Asics Gel Resolution 3 Comparisons

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  1. Phonco

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    Hi,

    I've been searching the threads, but I haven't found much regarding my question.

    I recently chewed through my Vapor VI's and I'm looking to buy some new shoes. I'm considering the Resolution 3's, but I have a few questions about it.

    I'd like to know how low or high to the ground they feel. The Vapors felt pretty low to the ground and I've worn a pair of Barricades which felt pretty high. If anyone could give me a comparison to those shoes, it would be appreciated. I would try them on in person, but none of my local shops carry it.

    Also, any general experiences with Asics tennis shoes? I've worn Asics running shoes for years and I love them, but I haven't heard much about their tennis shoes.


    Thank you.
     
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  2. banter

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    The GR3 rides high. Maybe a tad higher the the barricades, yet I feel just as secure.

    I enjoy the fit of Asics: Sound body, sound mind.
     
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  3. dr325i

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    I have used the barricades for years. The b6 are imo the best in the barricade line. I tried the adizero feather and they were a big disappointment in the end. So, i purchaded the
    gr3 clay and absolutely love them: higher feel but very stable, light, comfortable. They are a outlet bit narrow up front, ok for me though.
     
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  4. Robbnc

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    I've had heel/achilles problems in the past and I find the heel lift and support in the GR3's is helping with that.
     
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  5. Phonco

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    Thanks for the responses. I ended up getting the Gel Resolution 3's. I'll post my opinion of them after a few hitting sessions.
     
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  6. Carolina Racquet

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    Damned... I want the GR3 Clay! Not planned to be released in the USA. I wrote my letter to Obama demanding justice, but he hasn't fixed the issue...
    YET.
     
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  7. Boricua

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    The Yonex Clay shoes could be pretty comfortable also:)
     
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  8. Phonco

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    Ooookay

    After a couple of solid hitting sessions, I'm ready to give my take on the Resolution 3's.

    In terms of fit/sizing, they're pretty good. I have pretty wide feet, to be specific they're around D to E's, so they're really spot on with the size and fit. It's definitely got space in the front so it doesn't hurt, but tight enough so they feel snug (after a solid pull on the strings).

    The shoes also come with the plastic cup ring around the heel that keeps your heel locked. It prevents lateral movement and keeps it stable. However, it doesn't really keep your heel from moving up vertically. It kind of does, but that can easily be remedied by tightening the strings.

    The only weird thing is it seems that there is a little bit of extra/extended room in the toe box (imagine your middle toe and about half an inch of room). So, you might want to get a .5 size down from normal. It doesn't affect movement e.g. toe dragging or whatnot, but in case one might want that extra bit of snug.

    For comfort, they're great. There's padding and gel all around so the feet stay soft and comfortable. It's definitely more comfortable than the Vapor VI/Lunarlites and the Barricade 6's for sure. However, there is one slight problem. The plastic cups around the heel tend to poke/dig into the area below the ankle/above the heel. Shifting left and right you may feel it poke into your foot, but I personally felt it was more of an annoyance rather than painful. Alas, it is a bit noticeable. In terms of the "low-to-the-ground" feeling, it does feel a bit high. Similar to Barricades, but after a few sessions I felt like I got used to them so now they're almost feel like Vapors.

    On to durability...

    The shoes are solid. They're pretty much the Asics version of Barricades in terms of durability. I play a Counter-Puncher game at a solid D2 college in SoCal, so I'm putting in a good number of miles in these bad boys. Cuts, turns, lateral, forward/backward, sliding whatever you think of I've probably put these shoes through and they're still trucking. There is slight balding, but it's definitely much later than I expected them to be and very minute. Definitely going to have to try and break these down in order to fit the warranty period.

    Overall, these shoes are pretty darn amazing. I used to play in the Vapor VI's which I feel are one of the best shoes in terms of response and feel. The GR3's may lack in those two categories, but it blows the Vapor VI's in terms of comfort and durability. As to which is more stable, it's hard to say. They're both pretty even, but I think the GR3's take it due to the level of comfort and plastic heel cup. Maybe if I had infinite money I'd play with the Vapors, but for use regular non-pros, the asics Gel Resolution 3's are just fine.

    There you go. I know, "wall-o-text," but it's my honest review. If there are any questions, feel free to ask.
     
