We put the Asics Gel-Hyperspeed 5 trainers through their paces.
These racing flats from Asics, as worn by Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs, have a 10mm heel-toe drop. They feel comfy and breathable, with ample width, a snug, supportive fit across the heel and ankle, and a spacious toe box.
The Hyperspeed-5s immediately feel like a great racing flat should, being fast, light at 198g, and featuring a good balance of ground feel and impact-reducing cushioning from the EVA midsole.
Internally, the arches get a little support and the upper construction is barefoot-friendly, with the heel having just enough material to hold but not rub.
The tongue is so thin and narrow that when we added Xtenex elastic laces, which have knots in, they dug in uncomfortably. Other laces fared better, but we could still feel them through the tongue. The large ventilation/drainage holes on the outsole also filled up with road debris pretty quickly (or instantly, when running on off-road tracks).
The outsole rubber is pretty skinny – though traction is great even in the wet – and our pair is already showing wear after just two races, but considering they’re for events rather than training, £70 is a fair price considering the excellent performance.
Pros: The upper construction is barefoot-friendly, with the heel having just enough material to hold but not rub.
Cons: The outsole rubber is pretty skinny - our pair is already showing wear after just two race
- Price: £70
- Contact: asics.co.uk