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Run Oregon is Kickin’ it in the Brooks Hyperion Elite 2

Brooks Hyperion Elite’s are back – and with a vengeance.

It’s a pretty well known fact that many intense runners and shoe reviewers weren’t the biggest fans of the first version of the Hyperion Elites. It came with a lot of fanfare and intrigue, and was sold out pretty early on. We managed to get our hands on a pair, and considering the above factors, we wanted to showcase our initial thoughts in a reduced timeframe. While we were generally pretty positive in our quick and dirty review, focusing on how the shoes were race-ready and propelled things forward, longer-term follow-up discussions about the shoe showcased mostly that the effort was “fine”. Normally, “fine” isn’t a bad thing, but when its attached to an option with a large price tag and high expectations, that term isn’t really the one you want.

So it is with great excitement that the recently released Hyperion Elite 2 may be the version the running community was waiting for all along.

In comparing and contrasting the two releases, there are some similarities and also some needed differences.

  1.  Updated nitrogen-infused DNA FLASH midsole balances ultralight weight with energy return and durability for sustainable speed·

  2.  Rapid Roll Technology encourages fast turnover

  3.  Midsole stack height has been increased by 2mm for enhanced cushioning

  4.  DNA FLASH will maintain cushioning and responsiveness for 200-400 miles, just like daily trainers

The light stretch woven upper looks and operates essentially the same as its predecessor. You should also expect the thinner tongue (as opposed to the cushioned ones) and perhaps a little more padding around the ankle – but still not enough to weigh it down.

As for the changes, the midsole is probably the greatest one, and the one feature most people ended up having an issue with. Brooks uses their DNA FLASH with a carbon-fiber plate that give these performance shoes a rocking boost forward. It was evident from the first time I put these on just how much momentum they provided. My first wear was in the beginning stages of the wildfires here in the valley, so I tried them out on the treadmill and literally had to push my speed up and up to keep from propelling myself into the front console. It was so crazy that I ended up maxing out my speed for the final few minutes of a speed push – something that I never really do.


I will be honest however, the price for these competitive race-read shoes is pretty high. At $250, it’s an investment at any time, but given that there aren’t really a ton of competitive racing going on at the current moment, it will likely be used for training purposes. That being said though, I believe that Brooks’s Rapid Roll Technology in these shoes may stand aside some of the big names in race-performance footwear.

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Specs (from website):

  • Midsole Drop: 8mm
  • Weight: 7.6oz (unisex, men’s size 9)

More about Brooks:

We live by the following:

  1. Running is a gift. Run happy. Every day with a run is better. Every run brings you closer to your best self. And you end every run in a better place than you started.
  2. We do one thing: build great running gear. When you focus on what you do best, you do it better. Our goal is to make each run better than the last. This guides every engineering choice we make.
  3. We’re obsessed with the body in motion. We engineer our gear in the lab, but we bring it to life on the unique, real-world humans who will wear it. This is the result of tireless biomechanical research with runners of every size, strength and experience. But most of all, it’s the result of listening.
  4. We sweat every detail. Our process is simple: create solutions for runners, test them over miles, assess feedback and repeat. Every groove in the soles of your shoes, every inch of fabric in your gear and every single stitch has a reason to exist. If it doesn’t improve your run, you won’t see it in our gear.
  5. The planet is our home. More than 100 million people run outside, so it’s critical we care for the world we share. That means working to minimize our environmental impact, creating positive social impact, and being transparent about areas where we can do better. All the while, we give back and lift causes that get people moving.
  6. We’re runners, too. This is as much for us as it is for you. Our offices have locker rooms. We run at lunch. In between meetings. Pretty much anytime we can. Put simply, we make the best running gear on the planet because we want to go running in it.

 

Thank you to Brooks for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Matt Rasmussen (1521 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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