My favourite fast trainer got upgraded

The Gel-DS Trainer has been my preferred ASICS trainer for short distances since the Gel-DS Trainer 20th edition. As overpronator I love the support, how light they are and their level of cushioning and responsiveness. It has been my favourite shoe for all distances up to half marathon and I have achieved a lot of PBs wearing them. I am proud owner of 1 pair of DS Trainer 22 and 2 pairs of DS Trainer 23. When I first saw the Gel-DS Trainer 24 in store I was disappointed at how the sole had been redesigned with forefoot grips replaced and adapt mesh upper being replaced with a knit upper. To be honest it looked more like a lifestyle trainer than a performance one. At the same time, I was excited to see how they felt and whether they would live up to the DS Trainer legacy. First impression of trying them on is that they are comfortable. The sole is flexible, the upper is breathable and they feel responsive.

ASICS recommends the GEL-DS TRAINER™ 24 model for overpronators which is when feet tend to roll inwards during running. To counter this, they have added an internal heel counter and DUOMAX™ technology, which consists of two different density midsole materials to provide smooth overpronation control.

The Gel-DS Trainer 24 features the I.G.S™ (Impact Guidance System) technology which is designed to support feet in their natural line of motion. I find this helpful as I am an overpronator and feels this helps the efficiency of my strides. The Trusstic System™ technology is a moulded component under the midfoot area that provides stability and helps control twisting and torsion. I swear that this has prevented me rolling my ankle while wearing these on trail and while running over cobbled streets in Paris.

The AHAR™ outsole reduces impact at heavy impact areas and makes the sole more durable. I was expecting the sole to be harder but it wasn't and I am glad that cushioning wasn't compromised. There is reflective detailing on the outer which is a great safety feature as I do wear these for training and road running in the autumn and winter when it is dark. The EVA sockliner is supposed to mould to the shape of our feet over time. Not really sure how this works but the trainers felt comfortable out of the box and there was no need to break them in. The liner along with the knit upper provide a comfortable fit for the feet and very light feeling shoe.  

The FLYTEFOAM™ Lyte technology in the midsole provides weight reduction and cushioning. I found this helpful as it provides a balanced shoe that has bounce and spring to it. The cushioning also helps as I wear them on road, trail and grass and they seem to react well over all surfaces. I haven't yet worn them in the rain but the sole seems to have adequate grip. The GEL™ technology in the rearfoot provides shock absorption. This definitely benefits me as when I get tired during the longer runs I tend to heel strike. 

The Gel-DS 24 are 240g and come in 40g heavier than the DS 23. Personally, I didn’t notice the weight increase. The knit upper of the DS 24 took me a little time to get used as my feet didn’t feel as secure or enclosed as the mesh of the DS 23. I found that lacing them up a little tighter than usual makes a difference. The longest I have run in them is 9 miles and they provided support throughout. They feel light, supportive and fast. Support, guidance, weight, cushioning and responsiveness are elements that I love of the DS Trainer. The Gel-DS Trainer 24 took a little time for me to get used to but they passed the test and I am hoping to achieve some PBs wearing them.  

In terms of features the design and quality of the Gel-DS Trainer 24 demonstrates attention to detail, runner experience and performance that I have come to expect from the ASICS DS range.


Turbo charge your next run with the men's GEL-DS TRAINER™ 24 performance running shoe by ASICS. Built for speed, this streamlined shoe boasts a performance knit upper, ultra lightweight cushioning and premium protective guid...


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Rey Smart

Personal Trainer from London

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