There are no surprises in current Brooks Glycerin 18 and it offers what everyone would expect: great running shoe for neutral runners, plenty of top comfortable cushioning and the best materials available within the american brand. As a typical yearly update, some details have been refined to get an improved product, but it is interesting to highlight the considerable weight reduction. There is no surprise either when talking about the high price tag which would unfortunately meet the expectations from most pessimistic ones. Each one decides if the Glycerin 18 is worth the money.
Among all changes from its predecessor Glycerin 17 the most important one is the new upper based in double layer Jacquard mesh which uses 3D Fit Print technology for improved support that is elastic enough to adapt to different shapes and features different thickness so it is more breathable in certain areas while heavier in others. Oversized logo from the american brand follows latest trend already seen in other Brooks running shoes like popular Ravenna 11.
Rest of Glycerin 18 keeps the midsole made of successful DNA LOFT foam with minor variations in geometry based on high technology computer design. What does change is outsole configuration which is almost the same used in its counterpart with pronation support Transcend 7, looking for quicker and smoother transition but without losing any traction. These running shoes are intended for road running but performs great also on dirt tracks.