Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • The Brooks Dyad 9 is very comfortable, according to most reviewers.
  • It is lighter than the previous model.
  • More than a few mentioned that the price is fair or average.
  • Some runners noted that it is quite responsive.
  • Traction is reliable, based on several comments.
  • The cushioning is really good for those who work long hours or run daily, as remarked by more than a few.
  • A handful loved its reliable arch support.
  • Several runners have used it for endurance training and gym workouts.
  • Some runners appreciated the adequate space in the interior to accommodate orthotics.
  • A moderate number of runners gave a thumbs up to the shoe’s durability.
  • More than a handful of runners appreciated the wide soles or footprint as it adds stability to their runs.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The 9th iteration of the Dyad is a bit stiffer than before.
  • Despite being lighter than the earlier model, a handful still thought that it is a bit heavy.
  • The toe box is narrower than the previous version, which greatly disappointed several loyal fans of this line.
  • Ugly is often associated when it comes to the appearance of the 9th edition of the Dyad, based on the comments of some runners.
  • The heel is shallower and does not provide security like the past model of this shoe, according to a few followers of the Dyad line.

Bottom line

The Dyad 9 is a neutral running shoe like the Brooks Launch 6 that offers excellent arch support. Brooks recommends it for those who wear orthotics or those with wider feet. Versatility is a great asset of this shoe as it can work as a daily training partner and as an everyday wear for people who are up on their feet for long hours. It should be a solid option for those with flat or medium arches that also need good cushioning in their shoes.

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  • Providing runners with more flexibility and reducing weight seem to be the main directives with the changes shown in the Brooks Dyad 9. The upper looks more streamlined as the substantial overlays are replaced by rather thin, welded overlays. Lessening the risk of blisters is another good result of this update.
  • The mesh in the latest edition of Dyad has slightly larger holes for better breathability.
  • The outsole makeover in this road running shoe enhances flexibility and ground contact. It now has rectangular rubber strips in the forefoot that are separated by wide flex grooves. There are more flex grooves in this version, so flexibility is really improved. The rubber pods are almost flat all throughout to increase stability and transitions.

The fit of the Dyad 9 is largely similar relative to the prior version. It has decent room all throughout that those with orthotics should have no problem fitting in their custom needs. The heel and midfoot have adequate security while the forefoot has sufficient room for the toes to splay. It runs true to size.

The almost flat outsole of the Brooks Dyad 9 is mainly covered in blown rubber for traction which is also an outsole material used in the Dyad's latest addition, the Dyad 10. Brooks also uses a hard carbon rubber in the heel called the HPR Plus and other areas for enhanced durability. The forefoot is notable for its several wide Omega Flex Grooves for flexibility. There are two very large rubber pods beneath the arch. The one on the medial side is quite big and helps add support to the arch.

The environment-friendly BioMoGo DNA spans the length of the shoe. It gives sufficient durability, cushioning, and responsiveness. As it is full-length, it improves the movement from the heel to the forefoot. A Segmented Heel Crash Pad attenuates shock and lends a hand in the transitions.

A very breathable mesh and thin, welded overlays occupy most of the upper area. The mesh itself has moisture-wicking features to increase the plush feel of the shoe. Additional support and security comes in the form of an internal saddle. It wraps the foot in cozy comfort as well. Brooks uses a luxuriously-padded tongue and ankle collar in the Dyad 9 for that luxurious feel. There is also a removable insole that helps with the cushioning and support. A very soft fabric lines the interior of the shoe for utmost comfort.

How Dyad 9 compares

This shoe: 81
All shoes average: 82
57 93
This shoe: £120
All shoes average: £120
£40 £280
This shoe: 354g
All shoes average: 270g
100g 437g
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