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Men's Transcend

$160.00 $80.00

Style #110157

Explore plush new worlds and leave behind the traditional laws of comfort with the all-new Brooks Transcend. On a mission to maximize the Float experience, every element of this shoe was innovated using biomechanical insights. From the Ideal Pressure Zones that disperse impact to the Guide Rails that provide on-demand support, not to mention the plush comfort of Super DNA cushioning, the Transcend’s thoughtful design will blow your mind. Head reassembly not included.


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Introducing

Transcend

  • Super DNA midsole provides the ultimate in adaptive cushioning
  • Ideal Pressure Zones disperse impact for a smoother ride
  • Rounded heel offers better alignment minimizing stress on joints
  • Guide Rails to encourage your body's preferred motion path
  • Plush upper provides luxurious in-shoe comfort
Great for road running

Great for road running

Ideal for flat to medium arches

Ideal for flat to medium arches

Weight

Weight 12.2 oz

Ideal for moderate pronation

Ideal for runners with moderate pronation

Midsole drop

Midsole drop 8mm

Nightlife color available

NIghtlife color available

Technology

Guide Rails

Midsole construction that helps your hips, knees and joints move in their unique motion path.

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Ideal Pressure Zones

Distribute pressure evenly under your foot, transforming your run into a more comfortable and effortless ride.

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Segmented Crash Pad

Made up of fully-integrated shock absorbers to provide cushion and smooth heel-to-toe transition, maximizing the efficiency of every stride.

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Super DNA

An adaptable midsole material that offers increased cushioning while providing peak energy return and support.

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Guide Rails

What is it?

Guide Rails are built into the footwear midsole and revolutionize traditional stability technology found in running shoes. Delivering on-demand support, Guide Rails allow your hips, knees and joints to move within their unique motion path while you run – all without traditional posts.

This innovative new form of stability doesn't "correct" your stride. Instead it assists your body in finding its natural path, or Stride Signature.

How does it work?

A good way to think about how Guide Rails work is to picture a bobsled track. As the bobsled rockets down the icy course, the crew works to guide it down the "line" – the ideal path through the course. The fastest times are achieved when the sled glides effortlessly down the course with limited side-to-side movement.

Now, let’s apply this to the runner.

Much like the bobsled, runners perform best when they stay within their personal "line" – what we like to call their Natural Habitual Joint Motion. Guide Rails are designed to do just this – help runners maintain the most efficient and natural motion throughout the run.

Ideal Pressure Zones

What is it?

Ideal Pressure Zones distribute pressure evenly under your foot, transforming your run into a more comfortable and effortless ride from heel to forefoot.

How does it work?

When we take a step back to examine how runners run, we recognize that the highest amount of impact happens as you propel yourself forward. Knowing that this is the moment of highest impact, we’ve reshaped the outsole to disperse pressure evenly throughout your whole foot -- from heel to mid-foot to forefoot.

This means that impact is no longer felt in just one area of the foot which could cause “hot spots” (places that rub or cause pain throughout the run) but is instead dispersed evenly across the entire foot, leading to a smoother, float-like transition as you glide through your run.

Ideal Pressure Zones work in conjunction with our other shoe technologies to help runners maintain their most efficient and natural motion throughout the run.

Segmented Crash Pad

What is it?

The Segmented Crash Pad customizes your foot's lay-down to provide amazing cushion and smooth heel-to-toe transition throughout the run.

How does it work?

We know that a key component of maximizing your run is to provide the smoothest possible heel-to-toe transition. The Segmented Crash Pad is one technology we use to achieve this goal.

Shaped like a caterpillar, the Segmented Crash Pad is a midsole made up of independent, yet fully integrated shock absorbers. As your foot strikes the ground, the segments work together to customize your individual lay down to provide the right amount of cushion and seamless heel-to-toe transition for you – making the most of all that effort you put into each stride.

Super DNA

What is it?

An adaptable midsole material that combines plushness with adaptability and provides 25% more cushioning than BioMoGo DNA.

Traditional cushioning takes a one-size-fits-all approach, but we know that each runner is different. Super DNA was developed to continuously tailor the level of cushioning to your specific needs – even as they change during the run.

How does it work?

