ASICS Gel DS Racer 11

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ASICS Gel DS Racer 11Review Facts

If you are looking for a racing shoes that provides extra support and cushioning, the ASICS Gel DS Racer 11 may be answer for you. Reviewers have said that these shoes are a lighter version of the DS Trainer line. You can expect great responsiveness and support from these shoes. Designed and built for racing, professional athletes recommend these shoe for their lightweight support. Thanks to the DuoMax Support System, they offer support for mild to moderate overpronators.

Pros
  • Lightweight construction
  • Support for mild to moderate overpronators
  • Optimized breathability
  • Good impact absorption
  • Very flexible
Cons
  • Can feel narrow
  • Laces unravel occasionally
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

In the outsole, these shoes feature a combination of two technologies: the DuoSole and the DuraSponge technologies. The first one provides traction and durability. The second one, located in the forefoot area, is made of blown carbon rubber for extra cushioning and more responsiveness. The outsole features the AHAR+ rubber compound in strategic places for extended durability. A Guidance Line technology is placed vertically throughout the full length of the outsole as a flex grove that enhances the flexibility and the gait efficiency. The outsole features MagicSole technology which allows extra breathability via the outsole.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of these shoes is made with Solyte material. It is lighter, more durable and more responsive than the standard EVA and SpEVA materials from ASICS. A Trusstic System that integrates the midsole and the outsole provides structural integrity to the shoe. The DuoMax Support System enhances support and stability for mild to moderate overpronators. A Gel Cushioning System is placed in the heel area of the shoe. It works as a shock absorption unit and provides protection, responsiveness and comfort. The MagicSole technology that goes from the outsole to the interior of the shoe provides optimized breathability.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The shoe features an open mesh upper that enhances breathability. The synthetic material is very flexible yet durable. A seamless construction optimizes the fit of the shoe and makes it possible to wear the shoes without socks. It also prevents the formation of hot spots and blisters due to unwanted friction between your feet and the shoe. A perforated sock liner optimizes the breathability and helps managing the moisture levels inside the shoe. It provides good cushioning and adds to the stability of the shoe. Seamless overlays are positioned strategically to contribute with the stability and fit.
Weight
Weight

Weight

One of the best features of this shoe is its lightweight. Reviewers say this shoe comes with a great balance of lightweight and support. The responsive cushioning does not make these shoes heavy. The average weight of these shoe is 187 grams (6.5 oz.) for men and 159 grams (5.6 oz.) for women. Just a bit heavier than their previous version, but still very light. You will definitely perform your best times and speed when wearing the DS Racer 11.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The open mesh upper and MagicSole technology maximizes the breathability of the shoe. The MagicSole technology consists of a vented midsole and outsole, allowing the shoe to breath from the outsole. The improved breathability of the shoe not only will keep your feet cool and dry, but also will help regulating your body temperature overall.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Racing shoes usually focus on weight and responsiveness. That is not the case for the DS Racer 11. They provide remarkable comfort for racing shoes. The Solyte material used in the midsole, the perforated sock liner, and the DuoMax Support System provide solid support and comfort. Their materials are flexible and durable. The Gel Cushioning System provides even more comfort to the rear foot. The Guidance Line and the construction of the shoes themselves provide even smoother heel to toe transitions, enhancing the gait efficiency. These are comfortable enough to use for marathons.
Style
Style

Style

The style is great. Even though they have a limited color selection, ASICS made the effort to make the shoes very attractive. Similar to the DS Racer 10, the open mesh upper makes them look very breathable and comfortable yet protective and durable. The welded overlays give the shoe great structure and a good look. The color of the tongue is nice contrast with the color of the rest of the shoe. This shoe will have you perform better in style.
Durability
Durability

