The best Brooks running shoes

The best Brooks running shoes

While some running shoe brands also produce kit for other sports, Brooks has always remained focused on one thing: making shoes that runners want to run in. In fact, speak to a non-runner about trainers and they may not have even heard of Brooks running shoes. But the US company has been specializing in making running shoes since 1972.

While they have some big name elite runners, including 2018 Boston Marathon winner Des Linden, Brooks champions the everyday runner and it’s hard to argue with their slogan ‘Run Happy’.

Our pick of the best Brooks running shoes for women:

  • Best trail shoe: Brooks Catamount 2
  • Best for overpronators: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
  • Best for racing: Brooks Hyperion Tempo
  • Best for tempo runs: Brooks Hyperion Max
  • Best cushioned shoe: Brooks Glycerin 20

Best Brooks trail shoe: Catamount 2

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Brooks Catamount 2 technical details

Price: £160
Weight: 243g
Drop: 6mm
Special features: 40% recycled materials in the upper, SkyVault propulsion plate

why we loved them

Why we didn’t

  • Styling not to everyone’s taste
  • Only for lighter trails

What our tester said

Perfect for clear trails, such as bridle paths and canal tracks, its brilliant in wet weather and ideal as a hybrid shoe, taking you from road to trail with ease. These are without a doubt one of the most comfortable pairs of trail shoes I’ve ever worn. I’m used to that stiffness that most trail shoes display (most with good reason), so the flexibility and cushioning afforded underfoot here is nothing short of surprising.

Read Esther’s full Brooks Catamount review.

Best for overpronators: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 - best brooks running shoes

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 Technical details

Price: £135
Special technology: Guide Rails for support.

why we loved it

  • Supportive shoe without being too controlling.
  • Plenty of room in the toe box.
  • Lightweight, breathable upper.

Why we didn’t

  • Not the sexiest looking shoe on the market.

What our tester said

They were comfortable and easy to run in. The updated midsole features lighter weight DNA LOFT v2 cushioning. It’s a firm kind of cushioning – not the type of squishy sole you’ll sink into. The support from the Adrenalines helped me run well on tired legs. It’s a moderate level of support that doesn’t feel overly controlling. They have a good amount of width in the sole for a stable, secure landing.

Read Laura’s full Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 review.

Best for racing: Brooks Hyperion Tempo

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Brooks Hyperion Tempo technical details

Price: £140
Weight: 190g
Midsole drop: 8mm
Special technology: Nitrogen infused DNA Flash Foam

why we loved it

  • reasonably priced
  • super lightweight
  • great energy return

Why we didn’t

What our tester said

The shoe is very light (just 190g) and is barely noticeable on your feet while running. It does, however, have a lovely heel to toe action that had me feeling like I was gliding along. While it might be positioned as a training shoe for faster sessions, I think this shoe deserves to get a chance to race. It was a perfect oice for me for racing parkrun.

Read Laura’s full Brooks Hyperion Tempo review.

Best for tempo runs: Brooks Hyperion Max

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Brooks Hyperion Max technical details

Price: £160
Weight: 189g

why we loved it

  • Lightweight, responsive training shoe.
  • Smooth heel-to-toe transition.
  • Great grip.

Why we didn’t

  • Not as cushioned as the name suggests.
  • Less propulsive than a plated shoe.

What our tester said

As the pace picked up I saw the benefits of the shoe more and more. That rocker wants you to go faster and offers a lovely heel-to-toe motion. I felt like I was going a little faster than the effort that I was putting in. It would be a really good tempo shoe for longer intervals and mid length tempo runs if you like a firmer ride and aren’t in the market for a carbon-plated running shoe.

Best cushioned Brooks running shoes: Brooks Glycerin 20

Brooks Glycerin 20 best for everyday miles

Brooks Glycerin 20 technical details

Price: £155
Weight: 258g
Drop: 10mm

why we loved it

  • customization options
  • A durable road-running shoe
  • Comfortable cushioning

Why we didn’t

  • not cheap
  • Not designed for speed runs

What our tester said

As promised, the Glycerin 20 delivers on comfort and cushioning – that’s the real selling point here. The nitrogen-infused DNA LOFT sole is slightly springy and delightfully soft underfoot. I didn’t experience any rubbing or blistering either, even after several test runs. There’s also more responsiveness than I’d anticipated: despite the wonderfully soft sole, there’s a definite spring to my take off.

Read Holly’s full Brooks Glycerin 20 review.

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