Brooks Revel Review Facts
Brooks does a great job of creating high-end shoes that have a low-end cost. The Brooks Revel has all of the things that runners nowadays look for in a shoe; it’s stylish, lightweight, and is durable enough to really be able to handle the terrain that it is used to run on with no problem. It seems as if Brooks was trying to prove a point with the design of this shoe; that they too can create a high-class shoe that simply looks and feels amazing on the wearer’s foot. It incorporates the standard technologies into its design with a few surprises in place here and there to make the shoe really pop.
Editor's Pros & Cons
- Stylish, sleek design
- Amazing cushioning
- All around comfortable
- Fits true-to-size
- The shoe may show signs of wear relatively quickly
- These feel neutral to me, nice weight not heavy on my feet, after trail running in these my feet are never a sweaty mess as the ventilation works so well, grip is about right and these give nice support.
- These are so good, I’m onto a second pair, these are the only shoes which actually give me genuine comfort, top support and very nice for long running.
- Rolled my ankles a few years ago, these shoes have helped so much with real support and comfort so that I am happy to say I can continue running.
- I got these because for my feet I need a wide back and narrow enough front, I can run perfectly in these, the support and performance work in harmony with my feet.
- These have been amazing for running, I’m surprised at the great performance even when I push these for long runs, very comfortable and lots of breathability.
- As my feet are super duper flat I’m happy to say these are the most comfy shoes that I have ran in, I will certainly buy these in the future as they have proven themselves for performance.
- These perform as top quality shoes, no matter what the conditions or the distance I cover, these are amazingly good.
- For the price I got a pair of shoes which perform at a level which I would expect from a very expensive running shoe, I easily hit 30 miles each week, sometimes more and these are perfect.
- Just like putting on a perfect fitting sock, the comfort is astounding when thinking how much these are, I cover lots of trails and these are great for summer type of running, like the cushion and support from the whole shoe.
- These shoes attract compliments as they look nice and they do perform as good as they look, lot’s of miles and these are proving to be an exceptional shoe.
- Nicely comfortable but they run a size smaller than I thought so I had to change, traction should be better, not so good in the rain.
- The coloring is way off from what I ordered from online, the fit feels tight and they make my feet ache.
- I found the sole is not much for flexibility, my arch is generally medium and I can’t feel enough support.
- When these arrived, I opened the box, the ankle part of the shoe was already frayed, the soles had dirt marks, these were second used and sent on to me.
- Not the type of transition that I wanted and arch support is lacking, I can run these but only short distances, no good for long distances.
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The outsole of this shoe is meant to provide the wearer with a decent level of durability as well as flexibility. The sole unit has a blown rubber material make that keeps it in-line with the terrain that the shoe is used on; the blown rubber is relatively durable and is a bit smoother than harder rubber variations such as carbon rubber. The rubber is in place on only the forefoot and heel of the shoe to really allow the wearer to get what they need in terms of flex out of the shoe; this means that other portions of the shoe are exposed, such as the foam of the midsole of the shoe. This shouldn’t be the worst thing seeing as the foam in the midsole of the shoe is on the more durable side of things.
The midsole of the Brooks Revel is designed from Brooks signature foam material; BioMoGo DNA. Their cushioning really allows the shoe to have a comfortable feel and results in a pleasant ride for the wearer of the shoe. There isn’t really anything that differentiates this foam from the foam used in other types of shoe since this is the same material that is used in various other Brooks model shoes. Something about this material is that the shoe doesn’t bend very easily and still works to give the wearer what they need in terms of stability while in use; that isn’t to say that the shoe doesn’t flex, the walls of the midsole simply don’t crease very easily.
The upper of the Brooks Revel is on the comfier side of things due to the use of the knit material in its design. The toe area of the shoe is knit so as to provide the wearer with what they need in terms of comfort and breathability. The inner part of the upper features a bootie that works to keep the shoe fitting snugly to the wearer’s foot. The majority of the upper, including the laces, is relatively standard; the lacing is flat and has no special feature to magically enhance the level of snugness felt by the wearer of the shoe. With that being said, the shoe does have ample cushioning in place throughout its design; the heel of the shoe, as well as the tongue, has what the wearer will need so that the shoe feels increasingly comfortable on the wearer’s foot. There are also a few printed overlays on the outer portion of the shoe to give the wearer what they’ll need in terms of structure for the design of the shoe. Aside from being knit, the upper on the shoe is also seamless, which adds another comforting aspect to the design of this shoe.
In terms of weight, the design of the shoe is one that is meant to give the wearer an average experience. The perforated, knit upper of the shoe is a bit thick, not too thick, but thick enough to add a decent level of weight to the design of the shoe; this is one of the reasons why the Brooks Revel weighs in at 10.3 oz. The addition of the lining on the inner portion of the shoe is also one of the reasons why the shoe adds a decent level of weight to the design of the shoe. The shoe also features a relatively full sole unit that has ample cushioning; this is the second contributing factor.
The upper of the Brooks Revel is meant to give the wearer a fair level of breathability, while not being done in such a way as to make the shoe feel as if it is non-existent. The shoe is designed from a knit material that gives the wearer what they need in terms of air-flow; the upper is perforated in most of the major parts of the shoe such as the toe box and the heel, which gives the wearer just the right amount of moisture-wicking in the design. Speaking of moisture wicking, the shoe has an inner layer that does a decent job of keeping the wearer’s foot dry while the shoe is in place. The thickness of the material may be a hindrance for those profuse sweating runners but for the most part, the shoe does a decent job of keeping the wearer’s foot in a state of comfort in the breathability part of the shoe’s experience.
