Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 Racer Preview

Article by Sam Winebaum


Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 ($250)



I was fortunate to attend a virtual Brooks Press Preview yesterday. The big news was information on the Sept 1st releasing Hyperion Elite 2.

The significant change from the Elite 1 is to the nitrogen infused DNA Flash foam as in the Hyperion Tempo and 2mm more of it with the same 8mm drop and a new Rapid Roll Technology to encourage turnover.  The upper and carbon fiber plate and its location as shown at the line between layers of Flash with its stabilizing spine remains the same. The outsole sees slight changes. The use of DNA Flash and 2mm more stack of it appears to increase the weight of the Elite from 6.9 oz / 196g  to 7.6 oz / 215g by official specs.

DNA Flash was in the Hyperion Tempo lighter trainer (RTR Review)While the Tempo was designed with input from Brooks athletes such as Desi Linden as a light, durable, and stable trainer its extensive rubber outsole masked to a certain extent the lively light DNA Flash midsole.


While stable, very protective, and fast for some, the Elite 1 did not have much of an exciting ride (RTR Review) and quite frankly had a “duller” feel than some of its competitors. There were also concerns about the longevity of the DNA Zero midsole. The DNA Flash in the new Elite 2 is called out as maintaining its cushioning and responsiveness for 200-400 miles.


Bringing DNA Flash to the Elite 2 and the potential effect of the Rapid Roll should change the ride to a liviler picture yet still a more stable racing experience for those needing a touch more support in general and for the later miles of a marathon.


RoadTrailRun hopes to test the Elite 2 for a review prior to release.

Photo Credits: Brooks Runnng

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aaah... brooks... why do they feel the need another 2mm to an already tall stackheight of the elite v1? Now v2 looks like a boat or something. Almost 1oz of weight gain in a racing shoe is significant.

Anonymous said...

Hey Sam, great review. I really enjoy what you guys and gals do on this website. Have you considered reviewing the Allbirds Tree Dasher? It is a running shoe with an upper made from eucalyptus fibre and a midsole made from sugarcane. I think it would be a really interesting shoe for you to test considering its (very) non-traditional materials.

Alessandro said...

It's seem like a casual/jojjing shoes....