Asics Gel DS Racer 8

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Asics Gel DS Racer 8 Review Facts

If you are looking for very lightweight shoes that still provide good support, the Asics Gel DS Racer 8 should be on your list. The eighth version of this line has been around for quite a while, but its still getting great reviews. These shoes are proof that high quality materials, great design and specialized technologies are a great combination for creating a good pair of running shoes.

The Magic Sole, which is the name of the midsole of the shoe, really works great providing comfort, breathability and support to your feet. A DuoMax support system brings even more comfort and support. The Rearfoot Gel technology provides serious cushioning in this shoe. It also enhances great shock absorption and impact distribution on every stride you make. A Trusstic System is able to bring a comfortable and supportive structure to the shoes. Those are some of the technologies the DS Racer 8 brings to the table when it comes to running.

 

Pros
  • lightweight
  • Enhanced cushioning
  • Extra stability for moderate over pronators
  • Provide extra support
Cons
  • Outdated
  • Not very attractive to the look
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the DS Racer 8 is engineered as a DuoSole outsole, which manages to bring great traction and flexibility to the shoes while being very lightweight. As do other Asics shoes, these have asymmetric heels to provide a smoother heel to toe transition while reducing the tendency of your heels to roll inwards.

That’s right... that means these shoes help reduce over pronation. The outsole is made with High Abrasion Resistant Rubber (AHAR) components to provide extra durability and great traction. The outsole pattern of the is distributed following the Propulsion Trusstic System technology that mirrors the functions of the ligaments in order to enhance the flexibility of the shoe overall. Good shock absorption and good propulsion can be expected.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Magic Sole technology brings a vented midsole that is very breathable and light. Using Solyte material in the midsole makes these shoes even lighter, more cushioned, extra durable and helps them provide an enhanced bounce back dynamic for smoother rides. These shoes feature an extra support DuoMax combination of two different densities in the midsole that are designed to control over pronation.

The Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System enables the best shock attenuation and allows better transitions through the gait cycle. Extra cushioning, extra support in case of over pronation and extra protection, the midsole of these shoes really stands out from similar shoes.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The synthetic mesh upper provides optimum breathability to the shoes. The synthetic overlays that provide extra stability to the shoe are part of the lacing system. This combination allows the shoe to provide a tighter fit for enhanced flexibility and adaptability to your foot. A stiff but flexible heel cup provides good stability to the shoe and allows for a better and more supportive run.

The upper features a toe cap that is able to protect you from road debris. Thanks to the Biomorphic Fit technology, the material used in the upper stretches around your foot in a very comfortable and flexible way, preventing hot spots and blisters caused by friction. Reviewers have said that using these shoes without socks is very comfortable, as there is no skin irritation involved when running in these shoes.
Weight
Weight

Weight

These shoes are really lightweight. The average weight of the DS Racer 8 is only 215 grams (7.6 oz.). Truly made for racing, these shoes are amongst the lightest shoes from the ASICS brand. The performance of these shoes will help you break your personal records time after time. The size of the shoe affects its weight,; the larger the heavier. The difference is not very significant, though.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The synthetic mesh upper is optimized to allow the best breathability through the shoe. The Magic Sole vented midsole helps to bring even more breathability to the interior of the shoe. These shoes will make sure you never experience unwanted accumulation of moisture within them. Keeping your feet cool improves the temperature control of your body overall, as we lose a lot of heat through our feet when running. The DS Racer 8 will certainly keep you cool and dry, making your best racing performances possible.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

According to reviewers these shoes are remarkably comfortable. This says a lot, since these shoes have been on the market for years and are still receiving good reviews. The outstanding technologies in the midsole area of the shoe make possible a very cushioned, protected and stable feeling whenever you are running in them.

They Asymmetric heels provide extra support if you over pronate while giving you a maximized cushioned experience. The shock absorption and impact distribution that the Gel technology brings maximizes softer landings and smoother transitions. The lightness of the shoes also provides the best comfort. Expert runners have ran marathons wearing these shoes, and they claim they provide a perfect mix between cushioning and weight. The great fit provided by the Biomorphic Fit system will definitely provide a real sock like feeling.
Style
Style

Style

These shoes were released years ago but are still attractive in today's market. The mesh upper makes them look fast and the overlays bring a “retro” feeling to the shoes. As their production stopped a while ago, the color and sizes of these shoes are limited. You can find them online in white. As soon as they are out of the box, you will understand why they are made for running races. They look and feel fast and powerful.
Durability
Durability

Durability

One of the best characteristics of the ASICS brand is that they use high quality materials in all of their shoes. One of their main goals is to make shoes that provide the best performance for longer than other comparable shoes.

