Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7 Review
I love to run in the Hyper Speed, and I think it makes a strong candidate for a light weight, every day trainer. The seventh iteration is a small but worthwhile improvement over the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6, getting a little lighter and a little better cushioned. It's a great to see this type of incremental improvement on an already excellent shoe like the Hyper Speed 6. The cushioning is not as soft and plush as a Hoka by any means, but it's more than enough cushioning to provide the benefits to Running Economy. The Hyper Speed fits nicely between the ultralight but surprisingly well cushioned RC5000v2 and the massively cushioned but surprisingly light weight Hoka Clifton. The Hyper Speed retails for only $75, which makes it something of a bargain in these days of high priced running shoes. I did rate the Hyper Speed a "Best of the Best", but it's been replaced for that title by the Nike Zoom Streak LT, which doesn't have such a good cushioning-to-weight ratio, but has a shape that's closer to the human foot and it lasts vastly longer. (I use The Science of Running Shoes as the basis of how I test running shoes and what you should look for in a running shoe.)
- 1 Characteristics
- 2 200 Mile Update
- 3 How Far Can I Run in the Hyper Speed?
- 4 Comparisons
- 4.1 Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 and 7
- 4.2 Asics Gel Hyper Speed and Nike Zoom Streak LT3
- 4.3 Asics Gel Hyper Speed and Saucony Type A6
- 4.4 Asics Gel Hyper Speed and New Balance RC5000v2
- 4.5 Asics Hyper Speed and Hoka Clifton
- 4.6 Asics Hyper Speed and Saucony Kinvara
- 4.7 Asics Hyper Speed and Asics GT 2000
- 5 Cushioning and Shoes
- 6 Visualizing the Attributes of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed
- 7 A Comparison with other Recommended Shoes
- Asics GT 2000. . The Hyper Speed is remarkably well cushioned for its weight, with a cushioning-to-weight ratio of 10.9. That's one of the best ratios of all the shoes I've tested, and more than twice as good as a shoe like the
- . The Hyper Speed has more of a drop of only 4mm, and while I'd like it to be a lower that's close enough to zero drop that it's hard to tell in practice.
- . The Hyper Speed uses a single density of foam, though there might be a tiny bit of Asics Gel. I only found that Gel patch in the Hyper Speed 6 when I cut them open, and there's nothing discernable otherwise.
- There's no noticeable "arch support" to cause Plantar Fascia problems. The rear edge of the heel does not have as much tapering, but this should not be a problem. The forefoot tapers slightly from the ball of the foot to the front of the shoe. There are a number of small gap in the midsole that can act as a stone trap, but I've not had any problems so far.
- . The Hyper Speed is flexible due to the relatively thin midsole, and it has a little springiness which is nice. The seventh version does not have the gaps in the outsole covering of the forefoot that were there in the sixth version. This means the Hyper Speed 7 is slightly less flexible than the prior version, but it's a fairly small change.
- New Balance RC5000v2, but I didn't have any issues. . The Hyper Speed has a hard rubber outsole that covers nearly all of the contact areas and seems to wear well and have reasonable grip. It's not as grippy as shoes with the plastic numbs, like the
- cutting open the toe box open to prevent toe problems. (I recommend cutting open the toe box of virtually all running shoes, with the exception of a few shoes like some Altra shoes. When you have some worn out shoes, you should try cutting open the toe box. I've found that it's a big improvement, allowing my toes to move naturally and engage for toe off, as well as reducing the possibility of blisters.) . The shape of the Hyper Speed does not match the human foot, and narrows in the toe box. It's not as bad as some shoes, but I'd highly recommend
- . The upper is inflexible and mostly seamless with no padding other than the ankle opening. The ankle opening is a little more padded than you might expect in a shoe that's this light weight, and the padding is noticeably thicker and softer than the previous version.
- . The Hyper Speed has a traditional tongue that is has a tab to attach it to the laces. The tongue is well padded at the top and comfortable.
- . The Hyper Speed has rounded laces, and while I didn't have any problems with them coming undone, I did have to pay extra attention to making sure they were firmly tied.
- Heel Counter is quite solid, but I don't think it would deep in unless you actually twisted your ankle. . The
2 200 Mile Update
After 245 miles (measured by MilestonePod) the Hyper Speed is showing few overt signs of wear. The upper has been fine even though I've cut the toe box open, and there are only the slightest signs of abrasion on the outsole. However, the limiting factor for longevity in the Hyper Speed, like most running shoes, is the foam midsole. There is some distinct compression under the ball of the foot, and the thickness there has been reduced by ~5 millimeters. While my pair still has some life left in them, their performance is now a little compromised.
