Brooks Dyad 8 Review Facts
The eighth iteration of the Brooks Dyad is an improved, entry-level, road running shoe ideal for runners with flat arches or runners who typically use specialized orthotics. The shoe is lighter than the previous version, but still a little on the heavy side (12.6 ounces). The weight of the shoe is due to its stable, well-cushioned platform which provides a very comfortable ride. The Dyad is a great shoe for a beginning runner. It offers extreme comfort and is designed for runners who are at risk of injury due to their foot shape or running style. The shoe can be used for long distance runs, but is better suited for short runs and everyday training. It also makes a great walking shoe for flat-footed walkers.
The outsole of the Dyad 8 uses Brooks’ proprietary High-Performance Rubber (HPR) Plus in areas that take the brunt of the impact during running, such as the heel. This rubber abrasion resistant adds to the durability of the shoe. The forefoot of the outsole is comprised of softer blown rubber which provides cushioning and traction. Brooks’ trademark Omni Flex Grooves provide flexibility which lets the foot move naturally through the gait cycle.
A dual stability arch pod in the mid-foot section stabilizes the arch of the foot and provides just the right amount of support for flat-arched runners. The arch pod keeps the shoe neutral and helps prevent injuries from uneven foot shapes. Runners who need more arch support can remove the shoe’s sockliner and insert a different insole
or customized orthotic. A heel crash pad absorbs road impact and helps with durability and smooth transitions.
Introduced in 2008, biodegradable BioMoGo foam is found in almost all Brooks midsoles. In 2010, Brooks launched its DNA cushioning technology that is also used in most of Brooks’ running shoes. The thick midsole of the Dyad uses both of these technologies to provide a flexible and cushioned ride that adapts to the runner's individual gait cycle. This conforming foam works in conjunction with the Omega Flex Grooves in the outsole to provide a flexible, comfortable, and natural feeling shoe. Both heel and forefoot strikers appreciated the shock absorption properties of the midsole.
Runners described the upper of the Brooks Dyad as very light and breathable. The seamless mesh material effectively wicks away moisture and keeps the foot clean and dry for the entire run. The upper material is flexible and contours to the shape of the foot. Synthetic overlays on the upper help secure the foot and keep it in place. The overlays are not stitched onto the upper which allows the shoe to stay flexible and prevents irritation areas. A soft inner sleeve under the upper mesh allows the runner to wear the shoe without socks if desired. The lining also has moisture-wicking properties. A standard lacing system and a well-padded tongue gives the shoe a secure fit. A removable, moisture-wicking sockliner adds an extra layer of cushioning to the shoe and helps keep the support platform dry and slip-free. With the sockliner removed, the flat footbed of the shoe easily accommodates custom orthotics.
Weighing in at 12.6 oz for men and 10.5 oz for women, the Dyad 8 is a heavy running shoe. The weight is mostly a result of the durable rubber materials which make up the HPR Plus outsole. Cushioning and comfort are the goal of the Dyad and once runners become more familiar with running and form, they may wish to upgrade to a lighter shoe. Few wearers complained about the weight of the shoe and walkers
found it to be an excellent shoe for long distance walks.
are known for their excellent moisture-wicking properties and Brooks did not hold back with the design of the Dyad 8. Runners praised the shoe’s breathability from the mesh upper to the moisture resistant and cushioned sockliner. The mesh upper is quick-drying when it does get wet and allows good airflow into the shoe. Even without socks, runners reported a cool and comfortable run.
The Dyad 8 is a very comfortable shoe that requires little to no break-in time. The HPR Plus rubber outsole, soft midsole, cushioned sockliner, and padded tongue give the shoe a very comfortable fit. A slightly padded heel roll in the back of the shoe adds comfort and protection to the Achilles tendon. A heel crash pad absorbs road shock and helps with smooth heel to toe transitions. The excellent moisture-wicking properties of the shoe help keep the foot cool and dry and prevent blisters and chafing. The Dyad 8 is a great everyday trainer and can be used for races from 5Ks to half-marathon distances, but its weight and design do not make it a very good long distance shoe.
Unlike some running shoes, the Dyad 8 is available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths to accommodate almost any foot.
The Dyad is a sleek and attractive shoe available in only two color combinations. Men have an option of gray with blue accents and gray with hints of bright yellow. Women have an option of gray with blue, and light gay with pink. The Brooks logo is prominently displayed on the side. If you are looking for bright, flashy colors, you might find the Dyad 8 a bit drab and boring. Some runners reported that the color choices were an improvement over the Dyad 7.
The durability of the Dyad 8 is described as average for an entry level shoe. Because the shoe appeals to heavier runners, there were some complaints of treadwear in the heel area. The high-density HPR Plus rubber compound in the outsole provides an abrasion-resistant outsole that can withstand many miles of pavement pounding, but does start to wear around the 300 mile point. A heel crash pad absorbs impact shock, but also helps with treadwear. Vinyl-like material across the front of the shoe acts like a toe guard and helps protect the thin material in the toe area. Extra thick material in the back of the shoe adds to the structure of the shoe and helps with the overall durability.
