Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6

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Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6Review Facts

The Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 is most notably known as the shoe that Ryan Hall wears during his races. This shoe is a beloved version of the Hyper Speed that sits neatly between the holey bottomed Hyper Speed 5 and the bit more rigid Hyper Speed 7. Known as an all-distance racing shoe, version 6 provides freedom in your movement and excellent speed performance. Get ready to train effectively, speed through your 5k, and last long during your marathon in these racing flats.

Lightweight and minimalistic, Asics has kept its gel technologies in the outsole and perforated sockliner in the midsole and has built a racing shoe that has exceptional comfort for what it is meant to accomplish. As you run with a full speed performance, these shoes will also keep your foot stable as it its snug enough to your feet to prevent too much inside movement.  The Hyper Speed 6 keeps you moving forward along the track time and time again.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • great price
  • Outsole material is long-lasting
  • Road and Track and racing
Cons
  • Upper mesh doesn’t feel like it will last long enough for maximum usage.
  • Aren't easy on your feet for constant use
Outsoles
Outsoles

Outsoles

The outsole of the Hyperspeed 6 is made of a durable plastic that doesn’t wear out in the heel and will outlast its predecessor, giving you extra miles before buying your second pair. The technology here is the Asics High Abrasion Rubber, or AHAR. Asics places AHAR in critical areas of the shoe to make it long-lasting and protect your feet and legs from injury.

To protect your feet from exterior sources, the Hyperspeed 6 has a Duosole, which increases the flexibility of the outsole while maintaining excellent traction. Magic Sole is another technology which creates a ventilating system for the shoe, keeping it breathable, but watch out for loose pebbles. In comparison to the Asics Nimbus, or any Hoka shoe, the Hyperspeed 6 will not give you a firm ride. If you have previous experience with these two shoes, the outsole will feel much more flexible.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Breathability, support, and comfort are three main components for the midsole with this shoe. There is a perforated sockliner that provides moisture control and comfort as you extend your runs to marathon length. Your foot will be supported generously with the comfort that the midsole provides. The Magic Sole, a component in both the outsole and the midsole, will give you that lasting ventilation for maximum breathability.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The seamless uppers provide a great ride with added comfort. The material of the uppers is a double-layered mesh with welded overlays. Some runners have described the uppers as being the one aspect of the shoe with wear and durability issues. When it comes to water, the Hyper Speed 6 upper materials are quite resistant and will help to keep your foot dry. The Hyper Speed 6 follows the successful mesh upper trend which allows the shoe to fit like a glove.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 weighs less than 6.0 ounces in a men's size 9. In the realm of racers, this shoe is on the lighter end, weighing an ounce less than the previous version. The soft Durasponge material in the outsole plays a major factor in the lightweight component for this shoe. The level of breathability in the upper materials also contributes to the lower weight. While the rubber soles will keep you feeling weightless during your run, they are not considered the lightest outsoles in the Hyper Speed line.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is a key factor to these shoes from top to bottom. As mentioned, the Hyper Speed 6 is the upper material is water resistant, but since it is mesh, it is still very breathable. Coming in from the bottom, the ventilating holes in the Magic Sole will also keep your foot dry.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Comfortability with the Hyper Speed 6 is equally spread out between the forefoot and the heel. This version of the Hyperspeed is said to be one of the more comfortable versions, after the Hyper Speed 3. Racing flats are not typically known for being highly cushioned, yet this flat adds a bit more cushion while remaining a low to the ground racer. If you are training for a marathon, the extra cushioning of the outsoles will benefit your performance.

The fit of the uppers is an obvious point to make when thinking about the comfort of the shoe. With seamless construction and the glove like fit of the mesh upper, the Hyper Speed 6 provides great flexibility. When you get to the midsole comfort, you will realize that the sockliner technology increases the comfort of the underfoot.
Style
Style

Style

The look of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 is a simple, non-chunky racing shoe that is slim but has a rugged aspect to its style in the overlay of the mesh uppers. It most notably comes in a bright yellow color, but there is a black and grey option as well. The shoe is formfitting even in appearance, but maintains its strong build with the rubber outsoles.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Hyper Speed 6 is made with maximum durability in the outsole. If you are a heavy heel striker, this shoe is for you as the heel does not wear down fast. The Rearfoot Gel Cushioning system helps maintain the long-lasting quality of the shoe while keeping your foot protected. The material on the outsole has that critical placement of the AHAR to keep you running in these shoes longer than you would expect.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Your foot in the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 will be protected from outside sources. The shoe will also offer your legs and feet protection through its many technologies. The water-resistant upper helps protect your feet from outside elements. The gel technology has two fold protection: the cushioning will lessen the impact and keep the shoe itself protected from fast wear and tear.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

These shoes will give you a spring in your stride. The gel component of the shoe will keep your heel lifting off of the ground just as soon as you hit your foot down. A great responsiveness for your speed racing workouts to get you to the next level in competitions. Moving to the forefoot area of the shoe, the firm technologies built into the shoe will keep your foot right where you place it, leading to your precise performance.
Support
Support

Support

Don’t let the lightweight quality of this shoe deter you from thinking positively of its support. From front to the back, the Gel Hyper Speed 6 provides support with its gel material in the heel. The toe box up front is built to accommodate all feet. As far as pronation control, all of the most recent Asics Gel Hyper Speed versions consistently offer neutral control.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Hyper Speed 6 does best on the road. It's simple gripping mechanism in the rubber outsole provides great traction on road, track and smooth surfaces.
Price
Price

Price

These shoes are set between $50-$100. At this price you will get a bigger amount of racing accomplished in these shoes than you would of other options out there.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Aside from the AHAR technology, this shoe does not offer specific or traditional gripping elements. Fear not as you lead out onto the course during a rainy day, these shoes do have a great grip on wet surfaces. With the type of terrain these shoes are built to run on, there was no need for Asics to add special terrain gripping outsoles. The firm rubber outsoles provide a natural gripping support.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This trainer sits close to the ground and offers great flexibility. The Durasponge outsole is a soft material. The Hyper Speed 6 uses this technology to enhance the flexibility in high speed competitions. This shoe is meant for professional racers, but would be a good option for any runner looking for a solid racing shoe.
Stability
Stability

Stability

With its wide toe box and firm rubber outsole, the construction of this shoe provides enough stability to get you over that finish line. The comfort technologies built into each section of the shoe keep your foot in place and lessen fatigue over long-distances. Your foot will not overpronate as the forefoot provides stability against rolling once you have landed.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe has a 6mm drop.
Key Features of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6
Key Features of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6

Key Features of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6

•Durasponge outsole
•Rearfoot Gel Cushioning
•AHAR: Asics High Abrasion Rubber
•Perforated Sockliner
•Magic soles
•Seamless mesh upper construction
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 is a great racing flat for your high-speed workouts or your competitive races. The responsiveness of the shoe will spring you to the finish line with seemingly effortlessness, whether you run a 5k or marathon. While it is a great lightweight shoe, there are no short-cuts taken with cushioning. The gel technology built into the heel and the construction of the midsoles and uppers will cover your foot in flexible comfort. For you minimalist runners, the Hyperspeed 6 will suit your needs easily.