Asics Gel Dedicate 5 Review Facts
The Asics Gel Dedicate 5 is a tennis shoe that’s great for recreational players who don’t need a lot of support or for beginner players looking to dip their toes in the tennis shoe world. This shoe provides all the basic support and stability feature required of a regular tennis shoe, but it doesn’t wow in any specific field. That being said, it’s a good shoe overall, without an element that’s outright bad or low-quality. One of its best traits is the forefoot cushioning system aimed at softening the impact that always occurs during the quick, small foot movements, which significantly increases the shoe’s comfort. If you need an entry level, good-quality tennis shoe that won’t cause you to break the bank, the Dedicate 5 might be the shoe you’re looking for.
The outsole of the Asics Gel Dedicate 5 is made out of solid rubber compound that provides durability and traction. Given the nature of the shoe, the vital trait of the outsole is the anti-marking build that allows you to play on clay courts without making gigantic holes on the surface. The flex grooves of the outsole aren’t positioned so that they can increase forefoot flexibility; rather, their positioning implies that the brand wanted to create an outsole that will provide great grip while performing swift lateral moves, which can only be a good thing given that we’re talking about a tennis shoe.
The EVA midsole
of this beginner’s tennis shoe offers great cushioning with increased support and stability as well. There are two main features of the midsole that make it well thought-out and of high-quality. The first one is the Asics forefoot GEL technology cushioning system intended to reduce the weight of the sole while keeping the structural integrity of the shoe intact. The GEL cushioning system is positioned in the forefoot area and ensures great bounce and springiness that’s so vital for good feet movements on the court. The second trait of the midsole that makes it great for tennis players specifically is the Trusstic system technology. This cushioning system is comprised of two silicone patches aimed at absorbing the impact shock and distributing that force horizontally along the midsole. The Trusstic system also has a role in connecting the rearfoot and forefoot parts of the midsole, creating a connected, springy feel that encourages forward propulsion.
A mixture of stability and comfort, the upper of the Asics Gel Dedicate 5 features mesh materials with synthetic overlays that position the foot and ensure it doesn’t twist in the shoebox, allowing you to focus solely on the game, instead of on how the shoe feels. The choice of materials makes the shoe breathable, flexible and comfortable, especially in mild tennis temperatures. The anti-gravel tongue prevents the small debris from getting inside the shoe. In the front, the rubber PGuard wraps around the toes, offering great protection
and added durability to the shoe.
At 323g or 11.4oz for a half-pair, this couldn’t be called a lightweight
shoe. However, it’s far from heavy and it’s actually pretty normal in weight – which isn’t a bad thing, especially because an experienced player can use the weight if their shoes as an advantage in the stability area.
The Asics Gel Dedicate 5 is a breathable shoe that allows sufficient airflow throughout the whole game or practice, without making your feet overheated and uncomfortable – which is an important factor, especially during longer matches. That being said, it’s worth noting that the breathability
of this shoe isn’t something to brag about – the midfoot support overlays leave something to be said about the airflow potentials of this tennis shoe. Make sure you air the shoe after each use in order to keep it dry and provide a healthy environment for your feet.
Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go: not all shoes have to accommodate wide feet. That’s perfectly normal. People with wide feet
like to see that the brands have made a shoe tailored to their needs – this feeling works the other way around, too. People with narrow feet do have trouble in finding a shoe that doesn’t make their feet slip, twist and slide inside the footbed and it’s only natural that a shoe meant for narrow feet won’t be suitable for people with wide feet. We just wanted to reiterate this because you’ll find hundreds of comments online telling you that this shoe isn’t comfy because it’s too narrow. The truth is, the Asics Gel Dedicate 5 is an extremely comfortable shoe if you have narrow or normal feet. They provide great stability, a snug fit and a light, yet sturdy construction. A lot of customers have reported that these are the most comfortable tennis shoes they’ve tried, so it’s safe to say that the Dedicate 5 is a winner in this category. The shoe has a wide toe box and a quick break-in time. The only advice is to go up half a size if you have normal feet width.
The Dedicate 5 is a classic-looking, low-top elegant tennis shoe that is reminiscent of the older, simple models that are nothing like most modern tennis shoes these days. Different colorways are available – none of them too ‘loud’, but the one that stands out is the all-white one.
The durability of a tennis shoe is somewhat specific because it depends a lot on the personal style of play, the type of movements the player prefers, as well as the frequency of play. However, thanks to the midsole Trusstic system technology that absorbs shock
and provides some integral structure to the shoe, and thanks to the non-marking sturdy rubber outsole, this tennis shoe has enough durability to last you at least one playing season, if not more.
The Asics Gel Dedicate 5 offers a lot of protection to the feet, starting from the midsole. The EVA foam
, combined with the GEL cushioning system dampens forceful impacts and enables you to move freely on the court without having to worry about shock-absorption. The protective properties of the upper boil down to two things: the anti-gravel tongue that prevents debris from seeping into the shoe and causing discomfort, blistering and loss of focus, and the useful PGuard toe protector that increases durability.
