Progression -- the demise of my Asics Gel Res 3 -- new to 6 months

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  1. corbind

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    I bought some new Asics Gel Resolution 3 shoes back In May '11. I first developed a hole in the left shoe after 26 uses. By 32 uses I was sliding quite a bit on the courts. Finally gave them up after 38 uses to send them in for warranty a few days shy of the 6-month warranty period.

    I love the shoes. Tried on over 20 pairs locally and did not like any of them much since I have been wearing running shoes exclusively for the last decade. I've worn my running shoes, too, for tennis which I think are much more comfortable but suck for lateral movement. Since the rubber is much softer on my running shoes I'd guess those wear down at least twice as fast which is why I finally caved and bought tennis-specific shoes.

    Almost all of this wear is from playing doubles so I'd cringe to think how much faster they'd wear down in singles. Aw, who am I kidding...my body would wear down quicker than the shoes!

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    Below shows the pair after 38 uses when they retired...

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    Below you can also see the significant heel wear. I burned a small hole in the right shoe heel. I know when I serve 'n volley I'm split stepping and stopping heels a lot to change direction....

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    Still wish I knew why I burned up the left shoe much more than the right. I'm a righty but the left shoe is getting more wear. Is there some sort of correlation on your handedness to which shoe gets more wear (if any)?
     
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  2. thefederman

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    that's odd, i'm right handed and i blow through my right shoe quick while my left looks barely used
     
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  3. edwincen

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    what surface you played on?
     
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  4. corbind

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    All 38 times on outdoor hard courts which I'm positive they are asphalt or concrete. The courts ranged from municipal parks, high school and college courts. There is one place I played twice that had a noticeably worn, abrasive court surface. Balls there got destroyed in a few hours.
     
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    I hate those hard courts, and not just because of how shoes and balls get destroyed. Legs (knees, ankles) are grind down just as well. And no, getting your feet off the ground on every shot does not help either.
    I believe this is one of the reasons why tennis is on decline in US. It is just not healthy to play on asphalt/concrete hard courts. Any surface with high friction is not healthy for action sports, or you should use roller shoes like this guy:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPVgcbTH9Cc
     
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  6. Orion

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    I had the GR2 a few years back and the outsole was as slick as a ski on a ski slope after a few months of moderate wear. I was shocked to see some retailers offering 6mo on them cause they wear awful fast and the performance drop off is huge.
     
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  7. corbind

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    Well when new the GR3's are really quite grippy. But I noticed about about 20 uses I was not getting as much grip as I needed at times. By 30 uses I should have retired them because they were quite slick and dangerous.

    We played a bit in light rain and I was sliding quite well. :) Yet I have no problems wearing running shoes because they do slide a little bit or have some give and I actually like that. Better on the knees and ankles. Well ankles only when moving forward or sideways at a slow pace.
     
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    I have used my last pair of Gel Res 2 about 15 times now and it´s a hole in both left and right shoe under the toe... That is N O T O K ! ! !
     
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    I'm righty, wear out the left shoe more also...
     
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  10. corbind

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    Got a picture?
    Wore out in 15 uses playing singles or doubles (or both)?


    I sure wish someone could explain the correlation between more wear on the left or right shoe.
     
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  11. NJ1

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    I'm a righty, and my left instep gets a hole in it before my right too. I also get holes in the outside of both heels. Singles play.

    I'm sure a TT warrior will come along and tell us our footwork is highly defective....
     
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  12. dr325i

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    Do you have the picture (or progression) of the top of the toe box?
    Mine ripped after about 10 uses...
     
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  13. corbind

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    I did not document the top of my shoes in that I was not seeing much wear. Yet after 22 uses there was a nice crack along the (outside) side of the left shoe. It's a vertical crack right where the toes flex...

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    Here's what they look like new. Not the right angle but there are no defects because they had never been worn in this pic...

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  14. samprasbackhand

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    These good enough to send in? I know I can still probably get a couple months left on these shoes (I have about 3 months before the warranty expires) but I just bought another pair of GR3's that I want to start using so I can warranty both pairs. Besides that yellow part near the toe that's showing on my right shoe, I know these shoes probably aren't ready for warranty.
     
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  15. kingofstring

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    I would say it needs a lot more work but I really rip into shoes but minimunm it needs 1 more months.
     
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  16. corbind

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    Sampras, we can't see much with all that sand and dirt on the soles! Could you run a hose over your shoes and take a new pic?

    Is there a hole anywhere through the sole down to the foam inside like mine? If not I doubt you'd be covered under the Asics warranty. Right now you only have wear. ;)
     
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  17. samprasbackhand

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    Alright, I guess I'll wear them hard for another month or so before I get any new ones and take a dirt-free picture when I think they're ready to be sent in.
     
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  18. NJ1

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    For sure do this. Especially since you don't need to worry about your new pair's 6mos warranty as these shoes only seem to last 3-4 months or so.

    corbind- great pics in this thread bud.
     
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