Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 vs. Brooks Transcend 3 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride. Brooks Transcend 3 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability...

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The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Transcend 3 fall in the support category of running shoes from Brooks but differ in the way they provide support.

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The upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com contains more stitches than that of the Brooks Transcend 3, which is more or less no-sew with no visible stitches.

The upper of the Brooks Transcend 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com consists of several layers of mesh that wrap your foot to provide support, whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with no-sew overlays on mesh to provide support.

At the back, the Brooks Transcend 3 provides a good amount of support with sturdy pieces, while the back of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is more open but still provides enough support.

All in all, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides an even amount of support from heel to toe, while the Brooks Transcend 3 tends to provide lightweight support from forefoot to midfoot and increases the amount of support toward the back.

The Brooks Transcend 3 uses a different type of cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17. The midsole of the Brooks Transcend 3 is supposed to provide more cushioning than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The difference in cushioning is clearly visible in data from running shoe lab tests, which show that the Brooks Transcend 3 provides overall more cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for both men and women.

The cushioning profile of the Brooks Transcend 3 actually looks like that of a cushioning running shoe.

The biggest differences can be noted in the women's versions of the running shoes, where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides an above average amount of forefoot cushioning, and the Brooks Transcend 3 gets close to a maximum amount.

But the largest difference in cushioning can be found in the heel, where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 might feel a bit firm, while the Brooks Transcend 3 provides an amount of heel cushioning that is far above average.

This also applies to the men's versions of the running shoes although the amount of forefoot cushioning in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes closer to that in the Brooks Transcend 3 for men.

However, the observation of the amount of heel cushioning is similar, that is, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has a heel that might feel firm and the Brooks Transcend 3 has a very cushy heel.

Cushioning is not the only thing that differs in the two running shoes. The method of pronation control also does.

Both the Brooks Transcend 3 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 are stability running shoes, but while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides pronation control through a traditional method, the Brooks Transcend 3 uses something different.

The Brooks Transcend 3 comes with elevated sections called Guide Rails at the top of the midsole on the medial and lateral sides.

These Guide Rails are not meant to provide pronation control but rather help your foot and body find its own natural path of motion. In essence, they help your feet and body to correct themselves.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, on the other hand, comes with a long piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

Whether one method is better than the other is a matter of preference, but running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 as providing almost a maximum amount of stability, while the Brooks Transcend 3 delivers an above average amount.

The large amount of stability in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 also comes from the full-length crash pad it has on the lateral side of the midsole.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which should benefit the smoothness of heel-to-toe transitions.

But unlike the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, the Brooks Transcend 3 does not come with a midfoot shank and provides more ground contact directly under the midfoot, which should increase the amount of support there.

Both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Transcend 3 display a good amount of separation in their outsoles although the rubber pods are slightly smaller and more plentiful in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 than in the Brooks Transcend 3.

In terms of flexibility, the Brooks Transcend 3 turns out to be somewhat stiff for both men and women, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 displays a bit more flexibility for both genders.

Stiffness is something that bigger runners can handle better than lighter runners, so in that respect, the Brooks Transcend 3 might suit bigger runners better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 3 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 3 weighs about 11.4 oz (323 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are an overpronator, choosing between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Transcend 3 will not be an easy task.

If you know that you will be needing a lot of stability and support, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 might be the safer option to choose.

But if you are a mild to moderate overpronator who prefers a softer ride and wants to try out a different way of correcting overpronation, you may want to try out the Brooks Transcend 3.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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