Brooks’ most recent stability tech, the guide rails system, is its holistic approach in preventing erratic movement caused by running fatigue, which can lead to injury. Instead of trying to “control” pronation, a higher-density foam in the medial side and lateral side creates a bumper effect to align knee and ankle movement. These are some of the best Brooks Women’s Running Shoes.
Hyperion Elite 2 – Best for Competition
When the Hyperion Elite was released in February 2020, the Elite 2 was already in development and set to launch that September. Runners—like me—liked the speedy energy return of the OG’s DNA Zero midsole, but others—like Runner-in-Chief Jeff Dengate—craved more cushioning. For a softer and more supportive platform, Brooks replaced DNA Zero with the cushier and bouncier DNA Flash (the same midsole as the Elite’s training companion, the Hyperion Tempo). A minor caveat with the Elite 2 is its unisex sizing, which makes the heel collar not as snug for women runners.
- DNA Flash foam delivers a softer ride over long distances
- Increased durability to withstand higher mileage than the first Hyperion Elite
- Uses unisex sizing
- More expensive
Hyperion Tempo – Best for SpeedWork
What puts the Tempo on a pedestal beside its faster sibling, the Elite 2, is its versatility as an everyday trainer, base builder, and racer. The Tempo has springy, cushy DNA Flash foam, and is available in both men’s and women’s sizing for a streamlined fit. It’s also $100 cheaper than the Elite 2.
- DNA Flash cushioning tuned for high energy return
- No carbon fiber plate
Catamount – Fastest Trail Shoes
Why limit DNA Flash to road racing shoes? The soft and supportive nitrogen-infused foam that serves as the midsole in Brooks’s Hyperion collection is configured into the Catamount for zooming down rugged terrain. Unlike other lightweight trail shoes, the Catamount doesn’t sacrifice key trail features in order to slim down. It comes with a rock plate, a reinforced upper, and a sticky rubber outsole with large lugs—all essential for taking on challenging terrain.
- Energetic midsole and 3.5mm lugs are versatile for road-to-trail runs
- Lugs are not suited for very deep mud
Ghost 13 – Best Daily Trainer
The Ghost is a highly decorated shoe—we’ve given it several Editors’ Choice awards over the years—and it’s a workhorse that can handle daily training runs and high mileage. Like the updated Adrenaline, the newest version uses a full-length midsole of DNA Loft foam that smoothes transitions from the heel to the forefoot, and also creates a softer, more forgiving ride. On top, Brooks swapped in a new engineered mesh upper for a secure fit and good breathability, too.
- New full-length DNA Loft midsole for more softness
- Air mesh upper improves breathability
- Not for racing
These are our pick for the best Brooks Womens running shoes.