Brooks claimed they are a nice blend of comfort and speed. Let's see how it fares!
The Upper is made of a very fine, woven material, that feels as smooth as clothing tags.
The upper material itself is not very breathable, however, Brooks cut many holes in the upper to help with ventilation. Even with these holes, my feet heat up slightly in these shoes. I did not develop any blisters, despite the heat.
The woven upper is heavily reinforced in the front of the toe box to give the upper more structure. Without this feature, the upper would collapse onto and rub against your toes.
Reinforced Toe Box
The Hyperion has a very substantial heel cup. I felt that the heel cup was unnecessarily large.
The Hyperion already had a narrow platform and a snug fit. The heel cup did make the fit a little bit more secure, but this security is not worth the extra weight. The heel collar is lined with a soft, moisture-wicking synthetic material. The heel collar is adequately cushioned.
The heel collar is lined with a soft, moisture-wicking synthetic material. The heel collar is adequately cushioned.
The Hyperion has a lightly padded tongue and slightly stretchy, flat laces. The shoe has a very low instep.
As a result, the laces tend to create pressure points on the top of my foot. The tongue is not padded enough to accommodate the low instep. I don’t mind the pressure on the top of my foot, however, this aspect of the fit could definitely be improved.
Tongue & Laces
The Hyperion has a very narrow platform. The Hyperion is comfortably snug in the heel area and in the toebox, and a little bit too snug in the midfoot area.
The Hyperion appears to have a slightly tapered toe box, however, the shoe is longer than other Brooks shoes, so your big toe is not forced to bend inwards.
Underneath the glued-in insole, is a thin layer of Brooks’ Biomogo DNA midsole material.
The Biomogo DNA is an adaptive cushioning system that adapts to your specific foot strike every time you land. DNA is made of a non-Newtonian compound, which means that it changes its state of matter when different amounts of pressure applied to it.
When you are running faster, you apply more pressure to the midsole. The extra pressure causes the shoe to become more firm and responsive. When you are lightly jogging, you apply less pressure to the midsole. This causes the midsole to be softer and less responsive. These adaptations happen every time your foot touches the ground.
The BioMoGo part of BioMoGo DNA means that in an anaerobic landfill, the midsole will decompose within 20 years, compared to the thousands of years that it takes other midsole materials to decompose.
You don’t need to worry about the midsole breaking down prematurely because you don’t live in an anaerobic landfill (hopefully)! The BioMoGo technology is not patented because Brooks wants other companies to be more environmentally friendly.
The Hyperion has a very thin, soft midsole. Most people would find the Hyperion suitable for up to a half marathon. I find the Hyperion to have enough cushioning for a Marathon, but I like to really destroy my legs during a marathon.
The Thin Midsole
The Hyperion has an extremely flexible midsole. Runners world rates it as the most flexible midsole on the market.
Brooks accomplishes this level of flexibility by cutting wide grooves, called Omega Flex Grooves, into the midsole. This makes the shoe very comfortable, especially for forefoot strikers.
The flexible midsole makes the shoe one that you ‘forget is on your feet’. It also makes the shoe much less aggressive than other racing flats, such as the Hoka One One Tracer 2.
The Hyperion has a 10-millimeter drop. I find this disappointing. The midsole of the Hyperion is too thin to heel strike in. This means that the extra cushioning the heel just weighs you down as a forefoot striker.
The 10-millimeter drop should definitely not be paired with the 100% flexibility because heel strikers need a stiffer racing flat so that they can have a faster heel to toe transition.
I appreciate the 10-millimeter drop in the last few miles of a marathon when my form falls apart, but the extra weight is not useful for the first 22 miles. Besides, this is not even meant to be a marathon racing flat.
The Hyperion has a very simple outsole. The forefoot has several thin pods of high abrasion, sticky rubber. The heel has a more durable piece of carbon rubber. On the outsole of the Hyperion is a diagonal roll bar.
The outsole with its diagonal rollbar
A diagonal roll bar is a support feature that helps your foot roll from heel strike to toe-off in a biomechanically favorable way.
The diagonal rollbar prevents a little bit of overpronation but it also helps supinators to supinate a little bit, which is not a good thing. Forefoot strikers are more likely to supinate, which makes this feature less favorable.
