Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7

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Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7Review Facts

“A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.” This is the ideal that has stood by the Asics company since its creation in 1949 and has continually provided in the performance-driven athletic shoes that are built to this day. Experienced runners will find that the Asics Gel Hyperspeed 7 does exactly that. This shoe is lightweight for your high speed workouts and has the right amount of comfort to keep you going through your 10k or marathon runs. Each stride has smooth transitions thanks to the technology developed in each section of the shoe.

As a partner to its earlier version, the Hyperspeed 7 is a fast training shoe designed to cross the finish line while dominating the road. The midsole gives this shoe a dynamic platform, the uppers add comfort and flexibility, and the outsoles keeps the shoe lightweight and breathable.

Pros
  • Price
  • Competitive running shoe
  • Versatile in races and speed training
  • AHAR - Asics High Abrasion Rubber
  • Guidance Line Technology
Cons
  • Not a traditional shoe, for experienced runners
  • Grooves in outsole may attract rocks
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Two rubber compounds are crafted into this shoe’s outsole to maximize breathability and add spring. One compound, the DuraSponge, brings comfort, traction, and flexibility. The other, AHAR (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) decreases wear and tear. This outsole has exceptional responsiveness in the forefoot area and the thick rubber helps shock attenuation. These qualities of comfort and responsiveness combined with the Magic Sole help to keep the shoe from becoming too heavy for the competitive runner. The outsole portion of the Magic Sole adds ventilation to the rubber to keep the foot dry and the shoe feeling lightweight.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The three main aspects of the midsole are breathability of the shoe, cushioning and responsiveness. To protect against impact, the Gel Cushioning system sits at the heel of the shoe and absorbs shock. This keeps your foot running with ease and comfort. Asics also uses SpEVA, a lightweight foam in the midsole that is highly responsive. This midsole is also a bit thicker than previous versions, decreasing the flexibility and slightly increasing the weight.
In terms of breathability, there are two technologies that Asics crafts their shoes with to improve ventilation while also enhancing performance, the Perforated Sockliner and the Magic Sole. The midsole gives your stride some extra spring, helping to launch you forward.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Functionality is key to the uppers in this running shoe. Comfortable coverage, non-irritating, unrestrictive, and uncompromising, the upper of the Asics Gel Hyperspeed 7 has an almost nonexistent feel on your foot. The Perforated Sock Liner adds cushioning to the shoe while keeping the interior breathable and your foot dry. The liner sits above the midsole.

The Hyperspeed 7 upper is crafted like the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5, with overlays that work with the lacing system to customize the fit to the shape of your foot. This open mesh function adds to the flexibility of the shoe, as well as durability, comfort, and lightweight feel. There is less material in the overlay, and its seamless construction keeps the foot from becoming irritated. The construction of the Perforated Sock Liner keeps the foot dry and gives runners the option to go without socks.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Weighing just about 6 ounces, the Asics Gel Hyperspeed 7 is not a heavy shoe. Some reviewers have noted that it is not as light as earlier versions of the Hyperspeed, which would be preferred. One proponent for the slightly heavier shoe is an extra 1mm of thickness added to the midsole of the shoe, which contributes to the comfort of these shoes. When is all is said and done, these shoes are lightweight enough to win you your 5k race.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability plays an important role in keeping the Hyperspeed 7 a lightweight running shoe. Two technologies which incorporate breathability are the Perforated Sock Liner and the Magic Sole. Both located in the midsole, the Magic Sole has exceptional ventilation that works with the rubber outsole. Moisture is drained by the sock liner that rests just underneath the foot in the interior portion of the midsole.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

As a competitive runner, there are other qualities besides comfort that should be high up on your list of must-haves when buying a running shoe. The Asics Gel Hyperspeed 7 is one such professional competition running shoe that will keep your foot cushioned, even though it is primarily built to be a light and fast shoe.

