Brooks Glycerin 14 vs. Brooks Transcend 4 review

Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Brooks Transcend 4 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 4 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Glycerin 14 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Brooks Transcend 4 a stability running shoe.

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Nonetheless, these two running shoes have a lot in common and provide a soft ride to runners.

Similarities start in the upper, where both the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 4 make use of 3D printed no-sew overlays that run through the entire upper to give runners a more custom fit.

The difference is that the Brooks Glycerin 14 also comes with broad stitched-on overlays around the midfoot, so considerably increases the amount of support in that area compared to the Brooks Transcend 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The Brooks Transcend 4, on the other hand, comes with an external heel counter at the back that is missing on the Brooks Glycerin 14. So the Brooks Transcend 4 increases the amount of support at the back.

Both running shoes come with a stitched-on toecap, but the toecap of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is shorter, so provides a bit more space to your outer toes than the toecap of the Brooks Transcend 4.

In any case, you should be able to get enough comfort from either running shoe, and both running shoes should be able to keep your foot on the platform.

As mentioned previously, both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 4 deliver a soft ride.

This is largely due to the fact that they both make use of the same type of midsole material and cushioning. This material provides much more cushioning than Brooks' standard midsole material as is found in its other running shoes.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Brooks Transcend 4 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 have a very cushy forefoot, but the Brooks Transcend 4 provides almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning to women, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 lags just a small amount behind.

For men, it is a similar story, but in this case, both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 4 provide almost a maximum amount of both heel and forefoot cushioning.

The conclusion is that whether you choose to run in the Brooks Glycerin 14 or the Brooks Transcend 4, you should be able to get a very soft ride from either.

The biggest difference between the Brooks Transcend 4 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 is the fact that the Brooks Transcend 4 comes with Guide Rails at the top of the midsole on the lateral and medial sides.

These Guide Rails are not meant to correct your stride like a standard medial post would, but rather help your body and feet find their own natural motion path.

So the amount of stability provided by the Brooks Transcend 4 is not extreme, and in fact, running shoe lab tests rate the two running shoes as coming close to each other where the amount of stability is concerned.

The stability of the Brooks Glycerin 14 comes mostly from the amount of ground contact it provides and the fact that its entire midsole is like a crash pad with a good amount of separation.

However, the Brooks Transcend 4 provides just a tad more stability than the Brooks Glycerin 14.

The outsoles of both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 4 are well separated for shock absorption and dissipation.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 14 comes with smaller and more plentiful rubber pods than the Brooks Transcend 4.

On the other hand, the Brooks Transcend 4 widens the platform right under the midfoot to increase the amount of support there.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 4 are relatively flexible running shoes, but in both the men's and the women's case, the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Transcend 4.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Brooks Transcend 4 for women weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Brooks Transcend 4 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Brooks Transcend 4 are very similar to each other down to their weights. They both provide soft, smooth, and comfortable rides.

As a neutral runner, you could go with either because there isn't a big difference between the amount of stability and support they provide.

However, if you are an overpronator, the Brooks Transcend 4 is the one that was specifically built for your needs.

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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