Verdict from 8 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The breathability of the upper was appreciated by several consumers.
  • The lightweight build of the Asics LyteRacer TS 7 was appreciated by those who have tested it.
  • The shoe is reasonably-priced.
  • According to some comments, the LyteRacer TS 7 is durable.
  • The shoe is comfortable, said a few comments.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe didn’t drain well when exposed to copious amounts of water, a few people noted.
  • The upper unit looked and felt cheap, according to some consumers.
  • The midsole felt stiff and too thin, according to a runner.

Bottom line

Consumers were a bit disappointed with the Asics LyteRacer TS 7. Some of them felt that it did function well, that some of the components were bothersome or that the sizing scheme was off. Also, the design didn’t appeal to some people. Some of the positive traits of this road shoe that apparently stood out were the breathable upper and the lightness of the construction.

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Good to know

  • The Asics LyteRacer TS 7 is a long distance running shoe that’s designed for competitions that go up to the 5K. It has a lightweight build that helps in maintaining an unrestricted performance. An open-weave mesh serves as the outer section of the upper, and it’s supported by stitched overlays.
  • Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of a full-length foam that’s designed to also be springy and ready to attenuate impact shock. A thermal plastic unit in the midfoot section supports the tendons and muscles of the foot-pad, preventing them from tensing or getting strained.

The Asics LyteRacer TS 7 is true to size, so it’s recommended to get a pair in the size that’s most agreeable. When it comes to width, the options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe’s last accommodates the natural curve of the human foot.

AHAR® or Asics High Abrasion Rubber serves as the outsole unit of the Asics LyteRacer TS 7. Its job is to protect the midsole foam from the debilitating effects of surface contact. It is also responsible for doling out traction on the roads.

Cross-shaped gripping lugs are patterned all over the forefoot section. This arrangement heightens traction, especially when making particular motions during the run.

SpEVA is a foam that runs the entire length of the Asics LyteRacer TS 7. Its goal is to support the foot and carry it throughout the running session. It has a lightweight construction that doesn’t impede the racing structure of the entire silhouette. It attenuates shock and returns the energy to the foot and legs of the wearer. Meanwhile, the Asics Patriot 10 utilizes a different material in the midsole, yet presents a similar function to the LyteRacer TS 7.

The Trusstic System is comprised of a thermoplastic unit in the midfoot section that’s created to support the tendons and muscles, saving them from the potential strain running for extended periods.

Additional underfoot cushioning is provided by the perforated sock liner. It is placed right above the main midsole material. It has tiny holes that permit the circulation of air through the foot-chamber.

Open mesh is a material that allows air to enter the interior chamber to maintain ventilation and in-shoe dryness. It’s a convenient mechanism for those who desire less heat when tackling competitions.

Suede overlays are stitched to the upper unit, reinforcing it and keeping it intact. It helps the lacing system when it comes to keeping the foot in place and preventing in-shoe wobbling. Moreover, this particular material aims to evoke a premium feel.

How LyteRacer TS 7 compares

This shoe: 73
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: $100
All shoes average: $119
$40 $300
This shoe: 8.2oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
2.8oz 15.4oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.