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 which in turn vastly improve performance and ride. Additionally, the introduction of Full length Guidance Line and a Guidance Trusstic facilitate a smoother more efficient transition through gait. Additional benefits include, ASICS High Abrasion Resistant rubber on the outersole. Helps cut down on excessive wear. While 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) to allow more natural function of the foot on uneven surfaces.