Brooks Hyperion: The most comfortable racing flat

88 / 100 by Avery Smith • Level 4 expert

The Brooks Hyperion is the most comfortable racing flat that I have ever run in. They are not a PR machine as Brooks claimed, but they are a nice blend of comfort and speed.






The Upper is made of a very fine, woven material, that feels as smooth as clothing tags.

The upper material itself is not very breathable, however, Brooks cut many holes in the upper to help with ventilation. Even with these holes, my feet heat up slightly in these shoes. I did not develop any blisters, despite the heat.

The woven upper is heavily reinforced in the front of the toe box to give the upper more structure. Without this feature, the upper would collapse onto and rub against your toes.


Reinforced Toe Box



The Hyperion has a very substantial heel cup. I felt that the heel cup was unnecessarily large.

The Hyperion already had a narrow platform and a snug fit. The heel cup did make the fit a little bit more secure, but this security is not worth the extra weight. The heel collar is lined with a soft, moisture wicking synthetic material. The heel collar is adequately cushioned.

The heel collar is lined with a soft, moisture wicking synthetic material. The heel collar is adequately cushioned.


Heel Area


The Hyperion has a lightly padded tongue and slightly stretchy, flat laces. The shoe has a very low instep.

As a result, the laces tend to create pressure points on the top of my foot. The tongue is not padded enough to accommodate the low instep. I don’t mind the pressure on the top of my foot, however, this aspect of the fit could definitely be improved.


Tongue & Laces


The Hyperion has a very narrow platform. The Hyperion is comfortably snug in the heel area and in the toebox, and a little bit too snug in the midfoot area.

The Hyperion appears to have a slightly tapered toe box, however, the shoe is longer than other Brooks shoes, so your big toe is not forced to bend inwards.



Underneath the glued-in insole, is a thin layer of Brooks’ Biomogo DNA midsole material.

The Biomogo DNA is an adaptive cushioning system that adapts to your specific foot strike every time you land. DNA is made of a non-Newtonian compound, which means that it changes its state of matter when different amounts of pressure applied to it.

When you are running faster, you apply more pressure to the midsole. The extra pressure causes the shoe to become more firm and responsive. When you are lightly jogging, you apply less pressure to the midsole. This causes the midsole to be softer and less responsive. These adaptations happen every time your foot touches the ground.

The BioMoGo part of BioMoGo DNA means that in an anaerobic landfill, the midsole will decompose within 20 years, compared to the thousands of years that it takes other midsole materials to decompose.

You don’t need to worry about the midsole breaking down prematurely because you don’t live in an anaerobic landfill (hopefully)! The BioMoGo technology is not patented because Brooks wants other companies to be more environmentally friendly.



The Hyperion has a very thin, soft midsole. Most people would find the Hyperion suitable for up to a half marathon. I find the Hyperion to have enough cushioning for a Marathon, but I like to really destroy my legs during a marathon.


The Thin Midsole



The Hyperion has an extremely flexible midsole. Runners world rates it as the most flexible midsole on the market.

Brooks accomplishes this level of flexibility by cutting wide grooves, called Omega Flex Grooves, into the midsole. This makes the shoe very comfortable, especially for forefoot strikers.

The flexible midsole makes the shoe one that you ‘forget is on your feet’. It also makes the shoe much less aggressive than other racing flats, such as the Hoka One One Tracer 2.



The Hyperion has a 10-millimeter drop. I find this disappointing. The midsole of the Hyperion is too thin to heel strike in. This means that the extra cushioning the heel just weighs you down as a forefoot striker.

The 10-millimeter drop should definitely not be paired with the 100% flexibility because heel strikers need a stiffer racing flat so that they can have a faster heel to toe transition.

I appreciate the 10-millimeter drop in the last few miles of a marathon when my form falls apart, but the extra weight is not useful for the first 22 miles. Besides, this is not even meant to be a marathon racing flat.



The Hyperion has a very simple outsole. The forefoot has several thin pods of high abrasion, sticky rubber. The heel has a more durable piece of carbon rubber. On the outsole of the Hyperion is a diagonal roll bar.


The outsole with its diagonal roll bar


A diagonal roll bar is a support feature that helps your foot roll from heel strike to toe off in a biomechanically favorable way.

The diagonal roll bar prevents a little bit of overpronation but it also helps supinators to supinate a little bit, which is not a good thing. Forefoot strikers are more likely to supinate, which makes this feature less favorable.



The Hyperion is a very durable racing flat. All three components of the shoe, the rubber outsole, the sturdy woven upper and the DNA midsole, will last at least 250 miles.


Best Uses

The Hyperion is a good racing flat for forefoot strikers racing any distance from the 5k to the half marathon. Some people could even use this shoe for a marathon. Heel strikers could only do shorter races in this shoe because of the thinner midsole.

The Hyperion is my favorite shoe for the treadmill because of how light and flexible it is. The Hyperion is also one of my favorite shoes for up-tempo training because it is both comfortable and fast.



+0.5 indicates that you should buy 0.5 sizes larger in a different shoe; +1 indicates that you should buy 1 size larger in a different shoe.




Brooks Hyperion VS Saucony type A6

Both racing flats are the type that you forget are on your feet because they are so light & flexible.

Both shoes have about the same amount of cushion in the forefoot, but the A6 has a 4-millimeter drop, so the Hyperion has more substantial cushioning in the heel. The A6 is more than an ounce lighter than the Hyperion. The Hyperion is more comfortable and more durable than the A6.


Brooks Hyperion VS Hoka One One Tracer 2

The Hoka Tracer is a very stiff racing flat. It is much faster and much less comfortable than the Hyperion. The Tracer has more cushioning than the Hyperion. The Tracers has a 4-millimeter drop and weighs more than an ounce more than the Hyperion.

Buy the Hyperion if you want a more comfortable ride; Buy the Tracer if you want a flat that can propel you as fast as possible. The Tracer accommodates heel strikers better than the Hyperion for longer races because of the soft heel cushion.


Brooks Hyperion VS Altra One V3

Both shoes are equally flexible. The One has zero heel to toe drop and has a very wide toe box. The One is technically a performance running shoe, not a racing flat, so it has more cushioning in the forefoot.

The One is also an ounce heavier than the Hyperion. The Hyperion has much better traction, a better fit and a more comfortable upper.


Brooks Hyperion VS New Balance 1400 V4

The 1400 is stiffer and has firmer cushioning than the Hyperion. Both shoes have a 10-millimeter drop but don’t have enough cushion to fully accommodate heel strikers.

The 1400 has more rubber coverage on the outsole, but only a little bit more traction. The Brooks Hyperion has a more comfortable upper. 

If for some reason, you want firmer, less absorbent cushioning buy the 1400. If you want a more comfortable ride that is just as fast, then buy the Hyperion.


Brooks Hyperion VS Brooks Asteria

The Asteria is the support version of the Hyperion. The Asteria weighs 2 ounces more than the Hyperion.

It has more, firmer cushioning and an 8-millimeter drop. The Asteria is better for heel strikers. The Hyperion is faster and more comfortable than the Asteria; Only buy the Asteria if you need the extra support.



Brooks tried to make a shoe for top speed racing. They ended up making a comfortable racing flat for forefoot strikers, with some undesirable features that would accommodate heel strikers. 

This is a strong debut for the Brooks Hyperion and a great improvement from the T7 racer

Avery Smith

Avery Smith • Level 4 expert

Avery Smith is a student at a school in Western Massachusetts. He spends his breaks in the rocky mountains with his family. Avery runs every distance, from short track races to ultra marathons. He has come in the top three in his age group for every ultramarathon that he has raced.

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