The Hyperion is a very durable racing flat. All three components of the shoe, the rubber outsole, the sturdy woven upper, and the DNA midsole, will last at least 250 miles.
The Hyperion is a good racing flat for forefoot strikers racing any distance from the 5k to the half marathon. Some people could even use this shoe for a marathon. Heel strikers could only do shorter races in this shoe because of the thinner midsole.
The Hyperion is my favorite shoe for the treadmill because of how light and flexible it is. The Hyperion is also one of my favorite shoes for up-tempo training because it is both comfortable and fast.
+0.5 indicates that you should buy 0.5 sizes larger in a different shoe; +1 indicates that you should buy 1 size larger in a different shoe.
Brooks Hyperion VS Saucony type A6
Both racing flats are the type that you forget are on your feet because they are so light & flexible.
Both shoes have about the same amount of cushion in the forefoot, but the A6 has a 4-millimeter drop, so the Hyperion has more substantial cushioning in the heel. The A6 is more than an ounce lighter than the Hyperion. The Hyperion is more comfortable and more durable than the A6.
Brooks Hyperion VS Hoka One One Tracer 2
The Hoka Tracer is a very stiff racing flat. It is much faster and much less comfortable than the Hyperion. The Tracer has more cushioning than the Hyperion. The Tracers have a 4-millimeter drop and weighs more than an ounce more than the Hyperion.
Buy the Hyperion if you want a more comfortable ride; Buy the Tracer if you want a flat that can propel you as fast as possible. The Tracer accommodates heel strikers better than the Hyperion for longer races because of the soft heel cushion.
Brooks Hyperion VS Altra One V3
Both shoes are equally flexible. The One has zero heels to toe drop and has a very wide toe box. One is technically a performance running shoe, not a racing flat, so it has more cushioning in the forefoot.
The One is also an ounce heavier than the Hyperion. The Hyperion has much better traction, a better fit and a more comfortable upper.
Brooks Hyperion VS New Balance 1400 V4
The 1400 is stiffer and has firmer cushioning than the Hyperion. Both shoes have a 10-millimeter drop but don’t have enough cushion to fully accommodate heel strikers.
The 1400 has more rubber coverage on the outsole, but only a little bit more traction. The Brooks Hyperion has a more comfortable upper.
If for some reason, you want firmer, less absorbent cushioning buy 1400. If you want a more comfortable ride that is just as fast, then buy the Hyperion.
Brooks Hyperion VS Brooks Asteria
The Asteria is the support version of the Hyperion. The Asteria weighs 2 ounces more than the Hyperion.
It has more, firmer cushioning and an 8-millimeter drop. The Asteria is better for heel strikers. The Hyperion is faster and more comfortable than the Asteria; Only buy the Asteria if you need the extra support.
Brooks tried to make a shoe for top speed racing. They ended up making a comfortable racing flat for forefoot strikers, with some undesirable features that would accommodate heel strikers.
This is a strong debut for the T7 racer.
This review could be pretty short: The Brooks Hyperion is my all-time favourite. The end.
But, it is a bit more complicated, so let’s dig a bit deeper.
- Neutral shoe
- 10 mm drop
- 194 gr in UK 10,5/ EU45,5 size
- BioMoGo DNA technology
The upper is a thin layer. The material itself is not really breathable, but the holes are doing the job on a hotter day.
Fit is snug and perfect. The reinforced toe box is roomy enough, maybe a little bit too roomy, but at least you are safe from any blisters on your toes.
The heel cup is quite large and padded, exactly how I like. With tight laces, it is a super safe and strong feeling.
Tongue and laces
The tongue is thin and has just enough cushioning while the pressure from the lace is bearable. However, the tongue/laces are the main issues with the shoes.
If you forget to tighten them strong enough, it could cause blisters instantly. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. A pressure point could occur under the first lace hole, and even with a little foot movement inside, you get a blister.
It is not a big deal for me as it is not in the toe area and is not affecting my running, but it is worth mentioning. The laces are also way too long.
Soles are one of the most critical parts of running shoes. The BioMoGo DNA midsole is a non-Newtonian material, which adapts to you and to the pressure with every step you take.