There is extra cushioning added into this version of the Hyperspeed to help you run longer distances. As stated above, the Perforated Sock Liner keeps the foot dry and adds to the long-term comfort of the interior. There is limited irritation and friction in the uppers seamless construction. The comfort that the Asics Gel Hyperspeed 7 uppers provides will help keep distraction away from your performance. This shoe was built for 5k to 10k distance, but the extra comfort could easily have you running a half or full marathon.
Style
Style

Style

The color of the Hyperspeed 7 is the most notable feature of the shoe. Aesthetically, these shoes are bright and look fast.

One small but significant aspect of style in your journey to buy the perfect running shoe is found in the tongue of the shoe. While there is limited technology to enhance your performance in a technical way, the ease with which you can grasp the tongue while fitting your foot into the shoe adds to the effortless quality these shoes bring to your run.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Asics has developed multiple technologies to craft a highly durable competitive running shoe. First, the AHAR is exceptional as it is designed in the outsole where the critical areas of the shoe normally would be. Secondly, the Durasponge technology of the outsole increases comfort with the rubber compound of the blown AHAR.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Even though these shoes don't feel as soft as previous version, they still provide plenty of cushioning to protect your joints. Additionally, the upper and midsole work together to protect your feet from debris that you may encounter on your runs.

Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System provides major responsiveness. There is a smooth transition as your foot hits the ground during the impact phase, shock is absorbed well with the Asics Gel Hyperspeed 7. With less shock, you are able to run without inhibition.

SpEVA is unique to Asics and is one of the lightest midsole foams on the market. As a result of having this foam in the midsole, this shoe is light and responsive. In addition to superior comfort, the SpEVA helps launch your forward in your stride.
Support
Support

Support

These shoes are not traditional running shoes. Highly competitive runners can use these in distance races, but they are not meant to be a daily wear, and there are ever more qualified options for long-distance races. If you are a competitive runner, these shoes do offer support in the construction of the mesh upper material and the lacing system, flexible support to get you to where you are moving.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The technology of these shoes make them perfect for road running. With a spring in the forefoot and gel in the rubber outsoles, you will benefit from using the Hyperspeed 7 in any road race. While these shoes may be flexible enough to get you through a trail course, these are most suitable for the road.
Price
Price

Price

At less than $100, these shoes are an affordable option for the competitive runner who needs a training shoe that will enhance his performance. These shoes will be long-lasting for any race between 5k to a marathon.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole of the Asics Gel Hyperspeed 7 is constructed with dynamic placement of the High Abrasion Rubber that optimizes the lasting quality of the outsole. Traction is enhanced with the DuraSponge technology, sticking your foot exactly where you place it.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This version is less flexible and much more sturdy than the version 6. While the materials of the uppers contribute to flexibility in the Hyperspeed 7, the shape of this shoe does not. The toebox has been reviewed to be stiff and tight, and the Hyperspeed 7 is more narrow than the Saucony Kinvara 7s.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Asics Gel Hyperspeed 7 has a minimum-neutral pronation pattern to help keep your foot rolling straight down the middle of your foot. This stability increases your comfort and efficiency in running style. Many reviewers have noted that the extra stack on the outsole decreases flexibility with this shoe, making the shoe more stiff than needed during a fast, competitive run. These trainers are equally good for your speed workout and your longer runs.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe has a 6mm is drop. The drop keeps the foot less parallel to the ground and gives the shoe a neutral pronation. The weight is also reduced by the F.A.S.T 6mm drop, balancing the runner’s landing impact.
Key Features of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7
Key Features of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7

Key Features of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7

•Anti-Debris and breathable nylon mesh

•Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System

•Perforated Sockliner

•Magic Sole Outsole

•Seamless Construction

•Durasponge Outsole

•Guidance Line Technology

•SpEVA
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

As far as competitive running shoes go, the Asics Gel Hyperspeed 7 is an updated version of the Hyperspeed 6 that is only slightly less lightweight. Each key feature of this shoe contributes to comfort, a rare quality for such a fast, lightweight shoe. It also provides enough flexibility to get you through your 5k efficiently, and excellent responsiveness with a fair amount of support to run long distance. The bright colors of the Hyperspeed 7 will make your opponents wary of your speed, while the shoe itself will keep you confident in your own performance.