Super DNA is made up of a highly viscous non-Newtonian material or more simply put, a material that adapts to the specific force you apply to it. Part of the brilliance is that this compound was engineered to perform at the molecular level (picture millions of resilient 'nanosprings').

If you looked at Super DNA through a microscope, you’d see that it's made up of individual molecules connected in strands. These strands (which form chains) react to the amount of force placed on the foot, dispersing pressure and providing resiliency. Bottom line of this physics lesson: You get tailored cushioning that reacts to your specific weight, pace, gait, movement and running environment – "made-for-me" cushioning vs. "one size fits all."

And, as with all good technology, we’ve taken it a step further:

  • Super DNA is our latest stop on the DNA journey. Introduced with the Transcend and now found in the Glycerin, Super DNA combines the adaptability of DNA and adds 25% more cushioning than BioMoGo DNA while still maintaining the same energy return and biodegradable properties. Essentially you get the best of both worlds – adaptability and ultimate cushioning.

Other benefits include:

  • Significantly more cushioning than standard midsole materials
  • Increased energy-return for more pep in your step
  • Great performance no matter your weight or running pace
  • Smoother transition from heel to toe

Specifications

  • Shoe Category: Support
  • Arch: Flat, Medium
  • Body Build: Medium, Large
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • Construction Type: Stroebel
  • Water-Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Launch Date: February 1, 2014
  • Weight: 12.2 oz

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Reviews

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Transcend
 
3.9

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Cushions impact (46)
  • Comfortable (45)
  • Arch support (24)
  • Pronation control (21)
  • Responsive (20)

Cons

  • Narrow / tight (11)
  • Wears quickly (7)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Uncomfortable (6)
  • Too stiff (4)

Best Uses

  • Distance / endurance (27)
  • Dry conditions (23)
  • Walking (15)
  • Gym (14)
  • Trail running (11)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      84% 

      (48 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      75% 

      (41 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (38), Low arch (11), High arch (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (27), Casual/ recreational (18), Gym rat (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Shoe

I have never reviewed a shoe online, but I feel compelled to provide some feedback on the Transcend for those who may be on the fence - as the Transcend is a new model,...Read complete review

I have never reviewed a shoe online, but I feel compelled to provide some feedback on the Transcend for those who may be on the fence - as the Transcend is a new model, and it's about $160.

I am a 34 year old male, 5'10" 185lbs. In my late twenties, I was running 5K and 10K road races at about an 8 minute/mile pace. Plantar fasciitis set in and took me out of the game completely. I quit running for a full three years. A chiropractor friend of mine suggested that I modify my natural stride (big time heel striker) and try running on my toes. At about that same time, I received a pair of Adrenaline GTS 14s as a gift. Gradually, I have re-learned to run on my toes, and the Adrenalines were a critical tool in that process. However, as it still feels very unnatural for me to toe strike, I find that with the Adrenalines, I have to consciously focus on every stride in order to get my foot flat on the ground. Also, the Adrenalines did not offer the cushiony ride I found myself wanting.

Enter the Transcends.

These shoes are incredible. I knew within the first tenth of a mile on my first run that they were exactly what I needed. They provide a super soft ride. I find that with the soft DNA forefoot, my feet are less tired after a run. Also, and this is probably my favorite part, it's like the shoes do the thinking for me and place my feet on the ground properly. I still have to remind myself to be a toe striker, but it just feels so much more natural and easy with the Transcends. I could not be any happier with a pair of shoes. I'm still not back to my top form. But I'm now able to run 12 - 15 miles per week (Which, those of you with plantar fasciitis will know, is a beautiful thing!)
If you are like me, and you have finicky or weak arches, or if you just have a heavier stride in general, I would strongly suggest that you try the Transcends. I will definitely buy another pair. And I really hope that Brooks sticks with this model.
One last thing - I read/watched some of the reviews before buying, and saw a runner's magazine that knocked the Trancends as being a bit too heavy. I have not found that to be a problem, or even to be an accurate comment. They don't seem any heavier than the Adrenalines, at least not to me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

All good except for....

