Meet one of the lightest, speed orientated shoes on the market, the Asics Gel Solution Speed FF.
Endorsed by Julia Goerges, Coco Vandeweghe, and David Goffin, this latest model from Asics is the update to the Gel Solution Speed 3 but now features Flyte Foam cushioning to offer a lightweight shoe without compromising on comfort.
Flexion Fit has also been introduced for added stability and Asics bill the shoe as offering excellent ventilation, support, and stability.
So does it deliver on those promises? How does the Solution Speed FF Women feel on the court? Let's take a look in this review.
About the Asics Solution Speed FF Line
This latest iteration of the Solution Speed shoe combines some of the best qualities from the Gel-Solution Speed 3 and Gel Court FF to create Asic's flagship lightweight shoe.
The seamless PU uppers are designed to flex easily to complement the more robust Trusstic system, which is meant to help prevent unwanted twisting and slippage on sharp cuts and turns.
- Upper: Flexion Fit®
- Midsole: FlyteFoam®, Rearfoot/Forefoot GEL, Removable Ortholite Sockliner
- Outsole: AHARPLUS™, Twistruss System, PGuard Toe Protector
You immediately feel the lightness of the shoe when you move around the court. Regardless of what level of tennis you play, you are always looking for every advantage to beat your opponent. Having shoes that enable faster movement and quick turns while making it feel great on your feet makes the new GEL-Solution Speed FF™ an absolute winner on the court. David Goffin
Testing Out the Asics Solution Speed FF Tennis Shoes
- Model: Women's Asics Solution Speed FF
- Size: EU 39 / US 7 / UK 6
- Colour: Pink, Turquoise Tennis Point Special Edition
- Sole: Clay Court Shoe
‘Speed' orientated shoes usually have to make a compromise to ensure they come in light on the scales, but the Solution Speed FF does a good job of not skimping on cushioning. The FlyteFoam provided a soft feel throughout the playtest.
There is not as much ventilation in the toe area as some shoes that have a mesh construction like the Gel Resolution 8 or the Mizuno Wave Exceed Tour 4, but they still feel breathable.
The tongue of the shoe is also soft and breathable. And although the shoelaces are relatively thin, the extra padding on the tongue does an excellent job of making your foot feel locked into place.
Feeling locked into place reveals the one main drawback of this shoe though, and that's these shoes feel narrow around the midfoot, so I recommend going up one size.
While there is quite a lot of room in the toe box, the midfoot section is narrow and grips the foot tightly. Fresh from the box, I found the shoes quite uncomfortable. Combined with the stiff outer plastic upper, there wasn't a whole lot of flexion until after a few wears.
Despite its lighter weight, I found the Solution Speed FF to be a supportive and stable shoe. While not as supportive as the Gel-Resolution 8, I felt confident moving in them, especially laterally.
Some players will likely want more ankle support but for those who don't want the feeling of a shoe high around the ankle, then the Solution Speed FF has enough support to make you feel secure when moving at speed and changing direction quickly.
Durability is often a question mark for lightweight tennis shoes but on the clay courts that these are used for it's much less of an issue.
The AHARPLUS (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) system has a durable toe protector for players who drag their feet on serve and who may slide on certain shots.
On the hard courts, given Asics have some of the best outsoles on the market, the Solution Speed FF will perform better than average for their weight class.
While it won't be the most durable shoe on the market, you'll get similar durability to the Adidas Ubersonic's, and they are more durable than the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9.5.
The clay sole of this shoe is probably the standout feature. Not only do they look cool, but you are also able to transition between grip and slide depending on what you need.
I found the Solution Speed FFs' traction to be perfect, offering a good balance of grip and give. You can slide when you need to, but there is no slippage when pushing off or changing direction.
The Solution Speed FF is one of the lightest tennis shoes on the market at 277 grams (women's size EU 39). So quite a bit lighter than its main competitors like the Nike Vapor X, and Adidas Ubersonic 3.
The lighter weight is due to the FlyteFoam midsole, and if you are a player who must have a lightweight shoe to get that feeling of fast-moving feet, the Solution Speed FF is going to be a good choice.
The Asics Solution Speed FF tennis shoe is a shoe that gives you plenty of stability in a lightweight package. While still packing the features bulkier of tennis shoes like a toe protector yet Asics have trimmed the fat to reduce the weight.
The Solution Speed FF only weighs 277 grams (size EU 39 / US 7,5) but gives you good support on the ankle without feeling too high or tight around the ankle bone, which I like. You get a decent grip on the clay, and it works well to slide with.
However, it is a shoe that you'll need to wear a few times before it fits properly. It might feel a bit stiff at the beginning, but that'll grow into comfort after a few times, and they'll feel more soft and flexible. I find them a bit small in size so I would recommend going one size up than usual.
- Lightweight but still stable
- The upper doesn't collect much clay or dirt keeping them looking fresh
- Well designed outsole
- Not the most durable
- Narrow fit
- Low ankle support which some players don't like.
Have you played in the Solution Speed FF shoes? Did you also find them narrow? Let me know in the comments.