Asics Gel Resolution 5 Durability

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  1. MWM400

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    I love the Asics GR5 shoes. My feet felt so much better and knees have hurt much less since I started wearing these shoes. However, I'm finding that they are lasting me only 3-4 months of about 6-8 hours a week. The soles aren't wearing out or anything, but I'm finding that they are losing the support that I like so much about them.

    They fit me perfectly, but after a few month, it begins to feel like when your laces aren't tight enough, all the time. I will tighten them regularly when I'm playing, but the support is just not there and I will start to notice a bit of heel soreness and a few other aches. As soon as I get a new pair, they feel great and all is well. I play a very mobile game, and play almost exclusively on clay. I do have an extra 30 pounds on me, so I know that contributes, but I hate having to buy new shoes every 3 months.

    Does anyone else experience this? If so, are there alternatives with a similar fit that hold up longer than these?
     
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  2. christo

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    You summed them up perfectly ,I have about 5 pairs and find after a couple of months they feel loose somehow, hard to describe but they are all sitting in the closet. I have switched to the Lotto Ultra shoe which is fantastic , very comfortable and better traction. It is a narrow forefoot so not right for everyone but perfect for me
     
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  3. Fintft

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    Well, you could always use the search function on this forum for answers :)
    But in short: you are right and after a while I got pains in the balls of my feet with GR5. Also GR5 don't have enough lateral stability, imo (I almost rolled an ankle and I have a friend who actually did at my club).

    Vapors also don't last long enough, starting to give in, support wise.

    A tad more solid choice would be Nike CB 4.3 (you may get 3-6 months out of those, before either you break the shoelaces or wear the thread out).

    Barricades V, 7 and 8 are a more durable, yet kinda too clunky for me, next choice.
     
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  4. WhiteStripes

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    Yes, the uppers get soft very fast on the GR5s. I compensated in part by wearing thicker socks (e.g., Nike Elites) to try to make them feel more snug without having to constantly relace them. The sole durability was also a bit disappointing (about 2 months of moderate playing) before I started to break into the midsole. Asics durability guarantee policy is easy and fast though, so at least there's that. Still really like the GR line, although the Vapors are my main shoes.
     
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  5. christo

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    I forgot that last year I too rolled my ankle wearing GR4's, which never happened in 30 yrs of tennis, they do sit high . Anyway I am in heaven with the Lottos, wish I had found them years ago
     
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    I've been around web forums enough to know to use the search function before posting, which I did in this case. I didn't see much discussion of this particular issue with this shoe. I've tried several other shoes, but none have had the glove-like fit like the GR5 has with my flat feet. I'll keep using them if I have to, but I was hoping someone else found someone with the same fit that was a bit more durable.

    I haven't had much success with Nike and Adidas shoes. They just don't seem to fit me quite right and I've never thought them the quality of some of the other brands. But that's just me. I may try to Lottos.
     
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    About the glove fit, are you sure you've tried the Nike CBs 4.3?

    To me, they are even more of a glove fit then GR5s and they are a tad wider + they don't sit as high.

    True that the GR5s are faster, though.
     
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    How are Lottos in terms of traction, support and warranty?

    And glad to hear that you found a great shoe for your needs!
     
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    I second this advice. The CB 4.3's are the first Nikes I've been able to wear in a long time. They are stiffer, which means their lateral stability will hold up a bit better.
     
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    I have not tried the CB4s. Admittedly, I just stopped buying nike shoes based on my experience with them, and haven't bought a pair in years now. Perhaps I will rethink that and give the CB4s a shot. I'm going to try to Lotto Ultras first and see how they work out (just ordered from TW).

    Someone I play with recently told me that shoes will last longer if you play with multiple pair and don't use the same ones back to back days, or back to back matches in a day. He gave me some explanation that sounded like pure BS, so I never out any sock in it. Should I assume that this in fact BS?
     
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    Well, you may not find the CB 4.3 anymore, but I've doubled checked on the last pair and I can tell you that, after two months:

    - Support is still there (granted it was better in the first 1.5 months) and I didn't break the lace system (meaning I don't feel the need to over tighten them yet).
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    - The thread/sole started to be gone (especially on the outside of my right foot).

    Like you, I'm also 30 pounds heavier (to say the least), 230 Lbs at 6' 2" (although I'm build like a power forward in basketball or Tsonga if you want) and I do try to move aggresively...

    I've also heard about alternating (street) shoes, haven't done it (mainly b/c I'm too lazy to change the new Dr. Scholl's active insoles, but also b/c of warranty etc).
    Having said all of that I even alternate raquets (due to sweaty hands) each service change and the full bed natural gut seems to last longer...
     
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    Thank you Sir and my educated guess would be about 1.5 longer, if not twice as long (Barring the fact that the GR5 gave me actually pains in the balls of my foot after less than one month, or coincidentally, during the first ladder match of the indoor season. Been hobbled for 2.5 months on and off afterwards and went back to Nike CB 4.3, much better cushioning and support + lateral stabilty, but heavier).
     
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    Took them words right out a my mouth
     
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    Is the consensus that the 5s are not as good as the 4s?
     
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    Can't tell, 4 seem lower and stiffer uppers, 5 have more sole, but are higher apparently and mesh/softer uppers...
     
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    You can still find some CBs 4.3 here and there, including on e b a y or some sporting stores:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=8190873#post8190873
     
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    Quick update: I've only been able to play once in the new Lotto's. My first impressions are mixed.

    It's not quite a wide as the GR5, so it was a very tight fit and I didn't have as much room in the toe, even the shoes are the smae length when you measure top to bottom. I normally wear 10.5 or 11 shoes. The 11 GR5 fit perfectly, so I ordered 11 in the Lotto. It was such a tight fit that I debated sending them back, but decided I'd give them a shot.

    I played for a couple of hours and they felt fairly comfortable by the end, but it still felt a little tight in the toe area, so I'm a little concerned about that. They feel lighter than the GR5 and I liked the support. They also seem to sit lower than the GR5, but that could be because they're more narrow.

    Overall, by the end I liked how they felt, but not near as much as the GR5. I'm going to take them out again tonight.
     
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    First couple of times I played, it wasn't very rigorous. I played last night for a couple hours going all out and the shoes are just too tight on my left foot. It's fine on my right foot, but I kept ramming my toes on my left foot and the middle of the bottom of my foot became really sore. It impacted how hard I could go after some balls. There's no way I can keep wearing these shoes. Going to try something else. If someone wants some size 11 Ultra Raptor IVs that have been worn for about 4 hours, send me a PM.
     
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    I have relitively flat feet and have used Cb 4.3 from release until this Jan, unfortunately they did have there downfalls but they were the standard of durability & support. I got a solid 8-12 weeks on hard courts which is good for me. Currently I'm wearing baricade 8 which is ok I would say as durable but the upper gets a little loose. They just need some break in.
     
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