Brooks Transcend 5

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If you are a runner who needs a little extra support than what you get with your average running shoe then you have come to the right place. The Brooks Transcend 5 gives you far more support than other similar running shoes. Brooks updated their Guide Rails in this iteration of the shoe to give your feet a smoother and more natural transition with each step. You will get superior heel stability and comfort due to the new cradle design, helping to keep your feet locked into place. Customers love the look and the feel of these shoes, coming in a nice design and some fun colors. The shoes can be slightly pricey when compared to other stability running shoes, but customers have happily paid that price, as they commented that they are well worth the money. These shoes are exceptionally durable and you will not have to worry about premature wear and tear when it comes to the Brooks Transcend 5. Customers love that they do not have to keep replacing their shoes, as they know these ones are going to last. If you are in the market for a comfortable, durable, and stylish stability running shoe then you have come to the right place.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Great stability
  • Comfortable outsole and midsole
  • Supportive structure
  • Good style customers love
  • Roomy toe box for added comfort
Cons
  • Needs to be broken in
  • Not very responsive
  • A bit on the heavy side
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Brooks Transcend 5 is made out of a responsive and flexible rubber called Flextra which will accommodate your weight when you are running or walking in these shoes. The blown rubber of the outsole is durable and comfortable which customers love. The shoes have strategically placed rubber pads along the bottom to give them a little extra durability and help increase the amount of traction they can provide. The outsole is also integrated with the Ideal Pressure Zone which helps to distribute pressure with each step to give you a stable platform underfoot.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Brooks Transcend 5 is made out of Super DNA cushioning which is extremely soft and cushiony and made to give you a decent amount of spring in your step. The midsole also uses Guide Rails to help prevent too much excess motion in your heels, shins, and knees.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Brooks Transcend 5 is made out of Brooks's 3D Fit Print which will give you a nice mix of stretch and structure for the best fit possible. They are made out of breathable materials from the toe box up through the tongue to help keep your feet cool and dry. The Transcend 5 also features a padded collar and great side to side structure in the way of welded style overlays that are throughout the middle and upper part of the shoe, that mixed with the reinforced toe box and rounded external heel counter, help keep your foot locked in place for superior support.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Customers have commented that these shoes are a little heavy for their liking. In comparison to other running shoes on the market, they are on the heavy end which can be a turn off for some runners. The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs in at 10.6 ounces on average and the women's shoes have an average weight of 8.9 ounces. Many runners prefer a lighter weight shoe when they are running longer distances or when trying to run for speed. That being said, if you are looking for a pair of running shoes for long distances or races keep this in mind.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Brooks Transcend 5 running shoes are exceptionally breathable and customers absolutely love that about them. The materials that make up the upper allow for fantastic ventilation which is ideal in any kind of shoe. You do not want to be stuck in a pair of shoes that do not allow for any airflow; your feet will feel like they are suffocating and you will not be very comfortable. You are going to want a pair of breathable shoes to keep your feet cool when you are running and that will allow your sweat to easily evaporate, keeping your feet dry.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Brooks Transcend 5 is a rather comfortable shoe, according to customers. The cushioning that makes up the midsole is made up of what they call Super DNA which is meant to be exceptionally soft and comfortable, akin to walking on a cloud according to a few reviewers. The relatively high drop of the shoe also allows for more cushioning in the heel area for just a little bit of extra comfort. It is nice to have a shoe that is comfortable when you are out on long runs or you have to be on your feet all day, and these shoes do not disappoint. Your feet will thank you.
Style
Style

Style

Customers like the look and the style of the Brooks Transcend 5 running shoes. There are not a whole lot of color options to choose from when you are purchasing these shoes but the colors that they do have seem to satisfy consumers. If you are purchasing the men's shoes then you can choose between three color schemes: ebony, black, and red; blue, orange and white; or black, silver, and nightlife. If you are planning on buying the women's version of these shoes then you have two color options. The women's color choices are black, purple and multi, or blue, pink, and white. Customers have commented that they wish there were more colors to choose from but all in all they do enjoy the look and style of these shoes.
Durability
Durability

