Asics Gel Hyper Tri 2

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Asics Gel Hyper Tri 2 Review Facts

Asics is famous for running products and are a very well known brand for athletics throughout the globe, based 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 pretty 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.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Very lightweight
  • Gel cushioning in the heel
  • Elastic laces for quicker transitions
  • Breathability to prevent moisture buildup
Cons
  • Less suited to heavier mileage runners
  • Breathability
  • Smaller than normal
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We have spent 5 hours analyzing a total of 550 reviews.

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Positive
  • These shoes are very light and responsive. I have a lot of Asics and these do run a bit more narrow than most.
  • I got these a whole size up on accident and am glad that I did. They fit like a glove. They look really great on and have a lot of stability.
  • I am happy with all aspects of this shoe. They are comfortable and sturdy like all my ASICS. They are just way smaller than normal. Hd to return for a whole size larger than I am used to getting.
  • These are triathlon shoes, which most people do not realize. They are really great for this. They are so light and they have a lot of cushion for such a shoe. They also drain really well with water and other liquid.
  • The material is very thin, which makes this one of the lightest and most amazing shoes I have ever owned. I do not need socks, they feel like one. Thy fit so snug and comfortable and stretched in all the right spots. Great shoe Asics.
  • I ordered these after a long search. These are a secret and one of the BEST Triathlon shoes ever made. They are so light yet cushioned. They drain so fast and fit like a sock. I am so happy they are available still. They are a size smaller than normal shoes.
  • I love the comfort these offer. Make sure to order a whole size up. These are the best running shoes I have and the material is so thin and forgiving. It stretches all over when you flex the shoe and doesn’t give an pressure points.
  • I love these shoes even though I ended up getting a whole size larger. They are so freaking light and comfortable. They dry very quick and really keep my feet feeling amazing.
  • These are easy on nd esy off. The best Triathlon shoe on the market, hands down. They were made for distance and terrain. They are excellent shoes.
  • These are way lighter than the Noosas. They do run smaller but just order a size bigger and you will not be disappointed. They are perfect Triathlon shoe, you cannot get much better.
  • I would have to say these are the lightest and most comfortable shoes I have ever purchased. I am not sure what else to say. Buy them!
  • I was shocked and pleased at the way these drained! They are so light too and do not absorb or hold water. Very exciting to find such a great triathlon shoe.
  • They look fantastic. They are very light and have a unique comfort to them even though they are so snug.
  • I always get these a whole size up. Fantastic shoes. They are not too durable, very thin material but they breathe well and are very, very comfortable. I get about 200 Miles average out of thee when I buy them.
  • These are very affordable and well made shoes. They look nice and are super light. They are compliment grabbers for sure, everyone likes them.
  • These are very snug to your feet and have amazing air flow. They are really easy to keep and clean. The colors are nice however, I do wish they came a bit wider ad had more color options.
  • I live in these shoes. They are the lightest I have ever worn and they feel like a super awesome runners sock. I do get them a size larger like all of the reviews suggest.
  • I am really happy with these I get them because of the comfort and how light they are. I am able to wear them all day and have no fatigue or pain. Best shoe I have ever owned.
  • These are a very supportive yet light shoe. They are definitely specific to triathlon design and it shows when using them to run in. They work great for speed training and weight lifting.
Negative
  • The toe box was ridiculously small. They had glue all over the front and looked horrible. They seemed really flimsy and cheaply made.
  • I bought these larger like I had read and they still ran way too small. I am just not happy with them at all.
  • These shoes were not what I expected. I tried to give them some break in time and they just seemed to get worse. Very disappointed.
  • The heel on these seems a little low and my feet slip out of them. They run tight too and seem to be made inconsistent with other Asics that i have purchased. There is no ankle support at all. Poorly made shoe and design.
  • I always buy Asics because they have always been consistent. What happened? This shoe is made for a toddler. Holy COW! Is it small. They are also made different from the left to the right; almost like I bought two different shoes. They squish my toes and gave me blisters, on my toes and ankles.
  • Asics are all I have owned for years. I love them because of their consistency. They really screwed up with these. They are a whole size too small and the toes are so tight it’s nearly impossible to wear.
  • The shoe looks and feels cheap. I even ordered them larger like I had read and they were still too small.
  • They rubbed the top of my toes raw. I liked the look and the way they felt at first but they are too small and it is hard to wear.
  • The most flimsy and cheap feeling Asics I have ever bought. They are like a rubbery plastic and do not fit like any other Asics I have bought. They are no worth the price tag , that is for sure.
  • Not only do they run very small they are made of a really cheap plastic. I tried to wear them to work out and my feet were hurting so bad after 3 minutes I had to take them off. They look nice but do not work well.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The bottom is known as an outsole, and it is a significant component that gives 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 outsole made of DuraSponge material, which is made up of Asics High Abrasion Rubber, or AHAR, which is an Asics' exclusive blend. This rubber provides protection with each 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.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

In between the upper and the outsole is the midsole, which is responsible for stabilizing and giving cushion during impacts. As such, the midsole is frequently viewed as a more significant part of a running 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 known for this gel system, made of silicone, which is implemented 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 Gel Hyper Tri 2's midsole is probably not one of the most impressive aspects of the shoe, but it is definitely solid at the least and does its job.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper is the area atop the shoe that wraps around and secures the foot. Its job is to keep the foot stable during each stride, while also maintaining flexibility. This 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
Weight

Weight

Weight can play a pretty big factor in the usage of a trainer, though 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 is 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
Breathability

Breathability

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 the material by design. This comes into play here, increasing the 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
Comfort

Comfort

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 is 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 breathability 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 nice feeling shoe, especially for racing in triathlons.
Style
Style

Style

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. However, for those seeking more discreet colors, the styling of the shoes might be a bit of a let down. 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
Durability

Durability

Something that should seriously be considered when buying any shoes is durability. No one wants to be stuck buying shoes frequently, especially when it comes to running shoes. The Gel Hyper Tri 2 is 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.
Protection
Protection

Protection

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
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Responsiveness refers to the energy return of each step during every strike on 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.
Support
Support

Support

Asics generally offers trainers that are well supported but on the slightly heavier end, 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.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

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, with some care and caution.
Price
Price

Price

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
Traction

Traction

Traction is the ability of a shoe to grip on different terrains. The Hyper Tri 2 has a traction that is decently good with the DuraSponge outsole technology. These shoes offer a very usable grip on many common surfaces for running, and shouldn’t see much issues on them. On other terrains, however, the shoes might be a bit shaky.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility is a useful feature that can be preventive of ankle twists, and sprains, and also for facilitating a more solid movement range. 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.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The stability 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.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel size, also known as a drop, on the 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
Key Features

Key Features

  • 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
  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    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, this is a great shoe for triathletes thanks to its technology and useful features.