Brooks Glycerin 16 vs. Brooks Transcend 6 review

Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning shoe that delivers a very soft and smooth ride for long runs. Brooks Transcend 6 does the same but adds stability and support to your runs...

The Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Transcend 6 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Glycerin 16 being for neutral runners and the Brooks Transcend 6 for runners requiring support.

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The Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Transcend 6 look and are very much like each other with just a few minor differences to distinguish them.

The Brooks Transcend 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is more or less a copy of the Brooks Glycerin 16 but then with support added to it.

The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Transcend 6 are alike in that they expose a lot of mesh and provide lots of room and comfort in the toe box so would be good running shoes for runners who have wide feet.

They are also similar in that they come with 3D-printed overlays around the midfoot.

However, the overlays differ in that those on the Brooks Glycerin 16 better form a whole piece that connects the saddle to the midsole.

The overlays on the Brooks Transcend 6 are more separated and might tend to stretch with the mesh, so are there more to reinforce the mesh.

Therefore, the Brooks Glycerin 16 would deliver a bit more support around the midfoot compared to the Brooks Transcend 6.

Both the Brooks Transcend 6 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 come with an internal stretch bootie to give you a closer-to-foot fit and plush feel around your foot, so all in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the uppers of these two running shoes.

Similarities between the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Transcend 6 continue in their midsoles, where both come with one main layer of foam that is meant to deliver a super soft ride.

The midsole of the Brooks Transcend 6 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 look almost identical and have a similar structure and segmentation.

Because both running shoes deliver a good amount of ground contact, you should be able to get a bit of extra stability from that but also smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 has been found to have a very cushy heel and forefoot for both men and women, and the same can be expected of the Brooks Transcend 6.

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The main difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Transcend 6 as well as the main thing that distinguishes them are the GuideRails that run along the upper edge of the midsole of the Brooks Transcend 6.

These GuideRails are the stability feature on the Brooks Transcend 6 that is missing from the Brooks Glycerin 16, because the Brooks Transcend 6 is meant to deliver support, while the Brooks Glycerin 16 is meant to be worn by runners who do not require any support.

GuideRails are a subtle way of delivering stability and support, and Brooks claims that they help prevent or reduce knee injuries.

Because they are gentle on your feet and body, you should not feel them as a neutral runner, so if you are a neutral runner, you could consider the Brooks Transcend 6 if you require a bit of stability and support.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Transcend 6 have been set up in a similar way to disperse pressure and shock.

While the outsoles look alike, they do display a few minor differences. For one, the crash section under the heel of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more segmented, but both running shoes should be able to isolate shock at impact.

On the medial side, the Brooks Transcend 6 displays more separation between its heel and midfoot.

While both running shoes have a good and equal amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, the flex grooves of the Brooks Glycerin 16 tend to run farther from the lateral side to the medial side compared to those of the Brooks Transcend 6.

Some of the flex grooves in the forefoot of the Brooks Transcend 6 stop halfway, as a good indication that the Brooks Transcend 6 is meant to increase the amount of stiffness you get on the medial side, which should also help stop your foot from rolling further inward.

Because the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the Brooks Transcend 6 deliver lots of forefoot cushioning, they tend to be on the stiff side anyway.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is lighter than the Brooks Transcend 6 for both men and women, according to manufacturer's data.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft and comfortable ride from a running shoe, you could turn to the Brooks Glycerin 16. Note that the Brooks Glycerin 16 has been listed as being for runners with medium to high arches.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator who is looking for the same things as the Brooks Glycerin 16 offers but then with additional support, you could look into the Brooks Transcend 6. Note that the Brooks Transcend 6 has been listed as being for runners with flat to medium arches.

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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