Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • ‘Comfortable’ was used frequently to describe the experience with the Brooks Neuro 2.
  • The different colorways gained praise for apparently heightening the visual appeal of this product.
  • This running shoe didn’t feel or look bulky, which made it great for those who wanted a mix of performance and style.
  • Several runners claimed the durability of the materials and components to be reliable.
  • The underfoot cushioning system was springy enough to encourage a more enthusiastic step, a few people commented.
  • A runner reported that the toe box was roomy enough to welcome natural toe-splay.
  • One reviewer stated that his shoe functioned well, mechanically.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several buyers noted the shoe is heavy.
  • The shoe is painful to the ankle and shins, according to some wearers.

Bottom line

The Brooks Neuro 2 received near-universal praise from many consumers and road running shoe enthusiasts. They welcomed its stylish disposition, it’s apparently comfortable underfoot cushioning system, as well as its highly functional components. Suffice it to say that it’s a definite step up from its predecessor. The bulky structure is the one gripe that people had with this neutral running shoe.

Facts

Expert Reviews

66 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    They are a totally decent daily trainer, without being thrilling (for me) in any given aspect.

  • 60 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 3 expert

    The Brooks Neuro 2 is a welcome redesign for those who were disappointed in the original version. The shoe is comfortable and sturdy but lacks excitement.

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  • The Brooks Neuro 2 is an update to a very unique-looking running shoe. Whereas the original Neuro had a techy, futuristic look that divided the opinions of the brand’s fans, this iteration actually has a streamlined look that’s more in line with the visual expectations of shoe enthusiasts.
  • The upper unit of this shoe has all the basics: a full-length breathable mesh surface, some printed overlays, a moisture-wicking interior lining, and striking color-schemes. They’re all combined into a unit that aims to keep the runner well-covered and ventilated throughout the activity. But there are strips of fabric that are intricately added to the sides of the upper. They connect the mid-foot section of the cover system with the shoelaces, therefore accommodating a more adjustable fit.
  • The mid-sole of the Brooks Neuro 2 makes use of the proprietary technologies that are present in many of the brand’s lineup of shoes. It offers responsiveness, flexibility, and protection from impact shock. The heel section is separated from the front. The purpose of this design is to separate the point of impact from the point of propulsion, therefore allowing a natural stride.

Standard measurements were used in the making of the Brooks Neuro 2. Because of this, runners are able to select the size that suits them the most. The width profile of this shoe is medium and that applies to both the men’s and women’s versions. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the ordinary curve of the human foot.

The outsole unit of the Brooks Neuro 2 makes use of the HPR Plus which is still the same outsole that can be found in its latest version, the Brooks Neuro 3. It’s essentially a rubber compound that protects the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It is also responsible for doling out traction, an important factor in controlling movements on the ground.

Propulsion Pods are added to the forefoot section. These are small add-ons that are made of blown rubber. Inside these pods are small hunks of BioMoGo DNA, Brooks’ own cushioning system.

The main mid-sole foam of the Brooks Neuro 2 is the BioMoGo DNA. This full-length unit is made of recycled materials and it’s designed to accommodate the natural shape of the wearer’s foot. Having such a function allows the entire underside of the foot to experience cushioning.  This remarkable midsole technology from Brooks is also seen in one of their popular running shoe, the Brooks Launch 6.

The S-257 Cushsole is a layer of foam that adds a bit more cushioning for the foot. It’s not stiff or restrictive, so it won’t affect the natural process of going through the gait cycle.

The Dynamic Flex Grid allows the platform to move in accordance with the wearer’s foot.

The Gearing Mechanism is a design convention that separates the forefoot and the heel sections of the sole unit. Doing this isolates impact shock to the rear foam unit while propulsion and responsiveness are allocated to the front part. Such a design also heightens flexibility.

A Segmented Sockliner is placed above the mid-sole unit. Aside from providing additional cushioning, it also encourages the natural flexing capacity of the foot.

Air Mesh is a breathable fabric. Along with wrapping the foot securely, it also makes sure to enable environmental air to enter the foot-chamber, thus ensuring a well-ventilated running experience.

There are printed overlays in the upper and they help in hugging the foot snugly.

The Dynamic Hammock System is made up of strips of cloth that have been added to the middle part of the upper. Shielded by the printed overlays and directly connected to the lacing system, these lace-like add-ons essentially customize the fit to accommodate the preference of the wearer.

The Element Linings Brooks Neuro 2. This soft and smooth material prevents skin irritation while also staving off moisture.

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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