The Dyad 8 is a road shoe, but can be used on light trails. The high-density rubber outsole assists with energy transfer and shock absorption, but is also the key component for protecting the runner from obstacles and rough terrain underfoot. The mesh upper works well to hold the foot securely in the shoe and the cushioned tongue helps provide a secure and comfortable fit. There were some complaints about the lacing system coming undone mid run. The Dyad comes with rounded laces which often don’t hold as well as flat laces. The toe guard across the front of the shoe isn’t designed for support, but also helps protect the toes from bumps and trail hazards
The Dyad 8 is a fairly responsive shoe thanks to the design of the outsole and the Omega Flex Grooves across the forefoot which allow the shoe to bend and move with the runner’s stride. Runners commented on a natural feeling with a quick toe-off after contact with the ground. The shoe was designed to be flexible and comfortable which enables it to adapt well to the demands placed upon it. The Dyad is not a racing shoe and fast runners my find it slow to respond. As an everyday trainer and casual racer, it does well.
The Brooks Dyad 8 is a neutral shoe designed for runners and walkers with flat feet and little-to-no pronation
(inward roll of the foot and ankle). The shoes also work well for runners who suffer from supination (outward roll of the foot and ankle). A dual stability arch pod in the midfoot section supports the arch of the foot. The arch pod keeps the shoe neutral and helps prevent injuries from uneven foot shapes. Runners who need more arch support can remove the shoe’s sockliner and insert a customized orthotic. The sockliner is comprised of the very comfortable, form-fitting foam which provides a soft landing with each step.The BioMoGo DNA material of the midfoot keeps the foot secure and offers ample support throughout the runner’s stride. The durable mesh upper also provides support to the foot by enabling a secure and snug fit without being overly tight.
The Dyad 8 is meant to be a road shoe. The construction of the outsole is great for use on hard surfaces and the flex grooves in the forefoot add flexibility to the ride. The shoe can be used on mild trails, but is more at home on the open road. Heavy material across the toe area will deflect small rocks and branches, but isn’t really meant to be a toe guard. The upper material is not waterproof, but wicks away moisture and dries very quickly. This shoe had good results on wet runs
aside from slightly wet feet.
When introduced in 2015, the Dyad 8 retailed for $120. The shoe has been replaced by an updated Dyad 9 which means bargains on the Dyad 8 can be found. Runners should be able to purchase this shoe for well under $100. Because the shoe has been discontinued, popular sizes may be sold out.
The Dyad 8 performs well on various road surfaces
, packed gravel, and mild trails. Unchanged from the Dyad 7, the shoe has a well-designed tread pattern that provides excellent grip. Runners and walkers felt “sure-footed” in the shoe and had no complaints about slipping or sliding. Even under wet conditions, the traction remained solid. Over time, the tread will wear, but it took many miles before runners felt they need to replace the shoe for traction reasons.
Despite the thickly cushioned midsole, the Dyad 8 is a fairly flexible shoe. This is mostly due to the Omega Flex Grooves in the outsole which allow the shoe to follow the natural gait of the foot. Runners felt a powerful push-off with every step. The segmented heel crash pad also helps with powerful take-offs and soft landings.
Wearers of the Dyad 8 described the shoe as very stable. The midfoot area carries the arch to ensure a neutral and stable ride. As previously mentioned, this shoe is particularly helpful for flat-footed runners who are at risk of injury
because of their foot shape and positioning. The entire design of the shoe helps keep the foot aligned and stable. The segmented crash pad flexes with the foot and adds cushioning and stability at faster speeds.
The Dyad 8 has a standard 10mm heel-to-drop found in most entry level running shoes. A 10mm drop promotes a cushioned heel strike that keeps the runner moving forward. Once runners have conquered some miles, they may wish to explore lower drop shoes or stick with trusted 10mm in a different model.
Key Features of the Brooks Dyad 8
Key Features of the Brooks Dyad 8
• BIOMOGO DNA midsole
• Segmented heel crash pad
• HPR Plus rubber components
• Dual stability arch pod
• Breathable mesh upper
• 10mm heel-to-toe drop
• Omega Flex Grooves
The Brooks Dyad 8 is a great choice for beginners
looking for a comfortable and stable shoe. The excellent shock absorption properties of this shoe will help runners develop and improve their form without suffering too much pain and injury from their initial runs. Flat-footed runners who usually have a hard time finding a comfortable shoe will benefit greatly from this shoe’s design. Runners who need custom orthotics will also enjoy this shoe as it is made to accommodate any type of insole. Fans of the Dyad 7 may wish to skip this model and check out the Dyad 9 as most runners felt little difference between the 7 and 8. Bargain hunters looking for a deal on a quality shoe will enjoy the low discounted price which usually happens when the next version of a shoe is released.