New GR6 Outsole Slippery??

#1
Up until recently I've used Nike V9/9.5 almost exclusively... As I've been improving my level I've started to go through shoes (and strings) much much faster, so last summer I bought a pair of GR6 (the white blue and grey) and was very very pleased with them. Lasted me almost an entire summer of playing on hard courts approx 4x a week, comfort was great. For this summer, I bought the black/red pair and was told by my local Canadian retailer that Asics is no longer offering the 6 month durability guarantee, but assured me the support and cushioning of the shoes remained the same.

After playing with my new pair upwards of 10 times, I am shocked as to how differently they feel. I have been slipping and sliding everywhere, and rolled my ankle on the weekend sliding into a wide forehand. I normally slide on the hard courts in a few situations but with this new pair I am feeling extremely unbalanced and uncontrolled. Needless to say I am very unhappy with the purchase.

Anyone else notice a change on the outsole characteristics of this year's GR6? I wonder if it's connected to the fact that they're no longer offering durability guarantee on them, maybe the rubber is harder and thus slicker... Thoughts?
 

DUROC

Professional
#2
I agree a bit.......I've found the issue as well

Could be the denser rubber as you say but I have had issues with my foot sliding at times
 
#3
Is Asics not offering the warranty due to you living in Canada? Not sure why that matters, just curious if where you live/purchase the shoes has something to do with it.

I went through my GR6's and was given a replacement pair last summer. Just ordered another pair and have yet to receive them but the description states they have the 6 month warranty...
 

Dags

Hall of Fame
#4
I'm on my second pair of GR6 shoes. The first were this colour way:



They lasted me for about 12 months (I play mainly on carpet). I'm now on the red/black:



After 5 months, I've worn further through the toe than I did in a year on the previous pair. The sole isn't too bad, but I'm convinced there is a change in the material used.

It's interesting that you mention a rolled ankle; I don't feel as secure in the red ones. I'm using a different insole, and I'd assumed it was that. Maybe there's more to it.
 
#5
Is Asics not offering the warranty due to you living in Canada? Not sure why that matters, just curious if where you live/purchase the shoes has something to do with it.

I went through my GR6's and was given a replacement pair last summer. Just ordered another pair and have yet to receive them but the description states they have the 6 month warranty...
I'm not sure what the reason is. I was told that by a close friend of mine at the retailer, who knows his stuff.

Also, the black/red pair I currently have aren't warranty replacements for the white/blue, they were a new purchase since I used the white/blue during the winter season where I played once a week or less. I brought it up because maybe that is a sign they've changed the composition of the outsole in some way, which may be true in my current ice skating experience wearing them on the court.

I'm on my second pair of GR6 shoes. The first were this colour way:

/bluegreen
They lasted me for about 12 months (I play mainly on carpet). I'm now on the red/black:
/redblack

After 5 months, I've worn further through the toe than I did in a year on the previous pair. The sole isn't too bad, but I'm convinced there is a change in the material used.
It's interesting that you mention a rolled ankle; I don't feel as secure in the red ones. I'm using a different insole, and I'd assumed it was that. Maybe there's more to it.
These are the ones I have now: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Asi...Orange_Mens_Shoes/descpageMSASICS-AGR6BO.html

I consider myself a pretty athletic guy, multi sport background in hockey, basketball, american football, and now tennis... Been pretty lucky and avoided all serious injuries throughout playing those sports, so I have decent court movement and stability since I'm not protecting a weak or injured side. I'm not the type to go absolutely nuts out there and try to slide around like Djokovic with no control or form, but right now I definitely feel like it. Recently hitting with @TennisCanada1 who is a legit 6.0, I think I fell down three times sliding for forehands when I wasn't even trying to do so, when all of our previous sessions I don't think I've fallen down at all since all my slides used to be intentional.
 
#8
I'm on my first pair of GR6's (blue and orange ones), and the sole is definitely harder/slippier than Nike's. With the Nike's, it was no problem to burn through the shoes and collect my free warranty pair. I really doubt it's gonna happen with the GR6's--the sole is barely even worn after 2 months.
 
#9
I'm on my first pair of GR6's (blue and orange ones), and the sole is definitely harder/slippier than Nike's. With the Nike's, it was no problem to burn through the shoes and collect my free warranty pair. I really doubt it's gonna happen with the GR6's--the sole is barely even worn after 2 months.
I burnt through my GR6's faster than my old Nike CB 4.3's. They were pretty durable at first, but once that sole started to break down they went fairly fast. I went though my 1st pair in 5 months, and now I'm going through the replacement pair.
 
#10
My latest shoes in March 16 were there gr5s and they were slick as a wet grease gun. Comfort was fine but said like crazy (when I wasn't expecting) on the hard courts.
I'm on my first pair of GR6's (blue and orange ones), and the sole is definitely harder/slippier than Nike's. With the Nike's, it was no problem to burn through the shoes and collect my free warranty pair. I really doubt it's gonna happen with the GR6's--the sole is barely even worn after 2 months.
I initially thought I just got a bad pair or something, because I liked the first pair so much, and they weren't slippery at all! Played again last night and same thing, sliding all over the place like I was on clay.

Pretty much done with these shoes, has anyone tried the Solution Speed 3's for traction? I basically am looking for anything that has better durability than Nike and won't set me back 2 c-notes. Would be nice to get a pair of CB 4.3's on **** but can't find my size.
 
#11
I also have the same problem too. Traction was great @ first. once all the initial thread is gone, it started to give out on me and I couldn't play confidently. not to mention that the heel collar to the right was lacking, which made it even worst in my experience.
 
#12
I burnt through my GR6's faster than my old Nike CB 4.3's. They were pretty durable at first, but once that sole started to break down they went fairly fast. I went though my 1st pair in 5 months, and now I'm going through the replacement pair.
Got it, yeah, I was using the Cages (not the current version).

I was wondering how much the temperature plays a role. This spring has been cold and rainy, but now we're in the 90s. Court is so much hotter now seems like that might be tougher on the soles but who knows.
 
#13
I've had GR4s, 5s, and now 6s and I've never had a problem with slipping. They've all felt close to the same. The 6's I have are the blue/orange.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
#14
I have the GR6 Black & Neon yellow version. To me, it is the best shoes I have ever tried. I like to skid and make quick turns and stops while playing, and the shoes definitely out performs othrr shoes. The pounding from playing takes toll on my feet, and often I would leqve the courts limping from pain with other shoes I've tried. I thought it was just the way it was going to be for me with foot pains. No more of that with the GR6. The comfort, cushioning and the support is second to none in my opinion.
 
#15
I have gr5 and had slippage issues but only a few times last 5 months or so. But I think I had seen similar issues with other shoes. Quite scary moments though.
 
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#16
Seems like the jury's still out about any change to the outsole. TW still shows 6 month guarantee on their website so I bet my experience has to do with being north of the border.

Last week I picked up a pair of solution speed 2s on the bay for super cheap, so I'll be testing those as soon as I can get through this crazy work week.

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#17
Played with the solution speed 2's for two hours of singles last night. One word - GORGEOUS.

I can't believe the cushioning and level of support in such a light shoe. I paid $65 on the big auction site for this pair, had only been used once according to the seller. Out of the box they looked brand new. Best deal I've ever gotten on shoes I think. If they have better durability than the Vapors according to what the TW reviews say, I have found my new shoe.
 
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