Brooks Transcend 6 Fully Reviewed

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Brooks Transcend 6 Fully Reviewed Review Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

True-to-fit size

10 mm drop for added heel cushioning

Lasts up to 500 miles

Excellent grip in wet or snowy conditions

Cons

Narrow toe box

Heavier than most

A little expensive

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The rubber outsole of this design has a classic Brooks footprint that runners love. It has deeper grooves in the base of the heel for a good grip even on slick surfaces. There is a concentrated amount of grip and traction on the base right around the big toe for controlled movements.

The rubber outsole makes it a perfect companion for running on flat surfaces such as sidewalks and treadmills. However, the slightly deeper grooves in the rubber make it a perfect trail running shoe as well.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The highlight here is the incredibly supportive midsole that boasts GuideRails along the side of the foot. These GuideRails work like bumpers in a bowling alley. The moment that your foot starts to slip toward the edge, the rails hold them comfortably in place.

The benefits of the GuideRails don’t just stop at your feet. Keeping your feet from slipping around as you move also helps to protect your knees, hips, and lower back.

The midsole is composed of squishy EVA foam that bounces with each and every step. If you like your midsole to be supportive and provide excellent energy feedback, this design hits all of the marks.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Made from lightweight mesh, this upper is incredibly breathable. It has mesh vents along the top of the toe box and on the sides as well. What runners really love about this design from Brooks is that the heel is soft and comfortable and it won’t rub your Achilles raw.

The heel is padded with a layer of soft foam that hugs the back of your foot. This makes for a comfortable ride, and it also prevents your foot from slipping around as your run.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The weight of the Brooks Transcend 6 is just slightly heavier than your average pair of running shoes. One pair weighs in at just shy of 12 ounces, which is a little bit more than the average of 9.5 ounces.

The added weight in this design is due in part to the added level of cushioning and support that it provides to your foot. While the added weight may hold you back a bit when you are aiming for high speeds, it’s the perfect pair for long-distance running.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The lightweight double jacquard mesh upper has vents along the top to promote the circulation of air, which makes the shoe fairly breathable. Inside, it has a stretchy sock bootie that holds your foot firmly in place as you move and a 3D Fit Print saddle.

While the upper is light and easy, the addition of reinforced materials makes it a little less breathable than other minimalistic models. Padding in the heels, as well as the side guard rail and thick padding of the midsole, may get a little warm on long runs.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

What users love most about this style is that it is one of the most comfortable rides in the Brooks shoe line, which makes it perfect for running long distances. There are a few key features in this design that keep your foot incredibly comfortable.

The structure of the heel has a very soft texture that comforts your heel without rubbing in raw. The midsole is equipped with a 3D Fit Print saddle that cups your foot to provide extra support to your arches.

The EVA foam midsole is soft and squishy which lends excellent energy return on hard surfaces. While this design may not be the lightest or more breathable design out there on the market, it gets high marks when it comes to comfort.

Style
Style

Style

The styling of this shoe is very simple and easy, but a few features in its design really make it pop. It is offered in neutral tones of black and grey with a little color pop under the mesh upper.

If you like your trainers to be bright and colorful, there are also designs that come in bright neon colors such as blue with yellow accents and red with purple accents. The low profile has a classic frame that will never go out of style.
Durability
Durability

Durability

If you have ever owned a pair of Brooks’ shoes before, you know that they are built to last. The use of DNA Loft the midsole is not only comfortable, but it extends the life of your shoe and is good for at least 100 miles.

DNA Loft is made from materials that won’t break down over time. It is incredibly lightweight and comfortable and is just as comfortable on mile one as it is mile 101.

Brooks is a shoe made for long-distance runners. While many running shoes are good for 100-200 miles, Brooks stands in a class of its own. Many of their running shoes are known to hold up for an impressive 500 miles without skipping a beat.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The structure of the Brooks Transcend 6 is designed to keep your foot protected in all points of your gait. The GuideRails along the side of the shoe are put in place to keep your foot from slipping around as your run. When you land in an unnatural position, you put a strain on your joints and your feet. GuideRails promote a measured landing with each and every step.

The saddle in the midsole is designed to keep your arches supported and cradled as you run to prevent fatigue in your feet as you put miles behind you. A structured heel also cradles the back of your foot for added protection as well.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

One of the most notable features of this design is its responsiveness. This shoe is packed with all of the bells and whistles to promote excellent energy feedback as you hit the pavement.

