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Asics Gel DS-Racers 9

Posted in Product Review, Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on May 26, 2012 by brianestover

Since race season is here, you need some go fast shoes to go fast. With the Asics Gel DS Racer 9‘s you can go fast in a great shoe. One of the great thing about Asics, something that no other company has really been able to replicate in their shoe line, is the feel that Asics delivers from shoe to shoe in their line up. Each shoe is predictable, when you go from the 2160’s or 2170s down the the DS trainers then down to the DS racers there is no question about how it’s going to feel or run. A quicker ride, a quicker transfer from landing to toe off, a little less cushioning, but it’s predictable and consistent. You can grab a pair of Asics’s and know how it’s going to run right out of the box. This predictability and consistency across their line is something other shoe manufacturers have not been able to replicate.

Asics DS Racer 9

These shoes run great. As a light weight stability racing shoe the DS Racers provider a firm but not harsh landing, a quick seamless transition and smooth toe off. Running in this shoe is like driving a very high performance sport car – fast, handles great, and fits like a glove, snug but not too tight, like a slipper with laces. The shoe has a Doumax medial wedge and the high wear points of the sole are shod in Asics’s DuraSponge material. The sole is also perforated in case you happen to dump a cup of water down your leg. Those perforations also help shave a bit of weight off the shoe. The sole is anchored by the carbon Trusstic system. The uppers are well vented and there was no irritation, chafing or rubbing any of the times I’ve worn these shoes.

The DS Racer’s sole

The lacing system is straight forward with two eyelets at the top to make sure the heel cup sits snug on your heel. One of the best things is what is does not have. There is no clutch collar on this shoe. Asics’s does a lot of great things with their shoes but the clutch Collar isn’t one of them.

DS Racers -so pretty & so fast

It’s hard for me to find anything wrong with these shoes. My biggest complaint is that I no longer run fast enough to take advantage of these light weight beauties. This is a great racing shoe for someone who runs neutral or pronates but still wants a light weight racer. Suitable for all distances from the half marathon down to the 5k, although for the average triathlete, there are better choices for you when doing a half ironman. Go out, grab a pair, put them on and then race fast.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 16

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 3, 2011 by brianestover

It’s no secret I love Asics shoes, or most of them. The Asics Gel DS Trainer 16’s are a shoe I love, so much in fact, that I have two pair, one of which will be my long course racing shoe this season.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 16

What’s not to like about this shoe? Two things. The first is very short shoe laces especially if you have high volume feet. The second is the final bit of the lacing system at the top of the shoe, which they call the Clutch Collar. Your heel sits snug in the shoe, but other Asics shoes accomplish this with out the Clutch Collar lacing system. Change for the sake of change is not always a good thing. I feel there could have been a better way to design this important part of the shoe.

DS 16 Clutch Collar

One the flip side, what is there to love about this shoe? The fit is awesome – it feels like a slipper when you put it on. There is enough room in the toe box for wider feet. It runs like a sports car – firm, fast and handles well. I had no problems putting this shoe on for the first time, running 6k, then starting an interval session. There is no break in period required. It runs fast right out of the box.

The Gel Trainer 16, like most of the shoes before it in this line, has a dual density mid sole. Those who pronate will appreciate this feature. If you run neutral, the dual density mid sole does not hinder the runability of this shoe.

Dual density mid sole

Your foot sits about as high in this shoe as an Asics GT2150 but you feel lower to the ground. This is probably due to the 2150 being an everyday trainer and the Gel DS 16 being a faster shoe for running. Don’t take this to mean that you can not use the DS 16 as an every day training shoe, you can. I often log 12-14 miles during an interval session, with 3-6 miles for warm up and/or 3-6 miles after the intervals.

Heel and toe

If you want a fast running shoe for interval sessions, that can double as a daily trainer you may want to give the Asics Gel DS Trainer 16 a shot.