. As someone who gets to see the designs for future seasons, loud colors will be more prevalent across a number of brands and running shoe lines.

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