Brooks Transcend 5 vs. Brooks Beast 18 / Ariel 18 review

Brooks Transcend 5 provides a secure fit and a good amount of stability and support. Brooks Beast 18 delivers maximum pronation control and comfort to bigger runners...

The Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 and the Brooks Transcend 5 are stability running shoes, but the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is seen as a motion control running shoe for severe overpronators while the Brooks Transcend 5 is considered to be a normal stability running shoe for moderate overpronators.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ariel 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com / Brooks Beast 18 and the Brooks Transcend 5 are very much alike in that they both have a forefoot that is wide open and free from overlays, except perhaps for some no-sew overlays running at the sides of the toe box of the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

However, the bunion window has been kept pretty open, especially on the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18, which has its overlays around the midfoot pulled back a bit in comparison to those on the Brooks Transcend 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

Therefore, the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 might offer less constriction in the toe box than the Brooks Transcend 5.

While both running shoes come with broad overlays around the midfoot, the overlays of the Brooks Transcend 5 contain some stitches, while those on the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 are completely no-sew.

Therefore, the Brooks Transcend 5 might offer more durable support around the midfoot than the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 does.

Both the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 and the Brooks Transcend 5 come with an external heel counter at the back that locks the heel in, diminishes heel rotation, and starts pronation control right in the upper instead of in the midsole.

When you take everything into consideration, both running shoes offer enough support to keep your foot on the running platform, but the Brooks Transcend 5 offers more durable support around the midfoot, while the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 offers more durable support at the front and perhaps a bit more comfort in the toe box if you have big bunions.

Both the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 and the Brooks Transcend 5 are meant to offer a soft ride.

The Brooks Transcend 5 and the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 have a Super DNA midsole, which is meant to deliver more cushioning than Brooks' standard midsole material.

Lab tests have found that the Brooks Transcend 5 has a cushy forefoot and also delivers a good amount of heel cushioning to women but has a moderately cushioned heel for men.

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The biggest difference between the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 and the Brooks Transcend 5 lies in the way they help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The Brooks Transcend 5 implements Guide Rails, which are raised sections along the upper edge of the midsole that help better align your feet, joints, and body, so basically, your body corrects itself.

The Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is different in that it comes with a long post on the medial side of the midsole to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

This post is further reinforced by a midfoot shank that hooks up into the post under the heel to increase the degree of pronation control.

Therefore, you can see the Brooks Transcend 5 as having a more discrete way of providing support compared to the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18.

Both the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 and the Brooks Transcend 5 deliver a good amount of ground contact, which should benefit your heel-to-toe transitions and make your ride a bit more stable.

The Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 ups the smoothness and stability of your ride by having a full-length crash pad on the lateral side.

The Brooks Transcend 5 does not have such a crash pad, but its midsole is well segmented near the outsole.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, with both displaying a good amount of segmentation and separation.

The Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is a bit more separated, though, because it has small rubber pods throughout its entire outsole.

While the platform of the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is broad and straight as a good indication that it is suitable for runners who have broad, large, or flat feet, the Brooks Transcend 5 is a bit broader under the midfoot, which increases the stability a bit.

However, the running platform of the Brooks Transcend 5 is that of a normal runner's foot.

While the Brooks Transcend 5 has a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, it has been found to be stiff for both men and women.

The Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 is not expected to be flexible either, because it is meant to be worn by heavier runners and runners who require a lot of stability and support, and because it has less flex grooves than the Brooks Transcend 5.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), while the Brooks Ariel 18 for women weighs approximately 11.8 oz (335 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams), and the Brooks Beast 18 for men weighs 13.3 oz (377 grams).

Despite the Brooks Transcend 5 being a much lighter running shoe than the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18, both running shoes can be worn by heavier runners.

If you are a severe overpronator who needs lots of stability and support and a strong degree of pronation control or if you have flat feet, the Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 18 would be the one to look into.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a soft and smooth ride and a good amount of stability and support, you can look into the Brooks Transcend 5. Brooks recommends the Brooks Transcend 5 for those who have flat to medium arches.

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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