The GEL-PULSE 5 is an excellent shoe for those venturing into the world of running for the first time but still require good levels of cushioning from a running shoe. The introduction of a forefoot Twist GEL unit for enhanced windlass mechanics, new exposed lateral rearfoot GEL, and improved forefoot flexibility vastly improve performance and ride. Additionally, the introduction of a full-length Guidance Line and a Guidance Trusstic facilitate a smoother, more efficient transition through the gait. Additional benefits include ASICS High Abrasion Resistant rubber on the outer sole, which helps cut down on excessive wear. The SpEVA midsole material not only improves bounce back characteristics, but also reduces midsole breakdown. A more flexible outsole construction that utilises discreet pods (Discreet Outsole) allows a more natural function of the foot on uneven surfaces.