Product Profile: Asics GEL-Resolution 5
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Facts: Asics’ long-time favorite boasts the Trusstic system, which the company says supports the structure of the shoe while reducing the weight of the sole. A form-fitting upper is built to offer comfort without sacrificing support. The PGuard toe protector reinforces the tip of the shoe and safeguards toe draggers, and a "personal heel fit" system lines two layers of memory foam in the collar to mold to your feet, creating a better fit. Men’s sizes are 7-13, 14 and 15; women’s sizes are 5-12.
You might have to crack open a box of crayons to find a broader color palette. The men’s shoe comes in three colorways: black, silver and blue; white, blue and silver; and a flashy yellow, black and silver. The three women’s color choices are: traditional white and silver; pink, black and silver; and black, hot pink and silver. (Click for large, high-resolution images.) Asics backs the GEL-Resolution 5 with a six-month outsole warranty.
Impressions: Asics’ fully-loaded flagship shoe—a popular choice among pros—should suit everyone from the frequent player to someone who simply craves the look. But does its enhanced stability translate to a substantial weight gain? Asics reports that a size 9 men’s shoe weighs 14.3 oz., slightly heavier than the 14.1 oz. GEL-Resolution 4. A size 7 women’s sample weighs 11.3 oz., a bit lighter than last year's model, which came in at 11.7 oz.
Asics has established a reputation for well-constructed, stable, comfortable performance shoes with the GEL-Resolution series, and the 2013 model aims to build on its history. A versatile shoe, the GEL-Resolution 5 is at home on hard or clay courts thanks to traction from a high-abrasion rubber outsole.
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