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Asics Gel Resolution 8 Review

Developed with the input of Gaël Monfils, are the new Gel Resolution 8 the ultimate baseliners tennis shoe?

Back in November last year I reviewed the latest Asics Court FF 2 shoes, and since then they've been my tennis shoe of choice replacing a pair of Asics Gel Resolution 7's I was using.

However, in December Asics launched the Gel Resolution 8 shoe with a few new features and I had to give them a try.

I was a massive fan of the previous Gel Resolution iteration as they're an extremely durable tennis shoe while still providing excellent levels of comfort.

That's not an easy feat and one of the reasons I never really liked they Adidas Barricade line. While they lasted far longer than something like Nike Vapor's, I could never get to grips with how uncomfortable they were, and after playing a few sets, you couldn't wait to take them off.

That was never the case with the Gel Resolutions as while they were quite bulky when they were on, they felt lightweight and fit my feet nicely.

So how do the new Asics Gel Resolution 8 shoes perform and does the new Dynawall feature make them a marked improvement compared to the 7s? Let's take a look.

About the Asics Gel Resolution 8 Line

Asics Gel Resolution 8 Red

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Shoes are very important, I need to trust them and the first thing I look for in tennis shoes is stability – stability and comfort. It’s no secret that I am an extreme mover on the court, and with these shoes, I feel confident and balanced to return any shot. I've been putting GEL-RESOLUTION 8 to the test and the stability and grip is unreal, no doubt ASICS has exceeded my expectations again. Gael Monfils on his new Gel Resolution 8 Tennis Shoes

The Gel Resolution is one of the most popular tennis shoes ever made. Several pros wear them like Gael Monfils, Johanna Konta, Fabio Fognini and formerly Novak Djokovic before he switched to the Asics Court FF 2.

Those of you who are eagle-eyed will also have seen Tennys Sandgren sporting a pair of them when he nearly took out Federer at the Australian Open although I'm unsure if he's a sponsored player. 

You'll also see them all over the Futures and Challenger circuit, and that is one of the things I like about Asics. Hundreds of pros are choosing to wear them. We all know the big stars have endorsement deals, but the fact that lower-ranked and up and coming players who don't have that luxury are choosing Asics shoes out of their own pocket is testament to their performance as a tennis shoe.

The Gel Resolution line has historically been the brand's durable shoe with one of the best toe guards around for players who drag their feet on the pinpoint serve or on certain shots. The Gel Resolution 8 maintains that durability/stability angle but also brings in some new features to increase comfort.

Asics Gel Resolution 8 New Features Asics Gel Resolution Tennis Shoes

The first new addition is a feature one Asics calls DYNAWALL, and you can see it on the picture above. The Dynawall sits under the midfoot and is designed to blend stability and flexibility.

It's done by using a solid piece of TPU that acts as a brace so when a player hits the brakes to change direction, the upper part of the shoe stays over the midsole, preventing the chance of slippage or rolling an ankle.

The next new feature is DYNAWRAP which is essentially some thicker textile pieces in the lacing system that cradle the foot when pulled tight.

Compared to the Gel Resolution 7, the upper has also had a redesign with a new PU star-like pattern, done to increase the flexibility of the shoe. 

The last change is the new outsole pattern, which according to testing at the Institute of Sport Science, produces 7.2% more dynamic braking force than its predecessor the Gel Resolution 7.

Ultimately the GEL-RESOLUTION 8 tennis shoe reflects ASICS’ commitment to understanding the mechanics of tennis. In contrast to running, which is principally about moving in straight lines, tennis involves a lot of different movements. It’s our job to focus on those, and every new release takes that to the next level. We’ve been selling tennis shoes since 1952, and as playing styles have evolved and become more physical – from the pro ranks right down to youth tennis – our shoes have adapted to meet those requirements. Tatsuya Ishikawa, Lead Researcher with the ISS Footwear Function Development

That's the marketing stuff out of the way, how do they perform on the court?

Testing Out The Asics Gel Resolution 8 Tennis Shoes

Asics Gel Resolution 8 Indoors

I tested the Asics Gel Resolution 8's on an indoor hard court over several hitting sessions that started with a general warmup and progressed to playing competitive 10 point tie breaks.

Initial Impressions

Gel Resolution Impressions

After taking the shoes out of the box, my first impressions of the shoe were that it looked decent. It felt lightweight, well made, a good colour combo with red and blue, and the PU upper felt very soft and flexible. More so than the Court FF 2 which has a more stiffer plastic feel to it as it's a bit like a shell that surrounds the mono sock.

I think purely on design; I prefer the design of the Court FF 2 as it's unique with that internal mono sock, but the Gel Resolution 8 will probably appeal to more players. Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments.

Comfort

First Play Gel Resolution 8

I have fairly wide feet, but getting the Gel Resolution 8's on was no problem and once laced up my feet felt snug. That was expected given I've worn the Gel Resolution 7's previously with no issues and for me, they fit true to size.

