Asics Gel Hyper Tri 2 Review Facts
Asics is known primarily for their running products and are a popular athletics brand around the world, centered in Japan. They are an extremely popular choice around the world for shoes in particular, and are known for producing high quality shoes. The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 2 is a fairly unique model however, with its design mainly being geared towards triathletes. The Tri 2 can certainly be used by those who prefer just running as well, but its central goal is to be used by triathletes, as its features are designed to optimize performance in triathlons. Overall, the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 2 is a solid lightweight shoe with features that support its intended purpose.
The outsole of a shoe basically refers to the bottom, a fairly important piece that provides grip and traction. It is also important in that it is a big factor in determining the durability of a shoe. The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 2 features Asic’s tried and true DuraSponge outsole, which is made up of Asics High Abrasion Rubber, or AHAR, which is Asics own concoction. This rubber is designed to provide good cushioning with every step, and as its name implies, remain resistant to abrasions, even on harder materials like concrete and asphalt.
Another feature offered by the outsole is its Magic Sole design. This design features ventilation on both the outsole and midsole, and increases breathability, overall air-flow, and helps minimize weight. Overall, the outsole is quite good. It offers some of the best of Asics technology with the DuraSponge outsole, and a specific feature in the Magic Sole that benefits triathletes a great deal. The outsole is definitely one of the stronger components of the shoe.
The midsole is the piece located in between the upper and the outsole, and has the very important job of cushioning and stabilizing during impact. As such, the midsole is often viewed as one of the most important aspects of a shoe. The midsole of the Gel Hyper Tri 2 is a bit more minimalistic
than Asics’ traditional models. This is mostly due to the fact that it is a triathlon focused shoe.
That said, it does still provide good cushioning. It does this through Asics classic Rearfoot Gel Technology Cushioning System. Asics is well know for this gel system, made of silicone, which is designed to minimizes the shocks of impact, and promote a better and smoother stride. Also, the Magic Sole features are present here, providing ventilation throughout the shoe. The midsole of the Gel Hyper Tri 2 is probably not one of the most impressive aspects of the shoe, but it is definitely solid at the least, and does its job.
The upper refers to the area atop the shoe that grips around the foot from above. It has the job of keeping the foot in place while running, providing solid support, and also remaining flexible. The upper of the Gel Hyper Tri 2 is made of mesh, as is a very popular and common choice for running shoes today. Mesh is a common choice because its inherent design creates both flexibility and breathability. It does this because mesh has holes woven into it.
Synthetic overlays also line the top to provide extra support, but the Hyper Tri 2 has more minimal overlays, to maximize flexibility, and remain lightweight and flexible. In that respect, the Hyper Tri 2 is a bit less supportive from above, but in exchange offers more flexibility with less weight. The upper also features a very soft sock liner, as the shoe is meant to be used sockless
, as would be done by triathletes. Finally, atop the upper are elastic laces. Elastic laces allow for the shoe to be secured very quickly, which again would come into play for those competing in a triathlon. Overall, the upper is very well designed. It features some very solid technology which is well suited towards the overall purpose of the shoes.
Weight plays an important factor in the effectiveness of a running shoe, thought it might not seem immediately apparent. Lighter shoes
are better suited to those who prefer more minimalistic running, while heavier tend to be for those who prefer more cushioning. The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 2 are extremely light, clocking in at just 6 ounces for a men’s pair. This is quite light, but not unexpected considering the shoe is primarily focused for competing in triathlons. For comparison, most trainers would be 3 to 4 ounces higher. The weight of the Hyper Tri 2 is just perfect for a racing shoe, and shouldn’t be a source of any major issues.
Breathability refers to air-flow throughout a shoe. Airflow is important in preventing sweaty cramped feet, odor, and, potentially worst of all, blisters. Luckily, in the case of the Hyper Tri 2, breathability is not an issue. There are several components that contribute to the breathability of the shoe, namely the upper, midsole and outsole. The upper mainly contributes via its mesh design. As mentioned above, mesh is great for ventilation due to the fact that there are holes woven into material by design. This comes into play here, increasing breathability of the shoe. The midsole and outsole contribute primarily through their Magic Sole design. The Magic Sole design contributes via the ventilation which is built into both the midsole and outsole, increasing airflow in and out of the shoe. Overall, the Hyper Tri 2 is a very breathable shoe, as is to be expected.
Comfort is definitely a big part of purchasing shoes. No one wants to be stuck with a pair of uncomfortable shoes, especially when considering the prices of running shoes today. The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 2 is a fairly comfortable shoe by most metrics. The very lightweight and flexible design of the shoe overall are a big part of this, as being lightweight and flexible gives the shoe a more natural feel. The heel gel cushioning which is an Asics standard also contributes to the overall comfort of the shoe, minimizing harsh shocks and impacts. Finally the breathablity of the shoe definitely makes it a more comfortable fit than some other shoes which might feel more cramped. Overall, the Hyper Tri 2 is a fairly comfortable shoe, particularly for racing in triathlons
The styling of Asics shoes tends to be on the brighter end, offering vibrant color combinations, and that is true in this case as well. The Hyper Tri 2 comes in colors like Black/Hot Orange/Flash Yellow, and Dark Navy/Silver/Green Gecko. For those seeking more discreet colors, the styling of the shoes might be a bit of a let down however. It would probably be a bit challenging to use these Hyper Tri 2s as an everyday shoe as well, especially when compared to more common everyday choices like Adidas
or Nike. That said, the shoe is quite sleek and stylish looking, and is overall a good looking racing shoe.
