Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Breathable coverage is handled by the Air Mesh upper.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the synthetic overlays, which offer security and snug upper support.
  • The Ortholite Sock Liner has anti-microbial properties, which present a healthy inner environment for the foot.
  • Runners noted that the Hyper Pod Configuration of the mid-sole makes it flexible and responsive.
  • The T7 Racer has an affordable price.
  • This running shoe has a lightweight nature

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who were disappointed by the laces since they slip away easily from the knot.
  • The stitching of the upper made some runners’ feet irritable and uncomfortable.
  • Others felt that the mid-sole needed more cushioning to provide a better underfoot platform, even if it’s a minimalist shoe.

Bottom line

The Brooks T7 Racer is a neutral road running shoe that garnered many respectable reviews because of its low-profile design, flexibility, and responsiveness. Though there are a few issues with the sizing and comfort, users still recommend the shoe. The T7 Racer is a solid option for mid-tempo running and regular exercise activities.

Facts

Update: Brooks Hyperion
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 6.4oz | Women: 5.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 24mm | Women: 24mm
Forefoot height: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Brand: Brooks
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $85
Colorways: Blue, Multi, White, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 5 expert

    So overall a really good shoe.  I have enjoyed racing in them and not having my calves as beat up as when I was racing in the Mizuno Wave Universe.  I haven't had any problems with the shoe and there's only a few things I'd like to see changed.

  • 86 / 100 | 220 Triathlon | | Level 3 expert

    In intervals and race-distance efforts, they performed superbly, perfectly balancing speed/responsiveness. We also found them comfortable at half-marathon distance, despite being the lightest on test at 204g. 

  • 95 / 100 | Run And Become | | Level 2 expert

    And of course, for everyone who wants to be faster – be careful! It’s really hard to stop with those shoes!

  • 93 / 100 | The Middle Miles | | Level 2 expert

    As this shoe is a very lightweight, minimal support racing flat, the vast majority of runners will not find it "enough shoe" for a full marathon

  • 85 / 100 | Running Haven | | Level 1 expert

    Simply put, it’s my weapon of choice when I want to run fast.

  • 79 / 100 | Sneaker Report | | Level 1 expert

    This is NOT an everyday runner and I also wouldn’t recommend these shoes for a beginner, or to someone early on in training. These are a competition racing flat designed to go fast.

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  • Brooks adds more cushioning through a higher heel offset in the T7 Racer. While this may surprise minimalist runners who have come to love the closer to the ground feel, the added cushioning will mean longer runs with more underfoot protection.
  • There are also enhancements that minimalists running shoe enthusiasts will really welcome. It has a new and lighter mesh that delivers excellent breathability. A new midfoot cage that is quite flexible holds the foot really well without being constrictive. The heel is not as structured as before with only a single overlay strapped across it to connect to the midfoot.
  • The versatility of the shoe is also enhanced as it now offers drainage ports. Instead of being limited to runners, triathletes can also get to enjoy a fast shoe with superb water-draining features.

Brooks changed the last of the T7 racer, giving it a narrower fit than before. It has a more curved last that fits perfectly in the heel, the midfoot, and the forefoot. The new fit is designed to provide a “speedy” environment for runners and triathletes. Runners or athletes with narrow to medium measurements will likely be comfortable in this shoe. Available widths are D for the men’s and B for the women’s. Sizing is a little off as well. It is half a size smaller than standard shoe length. Options are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Just like one of Brooks' popular running shoe, the Glycerin 16, the T7 Racer's thin outsole is mostly covered in Asics’ own HPR Plus rubber, which is known for its ability to resist abrasion with just enough traction, even in wet conditions. Asics uses a network of pods in the outsole that are connected to the pods in the midsole. These pods offer a little cushioning and help with the efficient transition from landing to takeoff.


The midsole has a really thin EVA for cushioning and durability. Again, the midsole has the Hyper Pod Configuration for flexibility and better gait cycle.


The barely there upper consists of extremely breathable and lightweight AirMesh. There are a couple of synthetic overlays that are strategically placed to maximize support and structure. For anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties, as the T7 Racer is often worn without socks, an Ortholite Sockliner is fitted in the interior of the upper.

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