Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 Shoe Review

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24

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Man am I excited for the latest Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 running shoe! If you read the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23 review then you already know that this is one of my favorite racing shoes of all time. I have worn iterations of this shoe over the last 18 years, which is a testament to how great this shoe has been throughout the past 20 years.

There were a number of updates to the shoe that I am excited to talk about in more detail in this review. A redesigned knit upper and FlyteFoam sole make this shoe even better than its predecessor.

Sizing Recommendation: I would recommend ordering a 1/2 size up when buying the Gel-DS Trainer 24.

I wish there were more color options with the latest version of this shoe, but definitely, like the blue ones worn in this review.

Here are a few pictures of the Gel-DS Trainer 24 shoes.

Below are a few pros and cons of the DS Trainer 24 running shoe.

Pros Cons
  • Lightweight Stability
  • Responsive
  • Price (Retail $130)
  • Color Options
  • Sizing (Order 1/2 size up)

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 Verdict

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The Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 continues to be a great shoe for tempo runs, speed work, and racing. The updated knit upper is stylish and very comfortable. This shoe has just the right amount of support for races up to the marathon distance.

The DS Trainer 24 continues to utilize the Flytefoam midsole making it lightweight and responsive. The redesigned upper is more comfortable than the upper on the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23.

This Asics Gel-DS Trainer model continues to offer superb value at only $120. You can usually find this shoe on sale making it one of the best performance stability shoes on the market.

The lightweight stability feel of this shoe makes it great for tempo runs and racing. I wouldn’t wear this shoe on my longer runs but would definitely wear this for all race distances, up the marathon.

About the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24

The latest version of the Asics Gel-DS Trainer continues to be an affordable performance stability running shoe. As I mentioned earlier, this shoe retails at $130, which is lower than many of some of the newer running shoes.

There are a number of updates to this that make it better than the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23. Even though the shoe is around .8 ounces heavier, the redesigned upper and midsole feel great. One other thing to note is that the drop on this shoe went from 10mm to 8mm. Not a big deal for most, but wanted to mention it.

Like previous versions of this shoe, the DS Trainer 24 continues to be great for races of all distances, from a 5k to a marathon.

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 Shoe Specifications

  • Weight: 9.0 oz (men’s size 9)
  • Shoe Type: Performance Stability
  • Stack Height: Heel (23mm), Forefoot (15mm)
  • Heel-To-Toe Drop: 8mm
  • Forefoot: Medium Width
  • Heel: Medium Width
  • Previous Model: Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 Initial Thoughts

I have historically been a big fan of the Gel-DS Trainer shoe. I have reviewed this shoe for the past few years and wore this in my half marathon personal record (1:21:50).  While I liked last years version, it was similar to previous versions of the shoe. With the latest version, there were some big changes that I was excited to check out.

When I first opened the box, I immediately noticed the knit upper. The redesigned upper was soft, comfortable, and looked great.

These shoes continued to be light even though they are almost an ounce heavier than the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23.

I first wore these on a 6-mile run. They were light, fast, and responsive, just as I expected.

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 Sole

The Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 running shoe uses a similar Flytefoam sole to its predecessor. The one thing you will notice with this shoe is that the tread on the shoe is different than the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23 sole.

These shoes continue to utilize the standard DuoMax Support System and Impact Guidance System (IGS), which provides additional support for runners who overpronate. The sole continues to use the Propulsion Trusstic System. This system leverages thermal plastic units to help provide support to the 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. One other thing you will notice is the tread on the forefoot. I do wish the shoe had a little bit more support in the forefoot. While I love the shoe, I can see some runners thinking the forefoot was a bit firm.

Below are a few pictures of the sole on the Asics DS Trainer 24.

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 Upper

The biggest update to the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 was to the upper section of the shoe. If you compare the upper of the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 23 to the latest version you will clearly see the updated knit upper of the latest version.

While the knit upper adds a little bit of weight, it really improves the fit, comfort, and style of the shoe. The updated mesh upper improves breathability and is similar to many other running shoes on the market.

Runners never want additional weight added to a shoe but really like the updated knit upper due to the improved fit and feel.

The other update that I really like is the heel counter design. This reduces heel slippage and really does improve the fit and feel of this shoe.

Below are a few pictures of the upper portion of the Asics DS Trainer 24.

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  • Hi,
    One question about your comment:
    ‘I would recommend ordering a 1/2 size up when buying the Gel-DS Trainer 24’
    Compared to what? I wore Gel DS Trainer 22 in 45.5. They were a little tight. Went to Gel DS Trainer 23 with 46. But they were even smaller than 22 in a smaller size. Had to return them. I have Gel Kayano 25 in size 46(roomy and comfortable, not good for faster training or races). I also took a pair of New Balance 1400 T2 in 46.5. They are snug(narrow toe box).

    Another question. I am having a wide foot 4E. How is the toe box compared to versions 22 and 23? Can I fit it or will I be squeezing?


    • Stefan, thanks for the question. With regards to the sizing, I meant that I would order a 1/2 size up than other Asics shoes, including previous DS Trainer styles. The latest version has a new upper and should fit better for wider feet like yours. Based on your experience and sizing, I would go with a 46 in the latest version and see how the new upper fits your feet. If you have any other questions, let me know. Good luck!

  • I had to go half a size smaller because of the new upper.

    • Hey Mattias, thanks for the comment. That is interesting to hear. Same socks and everything else? The shoe definitely fits the forefoot better than previous versions. How do you like the shoe so far?

  • I’ve just ordered these to replace my 22’s which I’ve loved for 10k races. I’m in the process of training for my first half and feel I need something with a little more cushioning…do you think the tempo 9’s would be a good option or should I go further and consider something like the Saucony Guide Iso 2’s? Thanks…

    • Thanks for the question Carl. What shoes are you wearing for your long runs? I have always been a fan of the DS and Tempo shoes, but would probably choose something else for my longer runs. Loving the Liberty ISO and Hurricane ISO for my long runs (the EVERUN sole is awesome). Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Thanks for the fast reply! I’m actually using the DS 22’s for my long runs! I now appreciate that I probably need something with a little more comfort but don’t want anything too bulky…would the Hurricane ISO be the one to get then?

        • If you want something a little less bulky, I would go with the Liberty ISO (you can get for cheap right now). They are lighter, but have a lower drop than the DS and Tempo. I just picked up a pair of the Liberty ISO 2 and they feel incredible. Review coming soon. I wore the DS shoes forever and am slowly moving towards Saucony because of how they feel.

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