However, for those worried about width, Asics offers the Gel Resolution 8 in a wider width option which is an excellent addition. 

Other than trying the shoes on when I got them, I gave them zero break-in before taking to the court, and I had no issues whatsoever after an initial 90-minute indoor session — no pain, blisters or wanting to take them off ASAP.

The new lacing feature that Asics call DYNAWRAP seems to work too as they work against each other when you pull on the laces to give a very snug feeling.

Of course, it's got a silly name as it's essentially just thicker pieces of fabric that cinch the shoe together, but I have a feeling this will be useful for players with thinner feet who need to lace up their shoe ultra-tight to get that feeling their foot is secure.

Compared to the Gel Resolution 7's the comfort has jumped up a notch and I feel that there's more cushioning and room in the forefoot area as the toe box is slightly more rounded. 

FlyteFoam is still there in the midsole along with the GEL cushioning in the rear and forefoot areas which do an excellent job for cushioning, and you get a springy feeling when split stepping and pushing off on the return.

Stability

Gel Resolution 8 Stability

The Gel Resolution 8's have been designed with the help of Gael Monfils who is one of the most athletic players out there.

The Frenchman is constantly sliding, changing direction and moving explosively so if the shoes provide stability for him, it's safe to assume that for a club player like me then there's going to be zero problems.

One criticism a lot of customers had of the Resolution 7's was that it sometimes felt like their foot was bulging over the side of the outsole during quick direction changes. However, with the new DYNAWALL which solidifies the side of the shoe that issue has been remedied.

I tested the shoes indoors on a reasonably quick court which requires rapid movements as the points are short, and I found the Resolution 8's incredibly stable.

I'm not much a slider on hard courts so I can't vouch for their performance in that department, but I felt secure in all my movements. When moving out of the corners on the defence, I was never worried about the shoe feeling loose or the possibility of rolling an ankle.

Durability

Gel Resolution 8

The durability of the Gel Resolution 8's is hard for me to assess having only worn them for a handful of hitting sessions but so far they are showing no real signs of wear.

Asics also back this product line with a 6-month outsole warranty as it's one of the Asics High Abrasion Rubber soles.

That's a good deal for anyone who has a track record of wearing out shoes. It's not something I've ever used, but a quick search suggests Asics offers excellent customer service and the warranty isn't one that's filled with caveats making it hard for customers to enforce.

Traction

Asics Gel Resolution 8 Outsole

The AHAR Plus outsole on the Gel Resolution 8's has seen the grooves redesigned which according to their lab is shaped and enhanced for better court grip, slide control and stopping power. 

As mentioned in some of the marketing info, the Asics lab tests show it has 7.2% better braking than the previous model.

I'm not sure how that is tested, but the traction on the Gel Resolution 8's is top-notch, and I had plenty grip on the indoor hard courts.

That is expected of course given indoor courts are bone dry and a fairly rough texture which creates plenty of friction but I've used Nike Vapors, Gel Resolution 7, Asics Court FF 2's and now Gel Resolution 8's on this same surface and I reckon the 8's offer the most traction of those four. I'll also be testing them outdoors once the weather picks up too and will post an update.

Asics also offer a clay court outsole available for players who spend all their time playing on la Terre battue. My outsole is the hardcourt version and will be less effective on clay due to the spacing between the grooves.

Weight

Asics Gel Resolution 8 Weight

On my scales the weight came in at 439g which puts them 6g heavier than the Asics Court FF 2, both were US Size 11, UK Size 10 or EU 44.

As I've said in previous shoe reviews, you can't expect featherweight tennis shoes as they won't last you 5 minutes with the wear and tear they are subject too.

The Gel Resolution 8's are a mid-weight shoe, but like the Court FF 2 which feel lighter due to the mono sock hugging the foot, the lacing system on the Gel Resolution 8's gives a very snug feeling which makes them feel less clunky.

Final Verdict

Gel Resolution Heel

I said the Asics Court FF 2 were the best shoes on the market right now when I reviewed them, and I'll stick by that statement, but I have to say the Gel Resolution 8's are on a par. 

Put them side by side, and I am hard pushed to pick a favourite. I do like the internal sock on the Court FF 2's but the Gel Resolution 8's provide a great blend of comfort and stability while still feeling light.

Seen as though I have both pairs to hand; if a favourite emerges in a month or two and I'm continually wearing one pair over the other then I will update this review, but for now, all I can say is these are the best Gel Resolution Shoes to date.

If you have worn 4, 5 6 or 7 in this line then you will likely be a big fan of the 8's, and I expect this to be a best seller relatively quickly.

Have any of you guys tested the Asics Gel Resolution 8 shoe? What do you think of the latest version? Let me know in the comments.

Asics Gel Resolution 8 Review

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TOP QUALITY

The best Gel Resolution model from Asics to date, and perhaps the best tennis shoe out there right now. Ticks a lot of boxes and offers stability, comfort and durability.

