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Shoe of the Week: Brooks Hyperion

You may have seen this shoe at the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon in February.

Brooks went back to the drawing board to redevelop a fast, sleek racing flat and, according to our wear-testers, it succeeded. The featherweight Hyperion feels like it’s part of your foot the moment you slip it on and lace it up. It’s a snug-fitting shoe to be sure, but the one-piece engineered stretch woven upper material and semi-firm heel counter wraps the foot and secures it down to the flexible undercarriage made of moderately soft foam (BioMoGo DNA material) and small rubber outsole segments. The sock-like fit moves with your foot and never inhibits movement and doesn’t feels at all cumbersome at fast speeds. (Our testers liked how the thinly padded tongue and flat laces completed the fit.) The Hyperion strays in its design from the T7 racer it replaced in Brooks shoe lineup (a lower heel-toe offset and a straighter last) and there are shades of the now-defunct Brooks Green Silence racing flat from a few years ago. In speed sessions, road races and tempo runs, we found this shoe to be full of “pop,” meaning that it seemed to give off some noticeable energy return (without a bouncy ride) in every stride. Aside from being fast and light, the Hyperion is built to be more versatile (from 5K to the marathon) and durable than most racing flats. It might not be enough shoe for a marathon for most recreational runners, but it’s certainly could be the tool of choice for shorter distances. (Although the shoe just hit stores on June 1, it debuted on several Brooks-sponsored athletes at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles.)

Price: $130
Weights: 6.3 oz. (men’s 9); 5.3 oz. (women’s 7)
Heel-Toe Offset: 10mm; 22mm (heel); 12mm (forefoot)
Info: BrooksRunning.com

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