A waste of 170$

1st Seed

Professional
For those of you who are debating on purchasing a pair of Asics GR2's know this.The durability is about a 4 out of 10.Just grabbed a pair last month and after say 10 hours on the court I can see a little hole developing around the toe part of the sole.Could'nt believe my eyes.Pissed of is even the word to describe how I feel.I'm going to try anyways and contact Asics tomorrow and explain the situation.I doubt they will do anything, witch leaves me with a pair of 170$ shoes that are useless on the court.They were awesome while they lasted but come on 10 sessions and a hole,Brutal.This was and will be my last pair of Asics even though they were probably the most comfortable shoe since the RBK match day pumps.For those of you who can afford them better not trag you're feet.Been shakin my head since I got in.Usually I stick with warranty shoes only, but with the reviews these kicks get I had to get them witch now I'm regreting.It sucks to be me.:cry:
 

1st Seed

Professional
Toronto, Canada My friend taxes included.Most costly kicks i've bought in a long time thought they would be worth it.
 

samster

Hall of Fame
I see. That is expensive then. The Asics are not known for durability. But still, I can see where you are coming from.

Sorry to hear that the durability is not up to your expectations.
 
You have to be careful with some performance shoes. The trade off of a low ride, less weight and a more cushioned feel (sometimes because of a less hard rubber outsole, not due to just more internal cushioning) will be less durability. I remember being disappointed in some Nike models in the past, and then going back and seeing that they were known as "tournament shoes" rather than training or practice shoes. I came to like the BII's, but last summer switched over to the Gel Resolutions because of their outstanding comfort, and I am not a toe dragger. For me, the greater comfort is more important than a little better durability. I have seen some very favorable reports in recent posts that the Barricade V's are more comfortable than the BII's. Here's a link to the BV review:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/AB5SB/AB5SBReview.html
 

In)SpiRe

Professional
Yea, I'm getting them for >$90, that sucks to hear. I'm having similar experiences to you though, the feel and comfort is amazing, but I haven't had too much time on the court to comment on durability. Overall, the best shoes I've had, hope the durability lasts though, but at >$90 a pair, I'm not losing too much.
 

1st Seed

Professional
Not sure if there will be a next time.I rotated them in with three other shoes last three months PP'2s,KFS pumps,Vapor V's and these were the newest of them all. Pitty
Thanks Dr bimmer for the offer.
 

samster

Hall of Fame
For me, the comfort, traction, and stability of the Asics are worth it despite the average or even subpar durability of the outsoles. I prefer to be pain-free than to have a durable shoes that cause pain.
 

Xtreme

Rookie
the durability is indeed terrible on the AGR2. They are more of a game day shoe than a practice shoe for me.
 

IceNineTX

Semi-Pro
My wife loves them, but the only lasted a few weeks. She plays 2 matches a week and drills/lessons 3 days a week. The original GRs at least lasted a couple of months.
 

jrod

Hall of Fame
BII's ~ 3*GR's Durability

The poor durability of GR's is well established. The tradeoff is sacrificed durability for the best comfort in a high performance shoe. I used to wear BII's but opted for the softer ride of GR's. The only thing sacrificed was durability: the GR's durability is about 1/3 of the BII's.
 

auzzieizm

Semi-Pro
I have not had an issue with durability, but after having the first generations of both Resolutions and Challengers and then getting the Challenger II's, I am having serious issues with the stiffness of the uppers. Resolution I's are the best shoes I have ever played tennis in. The Challengers are causing me too much foot discomfort and are getting returned. I am sure they will loosen up eventually, but I couldn't even put them on the day after I played in them.
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
I've noticed this too, really comfortable but I chewed through my GR1s. Nike Vapours are pretty soft also I've found. I've got the Cage2s at the moment and so far so good.
 

1st Seed

Professional
I was just about to write a review on these,figured I'dd wait a few weeks to give it.Well they will be great now for long walks in the park.Going to post some pics to show you guys, still look brand new too.
 

stician

Semi-Pro
For those of you who are debating on purchasing a pair of Asics GR2's know this.The durability is about a 4 out of 10.Just grabbed a pair last month and after say 10 hours on the court I can see a little hole developing around the toe part of the sole.Could'nt believe my eyes.Pissed of is even the word to describe how I feel.I'm going to try anyways and contact Asics tomorrow and explain the situation.I doubt they will do anything, witch leaves me with a pair of 170$ shoes that are useless on the court.They were awesome while they lasted but come on 10 sessions and a hole,Brutal.This was and will be my last pair of Asics even though they were probably the most comfortable shoe since the RBK match day pumps.For those of you who can afford them better not trag you're feet.Been shakin my head since I got in.Usually I stick with warranty shoes only, but with the reviews these kicks get I had to get them witch now I'm regreting.It sucks to be me.:cry:

sounds like you drag your toes on hard courts. asics gel resolution 2 has the same sole as the first versions. they are not known for its durability but cushioning, feather weight and great traction are definitely its strengths.
 

