Asics saved my life (tennis wise)

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  1. christo

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    Sounds far fetched but I had bursitis in my right foot and achilles tendinitis in my left foot and I just couldn't move. My matches were chess games where I didn't want to sprint or plant otherwise something might pop. I had 3 pairs of Nike Breathe Free's and a pair of Vapor's but the pain was constant. A friend suggested I try Asics and so I did. Hallelujah!
    The best tennis shoe ever, so supportive and comfortable. I can turn on a dime and am pain free.Too bad I di:)dn't find them years ago
     
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  2. rader023

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    I agree. I have knee problems and achilles tendinitis and these shoes minimize both more than any other shoe in any sport I have used. Currently using GR4s.
     
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  3. West Coast Ace

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    You have good friends. That is cool that you can play pain free. Of course, no more excuses! :)
     
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  4. luisdepaula2001

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    I agree too, went from Barricade 5 to GR4 and wow what a difference, it feels like I'm bare foot.
     
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  5. Chotobaka

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    Do the Gel Resolutions still run narrow in the toe box and forefoot? I also have found the Barricade V's to be really lacking comfort compared to my current shoes (T22's). I've always wanted to be able to wear G4's due to the plush ride, but previous incarnations were just too narrow.
     
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  6. cknobman

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    Do Asics have a wide or narrow fit?

    Asking because my right foot has a bunionette which is really painful if I put on anything other than a wide fitting shoe.
     
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    ^ Neither. Generally, a medium fit. I have a wide(ish) foot but the GR3s and GR4s fit fine (though the GR4s are fractionally narrow and fractionally longer). If you're bunionated, best to stay with a softer, wider, comfort orientated shoe eg. the older K-Swiss / 4 stripe style shoe.

    ^^ Don't know about the GR1s or GR2s but I've never considered GR3s or GR4s to have a narrow toebox. For toe strangling toebox, look no further than the Nike CB2.3s, which apart from the toebox would be a great shoe.
     
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    While I didn't have any injuries, my Barricades didn't provide enough toe support, resulting in callouses on the bottoms of my toes.

    The GR4's are much more comfortable and have more cushioning. I can actually walk without discomfort after a long playing session.
     
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  9. rader023

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    I have wide feet towards the toebox and they work fine, I ordered normal size instead of TW's recommended half size smaller though. They might be a little long to be perfect, but the comfort and playability more than make up for that. I should mention that I also wear Nike Elite socks as well, so those help to cushion my ride even further!
     
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  10. SamSung

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    Glad to hear you found a shoe that helps but, speaking as someone with both achilles tendinitis (right side) and bursar trouble in both feet there is nothing more beneficial than custom-made orthotics plus an ASO ankle brace. Are you using either of those things?
     
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  11. SoCalJay

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    How is the durability for the GR4's? Any better than Babolat ProPulse or Prince T22?
     
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  12. usta2050

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    Thanks Christo! I'll ditch my Nike Ballestics soon.
     
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  13. Chotobaka

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    Thanks! Just the info I needed to give these a try.
     
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  14. stapletonj

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    I love my GR4s and they seem to be wearing OK

    I have right knee probs and they seem to help quite a bit.
     
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    I agree about the Gel Resolution 4. Fortunately, I dont have any knee or ankle problems. But, I am still digging the red/black GR4s that I picked up last week. I've been playing in Vapor 9s all summer and wanted a change.

    I'm not a fan of the earlier colorways (esp. the grey/orange version - yuck). I wish they would bring back the hornet-looking yellow/black colorway.
     
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    My first pairs of 'proper' tennis shoes were Zoom Breath 2K11s (custom colour through NikeID) and I bought then just as I started to play several times per week. I developed a soreness in my left tendon, which I thought was from my sudden increase in activity. I could barely walk after my 10 minute drive home.

    I wore these until they wore through; about 3 months or so. My coach suggested I try a different pair of shoes which I thought was ridiculous but I gave it a shot and got some Prince T22s. The after match pain disappeared completely! I still get a little sore after a long session, but I'd say it's 97% better.

    There didn't seem to be anything wrong with the 2K11s, in fact I'd say they were the most slipper-like runner I've ever worn. I'm still rolling with my T22s and they're great, albeit a bit heavy.
     
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    Vapor 9 killed my knees how people say the comfort is great is beyond me. Asics are heaven for bad knees. The G4 is a great sneaker light enough yet comfortable. The colors are weird
     
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  18. siata94

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    the only time I tried the GR I couldn't get used to the low lacing system, as if the top lace holes are missing on any other pair of shoes. I always lace pretty taut so that really bothered me, they felt very loose no matter how tightly laced. Has that changed any? I'm currently on my 5th or so pair of T22s and thought they were THE shoes for me but the last pair gave me huge problems from new, feet/knees/back felt it the next day, could barely walk. Alternated w/ the Prince MSV and no pains whatsoever. Did that for dozens of times before I was convinced that the T22s were the problem. I still have one more pair of T22s unused.
     
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    At first I was pulling at my GR4 laces like crazy as they wouldn't go anywhere near as tight as my 3.3s but now i prefer the slightly looser feel.
     
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  20. RackofSlamb

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    GR4 is a Godsend. Completely destroyed my toe nails in my regular sneakers before I bought these. I got those awesomely obnoxious neon colored ones from TW too. To answer the size question, I feel like Asics gives you an option for a wide or narrow shoe when you buy them if I am not mistaken. Its a great tennis shoe and I definitely played better in them.
     
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  21. Jack the Hack

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    Count me in as a fan of the Asic Gel Resolution 3 & 4!

    I had similar issues with achilles and knee pain when using the Nike Breathe Free II. Switched to the Vapors (version 5 or 6) and these issues went away. However, Nike changed the Vapor design and I started having problems again. I went shoe hunting and discovered the Asics GR3. Fantastic shoe, and I'm pain free again. I've got a couple pair of GR4s now, and haven't had any problems... they're perfect for my foot!
     
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  22. christo

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    Thanks for the responses fellow GR4 lovers, I am still pinching myself that these shoes are so comfortable, 3 months ago I thought my singles days were numbered due to all the aches and pains every time I played. Today I went flat out for 2 tough sets of singles after not having played for a week and my feet still feel pain free (and no I don't work for Asics) I don't know how they do it but I am totally drinking the Kool-Aid!:)
     
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  23. SoBad

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    I was at the qualies on Wednesday and half the players were in ASICS.
     
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  24. adamX012

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    Yes, it saves mine too. Love it.
     
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  25. CheekyMullet

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    How about the plastic heel support. Anyone else had problems with it carving into the bone?
     
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  26. rader023

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    No I have not had any discomfort from the plastic heel support.
     
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  27. catfish

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    I was a big fan of the GR3. I went through 4 or 5 pairs of those and never had any problems with Plantar Fasciitis. I recently bought a pair of the GR4's, and much to my dismay I have developed PF. The GR4's are so comfortable and flexible. Anyone else have this problem?
     
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  28. TroutSc

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    I feel like the upper outside portion digs in by the toebox...and I have fairly narrow feet. My wife and i both have GR4s and plan on trying something else soon.
     
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  29. spoonmugen

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    asics ... proper company that invests heavily in r&d... not like the other swoosh company that is about marketing and copying whats in :p

    they are the only shoes i run in...
    i'm ok with vapors (comfort and style wise) so i wont be switching thou...
     
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