Asics Gel DS Racer 10

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Asics Gel DS Racer 10 Review Facts

The ASICS Gel DS Racer 10 is even lighter than of the previous versions of this shoe. This shoe is truly a long distance racing shoe that features remarkable running technologies that puts them on the list of favorite racing shoes for experienced runners. The traction and responsiveness while running on asphalt is incredible. The shoes are known to perform really well while running marathons. The DuoMax Support System provides extra support for mild and moderate over pronators. The Trusstic System provides the speed and responsiveness you need for competitions. The Magic Sole and the mesh upper optimize the breathability of these shoe.

Pros
  • Very lightweight
  • Support for mild and moderate over pronators
  • Highly responsive
  • Great breathability
  • Remarkable shock absorption
  • Extended durability
Cons
  • Have been recently discontinued
  • Laces unravel easily
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Once again, the new version of these shoes changed the pattern of the lugs of the outsole but keeps the same technology and components. A DuraSponge blown rubber compound is used in the fore foot area to bring lightweight cushioning and better traction. In the fore foot area and in critical areas of the outsole the AHAR+ technology is used to provide extended durability.

A Trusstic System, placed in between the fore foot and the rear foot, is where the outsole brings structural stability to the shoe and enhances the responsiveness as well. A Guidance Line, which is a flex groove that has been placed vertically in the forefoot area of the outsole to enhance flexibility and gait efficiency.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Solyte material is a compound unique to ASICS that makes it possible to create lighter and more cushioned midsoles. This shoe also comes with a DuoMax Support System. Together, the SoLyte material and the DuoMax Support System make a remarkably comfortable, light and extra durable midsole. The DuoMax features a dual density system that enhances the support and stability of the shoe. It brings extra support for mild to moderate over pronators.

A Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System, that consists of a silicone like unit in the heel area of the shoe, provides remarkable shock absorption for softer landings. Combined with the Solyte midsole, they manage to bring high energy return and smoother heel to toe transitions. A Magic Sole component is positioned both in the outsole and the midsole to enhance the breathability of the shoe.
Upper
Upper

Upper

An open mesh upper is featured on these shoes. This material optimizes the breathability of the shoes while keeping your feet protected from the debris you may encounter on the road. The upper is flexible enough that can adapt to the movement of your foot with ease and comfort. The seamless construction of the upper makes it possible to create a more comfortable fit. Runners can use these shoes without socks and not worry about feeling hot spots and getting nasty blisters.

The flow of air within the shoe is ideal, so you wont have extra moisture that produces bad odors and creates uncomfortable fit. Reviewers have said that the lacing system is not the best. The laces unravel easily, so make sure to use a double knot or get some high quality laces to avoid the problem.
Weight
Weight

Weight

So far, these shoes are even lighter than the super light 8th version of the DS Runner from ASICS. The weight of these shoes is almost one ounce less than the previous version. With an average weight of 180 grams (6.3 oz.) for the men's shoes and only 153 grams (5.3 oz.) for the women's shoes, the ASICS Gel DS Racer 10 are positioned among the lightest shoes you can get. The light weight of them can definitely help you break records. Faster and more responsive than previous versions, these shoes will help you tackle marathons easier than before.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The combination of an open mesh upper and the Magic Sole technology makes these shoes incredibly breathable. The Magic Sole enhances the breathability of the shoe from the outsole to the interior of the shoe. The open mesh upper enhances the breathability from the top down. We always make sure to remind you that keeping your feet cool is not only comfortable for them, it very convenient for your whole body as well.

As the human body loses plenty of heat through their feet, having breathable shoes that keep them cool and dry will enhance a cooler feeling across your whole body. When your feet are fresh and dry, you decrease your chances of getting blisters and hot spots.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

For long distance runners that want to get some extra cushioning and support without sacrificing the weight of their shoes, the DS Racer 10 are are great option. As racing shoes, these provide good traction in the outsole and a very smooth heel to toe transition. The combination of technologies in the midsole area provide enough cushioning, shock absorption and responsiveness for running marathons.

Reviewers state that these shoes are very good alternative racing shoes for over pronators. They are very light and breathable, well cushioned and feel like a second skin most of the time. If you manage to keep the laces in place, you get a tight but gentle snug feeling, even when wearing them with no socks.
Style
Style

Style

The ASICS Gel DS Racer 10 does look like a racing shoe. You will notice the light weight of these shoes by only looking at them. The open mesh upper makes you realize how breathable they are. The outsole looks thiner than in the previous versions. The heel cup provides shape and stability to the shoe, while the padded collar makes it look soft and comfortable. As the tenth edition of these shoe has been discontinued, the colors are limited to the stock of the online stores.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The AHAR+ properties in the outsole make it more durable than other shoes. Blown carbon rubber in the DuraSponge unit of the forefoot and carbon rubber in the heel area are both reinforced with AHAR+ technology. The flexible and lightweight midsole components make these shoes not only faster and more comfortable but also more durable. The Solyte midsole compound is more durable than the standard EVA and SpEVA components that ASICS uses in other models of their shoes. The structural integrity of the shoe will not be compromised overtime, as the Trusstic System optimizes its stability.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Thanks to the Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System that absorbs the shock from the impact of landing, your ankles, knees and hips will remain protected. The components of the midsole provide a smoother heel to toe transition, which enhances the transformation of the energy from landing into more powerful toe off.

