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ASICS Men's GEL Hyper Speed 7 Running Shoe
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- Textile and Synthetic
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 2.71" from arch
- Rear foot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to instance.
- Seamless Construction: The use of seamless materials reduces the potential for irritation and friction caused by traditional stitches and seams.
- Perforated Sock liner: Optimizes moisture drainage and improves breathability.
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The GEL-Hyper speed 7 shoe features a perforated sock liner to optimize moisture drainage, allowing your feet to stay dry. The guidance line technology delivers an even smoother transition in between strides. It’s versatility in both speed-training and during races makes the GEL-Hyper speed 7 shoe an ideal choice for athletes.
In 1949, Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began his athletic footwear company (Onitsuka Co., Ltd.) by manufacturing basketball shoes out of his living room in Kobe, Japan. He chose the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which, when translated, expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body." Taking the acronym of this phrase, ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness. Today, ASICS offers a full line of performance-driven athletic shoes and technical active sports apparel and accessories dedicated to bringing harmony to the body and soul.
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00ZAR9BTE
- Item model number: GEL-Hyper Speed 7-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
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Let me start off by saying, "this is an advanced racing shoe." It is not meant for daily wear or someone relatively new to running. I always hate it when someone gets on here and posts a review of a racing flat when they are 100 pounds overweight and can't run a mile. No judgments here. We are all at different levels of fitness. However, if you are not a decently skilled and experienced runner that already knows what a racing flat is and what they are used for you probably should not be buying this shoe. Yes, it is extremely light and the bright colors are eye-catching, but this shoe is not designed for the novice runner and it is probably not supportive enough for somebody looking for a cool pair of shoes to wear around work all day long. Also, if you are a heel striker, this shoe may not be for you. The nature of a racing flat is that it does not have a lot of cushioning. If you are prone to impact injuries, you may want to look at more of a trainer type of shoe like the Kayano or Nimbus lines. They are great as well. I say again, THIS IS AN ADVANCED RACING SHOE, you have been warned. If you choose to ignore my advice and buy the shoe anyway, please don't post a bad review.
With that said, this is my favorite racing flat and I couldn't wait to get my hands on them as I love my Hyperspeed 6's. The 7's don't disappoint. Let me start off with the biggest difference. The upper is made of a more flexible mesh than the HS 6's. I'm still trying to figure out if I like this or not. I train in Altras and like to let my foot spread out on training runs, but kind of liked that the HS 6's made my foot feel a little more "bound" in a race. I can definitely feel that my foot is allowed to spread more naturally in the toe box in the new 7's. I would imagine to some, this will be a huge improvement. I'm neutral on it as they are still great to run in.
ASICS added some drainage holes to the bottom of the sole. I have not used these in a wet race, or a race where I would be pouring water over me like an IM, so I can't speak to the performance of the drainage system. I do like that it was added. Paired together with a more breathable upper and it seems like these should hold less water.
The sole has grooves that are different than the 6's. My 6's never picked up rocks, but these do pick up some smaller pebbles. Not anything that I could feel in a run though.
Other than the above these feel very much like the 6's on a run. I haven't compared the official weights of both models, but they feel about the same on the foot. The sole and general performance / feel are nearly identical to me. I was very happy about this as these shoes are the perfect blend of minimal shoe vs. necessary performance components. Being racing flats, they tend to run a bit small. I wear a 10 in trainers and a 10.5 feels good to me in these. I have seen similar posts on the old HS 6's about going up 1/2 to a full size and I can verify this still holds true on the new 7's. If you liked the Hyperspeed 6, you will likely be very happy with these. ASICS proves again why they are such a force in serious running shoes!
GEL-HYPER SPEED® 6 is out, it’s time to give some insight.
Who’s Ryan Hall:
Fastest American Marathoner – 2:04:58 at the 2011 Boston Marathon
U.S. Half Marathon Record Holder 59:43 at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon in Houston, Texas.
