Brooks Hyperion Review
John's Brooks Hyperion Review
I’ve had the Brooks Hyperion for about 7 weeks or so but a lack of mileage in the shoes, along with some first class procrastination, has meant this review has been a long time in the making – sorry Steve! Thanks to a combination of finally getting round to some speedier work plus actual work sitting higher on the procrastination ladder, I’ve finally got round to it.
I’m not going to include anything on the technical specification as I don’t know what any of it is and often get it wrong. I could copy and paste it from the Brooks website but if you’re anything like me the exact composition of the mid-section (is that a thing?) isn’t too important if a shoe feels right and quick, and the Hyperion ticks both these boxes. It’s not a racing flat in the truest sense coming in around 180g, so not as minimal some out there and has a reasonable amount of cushioning for the weight. Despite the heel to toe drop actually being 2mm less than the Hyperions (10mm) predecessor the Brooks T7 (12mm) I feel this might be suitable for anything up to a half marathon. If you’re lighter and more biomechanically efficient then it might even be an option for quicker marathoner runners.
The upper is minimal to keep the weight down but, in another slight diversion from the lightest of racing flats, there is some in-built heel support. At first glance the sole looks like it might not offer much traction but having run a 10k on a track that was doing an excellent impression of a swimming pool I didn’t encounter any problems.
Image. Hyperion outsole; Blown rubber forefoot, carbon rubber heel, exposed DNA midsole.
Two minor quibbles – the holes in the upper make it even more porous than it might otherwise be. This was wonderful during the decidedly un-British heat we were experiencing in August but not so great the rest of the time. To be honest, if it’s wet outside you’re getting soggy feet in these no matter what (as you would in most minimal shoes) but during the 10k it happened sometime around lap two. The other issue is that Brooks seem incapable of designing laces that stay done up – the T7 had a similar problem. They’re fine if you take an extra couple of seconds and double knot them but if you forget you’re probably going to be stopping at some point.
Having only run in them for around 50 miles I can’t comment on durability other than to say my T7s did me proud and I’ve never had an issue with Brooks shoes when it comes to longevity. The colour way is a little bit Marmite but not as garish as some out there and I’m a fan, just on the right side Euro-chic!
Ladies and Gents Hyperion colour ways.
Overall it feels like Brooks have a worthy successor the T7 and perhaps a slightly more versatile shoe. If you’re looking for something that’ll feel quick and responsive for 5/10k or track workouts but also work for longer tempo efforts over the winter then this may well be the shoe for you.
Thanks to John Franklin for r=writing this blog - it is quite refreshing reading a no-nonsense review of a shoe with out all the jargon. (You can probably tell which bits I added in - Steve)