Brooks Transcend 2
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.
- Very highly cushioned
- Snug and secure fit
- Very comfortable
- Improved toe box
- Sleeker design
- Still fairly heavy
- Rigid underfoot
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.