The new Brooks Hyperion Max was one of the first available shoes in 2023. Check out our thoughts!
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The Brooks Hyperion Max has one of the more unique color combinations we have seen recently. At first glance, a cloudy green and red/orange combo seems like it should not work. But it sort of does. Toss in some gradual black accents on the upper that stretch from the ankle through the toe and it’s a pretty slick looking shoe.
Fit & Construction:
The stretch woven upper fits great in all the right places. It has provided a near perfect lockdown around the midfoot with no heel slippage. Honestly, it’s a nice hug of an upper.
The thin tongue has stayed in place, despite the fact it is ungusseted. They fit a little narrow, so if you have needs for a wider option, these may not provide that ideal fit.
For a supposedly “max” shoe (I mean, it’s in the name), it did not seem to feel like one. At least not to others in this category. A stack of 33mm is plenty tall, but we have recently tried out some options that push the boundary (and beyond) of “legality” on that front. It also doesn’t feel completely like a “max” shoe either. I mean, the DNA Flash midsole offers definite comfort and bounce, but (again relatively speaking), it isn’t as plush as one would expect from the shoe name alone.
That being said, while we think that the design and goal of the Hyperion Max is plush comfort and speed, I actually found it to be a really nice tempo trainer. During my first few runs, I attempted to push the pace more than I normally would. While these runs runs felt fine overall, I kept thinking that it was missing something. I couldn’t really put my finger on it. It wasn’t until I tried it out on a treadmill run, that things seemed to click and the Hyperion Max just hit right.
When I hit the treadmill, I tend to fall into just a consistent and easy pace. It became immediately evident to me that the Hyperion Max wasn’t here for that. Maybe it dislikes the “dreadmill” as much as I do because it begged to go faster. It was seemingly not content to settling at standard and I had to click that speed button just to keep in step with where my feet wanted to be. THERE it was – the Hyperion Max’s sweet spot I was looking for. The Rapid Roll curvature of the heel and toe was doing it’s job.
So, I actually think of this now as the “Hyperion” – sans the Max. With that in mind, it becomes a really efficient shoe – a comfortable daily trainer that allows me to say screw you to my standard chill pace and ramp it up a few notches. That will benefit me in the long run and I’m obviously here for it.
The outsole is designed with sustainability in mind. The “Green Rubber” is strategically placed on the outsole. It definitely provides enough coverage and has more than enough grip to tackle all terrains.
I think the Hyperion Max is a really great shoe – especially when looked at with a lens of a daily trainer as opposed to a hugely stacked MAX shoe. It has for sure assisted in moving my chill pace to another level. In talking with our reviewers, it seems like this is a significant upgrade from the Brooks Hyperion Tempo and may just be one of the more exciting true running shoes from Brooks we have tried recently.
Brooks Hyperion Max $170
- Weight: 7.9 oz (M10.5); 6.7 oz (W8)
- Stack: 33mm/25mm
- Drop: 8mm
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