Brooks Transcend 2

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Brooks Transcend 2 Review Facts

The Brooks Transcend 2 remains one of the most cushioned shoes in the Brooks shoe lineup. Like it’s predecessor, there’s some debate about which category shoe it belongs to. The shoe does not feature the traditional medial post seen in most stability shoes and its focus is clearly on providing ample cushion. Hence, its categorization as a neutral cushioned shoe on our site. The first iteration of the Brooks Transcend had few issues to correct so the biggest updates to the shoe can be seen in the upper. A few minor fixes have made the Transcend 2 a worthy improvement. The shoe keeps its highly cushioned midsole and continues to offer a good amount of support underfoot. The shoe is well-suited for runners dealing with an injury, heavier runners or simply those who need a dedicated distance trainer.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Very highly cushioned
  • Supportive
  • Snug and secure fit
  • Very comfortable
  • Improved toe box
  • Sleeker design
Cons
  • Still fairly heavy
  • Rigid underfoot
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Positive
  • Straight to the point in that these are for me the best running shoes to date, I have tried so many brands and never really had 100% performance until I used these. I class these as a high-end performance running shoe which has exactly the right structural support, near perfect cushioning and very impressive traction. The breath factor is well balanced, energy return feels right for me. No hesitation at all in recommending that others try these.
  • I have bad heel spur problems, so far no other shoes gave me respite apart from these, not fully pain-free but able to run, I put this down to the shoes giving a mixed good level of cushioning, nice heel support and a structural stable shoe design, certainly appreciate these shoes a lot.
  • A tad bit better than the previous shoe, I can hit running really comfortably, and for walking around most of the day these are also very good. The shoe sits snugly on my foot, gives good cushion and works fine for shock absorbing, though at times the shoe can run a little hard.
  • My foot leans towards wide and the 7 size is a perfect fit, good return while running, nice bounce and the heel area feels protective while giving out stability, my feet can breath and I have put in a lot of miles without any issues. Nice shoe, give it a shot.
  • After doing jogging. Step aerobics, elliptical workouts and a ton of walking I usually have aching feet but not with this shoe, I love the way it gives support and my feet do not get tired.
  • These were the right shoes for my arch support needs, these were bang on the buck for perfect support but now they are no longer made. I will give the 3rd version a try in the hope the arch support stays the same.
  • I do pronate, even if just mildly and these shoes fixed it through offering perfect stability, I'm also heavy and this makes cushion important and in these shoes, the cushion is very good, I usually wear a standard 7 but had to go up half a size.
  • In terms of fit, these are the best so far because of my bunions and plantar fasciitis, I even need shin splints, with these I'm able to get in some moderate running and lot's of walking, these are a good shoe with very clever structural support and the cushioning is consistently good.
  • They are an improvement regarding weight, comfort, and stability, I love this line of shoes and with this release they have continued to get better, looking forward to putting in a lot of miles comfortably. I would say these are a bit like the adrenaline.
  • The fit is good, no width problems, very nice for correcting over-pronation, the toe box lets my toes work, overall a sincerely nice shoe, I love the shoe but not too impressed with the colors.
  • I have plantar fasciitis and flat feet which is not a good combination at all, these shoes let me run pretty much ache or pain-free so long as I don't overdo the miles. Are they better than other brands? They are the first shoe to help me and I have tried many.
Negative
  • The toe box for this shoe put me through a lot of pain, too tight, bruised toes, eventually painful blisters, I used Brooks a lot in the past, this shoe is unique in that it is different to the point that I can't use it. I have given a lot of time to breaking in the shoe to give it a chance but still, it causes me problems. Some dramatic changes have happened in this shoe and I'm not impressed at all.
  • First thing I noticed is that the toe box is tight, been giving it time to either stretch or at least soften up, the shoe is nice but this one downside is very painful. Hope these shoes do break in or I will have to dump them and find a new brand.
  • I'm stunned at how fast these fell to bits, chunks are coming off the soles, holes are appearing in the mesh, these shoes perform more like a cheap pair of shoes from some discount store.
  • I run some rough trails, its the natural geography around my area and the soles of this shoes cannot take it, the soles are shredding up and chucks dropping off. These are not going to last as long as I hoped and are not durable enough
  • I have after just 4 months got holes opening up in the mesh and there appears to be no reason except for poor quality materials, this really is not good for a well-known brand, they need to fix this issue.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Brooks Transcend 2's outsole looks fairly similar. The sole is made of soft carbon rubber. The rubber runs the length of the sole. The wide outsole provides full-ground contact which helps with stability and traction. The tread underfoot has been made slightly more aggressive to help improve traction. The rubber remains sticky to aid in gripping the pavement. The grippy sole offers good traction in normal road running conditions. The Flex Grooves featured in the shoe's outsole provide some flexibility for the runner. There is also a crash pad in the heel of the shoe.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Brooks Transcend 2 features a hefty amount of cushioning in its midsole, just like the first version of the shoe. The midsole material is firmer than before so the cushioning is slightly less soft in this iteration. The single layer of Super BioMoGo DNA material continues to offer supremely comfortable cushioning. The material is meant to adapt the cushioning required with each footfall. The material also offers up 25% more cushioning than regular BioMoGo DNA. Most runners found the cushioning underfoot very comfortable and not overly soft. The rigidness of the midsole cushioning ensures runners have a supportive base in the Transcend 2.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Brooks Transcend 2 upper has been revamped. The upper in this model of the Transcend is features three layers. Closest to the foot is a softer mesh that ensures comfort. The topmost layer is a very thin screen-like mesh which enhances breathability. The middle layer helps keep the upper structurally sound. The upper fits snugly around the foot and provides support.

