Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 Shoe Review
Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 Shoe Review
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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.
Asics Gel-DS Trainer 24 Verdict
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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