Brooks Transcend 3 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Brooks Transcend 3 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability. Brooks Glycerin 13 delivers a soft and smooth ride with a secure fit to neutral runners.

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The Brooks Transcend 3 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 while not falling in the same category of running shoes, look very much alike in the type of materials they use and their properties.


Similarities between the Brooks Transcend 3 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 start in the upper where both have the tendency to wrap the entire foot well.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with broad overlays on the lateral and medial sides of the midfoot that really keep your foot centered on the platform and give a good amount of support there.

The Brooks Transcend 3 The preceding link takes you to uses mesh and internal overlays to provide structure and support in its upper, which give you a good wrap around the midfoot and also the forefoot, but does not provide as much support as the broad overlays the run across the midfoot in the Brooks Glycerin 13.

However, the Brooks Transcend 3 tends to excel in the amount of support provided behind the heel with a very supportive heel counter.

All in all, both the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Transcend 3 should provide you with enough support to keep your foot on the platform.

Both the Brooks Transcend 3 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 have a midsole that implements the same type of super soft cushioning.

However, running shoe lab tests have resulted in some differences to be noted.

While the cushioning profiles look similar with both have a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning, the Brooks Transcend 3 is the one that is more cushy for both men and women but not by a whole lot.

The main difference in the midsole can be found in the Guide Rails that the Brooks Transcend 3 implements to help you find a more natural motion path as you go through the gait cycle.

The Brooks Transcend 3 is not a traditional stability running shoe and because the stability it offers can barely be noticed, it is a running shoe that could also be worn by neutral runners.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 is a more traditional neutral cushioning running shoe that does not come with stability features other than providing full ground, which increases the stability of the running shoe. But this full ground contact is also offered by the Brooks Transcend 3.

In fact, the Brooks Transcend 3 increases the amount of ground contact with a slightly wider midfoot than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

However, both running shoes have a rounded heel to take stress off joints and provide better alignment.

What is also similar is that their outsoles consist of three separate zones that are meant to distribute stress.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Transcend 3 display a large degree of separation between their rubber compartments, but the rubber compartment look different.

This is largely due to the fact that the entire midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 13 functions as a crash pad, so the outer edges of the outsole are quite rounded and well segmented. The flex grooves run straighter too in the Brooks Glycerin 13.

Such high segmentation can only be found under the heel of the Brooks Transcend 3 from the back of the heel around the lateral side, which hints at a small crash pad under the heel.

Running shoe lab tests show that both running shoes are quite stiff for women, but that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is much more flexible than the Brooks Transcend 3 for men, which also turns out to be quite stiff.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 3 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 3 weighs about 11.4 oz (323 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a running shoe that provides lots of cushioning, you could go with either the Brooks Glycerin 13 or the Brooks Transcend 3, since the stability offered by the Brooks Transcend 3 should not get in your way as a neutral runner.

And do keep in mind that the Brooks Transcend 3 is more cushy than the Brooks Glycerin 13 but that the Brooks Glycerin 13 is somewhat lighter than the Brooks Transcend 3.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a very plush and comfortable ride from a running shoe, then the Brooks Transcend 3 might be worth looking 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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