Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 Shoe Review
Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 Shoe Review
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Asics has done it again! Last year with the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 21, they were able to reduce the weight of the shoe by over an ounce. This year they were able to do it again with the introduction of the super light Flytefoam midsole.
If you have read any of my other DS Trainer reviews, then you know this is one of my favorites for speed work and racing. I will never forget the first time I bought the DS Trainer shoe at a Marshalls years ago.
This review has a similar feel to the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 21, as there were minor updates that improved this popular running shoe.
One thing to note, is that this is the first time I have had to order a 1/2 size up in any Asics running shoe.
Here are a few pictures of these great looking shoes along with a detailed review of the Asics Gel-DS 22 trainer. I really like the combination of colors. The only thing is that Asics only offers 1-2 colors of this shoe.
About the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22
The 22nd model of the Asics Gel-DS Trainer running shoe has only a few updates worthy of discussing.
The shoe is similar to last years model, but with a few but the big change with this year’s shoe. The Flytefoam midsole was added and the upper has a redesigned overlay making this shoe much lighter and more responsive.
This trainer is a shoe that is great for races of all distances, from a 5k to a marathon.
Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 Shoe Specifications
- Weight: 7.8 oz (size men’s 9)
- Shoe Type: Performance Stability
- Retail Price: $120.00
- Shoe Color: Carbon/Black/Yellow
- Stack Height: Heel (24mm), Forefoot (14mm)
- Heel-To-Toe Drop: 10mm
- Forefoot: Medium Width
- Previous Model: Asics Gel-DS Trainer 21
Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 Initial Thoughts
As soon as I heard from Asics that the DS Trainer 22 was available, I had to get a pair. The DS Trainer 21 was a solid shoe, but not one that I was currently racing in. I was hoping that the latest version could be my new racing shoe.
When I opened the box, I immediately noticed the color scheme. The carbon, black, and yellow combination looked sleek and subtle. I am not a huge fan of colors that scream look at me.
When I put the shoe on, I immediately noticed how light they were. These literally felt like a racer, not a trainer. The other thing I noticed was that these shoes ran a 1/2 size small, something to remember when ordering.
My first thoughts about this shoe are that they felt great, just like the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 21.
On my first run, these shoes were used on a 4-mile run. Throughout the entire run, these shoes felt very light and comfortable, making me want to use these for a future race.
Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 Sole
The Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 running shoe has an updated midsole with the latest model. The Flytefoam midsole is not only lighter but more responsive.
Similar to the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 21, this shoes has the standard DuoMax Support System and Impact Guidance System (IGS) that provides great support for overpronators.
Another update to the sole is the Propulsion Trusstic System. This system leverages thermal plastic units to help provide support tot he forefoot providing a more responsive feel during the pushing off with each stride.
The heel continues to have a high abrasion rubber compound designed to improve the durability of the sole.
Below are a few pictures of the sole on the Asics DS Trainer 22.
Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22 Upper
The updated Asics Gel-DS 22 upper has a minor update to it. The seamless upper has a newly designed overlay. You can see the updated design in the pictures below. I think it looks petty cool.
Some people have had issues with the tongue being a little too thin, but I didn’t really mind it. The mesh upper makes the shoe breathable and cool during those warmer runs. This shoe could be used by Triathletes as well due to the seamless upper.
The sock liner keeps your feet dry and reduces odors during and after wear.
Below are a few pictures of the upper portion on the Asics DS Trainer 22.
Where to buy the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 22
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