The Asics Gel DS Racer 8 are made to last. Each component of the shoes, from the outsole to the lacing system, are designed and built to optimize the durability of the shoe. The best thing about these shoes is that they manage to last for longer while being super lightweight. You can run several marathons on these shoes, some reviewers have said.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Protection has to be taken seriously all the time. The materials of these shoes are designed and constructed to weigh as little as possible to make the shoes faster. But, this doesn't mean that they provide less protection. The AHAR outsole protects you from the bottom up, and the hard but very flexible outsole will protect you from the terrain while providing great traction and responsiveness.

The combination of the Solyte, DuoMax and Gel cushioning technologies in the midsole provide the best protection for your knees, hips and ankles. The shock absorption and impact distribution qualities of these materials and the design of the shoes will keep your landings very soft. The shoes also feature a toe cap that will prevent debris from hurting you on the front of your foot. The great breathability provided by the mesh upper and the Magic Sole midsole will protect you from getting blisters by keeping your feet cool and dry.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

ASICS tends to feature a lot of technologies in their shoes but always finds the right balance to provide the best performance. The DS Racer 8 is not an exception to this standard. From the outsole to the upper, these shoes have been built to provide the best performance during races. Very lightweight, breathable and with great traction, these shoes will encourage your fastest performances.

The Biomorphic Fit technology allows for an incredibly comfortable fit. The upper will move with your feet in a very flexible way, providing great responsiveness to each step on your run. The resilient and adaptive materials in each of the components on the midsole provide a very smooth heel to toe transition. The great responsiveness of the shoe will allow you to go through marathon races very comfortably.
Support
Support

Support

Thanks to the Asymmetric Heel technology featured in these, thhey provide extra support to mild over pronators. The Gel cushioning unit in the rear foot will allow you run easier and for longer.

The Trusstic plate under the mid foot area of the outsole provides extra stability and support. Amazing control torsion is possible thanks to the combination of the Solyte technology and the Propulsion Trusstic System. If you need extra support, you can also get a pair of custom made insoles to meet your needs.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The natural terrain for these shoes is the road. They perform remarkably when running on asphalt, and that is why they are preferred for marathons. As they are made for racing and improving your speed. The outsole, with the Propulsion Trusstic System, will enhance the best speed performance on flat surfaces. Running on wet surfaces is not a problem for these shoes. The rubber compound provides great traction and protection while making them extremely lightweight.
Price
Price

Price

The price of the Asics Gel DS Racer 8 varies because these shoes are no longer in production. You cannot find many of them in the physical stores, so make sure to get them online soon.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The rubber outsole designed with the AHAR technology make sure to provide a very lightweight but protective rubber component. The pattern of the outsole is designed to provide the fastest run. The outsole, as well as the midsole, will enhance the best energy return and very smooth heel to toe transitions. The design of the lugs makes sure that you get the best traction and grip even when running on wet surfaces. Great for asphalt racers, specially good for running marathons.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

From the very core of the shoes, the flexibility is one of the best features they bring. The Flex Grooves in the outsole make it highly flexible and provide a smoother flow of energy. The DuoMax, while providing smooth over pronation control, keep the flexibility of the shoe to the max from the bottom up. The Biomorphic Fit technology used by ASICS allows a perfect fit to your feet, making them adapt to your movements constantly.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Biomorphic Fit provides an amazing snugness to the shoes while also providing great stability. The shoes are light, fast and really breathable, which doesn't mean they do not provide stability. The lacing system attached to the midsole provides great stability to the shoe. The overlays on the upper and the heel cup make the shoe and your runs more stable. As these shoes make sure to follow the movement of your feet, they make you feel more stable and secure step by step.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe. The Asics Gel DS Racer 8 racing running shoes have a 10 mm drop. The heel height is 20 mm and the fore foot height is 10 mm. Great for long and fast runs, the offset of the shoes makes them responsive.
Key Features of Gel DS Racer 8
Key Features of Gel DS Racer 8

Key Features of Gel DS Racer 8

• DuoMax support system
• Solyte midsole material
• Rearfoot Gel Cushioning
• Trusstic System
• Magic Sole
• Asymmetrical Heel
• AHAR outsole material
• Biomorphic Fit
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

These shoes are truly made to help you move fast and comfortable during long runs on the asphalt. Reviewers have said they perform great while running marathons. A bit outdated, these shoes provide some of the best features of ASICS shoes. While running, you will feel extremely comfortable and supported. Especially good for mild over pronators, the support the DS Racer 8 provide is remarkable. Great traction, even over wet surfaces, is brought by the remarkable outsole.

The outsole, which is especially designed for racing, will help you break your records. The midsole is extremely comfortable, and the components make it very resilient and responsive. The breathability of these shoe is optimized thanks to the Magic Sole and the mesh upper. The shoes will keep you cool and dry all the time. If you like long runs, make sure to add these shoes to your list.