If you are familiar with the Brooks Transcend 1 or 2, forget what you have heard. Be prepared to transcend your expectations… see what I did there? The third edition of this shoe was overhauled to bring the out of this world comfort that the first two editions may have lacked.
Brooks attempted a new concept for creating stability in this shoe, but also keeping this as an option for neutral runners. How is that possible? Well, Brooks came up with this Guide Rails system that acts similarly to bumpers at a bowling alley. If you push into the bumpers, they will stabilize you back on track. If you are fine bowling right down the middle, the guide rails won’t interfere with your natural motion. A very adaptable option for runners of all kinds!
The Transcend was plotted to be Brooks’ high cushion stability shoe, filling the space that the former Trance occupied for many years. This shoe is most relevant for those Ravenna or Adrenaline users looking for a plusher ride that still incorporates all the support you need. Adding Brooks’ SuperDNA gel underfoot, the shoe is supposed to provide a more floating feeling keeping you well protected from the hard pavement below without being too much of a mushy-soft feel.
In it’s first editions, many feel as though Brooks missed the mark by not making this shoe fit quite as it should and also too stiff and firm. Going back to the drawing board, the designers up in Seattle made sure to provide deeper flex grooves for the midsole to fluidly transition through your stride. The full ground contact and straight last will allow for that stable feeling we want on the run.
The upper was totally overhauled and they gave us a new fit as well. The forefoot was opened up a little more to be accommodating to a wider variety of feet. The materials were also tweaked to make the fit softer against the foot while still keeping a structured feel. The newly engineered upper also gives the Transcend 3 a flashy new look. Overall, the shoe is a bit more ‘run-able’ than it has been in the past.
A big pat on the back goes to Brooks for taking a lot of the feedback that we, in the industry, as well as you, the product user, gave on the prior editions to create this finely-tuned version of the Transcend. You really need to get it on your feet to feel the experience.
Some comparable shoes are the Hoka Constant, Asics Gel-Kayano, Adidas Sequence Boost, Saucony Hurricane.