DNA Loft is a material made from rubber, EVA foam, and air that puts a spring in your step. This material is incredibly lightweight, yet it has a lot of bounce to it.

If you love your shoes to feel light and bouncy when running on hard surfaces, the DNA Loft material found in this midsole makes it a great choice.
Support
Support

Support

The Brooks Transcend 6 gets an A+ when it comes to supporting your foot. While some minimalistic designs are built to feel like you are wearing nothing at all, this design has a myriad of features to keep you supported.

The most notable feature of the Transcend 6 is the perfected design of the GuideRails. These GuideRails wrap all around the outside of the shoe to ensure that your foot falls evenly with each and every stride.

It also boasts a more structured heel that keeps your foot from slipping around as you run. Plus, the addition of a sock insert hugs your foot to keep it securely in place, and a 3D Fit Print saddle supports your arches as well.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The built of these shoes makes it a little more versatile when it comes to places where you run. The support in this shoe is perfect for running on hard surfaces such as treadmills and sidewalks. The midsole provides a lot of energy feedback and support when running on hard surfaces.

However, the grooves of the outsole also make it a shoe that you can take with you on the trails as well. Thick and textured grooves on the heel ensure that you always keep your footing. Plus, the GuideRails help keep your foot securely in place when running on uneven surfaces.

It is important to note, however, this design is mostly used as an urban running shoe. The grip on the sole provides excellent stability on hard and slick surfaces such as rainy or snow-covered sidewalks.
Traction
Traction

Traction

What users love most about this design is its versatility when it comes to running in various weather conditions. The traction on this shoe is perfect for running on slippery sidewalks, uneven trails, or even running in snowy conditions.

Whether you are running inside on a treadmill or outside in the rain, this is a shoe that can keep up with all kinds of conditions. Plus, the layered mesh upper keeps your foot dry when running in the rain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Runners love the flexibility of the mesh upper of this design. The outside is flexible and contours easily to the shape of your foot. It is reinforced with a stretchy sock bootie that contours to the shape of your foot, and a 3D Fit Print saddle to support your arches.

With accurate sizing and a stretchy mesh upper, this shoe moves with your foot without cutting off circulation!
Stability
Stability

Stability

If you want something that offers a lot of stability and structure without a lot of weight and bulk, this is an excellent choice. The additional features such as a 3D Fit Print midsole and GuideRails keep your stride safe and even when running on slick or uneven surfaces.

The sock insert and structured heel cradle and comfort your foot while you run. All of the bells and whistles of this design makes for an incredibly stable ride.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Small design changes make the Brooks Transcend 6 stand out from previous popular iterations such as the Transcend 3. However, the most noticeable difference between this design and all of the others that came before it is the change in the drop.

This option provides runners with a 10 mm drop, while previous designs offered the standard 8 mm drop. A higher drop provides more cushioning on the heel as you land. The higher heel absorbs the impact better when running on hard surfaces.
Price
Price

Price

Overall, Brooks is one of the more expensive running shoes out there on the market. When compared to other designs in the Brooks line, the Transcend 6 is one of the more expensive designs.

However, when you take into consideration that this should last up to 500 miles out there on the trails, the price tag is incredibly reasonable.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

GuideRails to keep your foot securely in place
3D Fit Print saddle
DNA Loft midsole for extra cushioning and energy feedback
Double jacquard mesh upper protects against rain
10 mm drop works great for heel strikers
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

You really can’t go wrong when selecting a shoe from the Brooks line. While they are a little more expensive than most, they are well worth every penny. The Brooks Transcend 6 is a great shoe for those that want a little more support and comfort.

What makes this design stand out from the pack is all of the extra features built in to make for an incredibly comfortable and supportive ride. GuideRails aren’t something that is necessarily new in the Brooks line, but the Transcend 6 has perfected the use of this feature in this design. They keep your foot in place without feeling stiff and uncomfortable.

If you want a running shoe that provides excellent energy feedback and support, this is one of your best options currently out there on the market. Users love the comfortable fit and feel of this design, and it is something that will not go out of style anytime soon.

It is important to note that the addition of padding and cushion adds to the overall weight of these trainers, which means that they are slightly heavier than the standard pair of running shoes.