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415 users: 4.5 / 5
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5 reasons to buy

  • Most people believe that the underfoot cushioning system of the Brooks Hyperion Tempo is supportive yet springy enough for speed.
  • The lightweight structure of this road running shoe is appreciated by those who like to wear shoes all day.
  • Breathability is a trait that is highly appreciated, according to a lot of consumers.
  • Based on a handful of reviews, the spacious toe box grants the toes some much-needed room for toe-splay.
  • The form-welcoming and motion-encouraging structure of the upper and sole are deemed agreeable for races.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few people have noted that the collar tends to irritate the ankles.
  • The low-ceiling inner sleeve is said to irritate the skin of the forefoot, including the toes.

Bottom line

The overall reaction of runners towards the Hyperion Tempo has been positive. This Brooks running shoe is lauded because of its lightweight yet form-accommodating construction that welcomes natural motion and speed. The breathable upper and responsive midsole are highlighted. The shoe interior might not be for everyone's tastes, but the performance surely makes up for it.

Fans of performance shoes that can handle the roads and people’s speed needs can enjoy the Brooks Hyperion Tempo.

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94
/100 by Christian Mills, posted on .

My first impression of the Brooks Hyperion Tempo coming out of the box was sheer delight. They look amazing in the Black/Aqua/Blue. I also noted how light they felt as I pulled them out for the first time.

The upper felt super soft and flexible and the midsole looked plush. The toe box looked to be a bit wider in comparison to some other Brooks shoes I have worn in the past. I was stoked, to say the least, and couldn’t wait to see if they performed as well as they looked.

 

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Specs

The Hyperion Tempo was designed for road running as a lightweight trainer that could also be used in competition. It has neutral support and a heel to toe drop of 8mm.

I personally didn’t notice the 8mm drop in this model compared to some other Brooks models with the same drop. It weighs in at 7.3 oz (Men’s size 9), and can accommodate a variety of arch types.

 

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I have a high arch and they felt comfortable throughout my longer runs. The new technology that the Hyperion Tempo boast is the nitrogen-infused DNA FLASH midsole that Brooks states as having a lightweight feel, excellent energy return, and comfortable cushioning.

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Usage

The Hyperion Tempo is designed as a lightweight trainer. This shoe is strictly for road and track running, which could also be used for competition.

They are not quite light enough or have the energy return from a carbon plate for elite competitors in shorter distances. However, it provides enough cushion and delivers enough speed for runners to be competitive at distances up to a half marathon.

I have run over 70 miles in the Hyperion Tempo up to the half marathon distance, all of which on the road. Brooks has labeled these shoes correctly and have found a way to enter the current market for speedy shoes that are more durable than racing shoes and much less pricey.

This is a great shoe for entry-level runners looking for a racing shoe that has ample cushion or for competitive runners looking for a lightweight trainer.

Upper

I really like the upper on the Hyperion Tempo. One of the areas that I think Brooks has knocked it out of the park with these is how light and airy they are.

 

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Running in Florida during the summer- or any time really - is hot and my feet suffer because of it. The Hyperion Tempo has allowed my feet to remain cooler than any other of the traditional running shoes that I am currently using.

There are many air holes spaced nicely across the front of the upper that make this possible. I also enjoy that the upper is all one piece because it removes any stitching that can cause hot spots.

One-piece uppers are the best in my opinion. The look of the upper is like icing on the cake, they are sharp.

Midsole        

The midsole of the Hyperion Tempo is the real talking point. This is the part of the shoe that Brooks has invested in making "top of the line."

The nitrogen-infused DNA FLASH is just that, top of the line. Granted there is no carbon plate in these shoes, they were able to use that with one of their other models.

 

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This model is lower priced and has that appeal for people who cannot break the bank for a pair of shoes that are race-specific shoes only. The Hyperion Tempo offers flexibility for speed training and racing, a big plus for the average consumer.

After my initial 70+ miles, I have not noticed any drastic wear to the midsole that would alarm me. I see the midsole lasting upwards of 200 miles for racing and up to 300+ miles for training.

