Brooks Transcend 2 vs. Brooks Glycerin 12 review

Brooks Transcend 2 provides a comfortable ride with support you barely notice. Brooks Glycerin 12 delivers a very soft ride with a close-to-foot feel to neutral runners...

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The Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 while not falling in the same category of running shoes, do share some features.

Starting with the uppers, both the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 have a no-sew upper with the Brooks Glycerin 12 having some stitches at the front and back of the shoe and in overlays that wrap the midfoot.

The Brooks Transcend 2 is entire no-sew with bands that connect the saddle to the midsole thereby providing a very secure fit around the midfoot.

However, the 3D Fit Print on the Brooks Glycerin 12 allows it to provide a more custom fit than the Brooks Transcend 2, especially in the forefoot area.

But at the back, the Brooks Transcend 2 may lock your heel down better onto the platform than the Brooks Glycerin 12.

The two running shoes have a very similar midsole due to the type of cushioning they use. Both the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 make use of Super DNA for cushioning, which provides 25% more cushioning than BioMogo DNA, so both running shoes are very cushy.

However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Glycerin 12 outcushions the Brooks Transcend 2 especially in the heel. So if you are a heel-striker, you may want to consider the Brooks Glycerin 12 above the Brooks Transcend 2.

Both running shoes provide full ground contact and have no midfoot shank separating the forefoot and the rearfoot, so you should be able to get a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off from either running shoe.

The big difference in the midsole is that the Brooks Transcend 2 implements Guide Rails along the upper edge of the midsole to help align your feet during the gait-cycle and as a way to provide stability and support.

The Brooks Glycerin 12 is a pure neutral cushioning running shoe, so it does not have any specific stability features other than the full ground contact it provides, which adds a bit of stability to your ride.

Similarities between the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 continue throughout the outsole where both running shoes have a rounded heel for better alignment and to take stress off the joints.

The outsoles are also well-separated in three zones that function to disperse impact and give you a smoother ride.

The main difference between the outsoles lies in the configuration of the rubber lugs. The Brooks Transcend 2 has a vertical flex groove that runs from under the heel towards the toes thereby curving more towards the outer edge of the shoe, while the Brooks Glycerin 12 has two main vertical flex grooves quite centered under the forefoot.

These flex grooves do not impact the front-to-back flexibility of the shoes much, though, since both running shoes are pretty stiff. For men, the difference in stiffness between the shoes is not that great with the Brooks Transcend 2 being somewhat more flexible.

But in the women's versions of the shoes, the Brooks Glycerin 12 has been shown to be noticeably more flexible than the Brooks Transcend 2 in running shoe lab tests.

Stiffness should not be a problem for heavier runners, though, who generally tend to appreciate such a feature in a running shoe.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 12 for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 2 weighs about 11.7 oz (332 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 12 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

Choosing between the Brooks Transcend 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 should not be difficult if you are looking for an overall soft and smooth ride, since the Brooks Glycerin 12 should be able to provide that.

But if you are looking for stability and support in a running shoe, the natural option would be to consider the Brooks Transcend 2 instead of the Brooks Glycerin 12.

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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