In terms of comfort, the material that makes up the design of the shoe is done in such a way as to promote this quality. The upper of the shoe, for starters, is highly cushioned (due to the bootie construction) and is made from a knit material. The knit make of the upper allows it to really provide the foot with a malleable feel that simply conforms to the way that the wearer’s foot is shaped; there is no pressure placed on the wearer’s foot to bend in any way. The bootie construction on the inner portion of the shoe and the cushioning that it presents to the foot, really allows the wearer to have what they need in terms of comfort as well and does so unapologetically; the cushioning ads the shoe in conforming to the curves of the wearer’s foot and providing for them in terms of structure. Something else to keep in mind is the fact that the sole unit of the shoe is made of a foam that does it’s best to provide support and inherently provides wearer’s with a cushioned feel while the shoe is in use.
The shoe is definitely on the sleek side of things; and it’s supposed to be, it’s a running shoe. The Brooks Revel has a design that hints to the wearer that it is a bit more comfortable than the average running shoe and will work to provide the wearer with what they need in terms of functionality during use. Aside from this, the shoe comes in a plethora of colors which allows the wearer to really incorporate a decent level of variety into their outfits; this shoe can be found in colorways ranging from blue, yellow, and white all the way to a bright pink model.
The thing about this shoe is that, although it’s on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of price, it still lasts long enough for the wearer to get their money’s worth out of it. The blown rubber on the sole unit of the shoe really introduces the wearer to a high level of durability when the shoe is in use in areas such as roads and things of the like. The material tends to wear away gradually and retain its traction ability during the process. The upper of the shoe is knit and layered, this hints to the wearer that they’ll definitely gain a decent level of longevity from the shoe while it’s in use; the layered design of the upper prevents the shoe from breaking down during use and, even if it does, provides the wearer with ample time to wear the shoe during the process.
The upper of the shoe is layered, which is something that provides the wearer with ample protection by itself. The knit, layered design of the material on the upper of the Brooks Revel keeps the wearer’s foot from having to fully endure the effects of the climate(heat, cold); the material also does a great job of being water-resistant, which provides a decent level of protection to the wearer’s foot also. The sole unit of the shoe does its job to give the wearer a decent level of protection simply because of the fact that the material is thick and extremely well cushioned; this aspect of the shoe’s design does its part to give the wearer a decent level of protection simply because, due to the thickness of the material, it is relatively difficult for things to penetrate the design of the shoe itself.
One thing that can definitely be said about the addition of the BioMoGo foam in the sole unit of the shoe is that it adds a level of responsiveness that wouldn’t have been achieved otherwise. The Brooks Revel’s use of the BioMoGo foam simply means that the sole unit will conform to the curves of the wearer’s foot with relative ease; this is one of the things about this material, the cushioning aspect of it really allows it to be rather malleable. The upper of the shoe has a decent level of structural integrity but is counteracted by the use of the perforations in certain, key areas; the toe box of the shoe and the heel, along with being breathable, provide the wearer with what they’ll need in terms of responsiveness.
The Brooks Revel can be used on various surfaces, simply because of the durability of the material that makes up the sole unit of the shoe. The use of the blown rubber on the outsole of the shoe really allows the wearer to have what they need in terms of functionality on various terrains simply because of the durability aspect of the material. The upper and the layering/perforations give it a decent level of versatility as well; the perforations and the layering really does a decent job of keeping the temp inside of the shoe balanced and not introducing the wearer’s foot up discomfort while the shoe is in use.
Something that was hinted at in a previous section about this shoe is that the shoe does an amazing job of finding that balance between price and quality. The Brooks Revel is a bit on the more inexpensive side of things. The lower price point of the shoe, as mentioned in the above sentence, does not hint to one that their shoe isn’t quality though; the materials in this shoe should work to give the wearer of the shoe ample time to really get a decent level of use out of the shoe.
The blown rubbering the sole unit of the Brooks Revel does do a relatively decent job of giving the wearer a high level of functionality in regard to the level of traction that is achieved by the shoe. While the blown rubber doesn’t cover the sole unit of the shoe in whole, it does still do a decent job at giving the wearer quick reactions when they need them; the partial coverage of the sole unit actually aids the wearer’s foot in this respect. It allows the shoe to really move and give the wearer a decent level of grip because of it’s doing so.
The upper of this shoe is designed from a mesh material. While it does have a decent level of structure due to the use of the overlays that are in place, it is still able to move, quite easily, to the will of the wearer’s foot. The movement of the upper of the shoe is only boosted by the use of minimal rubber on the sole unit; the sole unit only has rubber in the areas that really require for it to be there such as the forefoot and the heel. The rest of the outsole leaves the foam material exposed which results in the shoe having that flex that is well needed for one’s foot during a run; it also results in a decent range of motion for the wearer’s foot when in use.
The upper of the shoe has quite a few overlays which work to give the wearer what they need in terms of structure; the overlays are 3D printed onto the upper of the shoe and do a decent job of really providing support for the outer regions of the wearer’s foot during a run. The foam in the midsole of the shoe also does a decent job of holding up and preventing rollover during runs; this also adds to the stability that the shoe provides to the wearer’s foot during use.
The heel to toe drop on the Brooks Revel is roughly 11mm; that is not something to smile at. The drop on this shoe aids it in really providing the wearer what they need in terms of transitions and reduces some of the strain associated with doing so.
• BioMoGo DNA foam midsole
• Blown rubber outsole
• Knit mesh upper
• Bootie inner construction
• Blown rubber outsole
• Knit mesh upper
• Bootie inner construction
The design of this shoe is not the worst thing in the world that’s for sure; to be honest, it’s nowhere near bad. The feel of the shoe is one that is highly cushioned due to the use of the foam in the outsole and the knit upper of the shoe. If what one is looking for is a decent level of transitions as well as stability, this may be the shoe for you. These features, along with the price, signifies that this shoe is definitely in the upper-quartile of shoes.