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Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. A bit off topic, sorry, but today I’m in a mood for ranting. I think that shoe manufacturers should end this multiple size numbering system nonsense. The numbers don’t match exactly and the consequence is that if they are manufactured according to system A, they are also labeled to (what they think is) the closest number in system B. The converse is of course true. So, two similar “sizes” can be of different sizes. My son got his Nike size “9” in Sports Direct. It’s also labeled 27 mm. Those fit me nicely too. When I went for a new pair for me, they were sold out. I went to another (national) store. Surprise: no 27 mm available. It was either 26.5 or 27.5 mm. Why? Because some iluminati “decided” that 26.5 was the closest (albeit shorter) to EU 41 and 27.5 was the closest (albeit longer) to EU 42, or some stupid similar “conversion” error. I ended up having to wear slightly longer shoes than I need. I cannot wear thin socks in those, otherwise I risk spraining the foot. Fortunately I prefer thick socks because my feet are thin.
    Label them with a physical length and that’s it.
    Ah, the Asics: as I’ve mentioned before my running shoes are Asics but for tennis it’s white or nothing!

    1. Here in Canada, we use the imperial sizing. 7.5 10.5 etc. Even though we are officially “metric”, so many of our measurements are not. Clothes are another one that is completely inconsistent. One could be a small in one brand and a large in another.

      1. Fed and Nadal were having a blast with it. Even goofing around, what they do with that tiny ball is sometimes beyond comprehension.

    1. I thought both Fedal played pretty well considering the windy condition. Roger’s mum was a gem 🙂 I’ve been a fan of Trevor Noah too, so yeah, it was super fun. Great being able to watch free.

  2. Hey, Pospisil in the final at Montpellier. Frank Dancevic proving to be a good coach. And Pospisil can play with no back pain like he did several years ago.

      1. Well, Monfils won. I guess his mind has finally settled down a bit.
        It arrived a little too late otherwise he would have accomplished more in his career. Maybe he still has time too improve his terrible win/total ratio in finals.
        Half way through set #2, when they were almost tied in total games, Pospisil had played fewer points on his service than Monfils. He just did not win the most important ones, which shows that it’s a mental thing because he has the tools. I guess he should have gone more for it when the occasion called.

  3. Pospisil is a very talented player BUT he doesn’t play the big points well. He tends to hit his forehand long. Hopefully, Dancevic will help him with that. Dancevic is the new DC captain and helped send Canada to the finals last year. I do like Vasek’s game and his smile.

    1. Hmmm. I was about to say that without sounding gay because I noticed that too! Hahaha! Yeah, it’s very much like my younger son when he’s having a blast with whatever he’s doing and genuinely enjoying himself above all the rest. I hope he keeps that for a long time… (he’s 11 btw)

  4. Nice, Rui. I hope that smile doesn’t totally disappear when he’s a teen.

    I am in the market for some new runners. I thought I’d try the “On” runners. They are not for me, not enough support on the sides and only one width which is quite narrow. I didn’t find them any more springy that Sketchers. Oh, well.

  5. Quick update, I’ve worn the Gel Resolution 8’s for another 15 – 20 hours court time now since writing this review. They are very comfy. My legs hurt before my feet do which is a good thing I suppose 😆

    Definitely the best Gel Resolution’s to date.

  6. I am thinking of buying a pair of these. I wear a Size 10 in my FF 2 Novak’s. Will this size translate well into the GR8? How do the sizes compare?

  7. just trying to gather the differences between the gr8 and ff2. it seems the actual weights are very similar, but you feel the ff2 feels lighter because of the sock? is it a significant difference between “speed” and perceived weight? Also seems from your reviews that the gr8 is a bit more durable than ff2?
    Any other significant differences?

    The gr8 usually is priced a bit lower and has the 6 month outsole warranty, but if the ff2 are noticeably more agile seems it’d be worth it.

    1. Thanks for the comment.

      From my usage so far I think the GR8 will be slightly more durable but there is not a whole lot in it.

      The more I wear the GR8’s, the more I like them tbh and I’ve been playing 3 times a week in them for the past 3 weeks or so. I’ve been wearing them exclusively as they were the ones I decided to take with me as I am travelling at the moment.

      In terms of differences, the GR8’s do feel a bit bulkier when you put them on, and I think the mono sock helps gives a feeling of more snugness in the FF2.

      But tbh I’m sat here thinking now about significant differences and it’s hard to separate them, personally I feel a bit lighter and bouncier on my feet in the FF2’s. Whereas the GR8 give me a bit more traction and maybe a bit more of a connected feeling to the court.

  8. Had a pair of these since February. Not getting much use at the moment! But the Gel Resolution 8’s are just what I had hoped. I have worn Asics since I can remember and each new model has been an improvement. I loved the Resolution 7 model, but the Gel Resolution 8 is an improvement, particularly on the lateral support.

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