Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 vs. Brooks Transcend 4 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 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 18 and the Brooks Transcend 4 fall in the same category of stability running shoes for overpronators.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 4 are quite different.

The Brooks Transcend 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with 3D printed overlays that run along the lateral and medial sides of the upper, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has kept the upper from midway midfoot to forefoot free from overlays and moved back the overlays to providing support more around the heels.

Therefore, the Brooks Transcend 4 is likely to provide a somewhat tighter fit than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 implements engineered mesh to reduce the need for overlays in the forefoot and keep things a bit looser and more comfortable.

The toecap of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 has also been dressed with a minimum amount of overlays, while that of the Brooks Transcend 4 comes with a stitched-on overlay, which is somewhat more durable.

The support at the back of the running shoes is also somewhat more in the Brooks Transcend 4 than it is in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 due to the use of a sturdy external heel counter on the Brooks Transcend 4 that runs far towards the midfoot to help with pronation control.

All in all, one could say that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 provides enough support to keep your foot on the platform with a comfortable fit, while the upper of the Brooks Transcend 4 provides an overall more secure fit and somewhat more durability and support.

The Brooks Transcend 4 is meant to provide stability in addition to lots of cushioning to runners, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is meant to provide a large amount of stability and support with less emphasis on cushioning.

Therefore, the Brooks Transcend 4 implements a different type of midsole material that provides more cushioning than the type of midsole material used by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

It is not surprising to see that running shoe lab tests have found the Brooks Transcend 4 to be overall cushier than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

However, while the Brooks Transcend 4 delivers almost a maximum amount of heel and forefoot cushioning to both men and women, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does not lag too far behind.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 also provides a good amount of heel and forefoot cushioning to runners so can be seen as a relatively cushy running shoe, but the amount is just not to the max as in the Brooks Transcend 4.

Both the Brooks Transcend 4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 have a midsole that is well segmented for shock absorption and provides a good amount of ground contract for smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

The big difference between the midsoles can be found in the way these running shoes deliver pronation control.

Whereas the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 uses the traditional way to control overpronation by way of a long post on the medial side of the midsole, the Brooks Transcend 4 uses a more discrete way through Guide Rails at the top edge of the midsole on both the lateral and medial sides.

Running shoe lab tests have found the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 to deliver much more stability and support than the Brooks Transcend 4, so the traditional medial post in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 wins in the stability department.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Transcend 4 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 differ in layout, but both display a large degree of separation and have small rubber pods.

The outsole widens a bit under the midfoot of the Brooks Transcend 4 to provide a bit more stability there, and the Brooks Transcend 4 also comes with more deep flex grooves in the forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 does.

These flex grooves help increase the flexibility of a running shoe. According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Transcend 4 provides an average amount of flexibility, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 can be seen as a somewhat stiff running shoe.

The women's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the Brooks Transcend 4 for women weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 weighs about 9.7 oz (275 grams), and the Brooks Transcend 4 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft and stable ride, you could choose either the Brooks Transcend 4 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The Brooks Transcend 4 is for those who want a super soft ride and a moderate amount of stability, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 would suit those who are looking for tons of stability and a moderately soft ride.

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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