Asics Gel-Solution Speed - 1st Impression

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  1. Newbie81

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    Thanks to my wife, I found below surprise under the Christmas tree, the Asics Gel-Solution Speed.
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    First Impression:

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    > Very light (330g for US size 8 )
    > Comfortable (cushioning & fit)
    > Flexible out of the box (no break-in required)

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    > Forefoot feels relatively high off the ground (due to cushioning), not quite sure how I am gonna like this.

    Neither/Nor
    > Durability - time will tell, but as I will be playing on carpet most of the time this should not be a major issue.

    I have taken them for a run and again they felt very comfortable and nothing hurt. The downside is, that I do not know, if these shoes will see a lot of tennis, due to weather and time, prior to February/March.

    These are my first Asics tennis shoes. I have used the CB 3.3 and Barricade 5 in the past.
     
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  2. Hankenstein

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    Thanks for the info! This shoe looks like a lighter version of the Gel Res 4. Please keep us posted of what you think of them when u have been on court with them
     
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  3. JGads

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    Keep updating as you play on. How about the fit -- wide or narrow?
     
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  4. Newbie81

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    Those should fit medium wide feet very well, not quite sure about wide feet.

    Background information: I did not like the Vapor 8, because of their wide fore-foot. On the other hand, the CB 3.3 are a good fit for my feet.
     
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    I have to say i am very impressed. I have used the shoes twice so far. So comfortable and light. It is like wearing slippers but surprisingly without any stability issues so far. But it needs more time to judge. It will be crucial during long clay summer matches(i am located in europe and mostly play on clay...now indoors on a carpet). Also the shoes look very sick with flashy green and black. I can compare to adidas feathers(adizero, 2, 3). None of them were so light or comfortable...maybe 2's were little close, adizero is total crap to me. Compared to my previous favourite shoes GR3 these are 100g lighter, same or beter comfort(but all asics shoes are very comfy), maybe lower to the ground but not much, stability will be worse but not so much as i expected. I really felt like flying with solutions:). These should be also compared to vapors but i am not into nike very much so can not tell. I can compare just to 2k11 id's, which are also very comfy, heavier but feels quite lite, lower to the ground and to me..suprisingly..less stable. But i think it could be solved by tour fit id's which are on the way to me...ok... I am shoeaholic:). I have medium to wide feet and low to medium arch. I will not compare to barricades because it makes no sense.
     
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    Weight:
    Solutions 382g
    Gr3 472g
    Id 2k11 499g
    Feather 2 442g
    Feather 3 426g
    Barricades 6 500g
    Adizero feathers 420 g
     
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  7. ben123

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    so all in all do you prefer the solution over the resolution(lol) ?
     
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    Right now i would go with solution. Superlite and supercomfy. But it is only 3 hours of playtest. Time and clay will tell. I still do not beleive that such a light and flexible shoe will be stable enough.
    I have some ankle injuries history so it is quite important to me. I have not tried new gr4 yet but i do not think there will be big diferrence from gr3..hopefully except durability issues of the mesh at the toebox.
     
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  9. Nostradamus

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    What is this ? is this lighter, more non-serious player version of Asic resolution 3 ? where does this shoe fit in ?
     
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    you need to try against the real player ;)
     
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    yep, waginen is not really serious, on a bad day, he's a 5.5 ;)
     
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  12. waginen

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    waiting for you of course;-)
    Happy New year mate!
    You should also buy one of these...as you are getting slower:cool:
     
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    ouch, fatter, older --> slower:)
    I got me 2x of B7 (in the USA) for the price (almost) of 1x in the EU ;)

    Can't wait to come back, this Sun and 24C are really not good for your Health!

    Happy New Year!
     
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    Anyone know when these are available to U.S.? I thought the Asics rep said they were going to be available 1.1.12 but not sure.
     
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    I think it is consistent with the GR4- 2.1.12
     
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    It sounds that these are really suit my taste hmm.....Should feel very similar to Vapor 8 I guess. The spec. weight is identical but I'm going to weight my pairs to check as well (size 8 too) Haven't played but during try-on it feel very comfortable and stable as well, will rock them soon since it's new year now ;)

    Oh, and happy new year everyone :)
     
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    Sounds like a lighter, faster GR3? Sounds like these are a must try. I suppose there will be no durability guarantee? Hopefully Chris at TW can chime in and give us his thoughts as it looks like he was wearing them in the Prestige IG MP review.
     
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    As these are my first Asics tennis shoes, I won't be able to compare them to other Asics models. For my understanding these shoes are supposed to be Asics' "answer" to the Vapors or the Adizeros.

    Small correction regarding my initial post, the weight is: 330g for 8.5 size shoes.

    Happy new year to everybody!
     
