Brooks Transcend 5 vs. 4 review

Brooks Transcend 4 provides a very plush and comfortable ride with a touch of stability. Brooks Transcend 5 increases support and comfort in the upper and has new Guide Rails...

The Brooks Transcend 5 is the updated version of the Brooks Transcend 4, which is a stability running shoe for moderate overpronators and runners who have flat to medium arches.

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While Brooks has stated that the main change has been to the Guide Rails, there have been other updates made around the running shoe.

The upper of the Brooks Transcend 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differs from that of the Brooks Transcend 4 in that the 3D printed overlays that run along the length of the upper of the Brooks Transcend 4 have been changed on the Brooks Transcend 5 to run across the midfoot.

The overlays have some stitches in them but can be seen as being more supportive and providing a more secure fit than the overlays that run along the length of the upper of the Brooks Transcend 4.

The Brooks Transcend 5 also has some 3D printed no-sew overlays at the front of the running shoe, while the Brooks Transcend 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a durable stitched-on toecap in that area.

The overlays on the Brooks Transcend 4 also cover the sides of the toe box. This has changed in the Brooks Transcend 5, which now has a pretty wide and open toe box that is free from overlays.

One last change can be found at the back of the running shoes, where the external heel counter has been updated in the Brooks Transcend 5.

While it runs a bit higher in the Brooks Transcend 4, it runs about the same distance at the sides of the heel to cup the heel well and lock it in.

All in all, the Brooks Transcend 5 increases the amount of support delivered through the upper as well as the amount of comfort in the toe box.

The Brooks Transcend 4 and the Brooks Transcend 5 make use of the same type of cushioning in their midsoles and they are running shoes that are meant to provide a good amount of cushioning.

The construction of the midsole has changed a bit in the Brooks Transcend 5 to make way for new Guide Rails.

Guide Rails are elevated sections of the upper edge of the midsole that are meant to keep your foot and body in line while you run.

They deliver the stability and support that overpronators need to help stop their feet from rolling too far inward.

The Guide Rails are a bit less curved in the Brooks Transcend 5 than they are in the Brooks Transcend 4, but both align well with the heel counter to deliver a good amount of stability and support.

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In terms of stability and support, running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Transcend 5 as being a bit more stable than the Brooks Transcend 4, but both running shoes deliver an above average amount of stability to runners.

Apart from the Guide Rails change in the midsole, there has also been some changes in the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes.

The Brooks Transcend 5 tends to deliver a bit less forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Transcend 4 to both men and women, according to running shoe lab tests, with both running shoes delivering an above average amount of cushioning and the Brooks Transcend 4 having a very cushy forefoot.

This change should make the Brooks Transcend 5 a bit more responsive than the Brooks Transcend 4.

The amount of heel cushioning has also dropped in the Brooks Transcend 5, but it has dropped more than the amount of forefoot cushioning, especially for men.

The Brooks Transcend 4 delivers almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning to both men and women, but men will get just an average amount of heel cushioning from the Brooks Transcend 5 and women an above average amount but not as much as in the Brooks Transcend 4.

So according to running shoe lab test results, the Brooks Transcend 5 is an overall less cushy running shoe than the Brooks Transcend 4, and the Brooks Transcend 4 is also better for heel-strikers.

The general layout of the rubber outsoles has not changed much, but the Brooks Transcend 5 seems to be a bit more separated under the forefoot and less under the heel.

The Brooks Transcend 4 also seems to have more rubber directly under the midfoot than the Brooks Transcend 5 has.

While both the Brooks Transcend 4 and the Brooks Transcend 5 have an equal amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, running shoe lab tests have found that the Brooks Transcend 4 delivers an average amount of flexibility, while the Brooks Transcend 5 can be seen as stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), while the Brooks Transcend 4 for women weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams), and the Brooks Transcend 4 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support, you could go with either the Brooks Transcend 4 or the Brooks Transcend 5.

The Brooks Transcend 4 is cushier than the Brooks Transcend 5, so if you are also looking to get a very soft ride, the Brooks Transcend 4 would be the one to consider.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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