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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    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.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $170
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 11.9oz
    Women: 9.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • An extremely comfortable shoe in every way is a common comment from a large number of runners.
  • A significant number of runners with previous knee and lower back issues can’t say enough about the support and stability of the 2nd iteration of the Transcend.
  • A handful of reviews loved the snug fit that just adds to the supportive ride of the Transcend 2.
  • The shoe is very breathable.
  • The cushioning is soft with a hint of responsiveness.
  • Several reviews mentioned that it looks more sophisticated than the previous model.
  • An inner sleeve and soft mesh give excellent feel and comfort.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The very expensive price is too much for most.
  • Quite a few runners found it too heavy.

Bottom line

The Transcend 2 is lodged squarely in the support category in Brooks’ line of shoes. It delivers a very supportive ride because of a snug upper, a firmer midsole, and an all-encompassing Guide Rails that provides on-call overpronation deceleration. The Transcend 2 also has a very smooth ride that belies its significant weight.

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79 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

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Updates to Brooks Transcend 2

  • On the 2nd instalment of the Transcend, Brooks does a complete makeover of the shoe. First of all, the technology that gives the shoe a very stable ride in a really unique way-the Guide Rail is now made of very firm EVA. As this surround the entire shoe, it creates a wall-like sensation that guides every stride of the runner, without the jarring notion of a truly motion control shoe.
  • In relation to the supportive feel provided by the new Guide Rails, the midsole is now made of a firmer compound. The firmer midsole and the snug upper provides a ride that holds the foot in place from start to finish. Just like the midsole, the insole is now made of Super BioMogo DNA. This helps with the added supportive feel and fit.
  • Changes in the outsole also contribute to the firmness of the ride. For one, the crash pads is not as prominent as before and somehow gives a firmer impression. Going towards the forefoot, the rubber pattern is more pronounced while the Guidance Line is interrupted by patches of rubber unlike the full-length version before. While the transition continues to be very smooth, the firmness of the ride is quite noticeable in relation to the original model. More number in the outsole translates to a slightly heavier shoe.
  • The upper is also completely revamped. Forming a big part of the change is the three-dimensional mesh. The most breathable sits in the outermost part while the soft part is nearest to the skin. Sitting between these two is a firm mesh that helps hold the upper structure together.
  • Increasing the wraparound feel in the heel is the higher collar. It is made of very plush and soft material to prevent any rubbing or irritation. On both sides of the heel going towards the midsole, two very large reflective materials showcase how the Transcend 2 rolls out when the lights are out.
  • The straps that are directly connected to the laces are now 5 in total as opposed to the 4 that was previously used. These provide better customization of fit and really hold the midfoot very well.

Brooks Transcend 2 size and fit

The changes in the upper enhance midfoot fit while the heel also has a snugger feel because of the ankle collar. Brooks continues to provide a roomy toe box to accommodate those with slightly wider feet and mid-run swelling. Medium is the available width of the shoe while sizing is standard in the men’s and women’s versions.


Outsole

The massive outsole is made largely of blown rubber in the midfoot and forefoot with a very carbon rubber covering the crash pad. Brooks’ Guidance Line stretches from the heel to the midfoot where it is interrupted by patches of rubber and more aggressive rubber configuration. Ideal Pressure Zones, these are called, which Brooks maintains disperses pressure throughout the gait cycle.


Midsole

A full-length Super DNA BioMogo helps with the smoothness from landing to take-off and slightly increases cushioning and responsiveness. The support is enhanced by a single-density foam right under the midfoot. Framing the entire midsole and extending outwards to form a wall around the foot is a very hard EVA foam that generally acts as the main support and stability feature.


Upper

A three-layered mesh provides excellent breathability, support, comfort, and structure. Aiding the structural integrity and durability are the synthetic overlays. A more customized fit is achieved by a series of straps in the midfoot. Brooks continues to use an insole for added cushioning. The plush feel is also made possible by a full-length inner sleeve. There are major reflective details around the heel and the forefoot for low-light running.