Brooks Hyperion

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The Brooks Hyperion is a stripped down, ultra lightweight racing flat designed for fast workouts and even faster races. At 6.3 ounces ( size 9 for men), the shoe does not have a lot of bells and whistles, but it does have the bare essentials needed for fast finish times. Runners described the shoe as very “snug-fitting” but in a good way. The seamless, stretchy upper material and semi-firm heel counter wraps around the foot and holds it to the outsole. In addition to being fast and light, the Hyperion is designed to be more durable than most racing flats. It might not be the shoe of choice for the average marathoner, but for shorter distances, this might be your next PR shoe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Amazingly fast and weighs less 
  • Stretchable and breathable upper
  • Flexible and comfortable
  • Midsole foam 
  • Flex grooves on outsole
Cons
  • Chaffing in the toe and heel area
  • Uncomfortable toebox crumpling
  • Not very stable
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Positive
  • I got these for mid range running, distances from one mile up to ten miles, the shoes are simple, light, give a good amount of support,I rate these are near to perfect.
  • Having had a recent foot injury, I needed a pair of shoes which are light and do fit perfectly and these shoe fit that description.
  • Use these everyday day for prolonged treadmill and other gym activities, love how comfortable and light these are. Will purchase again.
  • I like these for fast running, they are dependable, light, comfortable and I am getting a second pair.
  • These are so light I had to think about if they give enough cushion, I was nicely surprised the cushion is enough for short fast distances.
  • I use these for race walking, exactly designed to allow me to put on a good pace comfortably.
  • I use these in competitions for race walking, they are great for 5k walks, paved, gravel or dry mud, can’t wait to try these for 10 k walks, they are great.
  • Super light, super comfortable, incredibly easy and comfortable for fast running and short to moderate distances.
  • Snug shoes hold nicely to my feet, lots of room in the toe boxes and width is comfortable, very happy with these.
  • The soles are flexible enough, I felt the fit is a little narrow, I like these for short runs but not enough cushion for long distances.
Negative
  • I got blisters on my heels, the shoe runs narrow and feels too tight, the heel area is much too hard, as far as running goes, these are very limited.
  • Far too narrow and lacking enough cushion to perform for longer distances, more than an hour and my feet are aching and uncomfortable.
  • The shoe does not give enough cushion which is probably why it is light, very limited in terms of stability and comfort, I’m not convinced that these would even work as casual shoes.
  • Sizing is confusing, a width in these shoes is too tight and restrictive, the cushion is near nothing and the shoe does not protect against shock.
  • The shoe size is way off target, I sized up by a half and these are still too narrow, the heel area seems to feed shock into my feet, not a good shoe.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Brooks Hyperion outsole is constructed with a blown rubber that ensures the shoe is durable and flexible. On the forefoot of its outsole, rows of hard rubber traction pods that are square allow for excellent grip on hard surfaces. The pods also offer some spring at every toe-off. Flexible grooves divide up the rubber squares and make the shoe very flexible. A stack height of 23mm in the heel and 13mm in the forefoot give just enough cushioning and ground feel.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

This midsole of this Hyperion uses Brooks’ incredibly light BioMoGo DNA froth that provides adequate cushioning and adapts to runner's stride. The harder the runner hits the ground, the more the shoe cushions the foot. This unique cushioning adds very little weight to the shoe. Outsoles flex groove also adds to the flexibility of the midsole. The grooves allow the midsole to follow the motion of the foot when running, allowing for a natural stride. A midfoot transition zone eases the foot from heel to its toe throughout the running stride. The shoe’s sockliner is glued down to enhance the responsiveness. If needed, the sockliner can be pried out to make room for a custom insole.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of Hyperion is made from a perforated, woven, stretch material that is very comfortable and breathable. The seamless design allows the runner to wear this shoe sockless. The inner lining against the skin is very soft and smooth and should prevent any kind of irritation, but some runners did complain of chafing along the top of one's foot. This was often due to the upper not being laced tight enough. A thin sockliner adds a just a bit more cushioning to the shoe and is flexible enough to move with the runner’s foot. A wide and silky feeling tongue protects the foot from the lacing system. The material in the inner heel is the same silky fabric.

One downside of the very lightweight and perforated upper is that it does not repel water. Rainy runs will result in wet feet. There is also little protection from cold and wind.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The 6.3 ounce for the men’s version and 5.4 ounces for the women’s, the weight of the Hyperion is quite a bit lighter than most of its competitors. The Saucony Kinvara 7 comes in at 7.7 ounces, and Skechers Go Meb Speed 4 lists a 7.2 ounces. The discontinued Brooks T7 Racer has a nearly equal 6.4-ounce weight, but this shoe is nearly impossible to find and does not have the cushioning of the Hyperion.

The outsole that is rubber blown, BioMoGo DNA foam middle sole, and super light upper mesh put the Hyperion in the ultra-lightweight category. Runners will be hard pressed to find a comparable shoe that weighs less. The Mizuno Wave Universe racing flat weighs in at a mere 2.8 ounces but offers half the cushioning of the Hyperion.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The upper material of the Hyperion is different from most racing flats. It is more like the material you would find in the Brooks clothing line. The thread count is very high which is great for durability, but not so great for breathability. To compensate for this, Brooks added an array of holes in the toe box and inner side of the shoe. The holes do allow great ventilation, but the high thread count of the material adds a crumple zone to the toe area. The holes also allow dust and fine debris to enter the shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The goal of the Hyperion is to be a lightweight racing shoe with a fit like a sock. Some runners felt this had been accomplished. Other runners complained of chaffing in the upper region if the shoe is not laced fairly tight. The heel cup is rather stiff and another spot for chafing and blisters if the shoe is not tight. Runners familiar with lightweight shoes designed for fast speeds know that chafing can be an issue and extra attention is required when lacing up. Toebox crumpling was also an issue for some due to the light and flexible upper.

