A good cheap racing flat option, great for those on a budget or looking for a 1st time racing flat
Downtime means can get some more reviews done. While there are new versions now on the market the Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 can still be purchased online for around £40 if you shop around, this was my racing shoe at the turn of last year and when my adidas Tempo 7 hit 600 miles I need a second racing flat for speedwork racing to go along sing my adidas adidos 3’s
Before I get on with my review, I will delve into my racing shoe history. For first few years I basically wasn’t concerned with what I had on my feet, then by end of 2014 I was wearing the Adidas Adizero Adios 2, these were my go to racing shoe till these were replaced with Adidas Adizero Adios Boost (I ran my HM & Marathon PB’s in these). During last summer I had a pair of Nike Zoom Streak LT 2, which was great for anything below 10k but they weren’t the most durable pair. I spent back end of year in the Newton Gravity IV, while a trainer I gave thumbs up to, I found I wanted something lighter for racing. So this is when I turned to the Asics.
This was first pair I’d bought from Asics and got them for a decent price thanks to the January sales. I went for a size 13 and truth be told found them rather big. It’s strange as adidas are narrow shoes so always go up at least half a size, yet Nike were better fit for my wider feet. Newtons I went up a size and found the fit perfect. With these I could have gotten away with either a 12.5 or at a push a 12.
Reason I went for these shoes at the time over say a new pair of adidas was firstly cost and secondly a lot of decent runners I knew recommend them, I first tested them at the track on a cold January evening and the first pair made their race debut at the Dewsbury 10k, my most recent pair I’ve done a few 5 mile road races and I did the Yorkshire County Championships in them. I’ve yet to decide if I could run anything over 10k in them or not yet.
For a racing shoe, weight is important, when you are looking for fast time I am a firm believer in marginal gains, The asics is a very lightweight racer without it compromising performance, for example for a size 9 you are looking at just 5.6 oz. That is light and compared to what i had been racing in, it was a notable difference. If you are going for a racing flat for first time, it is best to build into them slowly, so you don’t wreck your feet and injury yourself.
The upper of the Hyper Speed 6 is made up of mesh that is double-layered, the colour is very loud and they colour matched my Sockmine racing socks! The lining inside is comfy with it being seamless and I didn’t find the shoe cause any rubbing or hot spots. I did find the shoe was very roomy and allow my feet to expand when warm. Despite the fit I felt my feet were secure and there was no unnecessary movement.
You would think for a racing shoe and the weight, there would be a lack of cushion, in fact I have to say the heal had a very springy feel to me and reminded me of my adidas Adios Boost. With these shoes I was allowed to race in my natural forefoot strike and unlike some shoe found this area firm and responsive. The shoe unlike some racers that a very rigid in the sole, the Hyper Speed 6 is very flexible, this then comes down to what you like in a flat. Personally I prefer a more firmer shoe for running flat out for shorter races. At same time I didn’t have the confidence to take these up to the longer distances, I have spoken to runners who prefer these for half and full marathons, when they need a bit of cushion but also allows them to knock out a decent speed.
- Well cushioned for a racing flat
- Wide toe box great for those with wide feet
- Price, a very cheap racing flat option
- The sole is a little too flexible for my taste.
- The colours are loud, even for me
- Large sizes compared to other brands so best to try a few sizes before buying
Overall I found I enjoyed my time in my Asics Hyper Speed 6. At the time they did what I needed. Cushion where required and a wide fit for my feet meant I had no issues with blisters, or sore heals after racing hard. I think these are a good go to distance racer. I think a big selling point compared to other brands on the market is the price. You could easily get two pairs of these for the price of a brand new pair of my fav racing shoe the adidas Adios Boost.
So if you don’t like paying over the odds for a shoe these are an ideal go to racing shoe. If you want to try a racing flat but don’t know if they are a shoe that’s right for you, if you’re looking for a first racing flat that won’t break the bank, this shoe is definitely one to consider.