Brooks Beast 14 vs. Brooks Transcend review

Brooks Beast 14 provides maximum support to severe overpronators. Brooks Transcend helps promote a natural stride on a cushioned surface. Both shoes are for bigger runners, but...

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The Brooks Beast 14 and the Brooks Transcend are both geared towards providing support and stability, with the Brooks Beast 14 being the one to provide maximum support.


Note that while this review applies to the men's running shoes, the same can be said of the women's running shoes, so of the Brooks Ariel 14 and the Brooks Transcend for women.

The uppers of both running shoes consist of a combination of breathable mesh with overlays. While most of the overlays are stitch-free on the Brooks Transcend, there are overlays with stitches on the Brooks Beast 14, especially in the toe guard, the saddle, behind the heel, and in the overlays that wrap the midfoot.

Because bigger runners who overpronate need such structure and support in an upper, the Brooks Beast 14 is much more suitable for such runners. In addition to these main overlays, the Brooks Beast 14 also has no-sew overlays in between to provide more structural support to the upper.

Both running shoes have light overlays running over the bunion window with the Brooks Transcend being the one that is more tightly wrapped.

Another difference in the upper is around the heel. The Brooks Beast 14 has overlays for support at the back of the shoe, while the Brooks Transcend has a heel counter that firmly locks down the heel onto the platform.

So while the midfoot wrapping might be a bit more secure in the Brooks Beast 14, the heel lock should be better in the Brooks Transcend.

The big difference between the Brooks Beast 14 and the Brooks Transcend can be found in the midsole, where the Brooks Beast 14 has an Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar to provide maximum pronation control, whereas the Brooks Transcend implements a Guide Rail around the top of the midsole to assist your body in finding its natural groove without any extra tools.

In essence, the Brooks Beast 14 corrects and helps stop severe overpronation, and the Brooks Transcend does not correct but rather provides an environment for your body to find its own natural movement – it helps your body to correct itself. Note that the Brooks Transcend is not geared towards severe overpronators, while the Brooks Beast 14 is.

Another difference in the outsole lies in the type of cushioning used. While the Brooks Beast 14 has a BioMoGo midsole with Brooks DNA along its full length to provide cushioning, the Brooks Transcend has a Super DNA midsole that provides much more cushioning than normal Brooks DNA. So you should expect to get a softer ride from the Brooks Transcend.

And while both running shoes have a crash pad that runs along the outer edge of the shoe, it is more seamless in the Brooks Transcend than it is in the Brooks Beast 14, since the Brooks Transcend provides full ground contact at midfoot level. The Brooks Beast 14 should provide you with a smooth heel-to-toe transition, which should feel a bit smoother in the Brooks Transcend.

The outsoles of the Brooks Beast 14 and the Brooks Transcend differ from each other in that the Brooks Beast 14 provides a much wider platform to run on than the Brooks Transcend does. This can be seen clearly in the heel, which is much broader on the Brooks Beast 14.

So as far as stability goes, the Brooks Beast 14 might win. It should also be ideal for runners who have wide feet all over.

The distribution of the rubber lugs in the outsole is also different in the two running shoes, but the degree of separation and flex grooves in the forefoot of the Brooks Beast 14 should make it feel a bit more flexible than the Brooks Transcend.

The Brooks Beast is 1.6 oz (45 grams) heavier than the Brooks Transcend for men, while the Brooks Ariel is 1.9 oz (54 grams) heavier than the Brooks Transcend for women.

If you are a severe overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides a maximum amount of support with a secure fit and a good amount of cushioning, then the Brooks Beast 14 would be one to consider.

If on the other hand you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides lots of cushioning, smooth transitions, and helps you find your own stride, then the Brooks Transcend would be one to look into.

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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This review falls under: Brooks

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