The lacing straps are increased to five in this version of the shoe, increasing the amount of control one has over the fit of the shoe. The majority of runners found the upper offered a supportive and secure fit. The toe box is slightly roomier in this version of the Transcend and the pointy shape has been greatly toned down. The interior of the shoe features a comfortable insole made of regular BioMoGo. The insole can be removed to fit a custom orthotic. Runners can also wear the Transcend sockless since the interior is nearly seamless.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Compared to the previous version of the shoe the Brooks Transcend 2 is a tad bit lighter. The weight goes down half an ounce in this version. The shoe still looks fairly bulky, but most wearers were pleasantly surprised when they tried the shoe on. They commented that the shoe felt fast, despite its chunky-looking design. Runners were well aware that the shoe wasn’t featherlight and the Transcend 2 does not pretend to be something it's not. But runners didn’t feel like they were being weighed down, even on longer runs.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Brooks Transcend 2’s new tri-layer mesh upper offers great breathability. The thin top layer of mesh helps ensure the runner’s foot is well ventilated. The mesh overlays are made of a soft material, so ventilation is not compromised. The larger toe box helps to ensure proper ventilation and is a big improvement over the last version. The shoe fits snugly and securely without feeling restrictive.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Brooks Transcend 2’s biggest draw is how comfortable it is. Runners loved the ample cushioning and felt it was a great option for long runs. The cushion felt fresh throughout long runs. The insole of the shoe is removable, but if kept it in provides another layer of comfort for the runner. The fit issues have been greatly reduced in the second version of the Transcend. The roomier toe box has helped to increase comfort. The higher heel collar helps to wrap the ankle comfortably in the shoe. Although the midsole cushion is firmer, the shoe is still very comfortable.
Style
Style

Style

The Brooks Transcend 2 remains a trendy looking shoe. The model is offered in a variety of bright, fun colors. The fresh design features a large reflective Brooks logo. It's definitely a shoe that begs attention but the aesthetic is slightly sleeker and more refined than the previous version. The numerous overlays featured on the shoe’s upper provide support but also offer up visual interest.

The shoe still looks fairly hefty at first glance and, although it’s lighter than it looks, some runners will find the maximalist design takes some getting used to. The reflective bits on the shoe have changed places. The majority of reflective material can be found at the back of the shoe. But a visually interesting square-shaped reflective component is also found in the forefoot. The small reflective patches in the front of the shoe almost look like headlights on a car.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Brooks Transcend 2 is a well-made shoe. The durable rubber outsole is meant to last for miles and miles. The tri-layer mesh upper is constructed with durability in mind, and the cushioning is meant to support runners who are planning to run long distances. This shoe is a great option for someone looking to start their marathon training season. Virtually zero runners commented negatively on the durability of the shoe. At its price point, the Transcend 2 is clearly a higher end shoe and should be able to take on a decent amount of pounding.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The soft carbon material used in the construction of the Brooks Transcend 2's outsole keeps the sole from wearing down. The full contact sole is meant to keep runners moving forward with ease. The Transcend 2's midsole also provides some degree of protection. The maximal cushioning helps to protect the runner's body from the impact forces resulting with each step forward. Runners will also get protection from overheating thanks to the breathable mesh upper. Reflective material is featured in the shoe's upper (in the front and back) helps keep runners visible on darker early morning or evening runs.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Brooks Transcend 2 offers fairly decent responsiveness thanks to the adequate energy return provided by the Super DNA BioMoGo cushioning in the midsole. The Transcend 2 is not the most responsive shoe in the Brooks lineup. The Pureflow line certainly offers better options in terms of responsiveness Still, the Transcend's rubber outsole and cushioned midsole do provide some energy return. The ground feel of the Transcend 2 still leaves something to be desired. Brooks has failed to improve this shortcoming in their update to the Transcend. There remains little, if any, ability to feel the ground beneath. Most runners commented that they found it difficult to even notice what kind of surface they were running on.
Support
Support

Support

The Brooks Transcend 2 is an adequately supportive shoe. The shoe's mesh upper fits snugly around the foot keeping runners from wobbling around on their training runs.

