Facts

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$160
Weight
Men: 10.8oz
Women: 9.1oz
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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Many runners described the Brooks Transcend 4 as a comfortable shoe for their activities.
  • A number of testers noted that the cushioning system in this model was an improvement over the previous iteration.
  • The color schemes of this version were appreciated by purchasers who wrote that they were appealing, but not distracting.
  • The shoe’s toe box was roomy enough to accommodate natural toe-splay, according to those who have tried it.
  • Some runners have reported that this shoe was able to prevent the exacerbation of plantar fasciitis.
  • A reviewer commented that running miles and miles in the Brooks Transcend 4 felt good.
  • There were purchasers who were able to use this shoe for casual purposes and they stated that it remained supportive throughout.
  • Many testers gave positive remarks about the supportive mid-sole of this model.
  • The upper unit was able to retain a good fit and hold, noted a reviewer.
  • The price is $10 lesser compared to the previous Transcend upon release.
  • Outsole grip is superb on most surfaces, even in the rain.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several women reviewers felt a significant drop in the arch support compared to the earlier model of this shoe.
  • Despite the $10 difference compared to the earlier model, it is still quite expensive for many runners.
  • It runs a little short in sizing, according to some reviewers.

Bottom line

Most of those who have tried the Brooks Transcend 4 felt that it was a great update to a series that has provided maximum support. Its performance on the road was lauded, as well. The general feedback for this model was positive. Conversely, there were some who weren’t able to acclimate well to this update, noting some of their problems with it.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 114 ratings

5 star
68%
4 star
11%
3 star
4%
2 star
4%
1 star
5%

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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by SoulPlane73 • SoulPlane73 • Level 1 expert

    A great sneaker. I actually like this one better than the Transcend 3.

  • 87 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 86 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 84 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    It is softer than the last year's model and retains the form-fitting upper. The shoe runs a bit short in sizing.

  • 90 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    If you are looking for a max cushion stability running shoe then I highly recommend giving the Brooks Transcend a try.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kristin Lassen • Level 4 expert

    It's higher price tag is justified by cushion that lasts throughout a long run as well as obvious technology and quality materials going into the design.

  • 88 / 100 by Run 4 Your Life • Run 4 Your Life • Level 1 expert

    I have to admit I was nervous about changing shoes, as a return from injury is always a delicate balance of making the right changes at the right time. But as soon as I slipped my foot into this shoe, my confidence returned. This felt good.

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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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.