114 users: 3.7 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 6oz / Women 4.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 6mm / Women 6mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 6.3 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • The seamless upper construction allows runners to wear it without socks, effectively giving a non-irritating inner environment for the foot.
  • It is a very exceptional triathlon shoe according to many runners.
  • Added breathability is afforded by the Perforated Sock Liner.
  • The Gel Cushioning System in the heel area efficiently absorbs the impact shock when landing the foot on the ground.
  • The Magic Sole reduces the overall weight and maintains reliable ventilation for the interior.
  • The Asics High Abrasion Rubber offers exceptional durability, while the DuraSponge outsole offers flexibility, more traction and a bit more cushioning.
  • The Gel Hyper Tri 2 is a lightweight model.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Others noted that the cushioning was sub-par when compared to other shoes of the same ilk.
  • A few thought that the bright colors and the over-exuberance of designs on the upper made it unappealing.

Bottom line

The Gel Hyper Tri 2 from Asics is a shoe that’s versatile, and it works well for triathlons, training, workouts, and other athletic activities. The neutral running shoe provides a better running technique as it is made of a combination of a comfortable, non-irritating upper, a vented, gel-like midsole, and a sticky, reliable outsole to improve speed & performance.

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  • The Hyper Tri 2 offers a few tweaks in different areas that are sure to enhance the shoe’s overall performance. Asics completely revamped the outsole rubber pattern. There is now a substantial Guidance Line or a cut from the heel to the forefoot for better flexibility and enhanced transition. It also sports the more durable AHAR+ rubber in high-impact areas for durability.
  • The upper gets a bit of a makeover as well. There are substantially lesser overlays for a more adaptive upper. The use of moderate overlays can be seen all the way to the heel as it replaces the stiffer version used in the previous model. While the new setup provides decent support, the heel area is more comfortable and adaptable to the runner’s movement.
  • A molded and slightly padded tongue is the last update. It takes next to skin experience, especially during triathlons, better than ever.

The fit and sizing are standard just like the original Hyper Tri. There is a medium fit of the heel to the forefoot. This will be a natural comfort zone for runners with average foot measurements. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.

Same as with the popular Asics Cumulus 20, this shoe's outsole features several of Asics’ best technologies. A very durable carbon rubber called AHAR+ is placed in the heel and other areas prone to wear and tear. Going forward, Asics placed blown rubber that it calls DuraSponge Rubber for stickiness in different areas and adds a little bit of cushioning. The Guidance Line or cut in the outsole spanning almost the entire length of the outsole gives the shoe better flexibility and transition.

The very popular silicone material, which can also be found in the shoe's updated version, the Hyper Tri 3 and also the one which Asics refers to as the Gel cushioning system is fitted in the heel part of the shoe for shock attenuation. A vented midsole known as Magic Sole provides added breathability without putting on more weight.

A new seamless upper largely made up of mesh and minimal overlays make the shoe very breathable with adequate support. The seamless structure reduces risks of irritation as it is recommended for sockless running. For more breathability, a perforated sockliner is located in the interior. The soft fabric enhances comfort. Lastly, elastic laces enable quick and effortless cinching.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as Asics Gel Hyper Tri 3.

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How Gel Hyper Tri 2 compares

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This shoe: 6oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
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