Brooks Transcend 2 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Brooks Transcend 2 provides a comfortable ride with support you barely notice. Books Adrenaline GTS 15 provides smooth runs and cushioning that is not too soft or too firm.

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The Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 both fall in the support category of running shoes from Brooks, but differ considerably from each other.

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Differences start in the upper where the Brooks Transcend 2 consists entirely of no-sew overlays while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has no-sew overlays with some stitches at the back of the shoe.

The no-sew overlays on the medial side of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 are broad to provide overpronators with the most support on that side of the shoe where they need it most.

The Brooks Transcend 2 on the other hand has bands that connect the laces to the midsole on both sides of the shoe to really lock down the foot onto the platform.

The Brooks Transcend 2 also has a nice heel counter to really lock the heel down, so overall the Brooks Transcend 2 provides good support in its upper despite not making use of traditional stitched-on overlays.

The biggest difference between the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is the technology used to provide stability and support through the midsole.

The Brooks Transcend 2 uses what Brooks calls Guide Rails that run along the top edge of the midsole alongside the foot to keep your foot centered on the platform as you go through the gait-cycle.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 on the other hand makes use of several densities of midsole foam on the medial side of the midsole to gradually stop your foot from rolling too far inward after heel-strike.

You can see the Guide Rails in the Brooks Transcend 2 as a new way of providing discrete stability and support, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 uses a more traditional method for providing stability and support, which has always worked and is used by most running shoe manufacturers.

It would be a matter of trying out the Brooks Transcend 2 to see whether the Guide Rails work for you, since every runner is different when it comes to what they prefer. But you can expect the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 to provide a stronger degree of pronation control than the Brooks Transcend 2.

What also differs is the amount of cushioning provided by the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 tends to provide a uniform amount of cushioning that is not too hard or too soft anywhere in the shoe.

The Brooks Transcend 2 on the other hand tends to have a very cushy forefoot with its heel cushioning coming close to that provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, but still remaining a bit softer.

This is probably because of the fact that the Brooks Transcend 2 makes use of Super DNA cushioning, which is 25% softer than BioMoGo DNA cushioning found in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, and because the Brooks Transcend 2 has a thicker midsole.

Another midsole difference is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a midfoot shank on the medial side of the shoe while the Brooks Transcend 2 provides full ground contact with no midfoot shank.

But because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a crash pad that runs on the outer side of the midsole along the entire length of the shoe, you can expect to get a smooth ride from both running shoes.

There are also differences in the outsole where the Brooks Transcend 2 has a smaller and more rounded heel and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a broader heel. The rounded heel is meant to give your ankle joint a better alignment thereby reducing internal stress. This would be beneficial for heel-strikers.

Both running shoes provide good separation in their outsoles, but the Brooks Transcend 2 has three zones in its outsole, each taking care of distributing the pressure under your foot.

But when it comes to flexibility, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 turns out to be much more flexible than the Brooks Transcend 2, probably because the Brooks Transcend 2 provides so much forefoot cushioning that it makes the shoe stiff. However, heavier runners should be able to deal well with this amount of stiffness and benefit from it.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for women weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs about 11.7 oz (332 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Transcend 2, while falling in the same support category, provide two entirely different ways of stability and support.

If you want to try out a new way of getting stability and support from a running shoe with lots of forefoot cushioning and that can serve heavier runners well, then the Brooks Transcend 2 may be worth looking in.

But if you are looking for a more traditional stability running shoe that is not too firm or too soft and is known to provide a good amount of stability and support, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 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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