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 a stability road running shoe that 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.



A top rated Road running shoe
Better rated than the previous version Brooks Trance 13

Expert Reviews

79 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    Comfy, discreet support.

  • 85 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    We covered this at length in our Transcend review, but here’s the gist of it. Brooks slots the Transcend 2 under its ‘support’ category, a middle ground between ‘guidance’ and ‘control’, respectively represented by shoes such as the Ravenna 6 and Beast 14. Barring the Transcend, shoes within these three categories feature motion control elements such as a harder medial post.

  • 84 / 100 | Running Northwest | | Level 5 expert

    The best part was I never had to focus on the running and I could just keep pushing against them and they bounced right back, very much like the in the lower miles.

  • 65 / 100 | Active Gear Review | | Level 3 expert

    I suggest tightening these a bit more than your average shoe, as the silky interior did allow my foot to slide a bit on downhill stretches, causing some toenail bruising.

  • 54 / 100 | Fellrnr | | Level 3 expert

    The overall sense of the shoe is one of softness and comfort, including the upper. However, the problem with the Transcend 2 is its weight; it's far too heavy for the cushioning it provides.

  • 85 / 100 | Georgie Run | Level 1 expert

    Although it isn’t practical to run with pillows attached to your feet, the Brooks Transcend 2 are the closest you are going to get to this real life. New technology in these shoes means that they provide 25% more comfort than previous models.

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  • 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 of this running shoe also contributes 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.

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.

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.

A full-length Super DNA BioMogo midsole same as with its latest version, the Transcend 6, 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.

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.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.