Facts

  • 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

    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

    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
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 10.2oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Jul 2018
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92 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Zack Dunn

    Brooks Revel 2 after 250 miles, how did it stack up?

    I have put in about 250 miles into this shoe. I have run anywhere from  200m intervals in this shoe to 10 mile long runs in this shoe. It was my first pair of Brooks I ever ran in, and I was very impressed with how comfortable and how durable they were and still are.

    I have run this on trails and on roads, and it did great on both. It is a daily trainer that focuses on cushioning and does an absolutely great job!

     

    First impressions

    These shoes have a very simplistic design with very simple colorways that are still nice. These shoes are also very good looking, and I wouldn’t hesitate to wear them as a casual shoe.

     

    Upper

    The upper is made of a flat knit material. It is very breathable and keeps your feet cool in any weather.

    At first, I was a little skeptical because the upper looked very delicate. But it is not, and it holds up very well.

     

    Durability

    In terms of durability, these shoes are very promising. I wouldn't even be able to tell I had put 250 miles into this shoe because of the lack of wear and tear. The only show of wear and tear is the threading of the outsole rubber is fading, but that's what you'd expect after 250 miles in any shoe.

    Comfort

    In terms of comfort, these shoes are the most comfortable shoes I have ever run in. These Brooks use a midsole cushioning called BioMoGo DNA.

    It essentially shapes into the runner's foot which personally feels amazing and really prevents pain or slipping of the foot. Even after 250 miles, I can go on an 8 mile run in these and feel minimal discomfort.

    A small but big thing about the Revel 2 is that the heel cup is cushioned so well. I never feel any heel pain in that shoe, which you don't get in many running shoes.

     

    Price

    In terms of price, these shoes are about $100 which could be expensive depending on the person, but personally, for the quality of these shoes, it's more than worth it.

    What I like about this shoe

    What I personally like about these shoes is how comfortable they are. Most shoes lose comfort around 250 miles, but these still have so much cushioning and feels great.

    I also like the versatility of these shoes. I used them for both speed work and recovery runs, and they did amazing in both runs, because of how lightweight and responsive these shoes are.

    I also liked the cushioned heel cup which is a small but extremely important part of the shoe for a runner.

    Why you should buy this shoe

    You should buy this shoe for a comfortable run no matter how hard the ace is. Its extremely good for road or trail runs.

    It is extremely durable and never gave me any kind of extreme discomfort. Whether you are a beginner or veteran runner, these shoes will not let you down.

    Conclusion

    The Brooks Revel 2 is a daily trainer that is made to go the distance. It has extremely good cushioning that goes a long way.

    It is very durable and doesn't wear out easily. It is very well for any kind of runs: tempo, fartlek, recovery, speed, long, you name it, it can do it. It is very well priced based on the very well quality of this shoe.

    It looks very clean and sleek and could be casually worn. It doesn't matter if you're running a 4-minute mile or a 10-minute mile. It will do you good.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

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Updates to Brooks Revel 2

  • The design of the flat knit upper was updated. Instead of two colors, Brooks made the upper more seamless looking by using only one color thread throughout. It looks chicer than its predecessor, allowing runners to wear the shoe for different occasions - for work, working out, as well as post-work activities. The thin film on the midfoot was removed to preserve the exterior’s appearance.
  • The shoe’s weight has been slightly reduced. From 292 grams on the first Brooks Revel version to 289 grams on this newer shoe iteration. The reduction is not significant, but it makes the shoe a lightweight trainer.

Brooks Revel 2 size and fit

The Brooks Revel 2 comes in standard shoe measurements. Runners will be able to purchase a pair using their usual size preference. The same goes for the width of the shoe. It comes in the standard B-medium and D-medium for female and male runners, respectively.

Outsole

On the outsole is the Brooks HPR Plus material. It was developed to be highly resistant to abrasion, optimally protecting the underfoot area of the shoe. Aside from improving durability, this rubber material also enhances traction, improving its grip on various common surfaces.

To provide a bit of flexibility to the outsole material, flex grooves and lines were incorporated. These lines allow the bottom of the shoe to move with the runner, as well as complement the traction and grip provided by the outsole material. 

Midsole

Same as with the popular road running shoe, the Brooks Levitate 2, the main material of the Revel 2' midsole is made of is called BioMoGo DNA. The Brooks DNA commonly uses a gel material for cushioning on the heel, but in the case of the BioMoGo DNA technology, gel inserts are replaced with BioMoGo foam which is biodegradable and more environmentally friendly, while still delivering adaptive cushioning all throughout a run.

Upper

The upper is made of a flat knit material which was engineered in specific areas to provide minimal support. It is highly breathable, keeping the foot cool at all times during runs. It also possesses a stretchable characteristic, adapting to any foot shape and providing a comfortable fit that feels customized.

Runners will be able to reap the benefits of a sock-like fit because of an internal bootie construction. From the inside, the bootie wraps the foot snugly, providing a feeling of security, as well as a comfortable in-shoe feel without being too constrictive.

Not a lot of overlays sit on the upper material. Only the Brooks logo is found on both sides of the middle area of the foot. The logos serve an aesthetic purpose, completing the look of the shoe without compromising its sleekness.  


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