3 How Far Can I Run in the Hyper Speed?
Different runners want different levels of cushioning, so this shoe may not suit everyone. Some runners want a Maximalist shoe when they run a 5K, while others will run a 100 mile race barefoot. Most people find that as the distance increases, they want a little more cushioning to protect their feet from the pounding and to offset a little of the fatigue that sets in over time. You can see from the charts below how the cushioning compares with other shoes I've tested for some comparisons. Remember that a thicker, firmer shoe would have the same cushioning rating as a thinner, softer shoe, but would feel rather different. Personally, I'm happy running in the Hyper Speed for the marathon distance, and I'd use it in a road 50 mile race without hesitation. For longer distances I'd probably use the Hoka Clifton, either for the entire race or for the last portion.
Here are some direct comparisons with its potential competition.
4.1 Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 and 7
The changes from the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 are all fairly small, incremental improvements. This is a clear case of devolution, not revolution, and I for one am grateful. ASICs have not messed up an excellent shoe, but they have managed to make it a little better cushioned, and a little lighter, as well as perhaps marginally more comfortable with the addition of some extra padding. I really wish they'd designed it to fit the human foot, as the forefoot and toe box follow the traditional design rather than being functionally appropriate. If you loved the old version, you'll love the new one even more.
4.2 Asics Gel Hyper Speed and Nike Zoom Streak LT3
The Nike Zoom Streak LT is quite similar to the Hyper Speed, and I love them both, and I used to think in the Hyper Speed was the better shoe. The Streak is a little lighter, but not as well cushioned, so the cushioning-to-weight ratio is far better in the Hyper Speed than the Streak. However, the Streak is almost a designed for a human foot, and it's one of the few shoes where I don't have to cut open the toe box. Another big advantage of the Streak is that it lasts much, much longer. So cutting the toe box open is less critical.
4.3 Asics Gel Hyper Speed and Saucony Type A6
The Saucony Type A6 is another shoe that's quite similar to the Hyper Speed. They are both lightweight, relatively well cushioned and reasonably comfortable. I think the Hyper Speed has the edge, being very slightly lighter and a little better cushioned. The cut away sections of the midsole are more likely to trap stones on the A6 than the Hyper Speed, which is another factor that tips the scale.
4.4 Asics Gel Hyper Speed and New Balance RC5000v2
While the Hyper Speed is remarkably light weight for its cushioning, the New Balance RC5000v2 is quite stunning. The original RC5000 was one of the most impressive shoes ever made, offering amazing cushioning while being one of the lightest shoes available. Its successor, the RC5000v2 is a fraction heavier, but much better cushioned. The Hyper Speed is 60% heavier, but only 20% better cushioned. For many people the RC5000v2 won't be enough shoe, but I'd urge you to consider it if you can get your hands on a pair.
4.5 Asics Hyper Speed and Hoka Clifton
The Hyper Speed and the Hoka Clifton are both great shoes, and both offer outstanding cushioning for their weight. If you want more cushioning than the Hyper Speed provides, then the Clifton is a great choice.
4.6 Asics Hyper Speed and Saucony Kinvara
The Saucony Kinvara is a popular shoe, and is well worth considering as a transition between a traditional shoe like the Asics GT 2000 and a highly cushioned Maximalist shoe or a light weight optimal shoe like the Hyper Speed. While I like the Kinvara as a transitional shoe, it's heavier, but provides similar levels of cushioning. I find it hard to justify the extra weight of the Kinvara, and I'd put on the Hyper Speed over the Kinvara every time.
4.7 Asics Hyper Speed and Asics GT 2000
I like to compare shoes against the Asics GT 2000 as it represents the traditional running shoe. The GT 2000 is over engineered and includes many things I dislike in traditional running shoes. These excessive features go against The Science of Running Shoes and are more likely to cause problems than solve them. The GT 2000 has an advantage over the Hyper Speed with better padding in the upper, especially in the tongue and ankle opening. However, in every other area the Hyper Speed is vastly better. The Hyper Speed is just over half the weight of the GT 2000, but provides better cushioning and is a lot more flexible. Running in the GT 2000 after the Hyper Speed feels like you've put on a wooden clog. The weight difference impacts your Running Economy, and the calculations suggest that an average runner in the Hyper Speed is around 8 seconds/mile faster than in the GT 2000. (In practice, I feel like it's a bigger difference than that.)
5 Cushioning and Shoes
It's intuitively obvious that the cushioning in a shoe will reduce the impact on your body when running. However, The Science of Running Shoes indicates that the reality is rather more complex. While slight cushioning may reduce the effort needed to run by improving your Running Economy, most scientific research indicates that more cushioning does further improve Running Economy. In addition, cushioning does not generally reduce impact and may actually increase it. This is counterintuitive, but is likely to be due to the way a runners mind and body adapts to softer cushioning. Unfortunately, the scientific evidence is far from complete and it's hard to give clear recommendations. I believe that some runners will prefer more cushioning, while others prefer less, and typically those running further have a fondness for greater cushioning. I also believe that a shoe should be as light as possible, and a shoe should justify its weight with the cushioning it provides. My advice is to decide what level of cushioning you're looking for, and then find the lightest shoes that also fit well and are comfortable.
