Is the resolution 5 the perfect shoe?

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  1. ls206

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    Is the resolution the perfect shoe for me?

    I have been playing in Barricade 6s for the past couple of years (and the 5s before then). It's a great shoe, I love the support.
    However... I recently bought a pair of Asics challenger 8s and was amazed at the comfort, I didn't realise quite how bad the comfort of the barricades were.

    I like the asics more in every way apart from the stability, I found my ankles were a little sore after playing. I feel like it's the flexier upper or the narrower toe box that is causing the loss of stability.

    Anyway, I really want to ditch the barricades because I think I will loose a nail soon from the joe jamming. Are the Asics resolutions the answer for the challenger like confort but with the barricade support and stability?
     
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  2. Lukhas

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    I'd like to tell you the perfect tennis shoe exists, but I'd be a liar. :)

    Well, I don't think there's a shoe with as much stability as the Barricade. Notably because such stability is partly because of the weight and bulk of the shoe. And the Gel Resolution is much lighter. Although only 0.3 ounces lighter than the Barricades 8. At least they feel lighter. However, the addition of the 6 month guarantee is much welcome on the Asics since they're not ultra durable like the B7/8 or CBs 4.3, or even the AMC. If you are lover of the Challengers, the Gel Resolution are definitely worth a try. Comfort with better durability. On that list you can add the Lotto Ultra Raptor IV for example.

    So no, they're not as stable as a pair of good old Barricades, but they are stable enough, and most likely more than the Challenger.
     
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  4. WhiteStripes

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    Have worn both the Barricade 7 and GR5 extensively. I agree with Andy in the TW Review that the upper in the GR5s get soft pretty fast and seem to lose lateral support over time. I've had to constantly re-lace my shoes to get a snug fit. That said, the GR5s feel much more comfortable, breathable, and more lightweight/fast than the Barricades. They are also a little bit wider than the Barricades, especially the 6 which is very narrow in my opinion. Just doesn't have quite the lateral stability and durability as a Barricade in my opinion. Actually, the durability is downright terrible since I blew through the outsole in about 2 months, although thankfully it comes with a 6 month guarantee. For me, the Vapor 9s are the perfect blend of performance / comfort. Just sucks that the durability is very poor.
     
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  5. Lukhas

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    ^2 months doesn't tell much. How many hours a week on average would be closer.

    Personally, I think I'm going to switch from my AMC.
     
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  6. WhiteStripes

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    2 months at 2-3 hours per week. By comparison, my Barricade 7s lasted 5 months, about the same with my prior Nike CBs.
     
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  7. dflores

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    Yes! if you are an elve.
     
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    Elf....dummy!
     
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  9. Lukhas

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    Except that the CBs and especially the Barricades are the most durable shoes out there by a landslide. So it's not surprising at all IMO.
     
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  10. fuzz nation

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    The perfect shoe?... Only if they fit your feet right.

    The Asics Gel Game is a more perfect shoe for my rather narrow, somewhat flat feet compared with the Gel Resolution. It's lower profile lets my foot ride closer to the ground - that gives me better stability and feel for the surface under my feet than the GR's, which are more "built up" under the heels. The GR's give me a similar soreness in my feet and ankles that I don't get with the Games.

    The Gel Games are significantly lighter and they also give me very good ankle alignment without any after-market orthodic thrown in. That means more happy ankles and also very even wear across the soles... and THAT means better durability... for me.

    As for the cost, there's no contest. Pay attention to the ankle alignment that you get with any set of shoes you try out. If they set good 'n neutral, that should help your ankles help you without getting terribly sore. I'm convinced that this is at least as important for foot and ankle comfort as "good cushioning".
     
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    Fuzz nation, I see what you're saying and the low to the ground style leading to stability definitely makes sense. It means you're never fighting with the thick sole to prevent it from rolling over.

    Lukhas - thanks for the recommendations, the raptor might be worth trying as it seems to mix the low profile fuzz nation mentioned with a supportive upper. The Wilson rush looks to fall into that category too.
     
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  12. TroutSc

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    I thought the gr5 was slightly more comfortable than the gr4, plus they do not have the pointy toe look. My gr5s only lasted a few months, mine got a hole under my big toe. My gr4s did the same but not as fast as the 5s. When I sent my 5s back, I bought a pair of cb 4.3s and they are not quite as comfortable but they seem like they will outlast the gr4 and gr5 so far, very durable. The Asics I sent back were the black/blue colors but for some reason Asics sent me a new pair of white gr5s. My local shop let me swap white gr5s for a pair of Nike vapor 9s. I don't expect them to last very long but WOW, they sure felt good on my feet in the store.
     
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    No quibbles with the performance of the GR5s - the fit, comfort, stability, speed etc is great - but I am slightly disappointed with its sole durability.

