Brooks Hyperion 2 £79.99


Posted: 16 June 2000

Weight 331g
Evaluation As the price suggests, the Hyperion is Brooks’s premium cushioning shoe. Last spring’s original model received very good feedback from testers. Even though it has a mid-range weight, testers found it a quick, responsive model and appreciated its smooth cushioning. They also liked its fit (broad in the forefoot, snug in the rearfoot), and found that the outsole gripped well on road and grass.
This year’s model has been subtly improved. In addition to the standard Hydroflow cushioning units in the rear- and forefoot, Brooks has extended a layer of its durable Substance 257 cushioning material across a wide heel-strike area and the whole of the forefoot (it’s the orange layer above the outsole). Brooks has also updated the upper, which has a higher-quality feel and a better, more sculpted fit around the midfoot.
The Hyperion has no built-in stability features (except for a small midfoot support bar), so it’s not a shoe for overpronators. But, as the foot sits quite low to the ground, it’s certainly not unstable.
In short The Hyperion is a great everyday training shoe if you are a quick, biomechanically neutral runner. Is it worth £80? Probably not in terms of its component parts, but that does seem to be the current price for a shoe with this mix of comfort and speed.
Try it on if you liked Adidas Equipment Gazelle (£80); Asics DS Trainer (£80); New Balance 829 (£60)

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