1st Seed

Professional
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Hope this works.First time trying this
This pick is less than 10 hours on court.Next pair I'll treat like butterExactly what the soles are made out of.

Called Asics today, explained to the nice French lady that I picked these up on March 5th.She then told me to return them to the store I picked them up at and for them to be sent back witch I did.Also told me to tell the store clerk if there's any problems for him to contact her directly.The store clerk than tells me again that there is no warranty but he will send them back anyways.I'll see how this all pans out and keep you guys posted.Asics said it's 99% that they will be exchanged.

Soon see, turnaround time should be less than two weeks.
 
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Caloi

Semi-Pro
That is a little discouraging since mine will be here on Thursday. I did buy them from the supplier that is offering a warranty though. Yours looks like it tore a little and in one toe drag pulled, or ripped a piece out.

Keep us informed to what happens!
 

1st Seed

Professional
If you were to press directly at that hole spot you can feel the big toe.Real soft soles
Hopefully this just might not be a total waste of cash.
 
I have the same problem with mine, except much worse. I have had mine for about 3 weeks, and i have worn completely through the sole and there is a huge hole.. Despite the durability being terrible i love the shoe.

$170? thats outrageous. Where did you buy from?
 

goober

Legend
IMO there is a huge law of diminishing returns for tennis shoes. Once you get past a certain price point the amount you get in return for spending more money is very little. After that you are paying for hype, marketing and the need for having to have the latest (but not necessarily the greatest). I think that price point is pretty low- $50-60. I got my BIIs and BF2s both for less than $50. I think they hold up well against any current shoe. $170 for a shoe seems outrageous to me.
 

Racer41c

Professional
This won't make you feel any better. I've been playing with a pair of Gel Res' since the end of November. Playing a mininum of 2x per week outdoors, that would be at least 70 hours of court time and they're still holding up well. I have another new pair in the box, but I'm guessing they'll be in there for another 3 weeks or so.

Sorry, but I love these shoes, they're the best bang for the buck because they Perform as long as they do, and they even wear evenly (which my other favorite shoe Yonex does not).
 

Tennis_Wiz

New User
Nooo way did u buy those shoes for $170

I live in vancouver, canada and the shoe prices are pretty much the same between US and Canada...except for the currency and even then....170$
JOKE.
 

SteveI

Legend
For me, the comfort, traction, and stability of the Asics are worth it despite the average or even subpar durability of the outsoles. I prefer to be pain-free than to have a durable shoes that cause pain.

I am with Samster...paying for pain-free and performace gets my vote every time.
 

armsty

Hall of Fame
My mate that coaches with me doesn't even do much more than walk around with his shoes, maybe did about 5-6 hours of serious hitting wearing his new balance shoes and they had holes at the toes on both feet. I wear a pair of nike's i've had for almost 12 months and I toe drag on serve and there's no visible wear on them...

Inside is a different story :
 

samster

Hall of Fame
I am with Samster...paying for pain-free and performace gets my vote every time.

Thanks SteveI. Because shoes that cause me pain or discomfort will just end up sitting in the garage and get no use; that is not cost-effective either. I too have noticed the toe area of the Resolutions does wear down fairly quickly.

I have 3 pairs of the Gel Resolution I and 2 pairs of the Gel Resolution II. The Gel Resolution II felt to have more support (stiffer feeling) in the heel and forefoot area. The comfort of the original Gel Resolution I is unparalleled.
 

1st Seed

Professional
149.99 plus taxes

Nooo way did u buy those shoes for $170

I live in vancouver, canada and the shoe prices are pretty much the same between US and Canada...except for the currency and even then....170$
JOKE.

In Toronto at any of the top Tennis stores the MSRP is 149.99$ thats before taxes.when you get a chance check them out Total was 170 bones do the math.

My Babolot PP2's cost me 158.19$ total
139.99$ before taxes, you pay top dollar for high end tennis shoes up here.Wish I was in Florida I'dd move next door to T.W.
 
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1st Seed

Professional
Small today, huge tomorrow

Seems like a very small hole to me.
thought it was going to be bigger.

Max there's no point in playing in them any longer the next session would have made a 1" hole.Might as well return them.
 