Durability

For extended durability, the outsole has strategically placed ASICS High Abrasion Resistance Plus (AHAR+) rubber properties. This material provides durability in the specific areas while keeping the outsole lightweight. In the rear foot, this shoe has AHAR+ technology and in the forefoot, it comes with AHAR Sponge. The latter technology is blown carbon rubber with AHAR+ properties. The Solyte midsole is more durable and light than the regular EVA and SpEVA midsoles. The Trusstic System brings long lasting structural integrity to the shoe. The upper is very strong yet highly breathable. However, some reviewers have experienced durability issues.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Gel Cushioning System in this shoe will absorb and distribute the shock from impacts for softer and more protective landings. The midsole enhances smoother heel to toe transitions while the DuoMax Support System provides extra support for mild to moderate overpronators. The seamless flexible upper provides an amazing fit. Reviewers commented that the sock like fit makes it possible to run without socks in these shoes. The seamless and highly breathable upper will keep your feet from getting blisters and hot spots.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Every single element in this shoe has been carefully design to make the shoes more efficient and responsive. As racing shoes, the DS Racer 11 provide remarkable responsiveness during long distance runs. The lightweight, flexibility and traction of the shoes makes them specially good for running marathons. The seamless upper with welded overlays and a narrower but flexible it also add to the responsiveness of the shoe.
Support
Support

Support

As is common for ASICS shoes, the DS Racer 11 come with an Impact Guidance System and a Gel Cushioning System. Both technologies promote a natural gait cycle. Thanks to the DuoMax System, these shoes provide support for mild to moderate overpronators. The seamless upper and the remarkable Solyte midsole provide responsive cushioning and great fit. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) have awarded the seal of acceptance to the ASICS Gel DS Racer 11.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

As mentioned before, these shoes are built for racing. These shoes perform their best on asphalt. Reviewers predominately use these shoes exclusively for marathons. The great traction on asphalt is thanks to the AHAR+ and AHAR Sponge components.
Price
Price

Price

These shoes come with a very sweet price tag. For an average of $90 USD for the men’s and $80 USD for the women’s shoes, these are very affordable shoes, especially compared to other similar racing shoes.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction and durability of the AHAR+ in the rear foot and the AHAR Sponge in the forefoot is very good. Made to run marathons and other long road races, these shoes really know how to provide traction on asphalt. The DuraSponge technology made of AHAR blown carbon rubber provides excellent traction as well as responsive cushioning for energetic toe offs. The AHAR+ carbon rubber in the rear foot will help you control your landings and enhance a more natural heel to toe transition.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The seamless upper adapts to the natural movements of your foot while providing a secure, but not too tight fit. The Guidance Line, located vertically the full length outsole, acts as a flex groove. The very lightweight, flexible Solyte midsole is capable of distributing energy from landings into powerful take offs.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Several features in this shoe provide superior stability. The lightweight Trusstic System Technology provides consistent structure in the DS Racer 11. The welded overlays are enhance a secure fit and provide in the upper. Other components like the DuoMax Support System and the MagicSole also enhance the stability of the shoe. Reviewers noted that offer good stability, especially for long runs.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference of height between the heel and the fore foot. For the ASICS Gel DS Racer 11, the drop of this shoe is 8 mm. The heel height for the men’s shoes is 18 mm and the forefoot height is 10. For women the heel height is 17 mm and the forefoot height is 9 mm.
Key Features of the Gel DS Racer 11
Key Features of the Gel DS Racer 11

Key Features of the Gel DS Racer 11

• DuoMax Support System
• Solyte midsole
• GEL Cushioning System
• Trusstic System Technology
• Magic Sole
• AHAR+ outsole material
• DuraSponge outsole
• Guidance Line
• Perforated Sock liner
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

The ASICS Gel DS Racer 11 is recognized for their remarkable lightweight, responsiveness and support for overpronators. Reviewers have said that they do best for marathon running. Great performance over asphalt and outstanding comfort during log runs makes them a champion of road races. Built for speed and support, these shoes can help you perform your best and set that next PR. Some have said that the laces unravel easily and that the durability is not exceptional. We think these shoe is really good value for your money.