Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 Review
Review by Peter Stuart @theloudmouse
This shoe is a barely there, light fast racing flat. It disappears on my foot and feels better the faster I lean into it. The upper is super minimal, but holds my foot steady and feels secure. The sole is just the right amount of cushion for a long-distance racer(for me). It has a simlarly fluid ride to the Skechers GoMeb, but fits my foot a bit better and doesn’t have the stiff plate in the bottom. The sole has good grip and seems to be holding up very well (especially for a racing flat). Another bonus with these shoes is they don’t seem to retain water (which is helpful for me in hot races). Certainly a great half-marathon shoe and I’m pretty sure I can make it work for a full marathon.
Hmm, I can’t really find anything bad about this shoe. Oh wait, I’ve got it—it doesn’t feel terrific at slow speeds. I wouldn’t use it for recovery runs or as an every day trainer. I suppose if you’re looking for a lot of support or cushion it’s not the shoe for you.
The Gel Hyper Speed 6 is a terrific, affordable racing flat. From the moment I put them on they just felt right–It’s just one of those shoes that works for me. I put it on, ran 14 miles with intervals and felt terrific. The unknown for me is how it will feel above 20 miles, but at 16 it’s been great. I’ve put about 50 miles of interval workouts and fartleks on them and they are showing very little wear. This is certainly my leading choice for my fall marathon. I’ve not had any luck in other Asics shoes, but this one leaves me wondering if there’s a great Asics daily trainer out there for me.
What ASICS has to say:
The racing flat of choice for ASICS’ elite athletes, the GEL-Hyper Speed® 6 gets modernized with seamless materials and drops over an ounce in weight. Rearfoot GEL® Cushioning System and the broad accommodating fit make this value-packed racing flat ideal for fast paced training or lacing up on race day.
Similar to the geometry seen in racing flats, a low heel-toe differential reduces midsole weight to improve economy and encourage faster running.
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great review! feel the same about the meb comparison. just out of curiosity, why wouldn’t you train in them? don’t feel cushy enough?
Two reasons I wouldn’t use them as daily trainer: 1) like to save that ” holy cow these are light and fast” feeling for tempo runs and races 2.) like to have some more protection for day to day miles. Should also have mentioned that I sized up 1/2 size from my normal running shoe size in these.
Thanks. Two reasons I wouldn’t use them as daily trainer. 1.) I like to save that “Holy Cow these are light and fast” feeling for race or tempo days. 2.) For day to day mileage I like a little more cushion.
Also, should have mentioned that I size up a 1/2 size from normal running shoe size in these.
I tried the Hyperspeeds, wanted to love them but had heel slippage that I couldn’t eliminate. i think if it had the extra set of eyelets at the top that nearly all other shoes have I could have secured a little better, but thats a guess. I think its a very good shoe but just not for me.
totally agree about sizing up a half size
totally agree about sizing up a 1/2 size
did you end up running your marathon in them?
Michael, you will need to check with @theloudmouse