6 Visualizing the Attributes of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed
7 A Comparison with other Recommended Shoes
For a more detailed comparison of these shoes see the Recommendations for Best Running Shoes. This table lists the key attributes of What to Look for in Running Shoes. For more detailed information, on the shoes see detailed shoe comparison.
|Full Review||Name||Rating|| Recommended
|Asics 33-DFA Review||33-DFA||Worth considering||$90||5.7||10.6||16.5||27||27||0||6.1||6|
|Saucony Type A6 Review||A6||Highly Recommended||$100||8.2||6.1||9.5||17||21||4||5.0||8|
|Adidas Adios Boost 2 Review||Adios||Worth considering||$140||4.7||8.6||13.4||17||27||11||4.0||7|
|Skechers GO Bionic 2 Review||Bionic||Highly Recommended||$95||6.4||7.0||10.9||15||18||2||4.5||9|
|Hoka Bondi Review||Bondi||Highly Recommended||$150||8.0||10.9||17.0||41||45||5||8.8||0|
|Hoka Clayton Review||Clayton||Best of the Best||$150||8.8||8.3||12.9||26||30||3||7.3||5|
|Hoka Clifton 3 Review||Clifton3||Best of the Best||$130||9.1||9.8||15.3||34||38||3||8.9||6|
|On Cloudracer Review||Cloudracer||Worth considering||$130||5.7||8.2||12.8||19||27||5||4.7||8|
|Hoka Conquest Review||Conquest||Worth considering||$170||5.0||11.9||18.5||28||34||5||6.0||3|
|Saucony Cortana 4 Review||Cortana||Worth considering||$150||4.4||9.9||18.7||22||28||5||4.3||5|
|Mizuno Wave Cruise Review||Cruise||Worth considering||$120||6.6||5.9||12.5||17||20||7||3.9||7|
|Newton Distance IV Review||Distance||Worth considering||$155||7.5||9.1||14.2||26||31||3||6.8||6|
|Asics Gel DS Racer 10 Review||DS Racer||Worth considering||$110||8.2||7.0||10.9||21||26||6||5.8||6|
|Mizuno Wave Ekiden 8 Review||Ekiden||Worth considering||$115||5.7||5.7||14.6||13||18||6||3.2||8|
|Saucony Endorphin Review||Endorphin||Highly Recommended||$125||11.1||4.1||6.4||14||13||-1||4.5||9|
|Adidas Energy Boost Review||Energy||Worth considering||$160||7.2||10.0||15.6||20||30||7||7.2||6|
|Puma Faas 100 R Review||Faas 100||Highly Recommended||$90||8.4||6.1||9.4||15||20||1||5.1||9|
|Saucony Fastwitch Review||Fastwitch||Highly Recommended||$90||9.5||7.1||11.1||20||22||4||6.8||8|
|Topo Fli-Lyte Review||Fli-Lyte||Highly Recommended||$100||6.0||9.4||14.6||23||24||4||5.6||6|
|Nike Free 4.0 Review||Free||Recommended||$120||5.3||8.2||13.6||24||30||6||4.4||6|
|Saucony Freedom Review||Freedom||Recommended||$160||5.4||10.7||16.6||11||11||3||5.8||7|
|Asics Gel Lyte 33 3 Review||Gel Lyte||Not recommended||$90||8.0||7.3||11.4||17||24||4||5.8||9|
|Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 Review||GOmeb 3||Worth considering||$120||6.9||8.1||12.6||20||24||4||5.5||8|
|Skechers GORun 4 Review||GORun||Not recommended||$100||6.1||7.5||11.7||15||23||3||4.5||7|
|Skechers GOrun Ultra 2 Review||GRU||Worth considering||$90||7.5||10.0||15.6||28||34||8||7.5||5|
|Skechers GOrun Ultra Road Review||GRU-R||Worth considering||$105||6.5||11.3||17.6||30||40||6||7.4||7|
|Asics GT 2000 Review||GT 2000||Not recommended||$120||4.8||11.2||17.4||28||35||5||5.4||4|
|Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7 Review||Hyper Speed||Highly Recommended||$75||10.9||6.3||9.8||22||26||5||6.8||7|
|Altra Instinct 3.5 Review||Instinct 3.5||Recommended||$115||4.9||9.3||15.2||24||23||0||4.5||6|
|Asics Tarther Kainos 3 Review||Kainos||Worth considering||$130||10.0||6.9||10.7||17||27||9||6.8||7|
