A couple days ago, I wrote a favorable review of the Newton Stability Racers. About the same time as I bought the Newtons, I also bought a pair of Asics Gel Hyper 3′s. I haven’t logged near as many miles on the Asics, but I like them almost as much as I like the Newtons (and they were half the price).
The Asics Gel Hyper’s have a very small patch of Gel right under the ball of your foot. Other than that, they are very basic racing flats consisting of a mesh upper, a long lacing area and tongue and a very thin, soft but suprisingly strong sole.
When I first put them on it felt like my foot was too wide for the sole. Like my foot was big and fat and oozing over the sides. Of course, it wasn’t but the shoes gave me that sensation. I could also “feel the ground” through the soles of the shoes. I wouldn’t recommend running on trails or rough surfaces with these shoes, but they are just fine on pavement and even better on a track.
Asics Gel Hyper Review
So, there are really two main things to note with these shoes: (1) how they perform training, and (2) how they perform racing.
Asics Gel Hyper Training: Good, but that isn’t what these shoes are about. They are simply too light and too “unstructured” for daily running unless you are moving toward running minimalism (barefooting). I think they would be a good way to build strength in your foot and probably are about the right precursor to the Vibram five fingers. If I were going the barefoot running route, I’d wear these for about 3-4 weeks before transitioning to the Vibram five fingers. If you’re a traditional runner, you are going to injure yourself trying to train significantly in these shoes.
Asics Gel Hyper Racing: You’re On! That is what these shoes are all about. I wouldn’t wear these for a marathon, but for 5 and 10K’s, I’m willing to bet you could shave some serious time off – if you’re already a good runner. If you’re a big time heel striker, these shoes will kill you. If you’re already running softly upon your feet and have a high turnover ratio (high “cadence” in Newton terminology), then I’d bet these shoes are better than your current racers. In fact, I can’t think of a shoe I prefer over these. I once had some nice Nike flats (mental note- need review!) and I thought I’d never beat them, but these do. I won’t say these crush them, but these are some great, ultra lightweight running shoes.
So that is it for Fitness Friday!
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