Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many appreciated the lightweight construction of the Brooks Neuro.
  • This shoe is breathable and comfortable even on long-distant runs.
  • The cushioning of the shoe delivers a responsive ride as highlighted in some reviews.
  • Many applauded the impressive design of the Neuro.
  • The shoe delivers enough amount of forefoot flexibility.

4 reasons not to buy

  • It is an expensive shoe.
  • Some observed that the shoe wears out quickly than expected.
  • It has poor traction as mentioned in some reviews.
  • It has a bulky appearance.

Bottom line

The Brooks Neuro is designed for road running. It is equipped with the necessary technologies engineered to deliver comfort, durability, and performance. The shoe gathered mixed reviews from users and in general, there are still a few aspects that need to be improved. This neutral road running shoe is best for those with medium to high arches.

Facts

Expert Reviews

76 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 60 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    It is an ugly shoe hiding some pretty interesting technology, and a moderately fun experience.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    The Neuro is one of the first shoes in the Propel category, which focuses on a neutral ride with a balanced feel for the ground.

  • 83 / 100 | Running Without Injuries | | Level 4 expert

    I really like that it is a lighter weight shoe that provides cushion and gives some energy back at toe-off.

  • 70 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 4 expert

    I think if they make a shoe with the gearing mechanism (decoupled midfoot) of the Neuro, but more of the design approach of the forthcoming Hyperion or Asteria to keep it more streamlined, they could deliver a really unique running experience where you get a very natural and minimal feel with decent protection and propulsion.

  • 88 / 100 | Run Oregon | Level 2 expert

    I have worn the Neuros on a variety of terrain – from road running to trails and gravel. All in all, there were minimal issues with getting debris lodged between the pods. However, it would be inaccurate to say that it didn’t happen. I would guess that it happened twice in the 10+ runs I put in on the more rugged terrain. This isn’t a huge deal to me (I’m not going to upset about stopping for a second or two to dislodge rocks), but I can understand how this may be frustrating to some.

  • 90 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 1 expert

    The ride is on the firmer side but is well cushioned.

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  • The Brooks Neuro features the Dynamic Hammock System that wraps the foot securely and tightened through the eyelets. It provides a next-to-foot comfort and fit. It is also designed to enhance foot alignment and improved energy return.
  • It also features the gearing mechanism that helps the forefoot and heel to move independently. It is designed to deliver a powerful toe-off.

Like most Brooks road running shoes, the Neuro provides minimal amount of cushioning. Runners with standard measurements and those who have slightly wider foot would find a great and comfortable fit on this shoe. The forefoot is spacious and the heel, as well as the midfoot, provides a snug fit. This shoe is available in standard running shoe width.


The outer sole features of the Neuro also resembles that of the Brooks Neuro 3.  This outsole is the HPR Plus element, a high abrasion –resistant rubber that delivers reliable traction and added durability on high wear areas. The Forefoot Propulsion Pods and the BioMogo DNA delivers added cushioning for a more resilient ride. Lastly, the Dual Toe Flex allows the big to move freely to achieve a more balanced toe-off.


The midsole features the brand's BioMoGO DNA cushioning which can also be found in one of Brooks' popular road running shoe, the Launch 6. It is specifically designed for a more responsive ride. The S-257 cushsole that acts as an insole delivers added cushioning and flexibility. The Dynamic Flex strategically placed in the forefoot gives maximum flexibility while the rounded heel encourages a more natural running movement for a smoother landing. Lastly, the gearing mechanism, which is one of the shoe’s impressive features, allows the forefoot and the heel to move naturally for a powerful toe-off.


A mesh upper comprises the Brooks Neuro. It delivers a lightweight and durable coverage. It is highly adaptive and stretchable, giving the foot a comfortable fit. The Dynamic Hammock System wraps the foot securely and delivers second-feet like fit. It also improved the foot’s alignment.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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