Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3

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The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is a neutral road shoe meant to be used for triathlon races. It’s a lightweight option for triathletes looking for a smooth, fast ride on race day. The shoe is also a good choice for runners looking for a lighter shoe for speedwork and intervals. It’s best for shorter triathlons because there’s not a ton of cushioning. Quite a few updates have been introduced in this third version of the shoe. The upper has been re-designed quite a bit. The shoe has also received a style update. The race day triathlon shoe can easily be used outside of race day and can work as an everyday trainer for those that prefer a lighter, minimalist design.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit, particularly in terms of the upper which has more support
  • Unique, modern design
  • Excellent water drainage
  • Very lightweight
  • Affordable price point
  • Versatile
Cons
  • Water drainage holes may cause a problem for non-triathletes
  • Some may need to size up
  • Weight gain since previous version
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the shoe is made up of DuraSponge rubber. The material is mainly located in the front and midfoot of the shoe. The DuraSponge ensures good traction and adds a bit of padding underfoot. The heel of the shoe is mainly composed of AHAR+ rubber and is meant to extend the longevity of the shoe. The outsole also features a Vertical Guidance Line to help enhance the shoe's pliability and ensure a smoother ride. In addition, the forefoot features Flex Grooves which increase the shoe's flexibility. The drainage holes featured in the sole help to keep water from sitting inside the shoe and create an uncomfortable environment.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is a neutral shoe with cushion. It does offer some degree of support but the focus is definitely on promoting a fast and responsive ride for the wearer. Its place as a neutral shoe means it's targeted towards runners who have no issues with overpronation. The midsole features full-length EVA foam. The cushioning provides a bit of shock absorption to protect runners against impact forces. In addition, Gel Cushioning is featured in the heel for an extra bit of shock attenuation. The midsole also features drainage holes to help ensure the wearer's foot remains dry and comfortable throughout their run or race.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 features a standard breathable mesh upper. The mesh construction keeps the wearer well-ventilated even in hot weather. The upper has been revamped quite a bit in this version of the Gel Hyper Tri. In this iteration, new overlays have been added throughout the upper in a topographical configuration. The new overlays ensure a better, more secure fit. In addition, the new tongue tab helps to make pulling the shoe on and off a breeze. The shoe also comes with a quick-lace system perfect for a triathlon. No need to fiddle with shoe laces! This helps to ensure transitions are simple and no-nonsense during a race. The shoe's interior lining wicks away moisture and ensures a comfortable environment for the wearer.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 weighs in at 6.7 ounces for the men's version and 5.3 ounces for the women's version. The shoe is very lightweight but did put on a bit of extra heft since the last iteration. An increase of about half an ounce makes this version of the Hyper Tri 3 a little bit heavier. Still, the shoe remains very light and still manages to offer a fast and responsive ride. Reviewers did not seem to notice or complain about the slight weight increase.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 features a standard mesh upper. The mesh enhances breathability and helps to keep the wearer's foot cool and dry. Being a triathlon shoe, it's even more important that the shoe properly wicks away moisture and breathes effectively. The drainage holes in the shoe's upper help to drain water from the shoe and ensure runners do not remain waterlogged for the duration of their run or race. There are also drainage holes in the midsole and a perforated sock liner helps even more with water drainage. For some reviewers who were not triathletes, the drainage holes were a nuisance as they promoted water intake when running in rainy weather or when encountering puddles after a rain storm.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

For the most part, reviewers found the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 very comfortable. The shoe provides a decent amount of cushioning underfoot and provides enough support for the wearer. The Gel Cushioning, featured in the heel, provides an extra bit of shock absorption and enhances comfort. In this version of the Gel Hyper Tri, the heel collar has been given some extra padding to enhance the feel of the shoe while the tongue has become less padded. Quite a few wearers had issues with sizing and found they needed to size up by at least a half size to get the right fit. Runners also found that the shoe was comfortable when worn without socks, as intended. Reviewers had no issues with hotspots or blister formation on race day and in training.
Style
Style