This shoe promotes a mid foot strike that will keep your body more protected overall by enhancing a more natural posture when running. The DuraSponge system in the outsole promotes a more bouncy feeling that helps to the impact distribution and energy return. The vented Magic Sole and the open mesh will keep you cool and dry, protecting you from blisters and hot spots.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Each part of this shoe has been designed to provide the most responsiveness when running. As they are racing shoes, they promote speed and control. The speed is enhanced by the good traction from the outsole and the light weight of the shoe. The control comes mostly from the great fit that the upper, the insole and the midsole manage to bring.

With an upper that adapts like a sock to the movement of your foot, a highly resilient and cushioned midsole, and an outsole that is made for speed, these shoes will make you run faster and longer while keeping you comfortable, cool and dry.
Support
Support

Support

The Asymmetric Heel Technology from ASICS and the DuoMax system make these shoes especially good for mild to moderate over pronators. Smoother heel to toe transitions are what you can expect from these shoes. The Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System provides support and protection to the heel area as well. The DS Racer 10 is also designed following a Biomorphic Fit system that enhances a tighter and more comfortable fit from the upper to the outsole. These shoes have been awarded the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

In between race shoes and lightweight training shoes, the DS Racer 10 are definitely urban shoes. They have the ability to last through a marathon, but can provide the best support during your training sessions. The outsole has outstanding traction and grip over asphalt. These shoe perform the best when used on flat and even surfaces rather than on off road conditions. Made for racing but providing a bit of extra support, these shoes belong to the road tracks.
Price
Price

Price

The price of the ASICS Gel DS Racer 10 depends on the size you weat and if they are for women or for men. For women the average retail price is $85 USD and for men is $75 USD. The prices may often vary as their production has been stopped. They have been discontinued but there are still plenty of them out there for you to purchase. This is a really good price for such good shoes.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The AHAR+ rubber compound not only brings extended durability but also good traction and grip. Even when running over wet asphalt, these shoes manage to perform their best. If you run on flat and even surfaces, then this is the shoe for you. Especially recommended for marathon running, but also as lightweight training shoes, the DS Racer 10 will keep you attached to the ground.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Built for speed, the light weight and flexibility of these shoes is really good. The outsole is highly flexible and durable because of the Guidance Line, which is a vertical flex groove that enhances their flexibility from the outsole. The Solyte midsole is also built to be resilient and lightweight, enhancing the flexibility of the shoe. The upper adapts to the natural movements of your feet while the Trusstic System provides stability to the whole shoe. The Biomorphic Fit design promotes the flexibility of these shoes.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The main component that provides stability to these shoe is the Trusstic System. While reducing the weight of the shoe, it also retains the structural integrity of the shoe. Placed in the middle of the outsole, this technology really makes a difference in providing the extra support and stability needed in a racing shoe. The flexible and adaptable upper also provides stability to the shoe overall. You can experience greater freedom of movement in the fore foot area thanks to the design of the shoe. The heel cup helps promote a more stable run.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The ASICS Gel DS Racer 10 racing running shoes have an 8 mm drop. The heel height is 18 mm and the fore foot height is 10 mm in the men’s shoes. For the women’s the heel height is 17 mm and the fore foot height is 9 mm. A F.A.S.T. Drop system encourages a faster run.
Key Features of the Gel DS Racer 10
Key Features of the Gel DS Racer 10

Key Features of the Gel DS Racer 10

• DuoMax support system
• Solyte midsole material
• Rearfoot GEL Cushioning
• Trusstic System
• Magic Sole
• Asymmetrical Heel
• AHAR+ outsole material
• Biomorphic Fit
• Durasponge outsole
• Guidance Line
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

Specially made to provide the best performance during competition, the ASICS Gel DS Racer 10 does a great job of providing what other race shoes do not: enough cushioning. The components of these shoes make it possible to provide cushioned and extra supported runs while keeping them very light and fast. The light weight of these shoe is remarkable. They hold the Seal of Acceptance from the APMA for the support they bring to mild to moderate over pronators.

Fast, durable and responsive, these shoes will help you running marathons in all kind of conditions. The breathability of these shoes is something that will help you conquer all kinds of races around the world. As reviewers say, you wont have to think of anything else but the race while wearing these shoes. The ASICS Gel DS Racer 10 have been discontinued, so get yours before its too late. They are definitely good value for your money.