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    I've been using Gel Resolution 2 shoes for some time (worn out 3 pairs) and decided to try the new Speed shoes. The fit is similar to the Resolution shoes and they are extremely comfortable. However, on court everything changed; playing on wet tarmac courts I had no grip whatsoever. Does anyone know if the new Resolution 4 shoes have the same problem?
     
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    "Wet" tarmac courts? Am I missing something here?
     
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  21. edwincen

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    How is the fit?
     
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  22. Six.one.touring

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    Really interested in this shoe since I am in the market for a lightweight shoe. Looking forward to reviews!
     
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    Quick Review of Asics Speed's

    Fit/Sizing: Great 'out of the box' fit with no break-in period required at all. The width is normal (narrower than the Vapor Tours). It's got quite decent cushioning for a lightweight shoe. All in all these felt like you were wearing socks on the court - amazing! However I must stress that the sizing is off. I normally wear a size 9.5 (or even 10 for some shoes) and for these the 9.5 were noticeably too big so I opted for a size 9 which fit just right. I have had Asics Resolution 2's in the past and those were a 9.5 so this Speed shoe for sure has it's sizing off by 0.5 size.

    Weight: Light light light. Lighter than the Vapors or Resolutions.

    Support: Not bad again for a light shoe. I felt they were more stable laterally than the Vapor Tours and 'almost' as stable as the Resolutions. I tried these and the new Resolution 4's in the store and while the Resolution 4's did feel slightly more stable especially at the heal, these were still decent. Mind you if you're used to a shoe like a Barricade or Ballistics then you'll notice these are not in the same category for support.

    Traction: Seemed just fine. Had no issues at all. In my Vapor Tours I always found I had a bit of slippage the shoe was slightly on edge ... these Speeds didn't suffer from that issue.

    Look: OK - I like classic looking shoes like the Vapor Tours (the 8's and before). I got the green Speeds so not really a color I would normally choose, but you know what - these actually look really cool, especially when worn with white socks. Because they are a very light, minimalist shoe they didn't appear bulky so they look actually fairly clean despite the bright green color.

    Overall: Love love love these shoes! Switching to these from my Vapor Tours. The wide forefoot of the Vapors was giving me blisters / calluses where these Speeds provided a nice snug and comfortable fit. These are also lighter than the Vapors and have better traction.
     
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    Nice gift. Congrats and thanks for the review.
     
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    Is the durability good?
     
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    Hard to say. These just came out so few people have put any significant mileage. But they are a light and 'thin' shoe so I don't have any expectations that these will be durable. But they sure are comfortable to wear.
     
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  27. Six.one.touring

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    Man these shoes are light, at 12.6 oz versus vapor 9s at 14.5. I am now doubting the durability/stability of these shoes severely.
     
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  28. Newbie81

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    After several hours of play on hard court, I have to say that these are great shoes.

    Likes:
    - light-weight
    - fast-feeling shoe
    - glove-like fit (comfort & flexibility)
    - absolutely no break-in required

    Dislikes:
    - none so far

    Perfect shoe for me.

    I have played them side-by-side with my CB 3.3 and Solution Speed win in every category, other than durability and as I play around 4 hours a week I do not expect that to be an issue.
     
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  29. Maui19

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    I just got a pair of the Speeds this evening, and I really like the way they feel on my feet. Good fit, good support and very light and nimble. They feel fast. I'll get them on court tomorrow and see how they run.
     
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    Well they are fast. And comfortable. And supportive. Great traction on clay. I felt quicker than I do in some of my heavy shoes. No blisters, foot or ankle aches.

    I am a fan. I will certainly get another pair when my next pair of shoes starts to fade (probably my Gel Games).
     
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    My Vapor 8 which is also size 8 weighs 340g so a win by 10g for the Speed! :)
     
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    Updated after a few weeks of play

    Just wanted to give a little update on the Asics Speed shoes now that I have about 20+ hrs in them.

    I still LOVE these shoes. They are by far the most comfortable and light shoes I've ever worn. Fit is perfect, stability is surprisingly great for a light shoe and they feel fast! Ventilation is also very good.

    The only issue I'm having with them is some fairly significant wear in the toe area (left foot - I'm a toe dragger). There is quite a bit of material there so they have not worn through - it's not affecting the fit or stability yet as there is still quite a bit material left holding it all together. It's not a major issue yet and on the plus side there is actually quite minimal wear on the sole. I suspect these will still hold together for quite a while despite the toe wear.
     
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    Does anyone know if they rub your ankle like the GR2s and GR3s? That was my only complaint and the reason why I had to send them back. I plastic on the side of the ankle was so stiff in the GR2 and GR3 that it keep rubbing against my ankle.
     
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    How STABLE are these shoes?

    That is the key question with all the lightweight models I have seen. How do they compare with the Nike 2K11s in terms of comfort, weight, and stability?
     