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  9. NicoHK

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    Thanks Phonco for your review.

    I just got a pair of GR3, playing before with GR2 for 2 years.
    I have been hitting the ball tonight for one and half hour, it is too short to expose my feelings but 2 quick points before coming back later: They do feel higher to the ground compare to GR2 and the heel tends to move vertically up and down even with lace well tightened.

    Tell you more next time.
     
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  10. JGads

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    I think I'm giving up on these shoes because of this very issue. Stinks, too, because I have a touchy knee and was trying these out because of the supreme cushioning. Cushioning is in fact great (although sometimes so good I feel like my foot is swimming just a bit, or squishing around, rather than foot-on-court secure) but the digging-into-the-heel thing is just too annoying. Ugh. So close. The search continues...
     
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  11. eidolonshinobi

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    Where do you play? ;)

    I need a better players to hit with here in north county.

    But I do agree with your review, I started wearing crew socks to prevent that heel jab, works perfectly.
     
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  12. JGads

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    Crew socks don't seem to prevent the heel jab for me. I'm jealous.

    Anyway, if either of you guys are ever up around Venice, I'd be game to meet up for a hit as well. I'm 4.0-4.5.
     
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  13. eidolonshinobi

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    Yeah the feetures I wear are decent, but I got some Thorlos level 2 and those are just bombastic! Solved my problem. end of story.

    I might actually be able to do that, I head up to Torrance at least once a month maybe I can drop by sometime.
     
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  14. JGads

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    ^^
    cool. I'm in Marina del Rey. Just drop a line if up for it.
     
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  15. mctennis

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    As far as the toe area being a little big. Use some of the half sole cork inserts under the insert to push the front of your foot up. I do that with mine and it works great.
    I hate the back of the shoe digging into my ankle bone, if that's what you are saying.
     
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  16. Phonco

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    @JGads - That is most unfortunate. I think the Barricades might be good; they're somewhat similar to the GR3 but no plastic cup and less cushioning. Also, I believe the GR2 didn't have the plastic and is very similar to the GR3 in terms of cushioning and feel. Maybe you can break the plastic cup so it doesn't dig so much :)

    @Eidolon - I'm situated in the San Diego area. Venice and Torrance are a bit too far for me :p
     
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  17. eidolonshinobi

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    You might want to try the challenger 8, they've got the comfort that the B6's don't have and durability/stability are on par.

    I just make trips to Torrance to visit some folks, I actually live on the border of Oceanside and Carlsbad. Let me know if you wanna hit.
     
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  19. Torres

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    Useful review. Never tried the GRs but its given me a good idea as to what they're like.
     
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  20. bigburn

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    If I use a 10.5 on the Barricade 6, what does that convert to for the GR3?

    Also, how does the width and arch support compare between the Barricade 6 and GR3?
     
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    i sent my Head Speed Pro shoes back for 6 month warranty replacement and while i was waiting I put on my old Adidas Tirands which have since been relegated to ordinary use. I have heard that the Tirands are an ankle injury waiting to happen yet I have felt secure in them before. I've been getting stronger and faster with my beat up knees while using the Speed Pros. Going back to the Tirands and moving faster from when I used them some time ago I could understand why one would discourage the use of them...unstable!!!

    I got my GR3s in the mail and wore them around the house. The arch support for my pronated feed where great out the box. I tried them with both Black and Light Blue Superfeet insoles. The blue won. The lateral support seems to be great. Can't wait to play in them.

    I wear an 11.5 w thin socks and wore a 12.5 with Thorlo L3s or doubled up medium weighted socks. These GR3s seem to allow me to wear one pair of medium socks laced up as usual and my L3s with it just a bit looser.

    I got the GR3s in white. I thought the black/yellow looked really cool but was a bit shy to sport some loud shoes and have a mediocre game. :grin:
     
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  22. courtking

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    i've been playing the GR3s black/yellow last 3 days .. it's a great shoes.. good cushion.. good wide front toe.. BUT.. after the first day my heel in the left foot hurt badly.. I can barely walk.. The problem is it got some good cushioning in the back but way to cushion and when you run, jump, reach to get to the balls your heel kind of moving up/down side to side.. .. The stability is no where near the court ballistec 3.3.. too bad the cb 3.3 too narrow.. I guess I am going back to the yonex shoes again..
     
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