Brooks Running has built its reputation as a brand offering practical, trendy and affordable running shoes. The company has launched several series and collections of running shoes that have been extremely popular in the athlete community.
The Brooks Transcend is one of the most successful and popular collections offered by the brand. The collection has seen five launches so far, all of which have been wildly successful. The latest version, Brooks Transcend 5, which was launched earlier this year, is the focus of this review. Although one might argue that its predecessors have been better received, the Brooks Transcend 5 is slowly becoming a popular choice as well. Let’s delve into what the shoe offers and how it stacks up against the competition.
The Brooks Transcend series was conceptualized to offer unmatched comfort and support to runners. Every new entrant in the series is modified to provide greater comfort, lightness and flexibility. Sporting trendy designs and eye-catching color combinations, the Brooks Transcend 5 also boasts an excellent build quality. Let us take a closer look at features and specifications of the shoe.
Transcend 5 is available in all normal width sizes and has a heel-to-toe drop of 8mm. Recommended for running on tracks and road, the shoe length is standard for both the men’s and women’s variants.
The shoes are in no way light as they weigh 306 grams for the men’s variant and 258 grams for the women’s (both weights for US size 9). Although that might sound like a lot, the cushioning and the design keep the fit snug and do not let the weight of the shoe become evident during usage.
The blown rubber material on the outsole adds extra cushioning, increases flexibility and shields the midsole from damage. The unique Super DNA midsole provides great traction, grip and an extra soft cushioned comfort.
The midsole features U4icX foam that aims to increase protection the shoe offers, improving its shock and impact absorption ability while providing ample cushioning for a soft and comfortable running experience. It uses a lighter material in the heel and the forefront to enhance the responsiveness. The use of Mizuno Wave technology ensures the flexibility and stability. The midsole also incorporates deep grooves to maintain the adaptability of the shoe with the natural movement of the foot.
Although utmost care has been given to ensure that the shoe remains durable, the lower sole of the shoe is reported to show signs of wear and tear pretty early on. The shoe is made for daily running on tracks and road and thus won’t do very well on a rough terrain.
Although the color options on the Brooks Transcend 5 are limited, they have been appreciated for being unique, fun and trendy. The attractive color combinations make for aesthetic shoes and are well-liked by the users. The Transcend series is known for such designs.
Support and Responsiveness
The Guide Rails have been updated in this edition and offer excellent foot support. In addition, the Ideal Pressure Zones in the sole spread the pressure of the impact and thus reduce stress, providing a smooth transition.
Pricing and Availability
The Brooks Transcend 5 is available on leading a lot of online e-commerce websites with prices depending on the color and style. This makes Brooks Transcend 5 pricier than most neutral running shoes in the market.
You can buy Brooks Transcend 5 from their website (Male and Female) and Amazon (Male and Female). You can also find earlier versions of the Brooks Transcend series on several websites for lower prices.
How Does It Compare
Let us take a quick look at how Brooks Transcend 5 fares when compared to some of its peers:
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
In terms of comfort and support, not many come close to the Brooks Transcend 5. The shoe offers a snug and seamless fit from the moment it is worn, and gives the runner ample support and grip.
Transcend 5 is built with some of the best materials in the market. The upper, midsole, outsole and inner-lining have excellent quality, but the outsole can be worn down easily.
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
The shoe has comfortable cushioning, responsive outsole, adaptive upper and seamless fit. The upper mesh makes the shoe breathable and the outsole is flexible enough to allow maximum movement and handle sudden rigor.
The torsion system, Fitcounter, dual-density boost cushioning and Adidas Primeknit upper give the shoe a premium and superior quality. The shoe uses unique Adidas technology and design innovation to deliver on quality and aesthetics.
- Dri-FIT fabric to wick sweat away and help keep you dry and comfortable
- Elastic waist with interior draw-cord - to ensure you get the best possible fit and comfor
- Reflective strips on the side-seams to help you stay visible in poor weather conditions
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
The Nike Free Rn Flynkit has a unique design that offers a holistic sock-like fit. The midsole expands in several directions to increase flexibility, and the internal cushioning is lightweight and durable. The shoe is highly responsive and provides impressive support and grip.
The synthetic and mesh build of the shoe offers a premium look. The shoe has been designed to enhance support, flexibility and breathability without compromising on quality. Nike’s superior quality is easily identified in the shoe.
Pros and Cons
Equipped with Super DNA midsole, 3D Fit Print, Ideal Pressure Zones and Guide Rails, the Brooks Transcend 5 offers comfort like few others. The cushioning is soft and snug, and the toe box is also spacious. Transcend 5 offers a solid grip from the moment it is worn. The strong yet light design doesn’t let the weight of the shoe come in the way of quick responsiveness, flexibility and unmatched support.
The upper allows air to circulate, and the inner lining of the shoe takes in excessive moisture. Transcend 5 offers dryness and breathability in almost all kinds of weather, which is a great positive. The use of high-quality midsole and upper mesh lend the shoe a fantastic look. The interior is also carefully crafted to be extremely comfortable, and the layers come together to become a sturdy running shoe of excellent quality.
Unless worn and used a few times, the Brooks Transcend 5 might not offer you all its benefits. Until then, the shoe might be a little stiff to use. The outsole might be the first to cave in the face of challenges. Users have reported premature signs of wear and tear on the outsole.
The Brooks Transcend 5 is extremely comfortable and supportive, and provides great grip, stability and responsiveness. Despite its relatively high price, the shoe has been doing remarkably - thanks to its superior quality, attractive design and multi-purpose use. Investing in Transcend 5 is a great idea if you are a runner on the road or on tracks. If the shoe came with more a durable outsole and was more modestly priced, it certainly could have been one of the best affordable running shoes available today.