Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 vs. Brooks Transcend 4 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride. Brooks Transcend 4 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Transcend 4 fall in the support category of running shoes from Brooks but differ in the way they provide support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 4 are similar in that they both consist of mesh and no-sew overlays.

They differ in that the Brooks Transcend 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with 3D Fit Print overlays that run throughout the entire upper to provide a more custom fit, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 has overlays mostly around the midfoot fanning out from the saddle toward the midsole.

In essence, both running shoes provide a good hold but might feel different on your feet. In addition, the Brooks Transcend 4 is intended to feel more luxurious where its interior is concerned.

While both running shoes come with a stitched-on toecap at the front, the Brooks Transcend 4 has an external heel counter at the back for extra support that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 does not have.

This heel counter comes pretty far forward on the medial side to help with supporting your foot when it rolls in.

While one could say that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 provides a better hold around the midfoot due to its top-down approach instead of lateral approach as in the Brooks Transcend 4, the Brooks Transcend 4 can be seen as the one that provides a good amount of support behind the heel.

However, because both running shoes make use of no-sew overlays where it matters most to prevent irritation, both running shoes should feel comfortable on your feet.

The midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Transcend 4 are made up of different materials.

The Brooks Transcend 4 uses a type of midsole material that is meant to provide more cushioning than the midsole material used by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

This is also evident in running shoe lab tests results, which show that the Brooks Transcend 4 provides almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, and to both men and women.

And while the forefoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is quite cushy, its heel might feel a bit firm to both men and women, so the Brooks Transcend 4 would be a better running shoe for heel-strikers.

Another difference between the midsoles is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a traditional medial post to control overpronation, while the Brooks Transcend 4 implements what is called Guide Rails to help your body and feet correct themselves.

These Guide Rails run along the upper edge of the midsole on both the lateral and the medial side, while the medial post of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 is only located on the medial side, where it is reinforced by a small midfoot shank.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 as providing almost a maximum amount of stability, while the Brooks Transcend 4 provides an above average amount.

Yet another difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Brooks Transcend 4 is the fact that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes with a crash pad that runs along the entire lateral side of the midsole. This helps with stability but also with smoothening your ride from heel-strike to toe-off.

But because the Brooks Transcend 4 is a running shoe that offers a good amount of ground contact just like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, they both should be able to deliver smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The outsoles of the Brooks Transcend 4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 look quite different, but both come with a good amount of separation for shock absorption and flexibility.

The Brooks Transcend 4 is also a bit broader under the midfoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 to increase the stability of the running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that both the Brooks Transcend 4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 deliver a good amount of flexibility, with the Brooks Transcend 4 being just a tiny bit more flexible than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 4 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 4 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 for men also weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a very soft and luxurious ride from a running shoe, you could try the Brooks Transcend 4.

But if you know that you will be needing a lot of stability and support, you may want to look into the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 before you look into the Brooks Transcend 4.

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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