Outsole

The outsole is relatively simple for the Hyperion Tempo. Brooks did not overdo it or under-do it. It feels just right and includes 3 pieces of strategically placed rubber on the highest wear areas.

 

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There is a groove running through the middle of the outsole from the heel to the middle of the forefoot. It splits the heel into two regions, each with a rubber piece, and channels nicely into the larger piece of rubber that covers the entire forefoot region.

There is no rubber on the midfoot region which allows for greater flexibility and natural movement of the foot while running. The heel of this shoe is a little awkward, but I will discuss that in more detail later.

Fit & feel

Upon putting my foot in the first time, I noticed the fit of the shoe is snug and secure, especially in the heel. The one-piece upper is super comfortable and Brooks went out of the way to lessen the amount of fabric used to secure the lacing system to the upper.

 

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I have experienced hot spots and general discomfort in this area from Brooks in the past, but not here. The upper was gentle and soft, yet secure. I never felt my foot slip or slide in any direction while running and they had an overall pleasant feel throughout.

The insole is nothing special, but sometimes simple is best. The insole did stay in place for all my runs and can be removed or replaced if necessary. I liked the tongue of the shoe as it was minimally intrusive to the point where I never felt it at all.

Performance

I found the Hyperion Tempo to perform exactly as described. They are a lightweight trainer that can be used in competition.

I noticed the desire to increase my pace almost immediately when running in them. In fact, I shaved close to 2 minutes off my current 5k time and a little over 10 minutes off my current half marathon time.

I find it easier to hold a higher pace as they give a good cushion and energy return and have a general springiness to them. My feet didn’t get tired or sore at these distances.

I could see the shoe lacking the support to go up to the marathon distance and I would not feel comfortable taking them that far. I will note that when I walked in them at points the heel structure of the outsole was odd.

The inner side of the heel is noticeably lower than the outer side of the heel by design. This caused me some slight discomfort while walking, but this shoe was not made for walking.

 

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Lacing

This is the one area where this shoe lacks. The laces of the Hyperion Tempo are thin and stretchy. They lack a general structure, and this causes some issues.

First, they are a little more difficult to get that tight knot. It can be done, but it is difficult. The second and most pressing issue is the untying.

 

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I have never had more issues untying shoes in my entire life where 9 out of 10 times, the laces just will not cooperate when trying to take the shoes off.

I highly suggest replacing the laces with a better set that are the same length. The length of the laces is fine. Notice the estranged knot on the side of the picture. How does that happen?

Breathability & stability

The Hyperion Tempo is highly breathable and beside the DNA FLASH midsole is their best attribute, performance-wise. I cannot speak highly enough about the job Brooks has done making the upper so soft, flexible, and breathable.

Stability is not an issue for me with these shoes. I found my heel to lock in securely along with my mid and forefoot. The flexibility of the upper did not compromise its overall structure and stability.

 

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Flexibility & responsiveness

I was impressed by the overall flexibility of the shoe right from the beginning. The placement of the rubber on the outsole helps with this as does the material used for the midsole.

The midsole is also designed to provide a responsive ride and I felt this all the way through the half marathon distance.

Traction & durability

I was able to get a couple runs in when the conditions were wet and slippery and did not notice any drop in performance for the Hyperion Tempo. The rubber on the outsole is placed well and provides great traction in all conditions for road or track running.

 

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Given that they are geared more as a trainer than a racer, they should be more durable. That is what I have noticed during my testing.

They have held up well to all the activities and do not show much sign of wear besides the normal bit on the sole. The midsole looks like it will go the distance and the upper has not shown itself to be too thin either.

Overall, I am impressed with the durability.

Conclusion

I am aware that Brooks generally runs narrow in the mid and forefoot and I went a half size up because I have wider than normal feet, especially in the forefoot. I do not hold this against the shoe but did want to make everyone else aware of this.

The Hyperion Tempo is exactly as described and meets all the hype that Brooks used to introduce them. They are made for the road and track and serve as an entry-level trainer or racer or can serve as a trainer for elite runners.

