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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.3oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jan 2017
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Summary

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

8 reasons to buy

  • ‘Comfortable’ was used frequently to describe the experience with the Brooks Neuro 2.
  • The lightweight nature of this shoe sat well with a lot of consumers.
  • 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.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Brooks Neuro 2 ran half-a-size to a size smaller than what a number of runners were used to.

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 inconsistent sizing is the one gripe that people had with this neutral shoe.

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Expert Reviews

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66 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

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Updates to Brooks Neuro 2

  • 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.

Brooks Neuro 2 size and fit

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.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Brooks Neuro 2 makes use of the HPR Plus. 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.

Midsole

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.

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.

Upper

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.