Brooks is introducing a new marathon shoe, Hyperion Elite, that offers runners a carbon fiber midsole for lightweight endurance and propulsion.

The designers at Brooks started working on a project in mid-2017, aiming to create a new racing platform that provided more support and energy return to runners, especially in the latter portions of a marathon. In collaboration with some of the world’s top runners, the team created the new Hyperion Elite marathon shoe, introducing a carbon fiber plate sandwiched between the midsole compound, providing the runners the energy return and stability they need to succeed.

The Hyperion Elite, weighing in at less than 7 ounces, is designed for the immediate lead up to a marathon and race day.  The new DNA Zero midsole contains an EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) compound with additional air in the mix to boost the heel height from 20mm to 28mm while weighing 25 percent less than the foam used in the past. According to Nikhil Jain, senior manager of Blue Line products at Brooks, the carbon fiber plate was inserted and sandwiched between the midsole compound to provide more “pop for the runner” in the form of energy return but also work as a supportive stabilizer through the end of the race.