Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many runners thought that Brooks Revel 2 is a very comfortable shoe.
  • Some wearers found the fit to be true to size.
  • According to some users, the cushioning of the shoe is soft and bouncy.
  • Most users found the Revel 2 to be a lightweight shoe.
  • Several purchasers admired the shoes street-ready design and eye-catching colors.
  • A few users mentioned that the shoe offers great heel support.
  • The shoe is affordable.
  • The Brooks Revel 2 is a versatile shoe that performed well both as running gear and lifestyle shoe.

1 reasons not to buy

  • According to a tester, the outer edges of the façade ripped apart after only a few days of use.

Bottom line

The response for the Brooks Revel 2 was generally positive.  Runners admired the comfortable feel, exact sizing, soft cushioning and lightweight design of the neutral running shoe. The affordable price and eye-catching colors were also highlighted in some reviews. Overall, the Revel 2 is indeed a successful release.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 7% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this August
Better rated than the previous version Brooks Revel

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  • 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 cleatie construction. From the inside, the cleatie 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.  

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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