My Full Asics Gel-Contend 5 Review

The Asics Gel-Contend 5 is a road running shoe with a heel drop of 16mm.

It has neutral support, underpronation support and weighs 10.2 oz.

Asics claims it will make you go further with less energy input.

They offer the proper cushioning to clock up mile after mile, and an internal heel counter for incredible comfort.

It includes AMPLIFOAM midsole technology for cushioning and a rubber outsole that’s grippy and durable.

But what really stood out to me was the cheap price tag and ability to be worn by neutral and pronation runners.

This lead me to performing a full review to see what it’s really all about.

Enjoy.

ASICS Men's Gel-Contend 5 Running Shoes Featured

For the average daily runner
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Support
  • Value for Money
4.2

Bottom Line:

Not the best for long distance running (5 miles or more), the Asics Gel-Contend 5 are okay for casual use, lifting weights, cardio, and standing all day. The quality is okay for a cheap shoe, but should not be used by advanced runners because of the heavy construction, sweat absorption and the fact that the quality is just not there. The Asics Gel-Nimbus 22 is better suited for experienced runners.

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  • Fairly comfortable
  • Underpronation and neutral support
  • Fits true to size
  • Comes in wide sizes
  • Affordable
  • Versatile
  • A little heavy
  • Gets hot after 5 miles. Not ideal for long distance running
  • Absorbs sweat easily

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At a Glance


Product Name: Asics Gel-Contend 5

Designed for: Running

Stability: Underpronation, neutral

Support: Flat feet, low arch, neutral arch, high arch

True to size: Yes

Expected lifespan: 6 – 18 months

Price: $40 – $80

What Is The Asics Gel-Contend 5?


The Asics Gel-Contend 5 is a predecessor of the Gel-Contend 4.

It’s a stability shoe that’s designed for supinators and neutral runners.

It is also made with a balance of durability and lightweight.

The mesh upper keeps the weight down while promoting ventilation, so your feet can breath through those vigorous running sessions.

It can be used for low mileage as well as high mileage, and includes a flexible upper for increased range of motion.

Although it has a wide range of uses such as walking, running, casual, jobs, and people on their feet all day.

The laminate mid-foot cage increases lockdown and structural support, while the padded tongue and collar promotes a feel of security and comfort.

Underpronation Support – AKA Supination


Something I want to talk about further is the underpronation support.

Underpronation is a natural movement pattern in which your feet roll outward, putting pressure on the ankle and toes.

Without the correct stability shoe to manage this type of movement pattern, it can lead to pain, injuries and damage to the feet tissues.

A good way to know your natural “gait” pattern (whether you pronate, supinate or neutral), is to look at your current running shoes.

If the tread is worn at the outer edge of the heel, you are an underpronater/supinater, and these shoes are made for you.

If you’re a neutral runner, the tread will be worn at the heel, especially toward the edge. These shoes are also made for you.

Size and Fit


The fit is really good. The length is true to size with plenty of space in the toe box.

The material stretches and accommodates wide feet nicely.

They also have wide sizes available for wide feet.

They feature an 87% fit rate on Amazon, and come in men and women’s sizes from 6 all the way up to 15.

This is a high rate. Everyone says they fit true to size.

Upper


The material on the upper is made of mesh.

Although it’s thin and the fabric quality is questionable, it still offers lots of ventilation.

This also promotes flexibility to maximize range of motion during running and walking exercises.

They include overlays to reinforce weak spots while strengthening support and protection.

The seams are barely noticeable which is a nice touch for minimalism seekers.

One thing worth mentioning is that when you run, your feet swell. Some people have said that the overlays constrict movement once this happens.

Clocking up the miles is going to be a problem.

Midsole


The midsole includes Asics AMPLIFOAM technology.

This cushioning is okay but not Asics strongest cushioning, which is found on their more expensive shoes.

For a shoe worth $40 it is still decent.

The heel includes GEL cushioning for a comfortable ride every time.

Keep in mind that the GEL cushioning is only good for heel-to-toe strikers.

If you’re a midfoot or forefoot striker, it just adds more weight to the shoe rather than make it better.

Outsole


The outsole on the Asics Gel-Contend 5 is better than expected, especially for a shoe in this low price range.

It’s a thick rubber material that’s durable and grippy.

Although not going to last 500+ miles, it is still going to provide enough traction for the average runner.

Performance Review


The Asics Gel-Contend 5 is a standard running shoe with some flaws as well as some perfections.

Although it has too many flaws for my liking.

First off it’s a great for the average daily runner who likes to go the extra mile every now and then.

But for the advanced trainer who wishes to run 5 miles at a time?

Nah, definitely not.

Because unfortunately the impact absorption is not there and they will wear out quickly.

It’s not the best at expelling heat, they absorb sweat really easily, and the weight is nothing to boast about either.

They just get heavier and harder to run in the longer you train for.

But for the average daily runner who runs 3 miles a day?

Or the beginner runner whose just testing the waters?

They are perfect.

But they’re also good for:

  • Casual
  • For your job
  • Standing all day
  • The gym
  • Cardio
  • Weightlifting

Do I Recommend Them?


They’re are on the cheaper side.

They have cheap materials and subpar running performance.

Although I don’t necessarily blame the shoes or the manufacturers.

It’s all done on purpose so that the average consumer can afford a pair of running sneakers.

That is who they’re good for, the beginner or average daily runner.

Experienced runners should NOT be buying these shoes. There’s simply not enough durability to handle mile after mile.

Add them to your rotation for running, the gym, fitness, casual and your job, and they will work fine.

That I recommend.

But experienced runners should already know they need to invest in more durability and punch.

The Verdict: Heavy, Hot, Sweaty


Use the Asics Gel-Contend 5 for extended running sessions and you’ll quickly be let down.

They are too heavy for advanced runners, they don’t have enough ventilation, and they absorb sweat like paper towels to water.

I don’t recommend them for advanced runners, and I’ve already given my reasons why.

But for casual, gym, standing all day, and beginners runners, they are comfortable, snug, grippy and accommodate wide feet nicely.

Given the vast amount of things wrong with this shoe, I can’t say they are amazing, but certainly not all that bad either.

Asics Gel-Contend 5 (Check Price)

For the average daily runner
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Support
  • Value for Money
4.2

Bottom Line:

Not the best for long distance running (5 miles or more), the Asics Gel-Contend 5 are okay for casual use, lifting weights, cardio, and standing all day. The quality is okay for a cheap shoe, but should not be used by advanced runners because of the heavy construction, sweat absorption and the fact that the quality is just not there. The Asics Gel-Nimbus 22 is better suited for experienced runners.

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