Brooks Transcend 5 vs. Brooks Glycerin 15 review

Brooks Glycerin 15 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a plush and soft ride. Brooks Transcend 5 provides a secure fit and a good amount of stability and support.

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The Brooks Transcend 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Brooks Transcend 5 being a stability running shoe and the Brooks Glycerin 15 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The upper of the Brooks Transcend 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has more stitches than that of the Brooks Glycerin 15, especially around the midfoot where it has broad overlays wrapping the midfoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no-sew overlays throughout its entire upper so delivers more lightweight support but then in the entire upper instead of only around the midfoot.

The forefoot of the Brooks Transcend 5 does not have overlays on it, except for the no-sew overlay at the front.

The Brooks Glycerin 15, on the other hand, has overlays on and at the sides of the toe box, so it might provide a somewhat tighter fit in the toe box, although the overlays that wrap the midfoot are more pulled back than those on the Brooks Transcend 5, so the Brooks Glycerin 15 might still turn out to feel a bit more comfortable, especially around the bunion window.

At the back, the Brooks Glycerin 15 comes with a stitched-on overlay for extra support, while the Brooks Transcend 5 has a sturdy external heel counter to lock your heel in.

All in all, the Brooks Transcend 5 delivers a bit more support through its upper than the Brooks Glycerin 15 does.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 and the Brooks Transcend 5 make use of the same type of cushioning in their midsoles.

This type of cushioning is supposed to deliver more cushioning than Brooks' standard midsole material that can be found in other Brooks running shoes.

Because the Brooks Transcend 5 is a stability running shoe and the Brooks Glycerin 15 a neutral cushioning running shoe, one would expect the Brooks Glycerin 15 to deliver more cushioning than the Brooks Transcend 5.

The foregoing is partially true when you look at lab test results.

Both running shoes are on the cushy side, although the Brooks Transcend 5 has a moderately cushioned heel for men.

In general, the Brooks Glycerin 15 has a cushier heel than the Brooks Transcend 5 for both men and women, although the difference in heel cushioning is larger for men than it is for women.

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As far as forefoot cushioning goes, the Brooks Transcend 5 has a cushier forefoot for women, while the Brooks Glycerin 15 has a cushier forefoot for men, but the difference in cushioning is not big. Both running shoes can be said to have a cushy forefoot.

The conclusion is that men would be able to get an overall softer ride from the Brooks Glycerin 15, and female heel-strikers could benefit from the heel cushioning delivered by the Brooks Glycerin 15 and those who like a cushy forefoot might prefer the Brooks Transcend 5.

While the Brooks Transcend 5 is a stability running shoe, it does not come with a traditional medial post to control overpronation and help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

Instead, it features Guide Rails along the upper edge of the midsole. These help align your body and feet, and can be seen as a more gentle way of providing pronation control.

Therefore, the amount of stability and support provided by the Brooks Transcend 5 is not rated very high and lies quite close to the amount delivered by the Brooks Glycerin 15.

According to lab tests, both running shoes deliver an above average amount of stability and support, with the Brooks Transcend 5 being placed just a few notches higher than the Brooks Glycerin 15.

Both the Brooks Transcend 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 provide a good amount of ground contact that should not only benefit the stability of the running shoes but also give you smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The rubber outsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 15 and the Brooks Transcend 5 look somewhat similar with three separate zones, but the Brooks Transcend 5 is a bit wider under the midfoot and has less flex grooves and larger areas of rubber than the Brooks Glycerin 15.

Both running shoes display a good amount of separation, which should help dissipate shock and smoothen your ride even more.

In terms of flexibility, lab tests have found the Brooks Transcend 5 to be stiff for both men and women, while the Brooks Glycerin 15 is moderately flexible for women and somewhat stiff for men, but not stiffer than the Brooks Transcend 5.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 15 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 Glycerin 15 for men weighs 10.7 oz (303 grams).

The Brooks Transcend 5 has a lot in common with the Brooks Glycerin 15 but was built with overpronators in mind, while the Brooks Glycerin 15 was built for neutral runners.

Therefore, making a choice between them should not be so difficult. Overpronators should look into the Brooks Transcend 5 first and neutral runners into the Brooks Glycerin 15 despite the fact that the Brooks Glycerin 15 is a stable neutral running shoe.

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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