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    I own both shoes - prefer the Speeds considerably over the 2k11's. I had some major heal slippage in the 2k11's. The Speeds are VERY noticeably lighter and more comfortable. Stability - it's not a feature I really put near the top of my list of needs, however the Speeds seem about as stable as the 2k11's and certainly more stable than the Vapor 7/8's. Speeds are certainly amazingly stable for their minuscule weight.
     
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  36. JGads

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    I know exactly what you're talking about and I have good news: the GR4s are not doing that to me like the 3s did. (also forced me to sell them; otherwise they were perfect). I've got maybe 40 hours on the GR4s, no complaints. Had to go a half size down from my usual, though, as TW recommends.

    The Solutions don't have the same ankle claw so that shouldn't be at all an issue of you go with those.
     
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    Have to say these shoes look good and TW review is overwhelmingly positive as well.

    Whats the cushioning like compared to the GR3s?
     
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    These are GREAT shoes.
     
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    Thanks Jgads. So which one do you prefer, the G4s or the Solutions? I am currently using the Prince T22 Mid and only complaint I have is they are a bit clunky but otherwise very comfortable and allows me to play for longer periods of time. I wouldn't mind having a pair of very fast shoes. I had the Propulse 3s and they are really good but the forefoot cushioning was lacking and gave me slightly sore feet if I played longer than a couple of hours.
     
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    GR4s. But I went with the GR4s because I have very wide feet, especially a larger left forefoot that's bigger than my right forefoot... The Gr4 vs. Solution was a battle in my head, and in the store I was first leaning toward the Solutions because I love fast shoes on court, but then when I emulated forehand motions leaning into the shot I realized my left forefoot was actually falling off the edge of the sole within the shoe, sort of spilling over (if that makes sense), whereas the Gr4s were just wide enough to keep my foot cradled...

    A month-plus in, now, and I'm very happy with the GR4s. Awesome shoes. And both the Resolutions and the Speeds offer more cushioning than the Propulses, I think.
     
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    I saw TW video review and most expressed their concerns about the Solutions stability when moving sideways so I will opt for the GR4s and hope that the stupid ankle claw you mentioned doesn't affect me as much as it did with the GR2 and GR3s. I just wished Nike would bring back the Vapor 6s as that was a light, cushioned shoe with great stability but hard outer lining though.
     
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    Resolutions definitely a little more stable than the Speeds. TW review also describes some slipping, which worried me. ... Good choice. I think you'll be happy and hope the claw thing stays away from bothering you as it has for me.
     
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    JGads do you have a pair of Speeds? just curious. Thanks.
     
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    I finally got a chance to try out the Speed Solution and so far, they are good. I still had an issue with the plastic on the side jabbing my ankle a bit but it isn't as bad as the old Gel Resolution 3s which I had to return.

    Decent stability and cushioning, and allows me to get to the ball a bit quicker than my current pair of Prince T22 Mids. It feels more like a running shoe with better lateral stability.
     
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    I have to say that compared to the GR3s, I'm a little bit disappointed with these.

    I set out with high hopes given the crazy high price, and the reasonably positive TW review, and whilst the shoes are soft, light and VERY comfortable, there is less cushioning in the heel compared to the GR3/4s. Your foot also sits lower down into the heel of the shoe compared to the GR3/4s. Your foot overall is slightly closer to the ground, which some may like.

    After several consecutive days of tennis on hard courts, my right heel was aching slightly, not due to the fit but due to repeated impact and not enough cushioning, something I don't get with the GR3s. I don't think there's as much impact resistance with these compared to the GR3s/4s.

    I'm just going to use these as leisure shoes / lighter hitting sessions and stock up on GR3s/4s instead - better outright performance shoe than the Solution Speed in my view.

    As for sizing, they were fairly 'true to size' for me. I take an 9 in a GR3s and a 9 in these, though the size 9 in the Solutions is slightly longer in length and fractionally roomier. The difference seem to be that the GR3s lace up 'tight' and your foot feels completely locked into the shoe (which good for performance), whereas with the Solutions feel slightly longer, slightly roomier / less locked in, softer (particularly the upper and the tongue), and more comfortable.
     
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    They actually felt large like the Asic GR4 so I had to return them for a half size smaller.

    Second day on the court and I realize I still have that plastic jabbing my ankle but because these are the lightest shoe I have ever tried, I hope they soften up soon.

    Cushion wise I felt they were sufficient but I only get to play on the weekends so maybe they are good for everyday use.
     
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    Finally after two weeks of tennis which is four days of play, the shoes have broken it. These are the lightest tennis shoes I have worn and it allows for great movement. Lateral support is decent and cushioning is good not great.

    Two or three hours on the court and that is the max I can wear play tennis in them. The Prince T22 Mids are better for longer time on the court due to better cushioning but I have to give Asic Gels props here.

    They made a shoe as light as a running shoe without sacrificing too much in terms of stability and cushioning. These shoes let you fly on the court.
     
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