Brooks Transcend 2 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 review

Brooks Transcend 2 provides a comfortable ride with support you barely notice. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 delivers tons of stability with cushioning that is not too firm or too soft.

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The Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 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 Adrenaline GTS 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has mainly no-sew overlays to keep your foot on the running platform and to give some structure to the mesh.

The Brooks Transcend 2 is different in that it has underlays and extra bands around the midfoot that help increase the amount of support in that area.

Most of the upper of the Brooks Transcend 2 consists of mesh, so the bands help give runners the support they require.

And then at the back, the Transcend 2 comes with an external piece to increase the amount of support behind the heel.

The forefoot of both running shoes is quite open. However, due to the internal structure of the Brooks Transcend 2 and the location of the no-sew overlays on the toe box of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, both might feel a bit tight in the bunion area.

After everything is considered, one could say that both running shoes offer a similar amount of support although the Brooks Transcend 2 wins in the midfoot hold.

The Brooks Transcend 2 is meant to be quite cushy, so it comes with material in its midsole to deliver such cushiness.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, on the other hand, is meant to deliver cushioning that is not too soft and not too firm. This has always been the case with the Brooks Adrenaline.

Running shoe lab tests confirm the assumption that the Brooks Transcend 2 is more cushy than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

For men, the Brooks Transcend 2 offers a lot of forefoot cushioning but an average amount of heel cushioning. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men provides an average amount of forefoot cushioning but its heel might feel a bit firm to men.

For women, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 offers an amount of heel cushioning that comes close to the amount offered by the Brooks Transcend 2, which is on the average side.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is large in the Brooks Transcend 2, but again, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 does not lag too far behind.

So one can conclude that most of the cushiness of the Brooks Transcend 2 lies in the forefoot. Its heel is not very cushy but on the average side just like the cushioning delivered by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16.

Because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Transcend 2 are stability running shoes, they come with features to control overpronation.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 comes with a long piece of firmer foam on the medial side that is topped at the back with foam of softer densities. In addition, the medial post is reinforced by a small midfoot shank on the medial side.

The Brooks Transcend 2, on the other hand, does not come with a medial post nor a midfoot shank. Instead, it comes with elevated sections called Guide Rails on the medial and lateral sides along the top edge of the midsole.

Guide Rails are meant to help your body and feet find their own natural motion paths. You can see it as a new way to provide pronation control. The heel of the Brooks Transcend 2 is also rounded to take stress of joints and provide a better alignment.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 comes with a crash pad on the lateral side that runs from heel to toe. While the Brooks Transcend 2 does not come with such an explicit crash pad, most of the shock absorption is integrated in its midsole.

In addition, because both running shoes offer a good amount of ground contact, they both have the potential of providing you with a smooth ride. This is reinforced by the fact that they both also have outsoles that are well separated.

In terms of flexibility, running shoe lab tests have found both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 and the Brooks Transcend 2 to be on the stiff side although the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 turns out to be a tiny bit more flexible than the Brooks Transcend 2 for women.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for women also weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs about 11.7 oz (332 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are an overpronator who is looking for lots of stability and support from a running shoe, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 uses a trusted method of providing you with that.

However, if you want to try out a new way of getting stability and support from a running shoe, the Brooks Transcend 2 is worth a try.

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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