Most runners reported the Hyperion ran true to size and there was no reason to size up or down. Inadequate arch support was only a problem for a few wearers.
Style
Style

Style

The Hyperion has a very minimalist look and proudly displays the Brooks name and logo. Although Brooks shoes usually have several color options, this is not the case with the Hyperion. The men’s model comes in a color combination of nightlife (bright yellow), black, and white. The women’s Hyperion can be purchased in imperial purple, blue jewel, and nightlife or peacoat, navy blue, and cockatoo. Unlike the Brooks Asteria, which has only one rather obnoxious color option, the color choices for the Hyperion are a bit more pleasing.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Hyperion is a fairly durable shoe considering its light weight. The high thread count of its upper material makes it tougher than standard, mesh material. The square traction on the outsole pods is fairly thin, but runners can expect to get around 300 miles out of the shoe until there is noticeable treadwear. The flexibility of the midsole adds durability and cushioning to this shoe. Heavy runners pointed that the square pods in the area of the forefoot and toe area wore a little faster than expected, while the shoe was equally responsive and comfortable. The shoe is designed to be a racing flat which typically wears out faster than shoes with heavier outsoles.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The outsole being rubber blown is the major component of shielding the runner’s foot from the road. The upper functions well to keep the foot securely inside the shoe but don't offer much protection from the elements. The Hyperion is a shoe meant for the road and not meant to be taken on trails. There is no toe guard, but a small section of the outsole extends over the front of the shoe to protect the toes.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Hyperion is an extremely responsive shoe because of the adaptable outline of the outsole and various notches on the forefoot which enables the shoe to curve and move with the runner's walk. Separation runners preferred the characteristic feel and vitality come back from the thin, yet padded outsole. The midfoot move zone ingests the stun of effect and "moves" it into vitality for the runner. The blend of blown elastic and BioMoGo DNA froth padding additionally adds to the Hyperion's responsiveness. This firm, yet responsive plan enables the runner to move through the running cycle with insignificant exertion.
Support
Support

Support

The Hyperion is recorded as a neutral running shoe with insignificant help. The BioMoGo DNA material keeps the foot secure and offers some help all through the runner's walk. The tough upper likewise offers help to the foot by empowering a protected and cozy fit when bound tight. This adds to the general adjusted sentiment the shoe. A somewhat cushioned heel neckline shields the heel of the shoe from collapsing when underweight. The shoe is intended for forefoot and midfoot strikers, however, adjusts to any running style.

Runners who require a more steady shoe might need to look at theBrooks Asteria which is a stable racer.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Hyperion is a racer on the road and made for smooth surfaces.The shoe is intended for hard arrivals and high vitality push-offs. Joined materials in the padded sole and outsole enable the shoe to move with the foot and give a decent grasp out and about. The square units on the outsole have aggressive footing, however, are not implied for trails. The upper material is not waterproof and wet runs will bring about wet feet. Most runners who utilize this shoe don't wear socks. Wet socks can prompt rankles and foot disturbance.
Price
Price

Price

The Hyperion retails for $130, making it an average priced racer. Shoes in the lightweight category with equal flexibility and cushioning sell for about the same price. Because the shoe runs true to size, you’re probably safe shopping online where bargains can always be found.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Square units on the forefoot of its outsole are produced using solidified, sticky elastic and are intended to hold the street and drive the shoe forward. The heel range additionally has a solidified elastic area for street footing. The flex grooves in the outsole enable the shoe to twist and give a strong landing and toe-off from the street. There were a few reports of lost footing on wet streets. Like most racers, the outsole and footing territories are thin to save money on weight and will wear out after expanded mileage. After an underlying break-in and testing, numerous runners spare their dashing pads for imperative races and use other shoes for training and daily runs.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The flexible channels dividing up the rubber squares on the outsole keeps the Hyperion very flexible. Runners stated there is very little resistance when toeing off. The upper is sewn to a cushioned insole board that sits just above the midsole. This board helps with the overall cushioning, flexibility, and responsiveness. A height of about13mm in the forefoot and 23mm in the heel helps make the shoe flexible.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Although lightweight and flexible, the Hyperion does offer some stability features. The thin, yet durable upper assists in keeping the foot in place throughout the run. The firmness of the padded area sole also contributes to the shoe’s solid stability. The traction pods on the outsole ensure the runner has good grip and a sturdy push-off. Some runners felt the shoe was a bit narrow in the heel but liked the solid feeling of the forefoot. They also liked the semi-curved shape of the shoe which follows the natural curvature of the foot.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel area to the toe drop of the Hyperion is 10mm which is a standard running shoe drop. Runners who prefer lower drop shoes may have some issues with the height of this shoe, although 10mm has been found to be a good height for both heel and forefoot strikers. Racing flats usually have a lower heel drop, but Brooks has designed this shoe to be fast and there were no complaints to the contrary.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Lightweight outlay for fast racing speeds
• Propulsion pods on the outsole propel the foot forward during toe-off
• Adaptable cushioning to provide needed support.
• Breathable and stretchable upper
• Fits true to size for the majority of runners
• Flex grooves accept normal foot motions

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Brooks Hyperion is a fast, sleek racing flat that feels like part of your foot from the moment you put it on. The sock-like fit of the shoe moves with your foot and never slows you down. Hardened rubber traction pods on the outsole propel the runner forward and provide just enough ground feel. Brooks has delivered a new model that shines with speed and comfort for competitive racers. Runners give high praise for this well-engineered addition to Brooks' line of racing shoes. Runners of all speeds (you don't have to be a fast runner) should consider this shoe for attaining their next PR.