When talking about tennis shoes’ responsiveness, the most important thing is to have an adequate bounce in the forefoot. This is a natural consequence of the forefoot-toe movements that are vital to fast tennis play. The Asics company is very well aware of that, which is why they put the GEL cushioning system in the forefoot of Dedicate 5. This intuitive responsiveness
will provide great energy-return, spare your joints and knees, and allow you to perform your forefoot movements without fear of experiencing shock impact during each foot landing.
Court shoes are specific in a way that they primarily require great lateral support in order to facilitate all the abrupt and energetic movements that are all part of the game. In that category, the Asics Gel Dedicate 5 is a moderately supportive shoe that could provide a more snug fit in the midfoot area, but overall, it offers enough support for most players. When speaking of the arch support, this is a neutral
shoe that doesn’t have any specific support characteristics we’re used to seeing in stability and motion control shoes. However, a lot of people commented that the Dedicate 5 made them feel secure on the court and allowed them to forget they’re even wearing shoes, save for the fact they were conscious about how comfortable they felt.
The Asics Gel Dedicate 5 is a shoe best suited for clay
courts. The non-marking rubber outsole will provide a good ground feel without destroying the court and the flex grooves are made with the clay surface in mind. Our recommendation is to steer clear of hard courts, because the Dedicate 5 can potentially slip on it, due to the relatively shallow outsole grooves. Naturally, this isn’t a shoe that will perform well on roads, pavements, and other typical running surfaces, nor is it made for running forward for long periods of time, so keep that in mind if you’re unsure of what kind of a sports shoe you need.
Regardless of whether you find the Asics
Gel Dedicate 5 on sale or not, its price is more than affordable, especially given the good quality the shoe offers in exchange for less than a C-note. The shoe construction and durability are quite good for a beginner’s tennis shoe, so the price is completely in-tune with the overall shoe’s purpose and target audience.
The solid rubber compound used in the outsole provides traction and durability on clay court surfaces and can perform on hard courts as well, but not as efficiently. A number of happy customers have commented how they can move freely on the court and perform various quick movements and a lot of changes of direction in the Asics Gel Dedicate 5, without experiencing any traction problems whatsoever.
The sole of the Asics Gel Dedicate 5 isn’t very pliable and feels pretty stiff – just as it should be in a tennis shoe. If the sole of a tennis shoe was overly flexible, that could greatly increase the chances of forefoot injury, due to the fact that the player’s feet are already positioned heavily on the forefoot, which needs to be supportive, rather than bend like a running shoe with smooth toe-off would. However, the synthetic upper material, while also being supportive, allows for a lot of safe, lateral movement and flex.
Stability is where the narrow fit of the Dedicate 5 really comes into prominence. With the snug fit of the upper and the shoe box, the chances of your foot sliding around inside the shoe or twisting are close to zero. The Dedicate 5 will follow your foot’s movements, but it will also provide some much-needed stability that you’ll notice when sliding on the court to get to the ball and moving from left to right, due to the slightly wider platform width in the heel area.
The Asics Gel Dedicate 5 features a heel to toe drop of 10.5mm, which isn’t too high, but it’s certainly higher than what would be called a compromise drop of around 7mm. This drop has a purpose of enabling swift heel to toe transition so that your heel doesn’t go all back in a neutral position should you stand on the entire length of your foot. In this shoe, you’ll probably notice the heel, especially if you’re a midfoot striker, but on the other hand, chances are you’ll be happy it’s there and it won’t be a nuisance for you.
● Solid rubber compound outsole
● Cushioned EVA midsole
● Forefoot GEL technology cushioning system
● Trusstic system technology
● Mesh upper with synthetic overlays
● Moderately breathable
● Narrow fit
● Great price point
● Old-school style
● Tennis shoe
● Inflexible sole
● Solid lateral support
● PGuard toe protector
The Asics Gel Dedicate 5 is a good option for a low-end tennis shoe made for beginners from a brand that’s known for making some of the most high-quality shoes in the world. The Dedicate 5 has certainly a lot of things going for it, starting from the two cushioning technologies in the midsole, specifically oriented towards characteristic tennis movements. While this isn’t a lightweight shoe, it’s light enough that it won’t make your feet feel tired and run down, while also providing some sturdiness that is directly linked to support and stability of this shoe. Made of durable materials, with several protection traits, such as the toe protector and anti-shock forefoot cushioning, this is, without a doubt, a great choice for a tennis shoe at this price point. However, keep in mind that it’s aimed at players who have narrow feet, because a lot of people made the mistake of buying the shoe online, only to end up disappointed at their discomfort caused by the fit. However, if you just need a good quality tennis shoe that is tailored for narrow feet, you’re looking at a really good contender.