Runners can customize the fit of the upper by way of the laces. The Guide Rails in the Transcend 2 are made of firmer material and help to eliminate potential overpronation. The firmer midsole material provides a supportive base and the full contact outsole keeps runners moving forward efficiently and securely. Runners will not feel unstable in the Transcend 2. The rigid construction of the shoe helps to make this a reality.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Brooks Transcend 2’s soft carbon rubber outsole is durable and provides enough traction so that runners don't have to worry about slipping and falling. The Transcend 2 is certainly not a trail shoe, but the treads have been made more aggressive in this version of the shoe. Runners will have an easier time gripping the pavement in wet and rainy weather. The shoe is still not suitable for technical trails, though. The Transcend 2 offers decent traction on pavement, but in poorer weather conditions runners should take caution. The sticky rubber underfoot will not perform very well in icy conditions. If you’ll be training during cold winter months, you should think about purchasing crampons to help with traction.
Price
Price

Price

The Brooks Transcend 2 has a price tag of over $150 for both the men's and women's versions. The shoe is well cushioned and offers ample support. It's a great choice for runners needing a long distance trainer. The hefty price may not be suitable for someone running low-mileage or for most newbie runners. The shoe is built to last so it's a good investment for someone looking to train for a long distance race. If you're injury prone and looking for a dedicated marathon trainer, the Transcend 2 is a decent option.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Brooks Transcend 2 features soft carbon rubber in its outsole which allows for good traction on dry pavement. The sticky outsole is grippy enough to keep runners secure and stable when moving forward. Runners looking to enjoy runs in rainy, wet and potentially icy weather will have an easier time in this update to the Transcend. The tread underfoot is more aggressive and not as flat. Still, it would be advisable to add spikes or crampons to the shoe during winter months since the Transcend 2 is not made to handle slippery surfaces. The shoe is also not great on technical trails. Still, runners will feel secure and solid when running on pavement.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Brooks Transcend 2 features Flex Grooves in its outsole which helps to increase the shoe's flexibility. Despite this, the shoe remains fairly rigid. This version of the Transcend is even more inflexible because of its firmer midsole cushioning. The rounded heel does make up for the lack of flexibility by promoting a natural rolling motion and footstrike. The mesh upper does provide a bit of give and flexibility to ensure a secure fit.
Stability
Stability

Stability

As mentioned previously, the Brooks Transcend 2 has been called a stability shoe before. But it lacks the traditional medial post seen in most stability shoes. The firm cushioning underfoot provides some support. The rigid Guide Rails in the Transcend 2 are the primary vehicle for stability. They act to block runners from overpronating but they don't offer enough support for heavy overpronators. There's also virtually no arch support in the Transcend 2. Most of the support comes from a snug fit and proper lockdown of the upper.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Brooks Transcend 2 features the same 8mm drop. This is a pretty average height drop. Most wearers did not find issues with the heel to toe drop. They commented that the drop promoted a forefoot or midfoot strike. The curved heel also helps to promote a more natural foot movement.
Key Features of the Brooks Transcend 2
Key Features of the Brooks Transcend 2

Key Features of the Brooks Transcend 2

  • New tri-layered mesh upper

  • Soft Carbon Rubber Outsole (more aggressive treads)

  • Flex Grooves help with flexibility

  • Heel crash pad

  • Super BioMoGo DNA Cushioning (25% more cushion than regular BioMoGo)

  • Guide Rails help with overpronation (firmer material)

  • Removable insole

  • Rounded heel promotes natural footstrike

  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    The Brooks Transcend 2 is a highly cushioned neutral road shoe that offers support and stability for runners who need it. The firm and adaptable midsole cushioning works with the runner to provide adequate shock absorption and energy return on the run. This sleek-looking shoe is a good option for distance training or for those who are recovering from injury. The shoe's construction promotes a natural footstrike, although ground feel could still be much improved. Still, the Transcend 2 offers a great deal of protection underfoot which seems like a fair tradeoff. The updated Transcend 2 remains a good investment in a durable package. It’s a shoe that can definitely go the distance.