Il Mostro

Banned
I have the same problem with mine, except much worse. I have had mine for about 3 weeks, and i have worn completely through the sole and there is a huge hole.. Despite the durability being terrible i love the shoe.

$170? thats outrageous. Where did you buy from?

Canadian $. He's in Toronto. Reminds me of the recent Top Gear episode where Clarkson and company were each given *$1 million Dong* to purchase vehicles for a trip running pretty much the length of Vietnam. They were besides themselves with excitement. Turns out it was only $1,000.00 and all they could afford were used scooters and motorcycles. Hilarious show.
 

gocard

Semi-Pro
Wow that's unfortunate. My GR1's held up well over 10 months before I started wearing through the toe area. The heel area is still fine for me even though the treads are pretty much gone. Traction is still top notch for me though. I hope ASICS will replace your shoe. Even though they don't have a durability guarantee, I don't think they expected someone to go through the shoe that quickly. Good luck.
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
For those of you who are debating on purchasing a pair of Asics GR2's know this.The durability is about a 4 out of 10.Just grabbed a pair last month and after say 10 hours on the court I can see a little hole developing around the toe part of the sole.Could'nt believe my eyes.Pissed of is even the word to describe how I feel.I'm going to try anyways and contact Asics tomorrow and explain the situation.I doubt they will do anything, witch leaves me with a pair of 170$ shoes that are useless on the court.They were awesome while they lasted but come on 10 sessions and a hole,Brutal.This was and will be my last pair of Asics even though they were probably the most comfortable shoe since the RBK match day pumps.For those of you who can afford them better not trag you're feet.Been shakin my head since I got in.Usually I stick with warranty shoes only, but with the reviews these kicks get I had to get them witch now I'm regreting.It sucks to be me.:cry:

Pics please! :)

Oops! Just saw the pic... NM.
 

TheShaun

Hall of Fame
Nooo way did u buy those shoes for $170

I live in vancouver, canada and the shoe prices are pretty much the same between US and Canada...except for the currency and even then....170$
JOKE.

the only guy i know of who sells GR2 in vancouver told me they were going to be $179, this was before they were released. i don't know what he sells them for now. but when he told me that, the look on my face probably told him what he could do with his shoes. i can't imagine ever buying any tennis equipment in canada ever again... except for balls, which can be purchased from walmart, wilson us open.
 

SteveI

Legend
Thanks SteveI. Because shoes that cause me pain or discomfort will just end up sitting in the garage and get no use; that is not cost-effective either. I too have noticed the toe area of the Resolutions does wear down fairly quickly.

I have 3 pairs of the Gel Resolution I and 2 pairs of the Gel Resolution II. The Gel Resolution II felt to have more support (stiffer feeling) in the heel and forefoot area. The comfort of the original Gel Resolution I is unparalleled.

Not being cost effective is a major issue. In addition, the selection of poor footwear (mismatched for your body, game) can cause back, knee, hip, etc issues. This can limit your quality court time and experince/fun. Good, fresh, shoes are one of the keys to a long run (sorry..LOL) on the courts. Take it from a player with knee and back issues. Get good shoes and do not wear them when they are worn out.

Two things come to mind. In tennis, the strings are contacting the ball and your shoes are contacting the court.
 
Durability seems find to me. In that pic the traction is pretty worn down. In fact the sole is completely bald in certain places. It's not as if a hole just suddenly appeared. If that happens to you in 10 hours then you must drag your feet a lot.
 

MagPro

Semi-Pro
I only use mine in matches. I normally wear Barricade Vs for practice/drills. I also have a pair of CageIIs that I throw in there at random. Is this bad?
 

Caloi

Semi-Pro
I only use mine in matches. I normally wear Barricade Vs for practice/drills. I also have a pair of CageIIs that I throw in there at random. Is this bad?

Why would it be bad? I'm going to use my Cage 2's as long as I can mostly for during the week and my lunch time rendezvous with fellow tennis geeks I work with. My resolutions will be for actual matches. What's frustrating is that my uppers on my Cages are probably still an 8.5/10. I may be lucky to have a month on the tread. Too bad we can't a retread like truck tires. :p
 

matt.jc

Rookie
In Toronto at any of the top Tennis stores the MSRP is 149.99$ thats before taxes.when you get a chance check them out Total was 170 bones do the math.

My Babolot PP2's cost me 158.19$ total
139.99$ before taxes, you pay top dollar for high end tennis shoes up here.Wish I was in Florida I'dd move next door to T.W.
I live in Canada and my GR2s were like 158 or around there including shipping and taxes, there's only one store in Canada I find that has decent prices.
 
I was actually planning on getting them, they seemed to feel very light, while having good support and cusioning when I tried them on.
 
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