Let’s just get straight to the good stuff: The Asics Gel Hyper Speed is back from the grave in the U.S. market.
Around a year after the sudden disappearance of the popular racing flat from Asics’ lineup – a move that left a non-refillable void in the hearts of many runners – the storied shoe is slated for a grand reemergence. In fact, those who caught Ryan Hall running alongside a couple humanoid US flags and a Jim Harbaugh wannabe at Bay to Breakers earlier this year may have already gotten a glimpse of the shoe.
This versatile racer benefits from some of the latest Asics technologies in this update, and we think it looks better than ever. Let’s just say that the Hyper Speed 6 took a little extra time to come about, but the results should be well worth it.
What to Watch For
- Seamless Upper: The use of welded overlays minimizes stitching within the shoe to reduce friction on the foot and subsequent blistering and discomfort.
- Gender Specific Versions: Rather than going with a Unisex offering as they’ve done in the past, Asics will produce the Hyper Speed 6 in both Men’s and Women’s versions.
- Weight Loss: We measured the Men’s model at a mere 5.6 oz for a size 9 (down from 7.0 oz for the previous version), while a Women’s size 7 came in at 4.5 oz.