Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$85
Weight
M: 170g | W: 130g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Heel height
M: 16mm | W: 15mm
Forefoot height
M: 10mm | W: 9mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • The Hyper Speed 7 is lighter than past versions of this line.

  • Asics designed the Gel Hyper Speed 7 with a firmer midsole for a more dynamic platform.

  • A slightly thicker and wider outsole is a new hit in this shoe as it helps in shock attenuation and keeps the midsole from being too hard.

  • Several runners made the observation about how well the newly-improved Guidance Line Technology made their runs a bit more efficient.

  • The Asics Hyper Speed 7 was used in competition by elite runners.

  • It has decent cushioning for long distance runs, according to a few testers

  • New drainage holes are included in the sole to shed water off.

  • This shoe is very affordable.

The bad

  • A spacious toe box dilutes the feel of going for speed, based on the remarks of a handful of runners.

  • Limited to runners who have experienced running in a shoe with less support and protection than most traditional shoes offer.

  • A few runners were not happy with the new grooves as they attract small rocks.

Bottom line

The Hyper Speed series is one of Asics’s most popular and sought-after lines of shoes. Based on the general observation of people, the 7th edition lives up to the high standards set by its predecessors. As a shoe with minimalist features, this is ideal for those with enough arch support of their own and who can stand out without too much cushioning or support from their running shoes.



World wide, Gel Hyper Speed 7 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 122 ratings

5 star
69%
4 star
14%
3 star
7%
2 star
1%
1 star
9%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 94
    Peter StuartLevel 3 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    While I’ve worn the Hyper Speed 6 in full marathons before, I’ve always thought it could use being just a little bit more shoe. the 7 accomplishes this without betraying the nature and vibe of the 6.
  • 87
    Derek LiLevel 2 expert
    by Running Commentary
    At its current retail price, the ASICS Hyperspeed 7 is a must try for anyone aiming to run a competitive 5-10km race. 
  • 86
    FellrnrLevel 5 expert
    by Fellrnr
    The seventh iteration is a small but worthwhile improvement over the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6, getting a little lighter and a little better cushioned
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Updates to Gel Hyper Speed 7

The 7th generation of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed was made to bring the runner a very speedy performance. It’s a racing flat that can function exceptionally well in long-distance races that go up to the marathon. With optimal cushioning and reliable outsole traction, traversing the paths becomes much easier and more agreeable.

This running shoe doesn’t use a lot of material overlays. The stitching has been greatly reduced compared to the previous iteration. The upper even has a seamless construction, which gives the runner a non-irritating and constantly comfortable coverage that feels like wearing a sock.

The mid-sole uses techniques and systems that give a reliable and plush platform that’s ultimately lightweight and flexible. Long lasting and dependable foam & gel units are used here, and they deliver impact protection and springiness to each step.

Two separate rubber compounds are used for the outsole unit of the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7. One of them shields the sole unit from abrasion, impact and wear, while the other offers a bit more cushioning and flexibility to make each forefoot lift more responsive.

Gel Hyper Speed 7 size and fit

The Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7 has a standard running shoe length. It follows the regular measurements for men and women. It is available in a medium-width version. It can accommodate runners whose feet are medium-sized. The curved shape of this shoe welcomes the natural curvature of the human foot.

Outsole

The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is one of the hardiest and most robust outsole components in the market. It protects the sole unit from surface friction and the effects of long-term use on the outsole. It is also capable of giving reliable traction on the ground.

The blown version of the AHAR®, the DuraSponge® is the one used in the forefoot section of the outsole. Aside from providing protection and traction, it also adds a bit more cushioning to each toe-off and it doesn’t compromise the natural flexibility of the foot.

Midsole

The SpEVA® is one of the most lightweight mid-sole foams used by Asics. It’s lightweight and responsive. Aside from getting a plush underfoot experience, the runner also receives a bounce-back mechanic that affords each forefoot lift an extra push.

The Gel® Cushioning System is a silicone-gel unit that’s placed in the rear of the shoe. It’s sturdy and durable, and it delivers protection against impact. Each heel strike becomes less strenuous to the foot because of the shock absorption.

The Magic Sole is a vented mid-sole design that reduces the weight of the platform and heightens breathability for the underfoot.

The F.A.S.T. Drop is a low drop from the heel to the toe that also reduces the overall weight. It gives the runner a more balanced ride, especially when handling landing impact.

Upper

Open Mesh is the main material used for the upper unit. It has a more consistent and durable design for the Gel Hyper Speed 7, so it doesn’t thread-off easily. It delivers a breathable, flexible and comfortable coverage. Air constantly enters the shoe and keeps the foot cool and dry.

A Seamless Construction has been employed in the upper. It allows runners to wear this shoe without being at risk of skin irritation. It even allows runners to wear it without socks. Folds and warm contact points are not palpable in this shoe, so the runner stays safe from blisters or welts.

This shoe uses less material overlays. The upper is given structure by fused overlays that do not have a substantial weight or restrictive form. They provide security by working with the lacing system, giving a customized fit. They do not compromise the natural flexibility of the foot.

A Perforated Sock Liner is placed just above the main mid-sole unit. It adds a bit more cushioning, so that the foot stays comfortable. It also maintains the breathable nature of the interior, so the underfoot stays dry.


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