When you are running slower, it is softer and feels so natural. When you are running faster, it is more firm and agile. Either way, it feels so easy to run in these shoes. Sometimes, I even forget I put them on, and that’s why it is my favourite.
On the downside, the cornering ability is not perfect. A 90-degree corner with above-average speed could be a bit insecure thanks to its narrow platform.
Other than that it is perfectly cushioned for a half marathon, or even for a marathon if you don’t mind some pain the next day.
The Hyperion has sticky rubber pods at the forefoot area. The integrated propulsion pods have great energy return. The heel has a more firm and durable carbon rubber.
It has a 10 mm drop what I found a bit too much. With 6 mm, or even with 8 mm, it would be a bit lighter and faster. Heel to toe transition is still pretty fast, so I can live with that.
The Hyperion is a very durable shoe. I have run 260 miles in it in two years, and it will be good for another 40-50. The midsole is still doing its job, and it is still on the same level of comfort.
The carbon rubber looks like new. The upper is in perfect condition—no tear or wear on it at all.
The sticky rubber is less thinner, though, and the white part of the sole, just in front of the heel area has significant marks. Fortunately, it makes the shoes even lighter.
The Brooks Hyperion is best for any speedy training and racing any distance up to a half marathon. Some say it is good on a treadmill, but I never tried it.
- Shoelaces are too long
- Blisters if not tightened properly
- Cornering ability
If you want speed, lightness, and agility in a racing flat, it is quite easy to find one. All the major brands have at least one.
But, if you want durability and comfort as well for an affordable price, the Brooks Hyperion is one of a kind. Even with the issues, it is marvellous.
Good to know
- Performance and comfort are part of the service of the Brooks Hyperion. Responsive cushioning and flexibility are achieved because of a bendable platform and soft upper fabrics. Even the outsole lends itself to the performance of the runner because it’s tuned to be springy, especially during the toe-off phase. It’s a reliable shoe for any activity.
- The upper unit of this shoe for road running utilizes fabrics that are very breathable. Air is permitted to enter constantly in the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. A seamless design allows the foot to be free from irritation, essentially making sockless wearing more agreeable to the runner.
- The mid-sole unit uses a mix of two technologies that are very efficient in delivering a resilient but comfortable underfoot experience to the wearer. The foam itself follows the shape of the wearer’s foot when standing on it, so the contoured support that’s received is very custom-molded to the exact needs.
- The outsole of the Brooks Hyperion utilizes a rubber material that’s durable enough to responsibly shield the rest of the sole unit from abrasion or wear. It adds more cushioning, as well. Propulsion pods made from this rubber material cause the foot to spring forward when running, essentially encouraging better toe-offs.
Blown Rubber is the protective layer that functions on the outsole unit of the Brooks Hyperion. It’s durable and protective, yet it’s responsive enough to add more cushioning to the foot. It doesn’t limit the natural movement of the runner, as well.
Propulsion Pods are placed in the forefoot area. They are designed to encourage a better forefoot lift because they are springy.
The BioMoGo DNA foam unit is a full-length mid-sole material that’s made from the amalgamation of two technologies that are prominent in the Brooks line of shoes. This midsole element has been used in other popular Brooks running shoes. The platform itself cushions the foot well, and it provides contoured support that’s tuned to the exact needs of the wearer.
The Omega Flex Grooves enhance the flexibility of the mid-sole. They allow the foam to follow the natural bending of the foot when performing, making sure that the stride is as natural as possible.
The Midfoot Transition Zone assists the foot when it comes to going through the gait cycle. It transitions the foot from the heel to the toe in an easy, but secure way.
This running shoe utilizes a Perforated Stretch Woven Upper in order to provide comfortable and breathable coverage. The fabrics allow air to provide a well-ventilated running experience.
A seamless fit lets the runner wear this shoe without socks. The inner lining is soft and smooth, so it prevents any irritation from affecting the wearing experience of the runner.
The Race Sock Liner is a layer that adds a bit more cushioning to the runner. It’s not very thick, so it doesn’t affect the overall weight of the shoe or the natural flexibility of the wearer.
The upper unit is stitched into the Cushsole S-257, an insole board that’s located above the mid-sole. It essentially enhances the cushioning, flexibility, and responsiveness felt by the runner.