Who should buy the Brooks Transcend 6

The Transcend 6 from Brooks is a running shoe that provides both stability and softness. This shoe is recommended for you if:

  • You are a heel striker looking for a cushioned running shoe for the roads
  • You want a long-distance running shoe that works with mild to moderate overpronation

Brooks Transcend 6 logo

Updates to the Brooks Transcend 6

  • A more minimalist silhouette with engineered mesh and 4D Fit Print overlays serving as the upper unit
  • A rubber layer covers the contact points of the midsole, protecting it from the damaging nature of the asphalt.
  • The Transcend 6 features the DNA LOFT, a full-length cushioning unit that is highly durable yet extremely responsive.

Brooks Transcend 6 dna loft

Segmented structure for better traction and control

Rubber is generously layered to protect the rest of the platform from the debilitating effects of surface contact and continuous use. Also, there are semi-prominent nodes that heighten the grip. The segmented structure of the external pad permits targeted traction and movement control, preventing slippage and unbalanced performance.

Brooks Transcend 6 rubber

Deep flex grooves allow the midsole and the foot to move naturally, bending in concert with the natural capacity of taking each step. Such flexibility benefits the toe-off phase of the gait cycle as it’s the movement that involves the most bending of the joints.

The Transcend 6's consistent ride

The primary midsole unit of the Brooks Transcend 6 is comprised of the DNA LOFT technology. This full-length foam is a securely molded piece that offers consistent form and functionality, even after many uses. Brooks touts it as a highly durable feature that isn’t stiff or unwieldy. The plush underfoot sensation allows runners to enjoy their activities for extended periods.

Brooks Transcend 6 midsole

Same as with the Brooks Ravenna, strategic stability is given the GuideRails technology. Gone are the usual stability post, which only stabilized the foot from the medial midfoot side. The GuideRails offer holistic support, addressing overpronation while completely steadying the foot as it moves and as it stands idly. The lateral and heel sections are also attended by this encompassing stability feature.

An Ortholite sockliner is placed right above the DNA LOFT midsole. This add-on puts a bit of extra plushness to the underfoot experience. It also has antibacterial and anti-moisture capacities to prevent odor and to maintain a fresh and healthy in-shoe experience.

Cool and dry shoe interior

The upper unit of the Brooks Transcend 6 utilizes engineered mesh. This textile resembles woven cloth. Its soft and flexible structure complements the moving joints and tendons of the foot while its smooth build accommodates the easily irritated skin of the foot. Breathing holes welcome air into the foot chamber, thus maintaining a cool and dry interior.

A 3D Fit Print overlay system is placed on critical areas of the upper, namely the sides and the instep. These thin prints help the rest of the upper when it comes to holding the foot in place and preventing in-shoe wobbling. They also act as aesthetic flourishes as they lightly garnish the façade with extra color and branding.

Brooks Transcend 6 3d fit print

The tongue and collar are padded. These parts of the upper unit are meant to cushion the Achilles tendon and the ankles. They also aim to prevent accidental shoe removals by locking the foot down on the platform.

Brooks Transcend 6 collar

A traditional lacing system is used for this running shoe. Flat laces snake through discreet eyelets, and they’re adjusted using the usual loop-and-tie method. The shoelaces are long enough to allow proper tying and tightening.

Brooks Transcend 6 lacing

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.4oz / Women 10.2oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: Brooks Transcend 7
Collection: Brooks Transcend
Pronation: Overpronation

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