Brooks Glycerin 8

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Brooks introduces a new technology with its flagship neutral shoe. DNA is a rubbery cushioning element with the unique ability to respond according to the force applied to it: softly when a little pressure is applied, more firmly when more pressure is applied. DNA not only outperforms Brooks’ longtime HydroFlow technology, it’s also more environmentally friendly. The upper closely mimics the familiar fit of the past few iterations, with open mesh and a supportive saddle design. The midsole retains much of the feel of its predecessor but with a little better transition and a more responsive feel. Minor adjustments to the shank and outersole maintain the Glycerin’s support and durability and sports the inscription in German: “Laufen ist in meiner DNA” which translates to English as: “Running is in my DNA.” The performance, upgraded materials, and execution earned the Glycerin 8 our Best Renovation award.

Testers: “The fit is familiar, secure with a good feel around the ankle collar, and roomy in the toes. The cushioning is quite good, but the rebound and responsiveness are a big improvement. I was certainly impressed.”

Updates the Glycerin 7 Recommended for: medium-to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics • Sizes: Men 8–13,14,15(B,D,2E widths); Women 6–12 (2A,B,D widths) • Weight: 14.6 oz. (men’s 11); 12.7 oz. (women’s 8) • Shape: semi-curved