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Asics Hyper Speed 3 review

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As editorial policy, we do not accept free samples. We purchased this pair at Running Warehouse with our own money.
Review written on 28th March by Paul Soriano Paul Soriano is an avid runner who enjoys racing and meeting fellow runners.
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Asics Hyper Speed 3 Verdict

The ASICS Hyper Speed 3 is a lightweight traditional racing flat that is budget friendly. With its great value, it also has the durability to last you for a while.

The pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durability
  • Price tag
  • Great option for short distant races and workouts

The cons

  • No special gimmicks to assist you to feel fast

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Rating breakdown

Build quality
Sole unit
Value / Price

Facts / Specs

Hyper Speed 3
Previous model
6.8 oz (193 g)

Heel drop
7 mm.
Carbon plate
No plate


True to size
Heel fit
Midfoot fit
Toebox fit

Cushioning & ride

Type of cushioning
Amount of cushioning
Little cushioning
Some stability


Daily training
Long distance racing
Ultra distance racing

Who should buy the Asics Hyper Speed 3 ?

Someone that is looking to really run fast without the assistance of a plate. And also someone that is not willing to break the bank.

Who should not buy the Asics Hyper Speed 3 ?

If you are planning on racing a full marathon, I would NOT recommend the Hyper Speed 3. There are other options that will protect your legs and your feet for that distance.

Asics Hyper Speed 3 Introduction

Picture of ASICS Hyper Speed 3

The ASICS Hyper Speed 3 is a minimalist traditional racing flat that can be used for either your track workouts and/or your short distance races.

For the price tag of just $90 it is also a great budget shoe. And at only 6.8 oz. for a US men’s size 9, it feels light on your feet!

If you are not into plated racing shoes, this is a great choice.

Asics Hyper Speed 3 First Impressions

Picture of ASICS Hyper Speed 3

As I opened the box, I noticed how much padding the upper had. For a lightweight shoe, and with the amount of upper padding it provided, I was a bit astounded.

And as I put them on my feet they felt really comfortable. My first run in them my legs felt like I had nothing on them because it felt low to the ground.

Asics Hyper Speed 3 Upper

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The upper for the Hyper Speed 3 uses a recycled engineered mesh. It is a fairly breathable upper that provides two layers. The outer layer feels somewhat of a plastically material that has a ton of ventilation. Its has the ASICS logo that delivers the structure to it. The inner layer uses somewhat of a cloth material that provides both softness and comfort.

I found the fit of the upper to be true to size. I would say that I have normal size feet and I had no discomfort or problems with the upper whatsoever. The toe box area had enough room for me to display my feet during my runs.

Both the lacing system and tongue seem to be pretty standard. The tongue was fairly thin but soft enough for a comfortable feel on the top of your foot. The tongue also provides some holes for breathability.

For a shoe that is lightweight it sure has a lot of structure to the heel counter. I guess you can say the heel counter is the total opposite of pliable. The heel counter provides a lot of padding as well, so your heel is pretty secured once you lace up.

Asics Hyper Speed 3 Sole Unit

Picture of ASICS Hyper Speed 3

The ASICS Hyper Speed 3 uses FLYTEFOAM as their midsole technology. It is a foam that is very lightweight and yet slightly responsive. The midsole has no special gimmicks like a carbon fiber plate or anything of that nature.

The heel drop is measured at 7mm, which means that the shoe will assist you to propel forward with your strides.

The midsole has a minimalist stack height, so you do feel somewhat low to the ground.

The outsole uses what they call ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR). The design of the outsole is very similar to the Magic Speed 3, where the rubber covers majority of the forefoot, and both lateral and medial sides.

I found the traction of the shoe to be very good. I felt comfortable running on different terrains such as the track, pavement, grass, and dirt.

After running well over 50 miles in this shoe, I have not seen any wear and/or tear on the outsole, which tells me that the durability is going to last for a while.

Asics Hyper Speed 3 Conclusions

Picture of ASICS Hyper Speed 3

In conclusion, the ASICS Hyper Speed 3 is a really fun shoe.

I found this shoe to be my go-to shoe when it comes to track workouts. Although the trend to run and feel fast is running in a plated shoe, the Hyper Speed 3 will beg to differ.

For me, It was nice to get away from a plated racing shoe and actually get the sense of really running fast again with this traditional shoe.

With the Hyper Speed 3, you can control the shoe. The shoe will not control you. Would I buy this shoe again? I would have to say yes, absolutely! The price tag cannot be ignored.

How does the Hyper Speed 3 compare?

Adidas adizero Takumi Sen 9
Asics Hyper Speed 3
Asics Magic Speed 3
Expert score
User score
Retail price
Shoe type
6.6 oz
6.8 oz
7.8 oz
Heel Drop
6 mm
7 mm
7 mm
Recommended for
Racing, speedwork
Racing, speedwork
Racing, speedwork, long distance racing
Cushioning type
Cushioning amount
Medium cushioning
Little cushioning
Medium cushioning
not particularly stable
some stability
some stability
true to size
true to size
true to size

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We purchased this pair of Asics at Running Warehouse  with our own money.

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Reviewed by Paul

This review was written by Paul Soriano on 28th March.
Paul Soriano is an avid runner who enjoys racing and meeting fellow runners. Paul started running back in late 2017 as just a hobby that can keep him active and healthy. As he kept running his race times improved. A few years later he would debut in his first marathon and Boston qualify. Paul loves running shoes and is obsessed with finding the best shoes out in the market. He’s tried out a variety of brands from Nike to domestic brands such as Xtep.

User feedback (1)

  • avatar-comment-1036092
    3 months ago

    Any ideas where to buy in Ireland/ Europe..?

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