Brooks Hyperion Elite 4 Review

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The original Brooks Hyperion Elite was a responsive carbon plated, long distance running shoe however it was not a supershoe by any means just because it had a carbon plate. This new model aims to correct that. In this Brooks Hyperion Elite 4 review I will go over my own experience with this shoe and we will find out whether or not they have fixed the problems from the original.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £140

Weight: 210g

Stack height: 35mm

Usage: Long distance racing shoe

Pros

  • Stable
  • Light
  • Breathable
  • Noticeable fatigue reduction
  • Comfortable
  • Secure fit

Cons

  • Not hugely soft or bouncy
  • Slow toe offs compared to competitors
  • Energy return: 7/10
  • Durability: 8/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 7/10
  • Style: 8/10
  • speed: 8/10
  • versatility: 7/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Upper breathability: 8/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Width: 8/10
  • Overall Ratings: 84/100

Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 First Impressions

When I first saw these shoes I thought they were very aesthetically pleasing. I loved the colourscheme and when I picked them up I could immideiately tell how high quality the material was.

My first run in these shoes was a 20km fast paced run and I set a new PB! This shoe had such a great combination of speed and cushioning. I felt like I could wear this shoe all day and still feel fresh.

The upper was very breathable and felt like a glove on my foot however the heel was slightly wider so this shoe fits true to size for most cases.

Why Should You Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a long distance racing shoe then this is the perfect shoe for you. It is fast, comfortable and light. This is one of my favourite long distance shoes and I could not recommend them enough for marathons.

Why Should You Not Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a shorter distance racing shoe then this is not the model for you. In terms of raw speed alone this shoe cannot compete with that of a Vaporfly 3 or an AlphaFly 3.

Upper of the shoe

The upper provided excellent heel lockdown and I never felt my foot slipping at any point once I used a runners knot. The fit is slightly wider than a typical racing shoe and the heel in particular is wider and a bit loose.

Overall the upper fits slightly wider for a racing shoe with additional room in the heel. Do make sure that you lace-lock the laces as if you do not do this the upper is not the most secure.

Foam of the shoe

The midsole of this shoe is slightly firmer than the previous model still has that cushioned feel. This shoe does not have a bouncy ride comapred to the DNA Flash. The first run was slightly uncomfortable as the full length carbon plate is inflexible at first and for some reason, there is a flex point at the anterior midfoot.

The toe spring also helps the forefoot transition howeer the heel bevel is so agressive that the rearfoot is clunky and until you break the shoe in it is uncomfortable. So I would recommend before taking it out racing that you break the shoe in.

Sole of the shoe

The base of the shoe is wider than that of most supershoes which offers more stability and support. So if you are wanting a supershoe with a little more support then there is no better option for you than this model.

Conclusion of the Brooks Hyperion Elite 4 review

Overall, this is an amazing shoe that offers stability, speed assistance, cushionining and reduces fatigue over lomng distances. There is no better marathon shoe out there. Do be aware that for short distances this shoe simply cannot compete on speed so if this is your main focus then I wuld recommend looking at a different trainer.

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