They boast a great midsole, look sharp, and feel as comfortable as it gets. With that said, buy an alternative pair of laces if you decide to purchase this shoe.

Christian Mills | Level 3 expert Verified
I have been running competitively since middle school, competed in the cross-country national championships in high school and received a scholarship to play soccer at Eckerd College. I am currently running between 30-40 miles on average per week on a mixture of trails and road. I have run multiple half marathons and marathons on road and trails. I have also been participating in triathlons for the past 8 years in which I have done many at the sprint and Olympic distance and one at the Half-Ironman distance. My favorite running shoe brands are Altra, On, Hoka, and Saucony.

Speed and natural motion are qualities of an efficient running session and the Brooks Hyperion Tempo aims to achieve them. The overall design of this product focuses on delivering a feeling of freedom and having only a barely-there product around the foot. The upper unit features a seamless and stretchy textile that mimics a sock. Some synthetic prints are present, but they don’t crowd the otherwise breathable silhouette.

Underfoot cushioning is an element that this product takes to new heights as it now features DNA FLASH, a foam that is instilled with nitrogen cells through a fluid process. All the benefits of a robust cushioning system are touted to be in the DNA FLASH, save for the traditionally heavy profile of those other technologies.

The standard sizing schemes were used when the Brooks Hyperion Tempo was made. Runners are welcome to use the sizes to which they are most accustomed. However, testing the shoe personally prior to purchase can benefit the wearer because it can prevent any discrepancies with expectations. Studying user reviews that tackle the aspect of size can also be informative and helpful.

When it comes to the sideways fit, the elements that affect the quality of the perceived snugness and form-welcoming comfort are the stretchy upper fabrics and the semi-curved shape of the platform. After all, the natural curvature and movement capacity of the human foot is the basis for its overall design.

A rubber compound is used for the high-wear areas of the heel and forefoot. The purpose of the strategic placement of these protective layers is to ensure that the contact points are shielded from wear-and-tear. Abrasion can weaken the structure of the underfoot platform, so staving off potential damage is beneficial.

Surface traction is a trait that is highly essential when it comes to running shoes. Being able to control the movements of the foot over the surfaces can transform each run into explosive performances that are full of confidence. So, the rubber of the outsole is able to dole out traction to ensure consistent output, especially when taking each step.

A vertical flex groove separates the medial side of the platform from the lateral side. The job of this trench is to lead the foot through the gait cycle, helping the stride as it transitions from the heel to the forefoot. Having a deconstructed landing zone can also smoothen the overall gait and prevent the shoe’s sole from counteracting the natural progression of the step.

The midsole unit of the Brooks Hyperion Tempo is made of the DNA FLASH. This full-length cushioning technology is made of a foam that has been infused with nitrogen cells via a fluid mixing system. The added nitrogen aims to strengthen the structure of the foam without sacrificing weight and flexibility. The resulting material is touted to be lightweight, responsive, durable, yet steady enough to keep the runner moving.

A fabric-topped insole is placed right above the main star of the cushioning system. The job of this add-on is to provide some more oomph to the perception of softness, giving the foot a chance to feel like it is standing on a welcoming mat. It can be removed or replaced with a custom orthotic insert if the runner wants to do so.

The upper unit is made of a woven mesh. This material is tasked with hugging the foot securely and keeping it supported at all times. It has a stretchy construction to allow the foot to move naturally and swell with ease during the run. The open-weave configuration of the yarns yields visible breathing holes for heightened ventilation throughout the activity. Breathable meshes are featured in many running shoe series, including the similarly lightweight Nike Free RN line.

The sides and the eyestays of the facade are graced with printed overlays. These elements bolster the upright composition of the upper. They also help the lacing system in holding the foot in place and averting in-shoe wobbling.

The lightly padded collar supports the Achilles tendon and the ankles. This part of the upper is also meant to prevent the foot from slipping out of the interior compartment unexpectedly.

The thin, anatomical tongue unit contours itself to the shape of the bridge of the foot. It has a crinkle-resistant construction to prevent hot spots and bunching that is usually associated with flimsy shoe-tongues.

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