The Gel-DS Trainer has been one of ASICS’ most versatile shoes, thanks to its light weight and good stability. Round 22 (I know, right?) incorporates the new Flyte Foam, making a light shoe even lighter, while preserving its stability and cushioning.
The upper has a new, closed stretch mesh, with minimal, welded overlays. The thermoplastic Heel-Clutch support offers a snug fit, without adding much weight. The midsole is dual-density Flyte Foam, though the second density of medial foam is less noticeable than on previous versions. The outersole features AHAR carbon rubber in the heel, articulated for a smooth touchdown, and a new forefoot configuration of DuoSole/DuraSponge to improve both the grip and the cushioning, characteristics that go back to the beginning of the DS-Trainer franchise. The combination of good stability, responsive ride, and design execution earned it our award for Best Shoe in the Motion Stabilizing category.
Testers: “Super versatile. So light, smooth, and comfortable. I love running in this shoe!”
Updates the Gel-DS Trainer 21
Sizes: Men 6–13,14,15; Women 5–12
Weight: Men 8.9 oz. (size 11); Women 7.2 oz. (size 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild pronation