Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Several triathletes loved the comfort of the 3rd version of the Hyper Tri.
  • A handful liked the more subdued color of the latest model of this series.
  • The midsole and outsole drainage holes allow water to pass through quickly during rains.
  • It is very light.
  • The bigger loop in the tongue is more convenient than the heel loop of its predecessor, based on the comments of some reviewers.
  • A few runners appreciated the more supportive upper.
  • The price is considered by a small number of buyers as just right.
  • Besides being a tri-specific shoes, it the Hyper Tri 3 can also be a race day shoe for 10K’s or less.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Although it is still very light, it is slightly heavier than the earlier version.
  • When used for normal running, the holes in the outsole will allow water to enter if the runner steps in a puddle.
  • It runs a little small, based on the reviews of a few reviewers.

Bottom line

The Hyper Tri 3 is one of Asics’ most popular tri-specific shoes that can handle also tackle speed intervals or tempo runs. It comes with a few alterations that add more support and plush feel. For those who want a fast transition shoe that is exceptionally breathable and quite versatile without breaking the bank, the neutral running shoe is certainly something worth looking into.

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Good to know

  • The upper style and structure get the main areas of the changes in the Asics Hyper Tri 3. Asics introduces a rib-like design of thin and bonded overlays all over the shoe. The update gives the shoe a little more consistent support from the heel to the forefoot.
  • For good or bad, Asics also changed the style from the rather very colorful tones to a more subtle design. There were already a handful who really liked this change.
  • Another obvious change in this design is the removal of the heel loop. This is replaced by a very prominent tongue loop that should really help triathletes during quick transitions.
  • While the tongue is not as thick as before, it is lined with very smooth and plush fabric. The ankle collar gets more padding for more comfort upon step-in.

The fit of the Hyper Tri 3 is very much the same as the prior model. There is enough toe box and forefoot room while there is an enhanced midfoot hold because of the overlays all over the shoe. The heel also has enough security for quick turns without losing balance. It generally runs true to size.

A big part of the underfoot of the Gel Hyper Tri 3 is the DuraSponge blown rubber in the midfoot and forefoot. It adds a little more cushioning to the shoe and enhances the grip of the shoe.

Same as with the popular Asics Gel Cumulus 20, the shoe's heel and other areas are fitted with the tough AHAR+ carbon rubber for more durability. As usual, the prominent vertical cut from the heel to the forefoot helps smoothen the runner’s transition through the gait cycle. There are flex grooves in the forefoot for more flexibility. The tri-specific drainage holes quickly let water out.

The midsole is mainly a single slice of standard EVA for traditional cushioning and durability. As it spans the length of the shoe, it should also aid in the landing to take-off movement. Asics’ award-winning Gel cushioning system is located in the heel for more shock-absorption. Like the outsole, the midsole also has holes for drainage.

Asics covers the 3rd instalment of the Hyper Tri with a supremely breathable mesh. As mentioned, the rib-like bonded overlays are strategically placed all over the shoe for lightweight support and a little more structure for quite the very minimal upper. The huge tongue loop makes shoe entry/exit very convenient.


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