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Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 10.9ozWomen: 9.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 31mmWomen: 31mm
Forefoot heightMen: 23mmWomen: 23mm
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal
Release dateJan 2016
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I’ve run in all three versions of the Transcend. This was the best version yet, combining additional comfort in the upper with a good ride.
The Brooks Transcend 3 is the most flexible overall, smoothest running from heel to toe of the three tested and runs the most like a conventional neutral shoe relying on its Guide Rails and substantial heel counter for stability.
The Transcend 3 slims down on its midsole profile and applies major updates to its outsole design. This makes the ride quality noticeably distanced from the original Transcend experience.
Not a shoe I’d likely run in, but there are lots of runners out there that might.
The third edition of this shoe was overhauled to bring the out of this world comfort that the first two editions may have lacked.
Additionally, the guide rails are now molded with the midsole (instead of being glued in place), which helps to make the shoe lighter and more flexible.
- Maximum cushioning, excellent underfoot support and high quality protection are part of the service provided by the 3rd version of the Transcend from Brooks. This running shoe offers pronation correction mechanics to those who need to assume a more stable gait when performing. Its appealing design comes in many colors that’s certain to catch attention.
- The upper unit of the Transcend 3 offers soft and secure coverage that’s breathable. The materials used here can also manage moisture, keeping the interior environment free from sweat and odor. The sock liner even conforms to the shape of the underfoot, efficiently making the platform more attuned to the foot shape of the wearer.
- The mid-sole unit focuses on delivering a plush underfoot experience that’s supportive and stable. It features technologies that help the runner in assuming more stable and controlled transitions through the gait cycle. The thick foam itself doesn’t compromise flexibility, even with its high level of cushioning.
- The outsole unit has a long-lasting rubber compound that is able to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and abrasion. It doesn’t peel off easily, so it remains protective and robust at all times. A more responsive rubber compound is placed in the forefoot and it delivers flexibility, responsiveness and additional cushioning for better toe-offs.
The Brooks Transcend 3 has a standard running shoe length. It is available in men and women’s sizes that adhere to the regular measurement schemes for length. It has a medium width when it comes to the heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections. It accommodates medium-sized feet, though the material used in the upper stretches enough to give an allowance of space.
The HPR Plus is a rubber material that is highly resistant to wear and tear. The same outsole material is also used in the latest version of the shoe, the Transcend 6. The HPR Plus essentially protects the sole unit from damage and the potentially harmful nature of the roads. It also gives durable traction when traversing the asphalt, thus making sure that each swerve, turn and brake is as responsive as can be.
Blown Rubber is a more pliable and responsive rubber material. It’s found in the forefoot section of this running shoe. It doesn’t make the platform rigid, and it even encourages flexibility and additional cushioning. It makes each toe-off more agreeable and attuned to the performance needs of the runner because of its responsiveness.
The Stable Pod Configuration is the design of the sole unit. It’s more stable for this running shoe, therefore setting the foot up for well-balanced and effective transitions from the heel to the toe.
The Super DNA is the Brooks mid-sole material that delivers high levels of cushioning. The material that’s used for this unit is capable of molding itself to the shape of the wearer’s underfoot, making the platform more comfortable and in tune with the specific shape of the runner’s foot.
The S-257 Cushsole offers more cushioning and flexibility. It’s a more durable and resilient compound, and it acts as the foundation of the mid-sole unit. It doesn’t break down easily, thus making the cushioning effective, even after many uses.
The Caterpillar Crash Pad is a segment of pads that follows the natural movements of the foot. It gives cushioning where it’s needed and makes the heel-to-toe transitions much smoother and more agreeable.
The Double Omega Flex Grooves gives the mid-sole the capability to flex without compromising the high level of cushioning. The grooves are there to allow the foot to move more naturally through the running cycle.
The Element Mesh is a soft mesh that’s breathable and capable of managing moisture. It essentially keeps the foot dry and cool at all times. Air is constantly introduced to the shoe’s interior and the material itself doesn’t easily absorb water.
The Conformable Saddle Construction secures the mid-foot well, but makes it more personalized as it follows the dimensions of the wearer’s foot and giving it a snug yet consistent fit.
The Overlay System makes use of synthetic materials that are not stitched onto the upper unit of the Brooks Transcend 3. They secure the foot in a comfortable yet secure wrap. These overlays work with the lacing system to manipulate the upper fabric to follow the fit preferences of the runner.
The Element Lining is the inner sleeve material to which the foot is exposed when wearing the shoe. It’s made from a material that doesn’t absorb moisture, so it keeps the inner environment of the shoe dry and clean.
The Super DNA Sock Liner offers more underfoot cushioning. It also shapes itself to the contours of the underfoot, making the platform more attuned to the comfort of the wearer.