Durability is always something to consider when purchasing shoes. No one wants to be stuck buying shoes over and over, especially when it comes to running shoes. The Gel Hyper Tri 2 are probably going to be less durable than a traditional trainer, as the Hyper Tri 2 is made for racing, and for triathlons in particular. That said, there are some features that extend its durability. One such feature is the DuraSponge outsole. This outsole, and its material in particular, the AHAR rubber, is designed to withstand impacts and resist abrasion. The Gel Cushioning in the heel contributes to the overall durability of the shoe as well, limiting the effect of harsh impacts. Overall, durability is probably not a strong suit of these shoes, but as a racing shoe, it probably is not a problem at all.
In terms of protection, the Hyper Tri 2 offers a bit less than most trainers. Again, this is mostly due to the fact that the shoes are optimized for speed and racing. The biggest sources of protection in these shoes are the upper and midsole. The upper contributes via the synthetic overlays, which, though minimal, still do a good job of protecting and stabilizing the foot. The midsole’s Gel Cushioning helps by minimizing the damage of hard shocks. Overall, the protection of this shoe is decent though not amazing.
Responsiveness refers to the response of the shoe for each time it impacts the ground. Basically, it refers to the feel of each step and stride. The Gel Hyper Tri 2 provides very good responsiveness due to the fact that it is extremely lightweight. Shoes that are very lightweight tend to offer good ranges of motion and in turn good, responsive strides. The responsiveness of the Hyper Tri 2 is quite good, as is necessary and expected from a racing shoe.
Asics tends to offer slightly heavier, well supported trainers, but in this case the Hyper Tri 2 is a bit of the opposite. The Hyper Tri 2 offers less support than most asics shoes, but once again, this is understandable because of the fact that it is geared for racing. That said, the shoe does still offer some good support, primarily through the synthetic overlays of the upper, and the gel cushioning in the heel.
Like most running shoes, the Gel Hyper Tri 2 should be usable on most commonly runnable terrains. Grass, concrete, asphalt, and dirt should all be totally usable for the shoes. More extreme terrains in particular though are probably not advised for the Hyper Tri 2. Terrain like ice, rocky areas, and heavier mud will probably be not as good for the shoes. They should be usable in rain however, as long as caution is exercised.
The Hyper Tri 2 is a bit on the pricier end for racing shoes. These shoes are just about on par with lower end trainers which is fairly high for racing shoes. That said, the Hyper Tri 3 is out, which means some good deals can probably be found depending on size and color.
Traction of running shoes refers to the grip of them on various surfaces. The traction on these Hyper Tri 2s is decently good with the DuraSponge outsole technology. These shoes offer very usable traction on most common surfaces for running, and shouldn’t see much issues on them. On other terrains however, the shoes might be a bit more shaky.
Flexibility is a useful feature in preventing ankle sprains and twists, and allowing for good natural range of movement. The Hyper Tri 2 is very flexible, mainly due to the upper. The upper’s mesh design and also the minimal overlays allow the shoe to flex very well. The overall lightweight design of the shoe also contributes to the flexibility. As a whole, the flexibility of the Hyper Tri 2 is quite solid.
of a running shoe is a contributing factor to preventing injury from missteps. As most racing shoes tend to, the Hyper Tri 2 offers a bit less in the way of stability than a traditional trainer would. That said, stability is still offered via the upper, which secures the foot well, and the support offered by the gel in the heel. As a whole, the stability of the Hyper Tri 2 is a bit lacking, but that is to be expected for a racing shoe.
The drop, or measurement of heel size of a shoe, on these Hyper Tri 2s is 6mm. 6mm is right on par for a racing shoe and is not much of a surprise. Overall, the drop on these shoes shouldn’t be a major source of issues for most.
Key Features of the Gel Hyper Tri 2
Key Features of the Gel Hyper Tri 2
- Asics Gel heel cushioning
- Upper design with mesh for breathability and overlay for support
- Durasponge Outsole for durability
- Magic Sole for ventilation
- Elastic laces for quick re-fastening
Overall, for anyone seeking a shoe for quick triathlon training or racing, the Hyper Tri 2 is a great choice. It offers a lot in the way of features that contribute to triathlete specific needs, like breathability and ventilation, and quick refastening. For someone seeking a regular trainer
, this shoe is probably not the best suited for them. As a racing
shoe in general though, this would probably work decently well. In particular however, this is a great shoe for triathletes thanks to its technology and useful features.