Style

This third update to the Asics Gel Hyper Tri has introduced a new aesthetic. The shoe has a unique style compared to other Asics brand shoes. The upper has been redesigned quite a bit. What looks like a topographical map design is actually several thin overlays which provide extra support with the bonus of a cool visual element. The color options offered in the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 are much more muted than before and many reviewers enjoyed the toned down look of this version. Even with less flashy color options, the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 looks like a super fast shoe with its super sleek aesthetic.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is a solid shoe, but it's meant for racing and intervals so very few reviewers had something to say about the shoe's longevity. The outsole, made up of AHAR+ rubber is tough enough to withstand a beating. The upper has a lot of structural integrity thanks to the new overlays. Ostensibly, the shoe should hold up, even under tough conditions, but as a daily trainer it probably won't hold up as well as other shoes.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 provides great protection, especially when encountering wet conditions. Drainage holes help to keep the water out and feet dry so you're not running in waterlogged shoes for your whole race. This keeps blisters to a minimum to help keep you moving forward. The shoe also features a tough outsole composed of AHAR+ rubber and DuraSponge to help protect from impact and to provide enough grip to avoid slipping on wet surfaces. The EVA foam midsole provides enough shock absorption when you're stepping out for the run leg on triathlon race day. In addition, the mesh upper provides protection from overheating even when days are sweltering hot .
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is responsive enough. No complaints were made by reviewers regarding the shoe's responsiveness, but there nothing astounding was mentioned either. The low heel to toe drop definitely provides a close to the ground running experience and the minimalist design promotes natural movement. The lower profile of the shoe means that runners get a good amount of ground-feel.
Support
Support

Support

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is a neutral shoe meant to provide a stable ride for runners. The unique overlays featured in the upper provide a secure and supportive fit. The shoe's full-length EVA foam midsole also provides support underfoot for the wearer. In addition, the tough DuraSponge and AHAR+ rubber outsole provide a firm base upon which runners can move forward. The shoe also features a quick-lace system which provides an adjustable fit.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3's AHAR+ and DuraSponge outsole ensures that runners can head out for their runs and not have to worry about excessive wear and tear ruining their shoes. The shoe is meant for road triathlons so it's of the utmost importance that the shoe provides great traction on wet surfaces. The DuraSponge material provides great grip and performs well on various types of terrain. The shoe is not made for technical trails, though.
Price
Price

Price

The price tag for the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is quite affordable. The shoe is made of quality materials and the outsole won't break down easily thanks to its AHAR+ rubber construction. It's a great race day shoe for triathletes that delivers on its promise to provide a smooth, quick ride. For those looking for a triathlon shoe with great drainage, the Gel Hyper Tri 3 is an affordable option. The shoe is also a good choice for runners looking to do speedwork, especially those in wetter climates. The breathable shoe does such a phenomenal job at keeping out water and promoting a cool dry environment, there's no doubt that it's priced fairly and offers great value.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 features AHAR+ and DuraSponge materials in its outsole. Both materials help to provide good traction on pavement, even in wet or rainy conditions. Runners looking to head out for wintertime runs may want to think about getting a pair of crampons, though, since the shoe is not made for handling icy surfaces. The traction in the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is excellent and triathletes won't have to worry when encountering slick surfaces. Racers will feel stable and grounded when running fast, even if they're running over wet pavement.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is very flexible. The rubber outsole features a vertical guidance line to help enhance pliablity. The sole of the shoe also has forefoot Flex Grooves to promote a natural and flexible toe-off. The deep grooves ensure a natural foot movement. In addition, the upper is pliable enough to allow room for some swelling and the stretch laces ensure that pulling the shoe on and off is easy as pie.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is a neutral shoe. Despite being in the neutral category, it still manages to offer up a some degree of stability. There is no medial post featured in this shoe since it's not a stability shoe. Instead, the stability comes from the excellent outsole traction, the full-length supportive EVA foam midsole, and the new supportive overlays scattered throughout the upper. The midsole cushion provides a stable base for runners. The adjustable lacing system and overlays provide a locked down fit and keep a runner's foot from moving too much inside the shoe.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 features a low 6mm heel to toe drop. The low drop improved ground-feel for the wearer. Some reviewers found that the low drop took a bit of getting used to. Runners used to a more standard drop needed to slowly adjust to the low to the ground Gel Hyper Tri 3. Runners who prefer a more minimalistic race day shoe will love the lower drop in this shoe.
Key Features of the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3
Key Features of the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3

Key Features of the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3

* Sockliner is perforated to help water drain easily and keep runner's foot well ventilated
* Vertical Guidance Line ensures a smooth ride
* Forefoot Flex Grooves enhance flexibility
* Magic Sole features drainage holes
* Comes with quick-lace system for easy on and off
* Full-length EVA foam midsole provides impact protection
* Gel Cushioning featured in the rearfoot
* Upper is seamless so it can be worth without socks
* AHAR rubber provides traction and protection from regular wear and tear
* DuraSPonge Outsole adds a bit of extra cushion underfoot
* Tongue tab allows for easy on / off
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 is a great option for triathletes looking for a race day shoe. The shoe is lightweight and offers a smooth, comfortable ride. It can be worn sockless without having to worry about friction blisters and hot spots forming. The shoe's best feature is its very efficient drainage holes which help excess water escape the shoe and keep runner's feet dry. Some runners felt that the changes introduced in the Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3 were too much of a departure from earlier versions. But the new design, the addition of supportive overlays, and the unique look of shoe made the Hyper Tri 3 a home run for many reviewers.