Brooks Transcend 5 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 review

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 delivers tons of stability and support with a smooth ride. Brooks Transcend 5 provides a secure fit and a good amount of stability and support.

The Brooks Transcend 5 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 are stability running shoes for overpronators who require a good amount of stability and support and who have flat to medium arches.

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The uppers of the Brooks Transcend 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 differ in that the Brooks Transcend 5 provides a good amount of support right across the midfoot, while the amount of support on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 runs from the midfoot towards the back of the running shoe.

In addition, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has less stitches in its upper than the Brooks Transcend 5 does.

The forefoot is quite open and free from overlays in both running shoes, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 provides more room due to the pulling back of the overlays.

The mesh on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 also has more structure and might feel a bit softer than that on the Brooks Transcend 5.

Both running shoes come with no-sew overlays at the front, but the Brooks Transcend 5 is the one that significantly increases the amount of support you get at the back with its external heel counter.

All in all, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 might provide a bit more comfort through its upper, but the Brooks Transcend 5 delivers a bit more support through its upper.

The Brooks Transcend 5 is meant to provide more cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 due to the type of midsole material used.

The midsole material of the Brooks Transcend 5 should deliver about 20% more cushioning than that of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, but running shoe lab test results paint a different picture.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Brooks Transcend 5 deliver an above average amount of forefoot cushioning, but men will get more forefoot cushioning from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and women from the Brooks Transcend 5.

However, the amount of heel cushioning delivered by the Brooks Transcend 5 to men is about average, while that delivered by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 lies way above average for men.

The amount of heel cushioning for women is above average in both running shoes, but women should get a bit more from the Brooks Transcend 5 than from the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.

The conclusion is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 displays a better balance between heel and forefoot cushioning for both men and women, and it delivers overall more cushioning to men than the Brooks Transcend 5.

The Brooks Transcend 5, on the other hand, delivers overall more cushioning to women than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, but the differences are not huge.

The main difference between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Brooks Transcend 5 can be found in the devices used to control overpronation.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 uses a more traditional way of controlling overpronation through the use of a medial post.

This medial post is long in midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, runs high, and is backed by different densities of foam to make the process of pronation control more gradual.

The Brooks Transcend 5 uses a more discrete way of pronation control through the use of Guide Rails that run along the upper edge of the midsole.

These Guide Rails are meant to help align the body and feet so that you find your own natural way of running without overpronating.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 and the Brooks Transcend 5 deliver an above average amount of stability to overpronators, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 lies much higher on the scale than the Brooks Transcend 5.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are well segmented for shock absorption and dissipation, and they both provide a good amount of ground contact.

These are all elements that should help you get a smooth ride and smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

While the Brooks Transcend 5 has more flex grooves in its forefoot than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, running shoe lab tests rate both running shoes as being on the stiff side and the amount of stiffness is close to the same in both running shoes.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for women weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 for men weighs 9.7 oz (275 grams).

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of stability and support from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 or the Brooks Transcend 5, thereby keeping in mind that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is a bit more stable than the Brooks Transcend 5 and suitable for moderate to severe overpronators.

In terms of getting a soft ride, men might prefer the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, while women might want to look into the Brooks Transcend 5.

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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