Brooks Hyperion Max

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Brooks Hyperion Max: Review

β€œA lightweight, cushioned racing shoe.”

Overview


Brooks's Hyperion Max is a lightweight version of the Hyperion designed for racing and speedwork. It has more cushioning and a wider forefoot than the Hyperion but maintains the its responsive, energetic ride. Key features include a breathable mesh upper, responsive DNA Flash midsole, and grippy outsole.

According to our analysis of reviews from experts around the world, it averages a review score of 79%. This puts it rated just below the median rating of comparable running shoes. According to our analysis of prices across the internet, at current rates it's in the most expensive 30% of running shoes.

Verdict

The consensus on the Brooks Hyperion Max


The Hyperion Max performs well as a fast, race-ready trainer with durable cushioning for longer distances. The breathable upper provides a comfortable fit even for marathons. The DNA Flash midsole delivers a smooth, energetic ride for speed, while the outsole provides excellent traction. At a high price point, the Hyperion Max's versatility helps justify the cost.

Brooks Hyperion Max: Base model


The Hyperion Max is a lightweight version of the Brooks Hyperion. It has more cushioning and a wider forefoot than the regular Hyperion model.

Comparable Shoes


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The Endorphin Speed has a softer, more energetic foam than the firmer Hyperion Max.

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The RC Elite has a plate while the Hyperion Max has a more flexible, natural ride.

5 Brooks Hyperion Max Pros & Cons


3 Pros

Lightweight, breathable upper provides a secure, comfortable fit
Responsive DNA Flash foam midsole
Grippy outsole with excellent traction

2 Cons

At a high price point
Firmer ride may not suit recovery days

In Depth


Upper

The lightweight mesh upper provides a comfortable, breathable fit that locks in the foot. Reviewers praised the soft, flexible woven material.

Midsole

The Hyperion Max has Brooks's responsive DNA Flash foam. This lightweight, nitrogen-infused foam delivers a snappy, energetic ride.

Outsole

The grippy rubber outsole uses Brooks's sticky green rubber for exceptional traction on roads and trails, even when wet.

Cushioning

The DNA Flash midsole provides surprising cushioning despite the Hyperion Max's low weight.

Breathability

The mesh upper provides excellent breathability during runs.

Who should buy the Brooks Hyperion Max?


The Hyperion Max is ideal for neutral runners seeking a lightweight, fast, versatile trainer and racer for 5K to marathon distances.

Who should not buy the Brooks Hyperion Max?


The Hyperion Max may not suit heavy runners or those wanting a plush, cushioned ride for recovery days or easy long runs.

Brooks Hyperion Max: What's it good for?


The Hyperion Max excels at speedwork, tempo runs, and racing from 5Ks to marathons with its lightweight, responsive and stable ride.

3 Brooks Hyperion Max FAQs


Is the Hyperion Max good for easy runs?

The Hyperion Max has enough cushioning for short easy runs up to 10K but some may find it too firm and prefer more cushioning.

How does the sizing compare to other Brooks shoes?

The Hyperion Max fits true to size. Those with wider feet may appreciate the roomier forefoot.

How durable is the Hyperion Max?

The ample rubber outsole provides good durability, with testers seeing minimal wear after over 200 miles.

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Brooks Hyperion Max characteristics and specifications

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Released
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Measurements
Weight
221 g
Heel to toe drop
8 mm
Heel
30 mm
Forefoot
22 mm

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