The team at Brooks is convinced that they are on their way to producing the most popular neutral shoe in the UK with their premium Glycerin model. Version 11 sees the latest attempt to close in on rival brands.
The first thing that strikes you about the Glycerin 11 is it's contemporary streamlined look. A promising start before you hit the road where I found a shoe that was immediately offering a surprising measure of responsiveness. Sometimes, high-end shoes can 'over-do' the comfort factor and provide a degree of 'plushness' that takes the edge of a run.
This isn't the case with the Glycerin; ok your foot feels comfortable in the shoe, but you know the ground's below you. The omega flex grooves introduced in model 10 combined and the caterpillar crash pad are the technologies that are working well here to provide a nicely balanced ride.
The Glycerin gets high marks for guidance too. The Brooks team has achieved an excellent compromise between 'substance' in the upper and controlling the overall weight of the shoe. Again your foot feels protected without being cosseted. Advanced manufacturing means that the Glycerin 11 now has a seamless upper which explains that ideal fit.
This 'response/guidance' factor means you can enjoy a fast, focussed run in this shoe. I'd be happy to wear these in a half marathon, possibly a 10k. I definitely didn't think there was a reduction in support from the Glycerin 11 despite the fact that they've taken out the midsole shank. Full length DNA cushioning helps provide a nice heel to toe transition so it's a smooth ride too. SRP £120.