DiscontinuedUpdate: Brooks Transcend 5
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: 10.8ozWomen: 9.1oz
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: 32mmWomen: 32mm
Forefoot heightMen: 24mmWomen: 24mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateJan 2017
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86 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews
A great sneaker. I actually like this one better than the Transcend 3.
If you are looking for a max cushion stability running shoe then I highly recommend giving the Brooks Transcend a try.
The Brooks Transcend 4 is a very nice update of the Brooks Transcend 3. Brooks has maintained all of the good features of the Brooks Transcend 3 and only made them better in the Brooks Transcend 4.
The guide rails—as in bumper bowling, they nudge you back to the middle if you stray to either side—have been raised on the lateral (outer) edge, while the heel counter has been extended farther down the inner side of the shoe to lock in the heel of a rotating foot.
Updates to Brooks Transcend 4
- The Brooks Transcend 4 is a road running shoe that’s created for those who need maximum support during their daily running sessions. It has a showier façade than its predecessor as it utilizes more fused overlays and reflective materials. The updated look allows it to move forward in terms of the aesthetics department.
- The upper unit makes use of breathable mesh and textiles in order to make the cover system more comfortable and agreeable during each run. Stitching is kept to a minimum, thus giving a nearly seamless fit and feel. Several components assist in keeping the foot locked in place, including a PeBax Heel Counter, which keeps the runner stable by reducing the rotation of the heel.
- Many proprietary materials are at work in the mid-sole unit of the Brooks Transcend 4. They function in tandem in order to make the running experience as comfortable and stable as possible. The main mid-sole foam molds itself to the shape of the wearer’s foot, resulting in a custom underfoot experience. Guide Rails are placed around the shoe; they support the runner by guiding the foot towards a smoother and more natural transition through the gait cycle.
- The outsole unit has been designed with Ideal Pressure Zones, which disperses stepping impact throughout the entire foot, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable experience that’s free of ‘hot spots’. Durable rubber materials are placed underneath the mid-sole foam. They shield the shoe from wear and tear, while also providing traction.
Brooks Transcend 4 size and fit
The Brooks Transcend 4 is available in standard lengths. The measurements used in this model follow the regular preferences of runners. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium. It accommodates the runners who have medium sized feet. The shape of this shoe is semi-curved, which means that it adheres to the natural curve of the human foot.
Flextra is a rubber material that responsive and flexible. It provides the right amount of flex for the foot by accommodating the gender and weight of the wearer. It also provides traction.
Blown Rubber is a durable compound that’s responsible for shielding the mid-sole from wear and tear. But its responsive build actually allows it to provide additional cushioning to the foot.
The Ideal Pressure Zone design of the Brooks Transcend 4 evenly distributes pressure during each step, balancing the spread of impact energy throughout the whole foot. This results in a more comfortable ride that’s also effortless.
Super DNA is a mid-sole material that provides 20% more cushioning than the more prevalent Brooks cushioning technology, the BioMoGo DNA. It conforms itself to the shape of the foot, giving a plush and comfortable ride that’s tuned to the needs of the wearer.
Guide Rails are placed around the platform of the Brooks Transcend 4. These components give enhanced support to the runner by leading the foot towards a smooth, natural and stable stride. Additional cushioning and flexibility is provided by the S-257 Cushsole compound.
The Double Omega Flex Grooves allow the mid-sole to be more flexible, but it doesn’t compromise the cushioning quality of the foam unit. Smoother landings and more agreeable mid-foot or forefoot strikes are given by the Rounded Heel design.
The Profile Sock Liner is made from BioMoGo. On top of giving additional cushioning, it also offers contoured support to the curves of the underfoot.
The upper unit of the Brooks Transcend 4 makes use of breathable textiles and mesh. It allows air to flow into the foot-chamber, thus providing a well-ventilated coverage.
Underneath the upper is the Element Lining, a material that manages moisture and keeps the interior environment dry.
The Conformable Saddle Construction helps the upper fabrics in hugging the mid-foot, locking the runner in place and preventing any unnecessary wobbling of the foot during the running session.
The 3D Fit Printed Overlays are add-ons in the upper that provide more structure to the shoe’s façade. These fused layers are strategically placed, giving a secure yet seamless fit.