U.S. Debut Marathon Record Holder – 2:08:24 at the 2007 London Marathon
US Olympic Trials Record Holder – 2:09:02 at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in New York City
5th Place. 2008 Flora London Marathon – 2:06:17
10th place Olympic GamesForm
The Gel-Hyper Speed 6 weighs in respectably at 5.7 oz. This is a solid improvement from the previous version that weighed in at roughly 7.0 oz. I classify this shoe on the light end of racers. Most runners I know ask me immediately when I am giving advice what the drop is on the shoe. The heel height is 16 mm and the forefoot height is 10 mm. The GEL-HYPER SPEED®has 6mm drop. Asics refers this to this drop as F.A.S.T.™ Drop. A low heel-toe differential reduces midsole weight to help increase economy and embolden faster running. There is one thing that you may miss if you don’t look closely at the sole of the shoe and it’s the Magic Sole™. This little hole basically is like a venting system for the midsole and outsole. In short it provides breathability. I am not moving that fast to feel the breeze, but my socks are not as soaked after a run. However, I did manage one day to get a tiny stone in there. Now that we have the drop, let’s move over to the outsole. The GEL-HYPER SPEED® 6 uses the durasponge outsole. If you are not a geek like me in the shoe department, I will break it down for you. The soft material on the sole reduces weight to the shoe, it also adds nice flexibility. The durability of the outsole is very important to me because I am a heavy runner. The GEL-HYPER SPEED® 6 sole can take a beating and keep rocking out the miles. If you are like me and get somewhat lazy during the latter part of races you know you can land on the heel sometimes. This is where the Rearfoot GEL® Cushioning System comes into play. Asics conveniently put High Abrasion Rubber in critical areas of the outside for Maximum durability. Another reason I go through so many shoes is because when my heal protection wears downs my body reacts immediately with IT BAND issues. My right leg is longer than the other one, so I can feel it when it wears down.
Now, let’s take a glance at the construction of the GEL-HYPER SPEED® 6.
The thing that sticks out to me is that I don’t feel anything really irritating my skin or rubbing me the wrong way. The seamless construction makes that happen. I have no friction that I sometimes get with shoes that have the traditional stitching pattern. This is a great advancement.
Inside the shoe Asics have continued their perforate sock line technology. Basically this part of the shoe is all about breath-ability while increasing underfoot comfort. My test is wearing them without socks. I didn’t like the feeling of it, so I stick to the socks.
I have wide feet, so finding a shoe that is comfortable on that front is key for this runner. I also have high arches. I wear an insert’s for help with that issue. I have very weak ankles so heel support is something I tend to pay close attention to. The GEL-HYPER SPEED® 6 provides great heel support, and toe box is really nice and accommodates just about any foot. It fits like a sock. This shoe is not bulky at, and the upper shoe is clean in functionality.
This shoe will make you a honest runner on many levels, so if you are an efficient runner and out breaking land records, I would say this is the shoe for you. If you are progressing into the lower drop shoe this is a great shoe to try. Normally bigger runners need that extra support, but in reality the GEL-HYPER SPEED® 6 provides that. I have billed this shoe as a racer and tempo shoe. The responsiveness on speed days is what stood out to me on all my races and long run. The cushioning on longer distances is okay, but for me on my half marathons I have notice the medial side of my foot hurting a little. This is probably because I over pronate late in race when I get tired. The pronation stability report indicates GEL-HYPER SPEED® 6 as a Neutral runner’s shoe. Neutral pattern is when little rolling occurs. What I love about this shoe it has great grips well on wet surfaces despite the lack of the more traditional gripping elements.
As much as I want to look the fastest and fabulous in my bright shoes, the shoes stick out when you go to races. I have received many compliments on the shoes, but bright colors somehow some way can make people think you are fast…and I am not. I am a middle of the pack runner these days. I was a 1:18:00-1:26:00 half marathon runner about 5 years and 2 injuries ago. When I won my first and last half marathon in 2007, I would have loved to have these shoes.
Tested and chosen by world class athletes, I believe this shoe is legit.