The heel to toe drop on this shoe is ideal for me. The cushioning feels very good (I'm a 230 lb runner). Lacing is comfortable, toe box wide enough, weight is...Read complete review

The heel to toe drop on this shoe is ideal for me. The cushioning feels very good (I'm a 230 lb runner). Lacing is comfortable, toe box wide enough, weight is fine. My main problem with this shoe is that the material used to trim the upper portion of the shoe near the toes is very firm/hard. Where my foot bends, right near the toes, the firm material bends inward and pushes into my foot and is very uncomfortable after about 3 miles. I want to return these shoes, but not sure the store will take them back. They may just end up being a short distance shoe, but I had high hopes they would become my distance trainer.

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1.0

Disappointed

By 

from Atlanta

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Transcend:

      Returned item. Dissapointed. Unwearable. Trance 11 was a great shoe.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Cushy

      By 

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Good Traction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Endurance Training
      • Walking

      Comments about Transcend:

      I run about 6 miles a week, as well as walk my dog about the same mileage. I don't competitively race and speed isn't a big concern for me, I mainly run to clear my head and get some exercise. I also go to a gym 3 times per week.

      I was looking for something that had enough cushioning to withstand a lot of walking and standing, and I definitely got what I paid for. These shoes are EXTREMELY comfortable and have become my go to's.

      They are a bit on the heavy side and I can certainly feel the weight on mile 3 when I run, but as I said before, I would rather have a cushy but heavier ride than light and fast shoes that leave me sore after my run.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      2.0

      Transcend Sneakers

      By 

      from Fort Lauderdale Florida

      About Me Gym Rat

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Narrow / Tight

      Best Uses

      • Gym
      • Walking

      Comments about Transcend:

      none

      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Good shoe

      By 

      from Greenville ,NC

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Good Traction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dry Weather
        • Running
        • Wet Weather

        Comments about Transcend:

        Like Brooks...have other models... These seem to be a decent road shoe..price was right...

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Better than Expected

        By 

        from San Antonio, TX

        About Me Gym Rat

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Good Arch Support

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Dry Weather
        • Endurance Training
        • Gym

        Comments about Transcend:

        Very good and comfortable, heavier than i normally wear but very good show overall

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • High Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Great Price

        By 

        from Los Angeles, Ca

        About Me Gym Rat

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Durable
        • Good Traction

        Cons

        • Poor Arch Support

        Best Uses

        • Endurance Training
        • Gym
        • With Orthotics/Inserts

        Comments about Transcend:

        I use these shoes for mainly running on a treadmill 3X a week. They have a lot of cushioning at the forefront and seem to be lacking at the heel. When I'm running at a slower pace I tend to heel strike more then when I pick up the pace, which is when I strike more on the ball of my foot, and that's when I feel the cushioning more.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Low Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Brooks the Healthy Shoe

        By 

        from Loomis, CA

        About Me Gym Rat

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Good Arch Support
        • Good Traction
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dry Weather
          • Gym
          • Walking
          • With Orthotics/Inserts

          Comments about Transcend:

          I need a very well made supportive shoe. I need arch support which Brooks seems to have. The only down fall is that these shoes do not seem as supportive as my last pair of Brooks. These are comfortable and supportive but not as supportive as my last pair. Maybe I should've got this pair in a narrow width.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels too wide
          • Arch Type:
          • High Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Great coushion

          By 

          from Colorado Springs Co

          About Me Gym Rat

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cushions Impact
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Narrow / Tight
          • Uncomfortable

          Best Uses

          • Gym
          • Trail Running
          • Walking
          • Work

          Comments about Transcend:

          I owned the books glycerin 11s and I put a lot of miles on them with comfort. I have owned the transcend shoes for 2 weeks and the left is starting to hurt. It feels like it is squshing my pinky toe and the one next to it. I'm not sure if it's a defect or just how the shoes are made.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels too narrow
          • Arch Type:
          • Low Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          1.0

          Too small for a size 10

          By 

          from madison, wi

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Narrow / Tight

            Best Uses

              Comments about Transcend:

              I bought 3 pairs of Brooks shoes size 10. The adrenaline and Glycerin in size 10 D were just fine. Then I get the transcend in 10D and it's tight. I sent it back. Probably 1/2 to 1 size bigger was needed. Other reviews mentioned the same thing.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels full size too small
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              A Really Great Shoe

              By 

              from iami, Florida

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Good Arch Support

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Walking

                Comments about Transcend:

                The most unusual shoe I have ever tried. Great cushioning and stability without pillars and posts. I don't fully understand how the collar works, but it does.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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