Facts

Update: Brooks Transcend 6
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 10.8oz | Women: 9.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 32mm | Women: 32mm
Forefoot height: Men: 24mm | Women: 24mm
Release date: Jan 2017
Brand: Brooks
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $160
Colorways: Black, Blue, Multi
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
It has never been more popular than this November
Better rated than the previous version Brooks Transcend 2

Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | SoulPlane73 | Level 1 expert

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

  • 90 / 100 | The Active Guy | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 86 / 100 | 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 | 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.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | 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 | Run 4 Your Life | Level 3 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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  • 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 this stability running shoe. 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.

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 which are also used in the latest Transcend 6, 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.

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