The Brooks Ghost is one of the most popular trainers of any running shoe out there. It’s been consistent for years and it fits various foot types for runners of all needs.
The Brooks Hyperion Tempo is the lightweight, but cushioned trainer partner to the Brooks Hyperion Elite (the carbon plated shoe). In my opinion, the Brooks Hyperion Tempo is a better shoe for a lower price. If you are familiar with the original Hyperion, it was a lightweight, responsive ride, racing shoe. It was designed as a true racing flat with a performance fit.
The new Brooks Hyperion Tempo is similar but has more cushion and is also more durable. It’s still light weight and responsive. Now, the Brooks Hyperion Tempo is more of a training shoe versus racing shoe.
Brooks Hyperion Elite Shoe Review:
I had high hopes for the Brooks Hyperion Elite. As you can tell by the first line, the hopes weren’t exactly met. Shocking, because Brooks rarely doesn’t bring their A-game. It isn’t that I think the Brooks Hyperion Elite is a bad shoe, but I don’t know if I believe it’s a $250 shoe. Especially when the most similar shoes to the Brooks Hyperion Elite are racing flats which generally cost around $100.
It’s funny, I don’t try the Brooks Launch every year, and typically I only try it for limited-edition versions. I always like the Fourth of July Color and this year is no different. The Brooks Launch 7 is available in several different colors but I am a creature of habit and purchased the Brooks Launch 7 in the Fourth of July color.
For the past few versions, the Brooks Glycerin has been one of my favorite shoes. It’s soft, neutral, and like a sponge underneath your feet. If you’re looking for daily training with a lot of cushion, then the Glyercin is a great choice.
When the Brooks Glycerin 16 came out, I knew I wanted to try it sooner rather than later. After going through a few pairs of running shoes, I decided it was time to replace mine. Keep in mind, I’m not associated with Brooks in any way. I work in a running specialty store and like shoes. Also what works for me, might not work for you so take every shoe review (including mine) with a grain of salt.
So What Updates are there?
As with most running shoes, especially Brooks, most of the upper is now seamless. It accommodates wider feet, bunions, and just more feet in general. Seamless toe boxes allow companies to fix as many feet as possible. I wear a 10-11, and the 10.5 regular widths have been excellent for me.
The upper is a double mesh that is both breathable and stretches to adapt to movement. Your feet don’t feel constricted (not that they ever should in a running shoe). If your feet tend to overheat quickly, this breathability will allow for more airflow.
Or as I say to customers that come into the running store, more cushion for the pushing. The biggest update for the new Glycerin is the addition of the DNA Loft Cushion. What does that mean? Why does it matter?
DNA Loft Cushion is a combination of the Brooks signature material. It’s a mix of their signature cushion: DNA foam, as well as air and rubber. This provides a soft feeling while still responsive and “poppy”. Slightly Different from the Hoka Clifton, that is just soft all the way around. The ride itself feels smoother. You won’t feel like you’re clunking around in a high cushioned shoe.
I liked the Brooks Glycerin 15, and I like the Brooks Glycerin 16 just as much. I don’t feel “too different” in the shoe, and for the past few years, it’s been a reliable shoe in my rotation. I typically wear it in daily runs and occasionally for warming up or cooling down at a race too.
Current Shoe Rotation:
Daily Runs: Brooks Glycerin 16, Diadora Fly, New Balance 1080, Hoka Clifton 5
Workouts: New Balance 1400, Nike LT Racer
Races: Nike LT Racer, Nike Fly
(as you can see, I have a few reviews to work on, but I always wait until I have at least 100 miles on shoes)
Questions for you:
What is your current favorite shoe?
What is a shoe you’ve had in your rotation?