Durability

One of the better features about the Brooks Transcend 5 and what customers seem to really love about them is that they are exceptionally durable. The shoes are made to last. From the blown rubber outsole to the Super DNA midsole and the 3D Fit printed overlays throughout the upper, everything about these shoes was made to last as long as possible. Customers love that they can purchase these shoes and not have to worry about having to replace them for a good long time. You do not want to have to spend your hard earned money on a pair of running shoes just to find that they fall apart quickly and you have to replace them, and you will not have that problem with these running shoes.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Brooks Transcend 5 offers you a moderate amount of protection, which is important in any kind of running shoe. These shoes use Ideal Pressure Zone technology to help evenly distribute your weight throughout your foot so it can evenly disperse the impact of your feet hitting the ground away from your body. This offers fantastic shock absorption and can help prevent against injury but minimizing the stress you are putting on your joints.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

There is an exceptional amount of cushioning and additional padding in these shoes so there is a decent amount of responsiveness. That being said, there have been a couple of reviewers that commented that they wish they were a bit more responsive than they are. When you are running you want to have a pair of shoes that will give you that nice little bounce with each step that you take. The more spring you have the higher energy return you get out of the shoes which will help propel yourself forward and keep you moving while you are on the run. As mentioned, these shoes do have a decent amount of cushioning and therefore do give you a little bit of a bounce, but customers have commented that they wish they had a higher energy return.
Support
Support

Support

These shoes offer phenomenal support. The Brooks Transcend 5 uses Guided Rails to help guide your feet and prevent any unnecessary movement of your knees, shins, and heels to give you stellar support. The midsole of these shoes, made out of Super DNA cushioning, allows it to mold to your feet for the perfect amount of support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Brooks Transcend 5 is made to be a road running shoe and it is best that you stick to that recommendation. These shoes work best when worn on flat, non-abrasive surfaces such as roads, tracks, and treadmills. There is a decent amount of traction on these shoes but they would not be able to hold too much of a grip if you tried to go off-road. It is just best to stick to the recommended terrains.
Price
Price

Price

The Brooks Transcend 5 has a relatively high price tag for a pair of running shoes but customers have suggested that they are well worth the price and that they would happily pay it again and again if needed. The MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) of these shoes rings up at $160, but as with many things these days you can usually find them on sale somewhere for much cheaper. Customers love that these shoes are made to last so they will not have to worry about them suffering from premature wear and tear and they will not have to replace them as often as they would some other running shoes. Because of the long lifespan of the Transcend, customers will happily pay a higher price for such a good pair of shoes.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Brooks Transcend 5 offers you a decent amount of traction. The shoes have strategically placed rubber pads along the bottom that give you decent traction and will allow you to keep your grip when you are running. For the best traction, it is recommended that you wear these shoes as road running shoes (flat non-abrasive surfaces such as roads, treadmills, and tracks) and do not take them off-road, as they will not keep their grip very well on other terrains.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Brooks Transcend 5 does not offer a stellar amount of flexibility. It is important to keep in mind, however, that when looking at shoes that are made for stability and support they are going to be stiffer and slightly less flexible than other running shoes. If the shoes had too much flex to them they would not be able to support you as well as you would need them to and thus defeat the purpose of being a supportive shoe. That being said, they do flex in all the right places when you are running or walking, they are just a little stiff.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Brooks Transcend 5 running shoes are amazingly stable and that it really important to a lot of runners. The Super DNA cushioning of the midsole molds to the runner's feet to give them a more stable and supportive ride. Customers have praised the stability and support they get from these shoes. The Guide Rails that are located at the sides of the midsole also give you added support by stabilizing your natural motion. These shoes are recommended for those who have flat to medium arches.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference in the measurement of the forefront and the heel of your foot to the ground. In other words, it is the measurement of the incline of your shoe. A traditional running shoe has an average drop of 10 mm. Minimalist shoes have a much lower drop, preferring to have no drop at all. The drop of the Brooks Transcend 5 measures in at 8mm, so it is slightly lower than the average running shoe and much higher than the drop of a minimalist shoe.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Updated Guide Rails to give you dynamic holistic support
-Ideal Pressure Zones for great shock absorption
-Offers amazing stability
-Super DNA midsole of cloud-like cushioning
-The heel is rounded to help minimize the stress on your joints
-3D Fit print gives you the perfect fit
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a wonderful running shoe that is going to give you exceptional support and stellar stability then the Brooks Transcend 5 just might be the shoe for you. You may be looking at a relatively high price tag for these shoes but they are going to last you a long time and you will not have to replace them as frequently as you may have to other models. Customers love the look and feel of these shoes and they would recommend them to their friends, family, and fellow runners.