|Saucony Kinvara 7 Review||Kinvara||Best of the Best||$110||7.4||8.2||12.8||23||27||3||6.1||6|
|Nike LunaRacer 4 Review||LunaRacer||Recommended||$90||9.9||7.0||10.9||22||30||7||6.9||6|
|Nike LunarSpider R5 Review||LunarSpider||Recommended||$125||6.9||6.7||10.4||17||21||3||4.6||7|
|Hoka Mafate Speed Review||Mafate||Best of the Best||$170||7.6||11.9||18.5||39||40||4||9.0||3|
|Pearl Izumi EM Road N0 v2 Review||N0||Highly Recommended||$100||7.9||6.5||10.1||14||20||4||5.2||8|
|New Balance 980 Review||NB 980||Worth considering||$110||4.6||10.1||15.7||21||30||5||4.6||5|
|Hoka Odyssey Review||Odyssey||Highly Recommended||$130||8.5||9.4||14.6||37||45||5||8.0||4|
|Altra Olympus Review||Olympus||Highly Recommended||$130||5.4||11.8||18.4||27||27||3||6.4||4|
|Altra One 2.5 Review||One||Highly Recommended||$100||8.5||7.1||11.1||22||25||2||6.0||8|
|Altra Paradigm Review||Paradigm||Highly Recommended||$130||6.4||9.9||15.4||25||25||1||6.4||4|
|Asics Piranha SP 5 Review||Piranha||Recommended||$100||10.1||4.2||6.5||11||15||3||4.2||9|
|Brooks PureFlow 5 Review||PureFlow||Worth considering||$110||6.0||9.7||15.1||26||29||5||5.8||8|
|Salming Race Review||Race||Worth considering||$130||6.9||6.5||10.1||16||19||4||4.5||7|
|New Balance RC1600 v2 Review||RC1600||Highly Recommended||$110||8.8||5.6||8.7||15||21||5||4.9||8|
|New Balance RC5000 Review||RC5000||Best of the Best||$125||12.2||3.4||5.3||13||17||3||4.2||8|
|New Balance RC5000v2 Review||RC5000v2||Best of the Best||$125||14.2||4.0||6.2||13||21||6||5.7||8|
|Skechers GoRun Ride 3 Review||Ride||Worth considering||$85||5.9||8.5||13.2||18||28||6||5.0||9|
|Inov-8 RoadXTreme 220 Review||RXT-220||Worth considering||$120||5.2||8.0||18.2||14||17||3||4.2||9|
|Hoka Stinson Lite Review||Stinson||Highly Recommended||$160||7.3||11.6||18.1||35||40||6||8.5||2|
|Nike Zoom Streak LT 3 Review||Streak LT||Best of the Best||$80||8.8||5.4||8.4||16||21||4||4.8||6|
|Adidas Takumi Sen 3 Review||Takumi Sen 3||Highly Recommended||$160||7.7||6.6||10.2||17||21||4||5.1||6|
|Altra Torin 2.0 Review||Torin||Worth considering||$125||5.8||9.6||14.9||28||25||-1||5.5||5|
|Hoka Tracer Review||Tracer||Recommended||$130||7.2||7.4||11.5||21||24||2||5.3||6|
|Merrell Trail Glove 3 Review||Trail Glove||Best of the Best||$100||2.9||6.9||24.7||11||11||0||2.0||9|
|Brooks Transcend 2 Review||Transcend||Recommended||$170||5.1||12.6||19.6||30||36||6||6.5||4|
|Topo Tribute Review||Tribute||Recommended||$100||5.9||7.3||11.4||20||18||-1||4.3||7|
|Mizuno Wave Universe 5 Review||Universe||Highly Recommended||$125||10.7||3.1||10.6||9||12||1||3.3||9|
|Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review||Vapor Glove||Highly Recommended||$85||2.1||6.1||27.6||6||5||0||1.3||10|
|New Balance Vazee Pace Review||Vazee Pace||Worth considering||$110||6.0||8.6||13.4||18||24||6||5.2||6|
|Asics TartherZeal 3 Review||Zeal||Worth considering||$140||10.9||6.3||9.8||17||27||9||6.8||7|
It's not a running shoe, but I love the Hoka Tor Ultra hiking boot and I've tested the Altra Lone Peak Boot.
Older shoe reviews: Saucony Hattori Review, Mizuno Cursoris Review, Skechers GO Bionic 2 Review, Hoka Clifton Review, Saucony Virrata 2 Review, Brooks PureCadence 3 Review, Brooks PureConnect 3 Review, Brooks PureFlow 3 Review.
Reviews of shoes that are not worth including on the table: Hoka Huaka Review, Patagonia EVERlong Review.