Brooks Glycerin 14 vs. Brooks Transcend 3 review

Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Brooks Transcend 3 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability.

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The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 3 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Brooks Transcend 3 a stability running shoe.

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However, the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 3 are similar in many ways because they both provide a moderate amount of stability to runners and feel soft under your foot.

The uppers of the Brooks Transcend 3 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 are quite different, though.

The Brooks Transcend 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has an upper that contains no stitches and has several layers of mesh that wrap the entire foot.

This is similar to what the Brooks Glycerin 14 does with its 3D Stretch Print no-sew overlays that run throughout its entire upper, so both running shoes provide you with a good wrap around the foot.

The big difference is that the Brooks Glycerin 14 comes with broad stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot to provide a good amount of support there.

But all in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from either the Brooks Transcend 3 or the Brooks Glycerin 14.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 3 use the same type of cushioning in their midsoles, so they are expected to provide a similar amount of softness.

This is confirmed by running shoe lab tests, which show that the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes come very close to each other.

For men, both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 3 provide almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 providing just a tiny bit more.

For women, the amount of forefoot cushioning is almost to the max in both running shoes, but the amount of heel cushioning is a little bit less than the amount of forefoot cushioning.

But in this case again, both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 3 come close to each other, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 sticking out again as the one that provides just a tiny bit more cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

The big difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 3 are the Guide Rails that run along the upper edge of the midsole of the Brooks Transcend 3.

These Guide Rails are meant to provide stability and help your body and joints align and naturally correct themselves without forcing them to through, for example, a medial post like so many stabilty running shoes implement.

The amount of stability and support provided by the Brooks Transcend 3 is thus very light and barely noticeable.

And while running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Transcend 3 as being more stable than the Brooks Glycerin 14, the difference is minimal.

The latter may also be caused by the fact that both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, including directly under the midfoot.

The outsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 3 display a large amount of separation between the rubber pods.

The good amount of ground contact and large separation should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

However, as far as flexibility goes, the Brooks Glycerin 14 is rated by running shoe lab tests as being the more flexible one for both men and women; the Brooks Transcend 3 turns out to be quite stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Brooks Transcend 3 for women weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Transcend 3 for men weighs 11.4 oz (323 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Brooks Glycerin 14 or the Brooks Transcend 3 although the Brooks Glycerin 14 would be the running shoe for neutral runners.

Despite the Brooks Transcend 3 being a stability running shoe, it does not have much that would get in the way of a neutral runner and has been shown to provide just a tiny bit more stability than the Brooks Glycerin 14.

If you are a moderate overpronator, you may want to try out the Brooks Transcend 3 to see whether its type of stability would help with providing you enough pronation control.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Brooks

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