    I've had mine for about 2-3 months now with 8-10 hours a week of use and the right shoe has worn through the outer rubber skin of the sole and into the first inner layer beneath the toe area of the sole. Not worn all the way through but I can't see this lasting another 3 months. Lets water in now. My GR3s weren't this bad.

    http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l528/TorresNo9/CameraZOOM-20130708234451049_zps4eda83f0.jpg

    A bit annoyed because I bought them from a retail shop and didn't keep the receipt so its difficult to take advantage of the Asics 6 months durability guarantee.
     
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    Two weeks ago, I bought two pair, one hard court sole and one soft court sole. So far, so good. I've been playing 5 days a week. Coming off the Prince T24, the GR5 is not quite as cushioned, but is much lower to the ground in fit and the heel cushioning is quite good.
     
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    Very close, but unfortunately not the perfect shoe unless you are one of the following: 1. You're a pro who gets a new pair each match 2. You are very easy on shoes 3. You don't play on h/c.

    Received a pair from Asics to replace my GR4s under sole warranty. The fit, comfort, stability, grip, ventilation, cushioning, support and styling of these shoes is top notch, but the upper's inner foot drag guard ("P-Guard") is too small and weak. Tore a hole in the first two hours and at 6 hours have had to retire them for use on carpet which I only play when in Europe a couple of times a year.

    If they fixed the drag guard (which was also poor on previous iterations of this shoe) then they'd be all I wore but, as it is, I'll stick to the B7 as my go-to tennis shoe. Shame, as Asics almost have the perfect shoe in the GR5.
     
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  16. agentplaid

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    I only have a couple of sets in my GR5s but so far very happy with them. I wore Barricade 2s for the longest time and then went to New Balance. I tried Nike and Prince before settling on the Asics, the others felt very narrow on the foot. I guess I'll get to see how the sole holds up!
     
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  17. Rozroz

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    are the Barricades 8 as light as the GR's ?
     
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    Well, I have aggravated my hamstring wearing the GR5's. I have not had any issues like this in quite a while. I think they ride too low for me in the heel. A physician I play with recommended I buy a heel insert. Anyone have any experience?

    I'm kind of scared of them now. And, my dumb***** bought two pair, one for hard and one for clay. Que sera....
     
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  19. ArliHawk

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    Not sure about the Resolution 5, but I am using the noosa 4s from here, and they are my favorite shoes. To me, they split the difference between Vapors and Ballistecs. I am a fan, and will go with the 5s if the Noosas are gone by the time I need to warranty them.
     
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    For good reason, the GR5 is probably a favorite for a lot of people. I've played a lot in the GR4, GR5, GSS and V9. IMHO, the GSS and V9 are the best. But, I'm rotate enough pairs that durability is not a primary concern for me. For those people looking for durability, I'm sure the GR5 would be more appealing.

    The GR5 is good but far from being the perfect shoe, IMO. Personally, I like the GR4 better because it's more flexible and feels faster.

    V9=GSS>GR4>GR5>4.3>B7
     
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    AB6 vs AGr4

     
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    I'm thinking about switching from the vapor 9s to the resolution 5s when the 9s wear out but not sure yet.
     
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  23. lightthestorm

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    I love the Gel Resolution 5. Real comfortable, stable, and light too. I had 2 pairs of Resolution 4s which were really nice (Black/Green and TW colorway)... but the 5s are even better.
     
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    Currently use the 4s, but will replace with 5s when they wear out. Did you find that you had to size down in the 5 as well or did you order your normal size? Seems to be a mixed verdict on this.
     
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    Which CBs?
     
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    I went down a 1/2 size in GR4s, wear my usual size in GR5s.
     
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    I honestly found the 4s to fit true to size, 5s a little tighter but not enough to go up half size.
     
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  28. rafafan20

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    the speed solution is the perfect shoe
     
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    I have owned both the 4 and 5. GR5 is more cushy and has deeper tread on the sole. However, I wore through the 5 soles in 6 weeks compared to an average of 8 weeks for the several pairs of GR4 I used last year. At least Asics is great at honoring the 6 month warranty.

    Both the GR4 and GR5 are the best tennis shoes for comfort and support that I have used in my 4 decades of playing tennis.
     
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  30. Lukhas

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    The "x.3" series, why?
     
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    can you please explain why?
     
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    I think the weight of the shoe mixed with the comfort and stability is second to none. I have very flat feet yet they still provide me with tons of comfort and support (they don't roll over) while still being very light. Also the durability is pretty decent.
     
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    Do the GR5s compensate better for wide or narrow feet?
     
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    I did also take a long hard look at the solution speeds. How would you compare the support to other shoes you've worn?
     
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    Better than the Prince 22 and the Nike Air Max Cage. A little less beef than the 4.3s but my foot feels just as firm to be honest.
     
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    wearing the asics with ankle supports is nirvana
     
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    Nike CBs 4.3 give you the best overall performance(comfort, speed, traction, ventilation, durability, warranty).
     
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