The Revel 2 is the newest edition in the Brooks series of cushioned shoes, after the Glycerin and the popular Ghost. The shoe is designed to be visually appealing so that you continue wearing it after your run! The upper has been redesigned in the Revel 2 to give a more chic and modern look. Instead of featuring the two colors like the previous Brooks Revel, this shoe has a seamless looking upper which uses one color thread throughout.
It looks chicer than the previous version enabling runners to wear the shoe at work, the gym and on hikes. Another change in this shoe is the absence of a thin film on the midfoot to enhance the appearance of the exterior. If you’re looking for a cushioned training shoe that you can wear to the office, gym, walking in the park or casual running, then the Revel shoe fits the bill.
So when used for fast running, the cushioning firms up as the impact force increases in strength. During low-impact walks or runs, the midsole adjusts to become softer and more flexible depending on the weight and pace applied on the shoe.
The upper is one of the most liked features of the shoe with a flat-knit material. You can see a heel counter guide at the forefoot to guide the foot which is covered by medium-weave knit and features a plush, anti-slip collar that extends down into the forefoot.
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The knit pattern transitions into a tight loop over the midfoot and ends in a visually appealing “3D” forefoot. The tongue is standard for Brooks shoes with moderately plush material and stitched to the liner. This ensures that the tongue does not slip or move around much reminiscent of Saucony’s ISOFIT technology.
Despite the tongue being padded quite nicely, it does not cause issues with pressure points on the foot. The heel is also padded thickly to protect your ankles and keep them locked down. Although cushioning in the shoe is very good, it cannot be compared to the comfort offered by the Ghost.
There are 5 colorways available for men- Black/Grey/Grey, Black/Light Grey/Orange, Black/Oyster/Pearl, White/Grey/Black, Black/Blue/Grey. While all these colors are not flashy, they are well suited for various looks at the gym, trail or even work. There are a cool 8 colorways available in the women's version of this shoe.
The shoe displays a shiny Brooks logo on both sides which looks like they could bring low-light visibility- something that the previous Brooks Revel lacked. While they glimmer a bit, they don’t actually serve the purpose of low light visibility.
One reviewer mentioned that some small stones got stuck on the tongue of the shoe which is likely due to the absence of overlays. If you’re wearing this shoe in the gym or only when you’re out and about casually, then the protection provided works well enough. If you require something more protective against harsh terrain, then you can look for other shoes in the Brooks series.
A high drop encourages a heel strike pattern that can reduce the pressure on the foot and ankle. In general, a higher drop can help those runners who suffer from plantar fasciitis, tenderness in the Achilles, or pain in the midfoot while running. Since this shoe isn’t meant for running races or marathons, the drop of the shoe isn’t as important as comfort and stability.
-BioMoGo DNA midsole for cushioning and protection from impact forces
-12 mm drop
-Heel crash pad for smoother transitions
-Bio Mogo Outsole with grooves for a solid grip
The adaptive cushioning of the midsole is the highlight of the shoe as they provide a customized running experience while on short high-tempo runs and long but slow hikes. They may not be the most technologically advanced shoe created by Brooks but they offer durability at a very affordable price point.
The Revel 2 is not the best running shoe in Brooks lineup but that is not what they were going for. They intended to design a moderately priced running shoe that can serve dual purposes.